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A Brief History Of Rc Cars

Radio controlled cars first appeared some sixty years ago in the 1940s but the technology at the time was crude and, although cars could be run at speeds of up to 70 mph, it was only possible to run them round and round in a circle on a tether.

By the late 1960s however technology had advanced considerably and miniature solid state radio control systems became available. This meant that cars could be controlled from a control transmitter unit with remotely controlled servo-assisted steering, throttle and brakes. Radio controlled models could now be run on a race track rather than simply in a circle and the precision of control available meant that they could be run in much the same way as a real vehicle.

Despite the advances in technology during the 1960s, it was not until 1976 that the first commercially available cars were seen. Produced by Tamiya (a Japanese company with a reputation for supplying detailed plastic model kits), these early cars were very crude in mechanical terms and somewhat expensive but, nevertheless, they sold well.

Over the coming years Tamiya concentrated its attention on the mechanics of these early models and, by the mid 1980s, they were producing some extremely popular models such as the Grasshopper, Hornet, Blackfoot and Clodbuster with more powerful engines, working suspension systems and textured tyres.

This was really the start of the hobby radio controlled car as we know it today and quickly brought other producers into the market. These included Schumacher Racing (a British company which replaced the then standard solid axle with a ball differential, allowing cars to be finely tuned for different track conditions) and Associated Electrics (a California based company which introduced the model that quickly dominated the off-road racing market - the RC10 off-road electric car).

The 1980s saw a major shift away from what many described as "toy" cars towards truly precision crafted models of the very highest standards. Traditional manufacturing materials were dispensed with as were many of the established production methods. Chassis were now made from high-grade anodized aluminium alloy, which was also used in the manufacture of oil-filled, machined and tunable shock absorbers. Many components normally pressed from plastic were also replaced with high-impact nylon, including such things as suspension control arms and wheels.

Today's interest in off-road 4 wheel drive vehicles was also sparked during the 1980s with the introduction by Schumacher of the Competition All Terrain (CAT) vehicle which won the off-road world championship in 5 out of the 10 years following its introduction.

Competition is of course the driving force behind any market today, including the market for radio controlled cars, and for several years a strong rivalry between Associated Electrics and Team Losi (founded by Gil Losi Jr., a racetrack owner from California) led to a rapid development of high quality models, both technically and in terms of the range of cars available.

Today Associate Electric and Team Losi are still major players in the market and have been joined by others such as the US-based Traxxas company and the Japanese-based company of Kyosho. As these major players continue to compete against each other, and others join the market, so the market for radio controlled cars will go from strength to strength in the years ahead.

Modified Tamiya Grasshopper in Action

NEW Tamiya 1 10 Grasshopper 2WD Kit 58346 NIB
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VINTAGE TAMIYA HORNET R C CAR BUGGY 1 10 FROG GRASSHOPPER ELECTRIC BRUISER
VINTAGE TAMIYA HORNET R C CAR BUGGY 1 10 FROG GRASSHOPPER ELECTRIC BRUISER $60.00 (10 Bids)
Time Remaining: 8h 52m

Tamiya Parma R C Rear Dual Wheel Adaptors GrassHopper Hornet NEW
Tamiya Parma R C Rear Dual Wheel Adaptors GrassHopper Hornet NEW $17.99
Time Remaining: 29d 5h 17m
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NEW TAMIYA FROG Tires Front Set GRASSHOPPER HORNET TF32
NEW TAMIYA FROG Tires Front Set GRASSHOPPER HORNET TF32 $3.60
Time Remaining: 13d 13h 21m
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Tamiya RC Grasshopper Hornet Frog 110 GENUINE REAR TIRES AND WHEELS 9805081
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Time Remaining: 29d 7h 11m
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Parma lexan body for tamiya grasshopper
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Time Remaining: 1d 2h 54m

Tamiya Grasshopper Sand Scorcher 4 Tire Set for New or Vintage Model RC Car
Tamiya Grasshopper Sand Scorcher 4 Tire Set for New or Vintage Model RC Car $21.99
Time Remaining: 22d 42m
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Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper Tires
Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper Tires $9.99
Time Remaining: 27d 12h 42m
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Time Remaining: 21d 12h 44m
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GOLD ALLOY RIM FOR TAMIYA SAND SCORCHER GRASSHOPPER FROG HORNET SUPER CHAMP
GOLD ALLOY RIM FOR TAMIYA SAND SCORCHER GRASSHOPPER FROG HORNET SUPER CHAMP $39.99
Time Remaining: 2d 43m

Tamiya Grasshopper Frog Hornet or Sand Scorcer 4 Rim Wheel Set With Screw Bag A
Tamiya Grasshopper Frog Hornet or Sand Scorcer 4 Rim Wheel Set With Screw Bag A $19.99
Time Remaining: 3d 19m
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NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Screw Bag B C 9465654 9465652 TG15
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Time Remaining: 26d 12h 6m
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NEW TAMIYA FROG Bumper SUBARU BRAT GRASSHOPPER HORNET TF9
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Time Remaining: 27d 14h 11m
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10pc SEALED BALL BEARING SET Tamiya The Hornet Grasshopper RC Team CRP BK58336
10pc SEALED BALL BEARING SET Tamiya The Hornet Grasshopper RC Team CRP BK58336 $12.99
Time Remaining: 22d 12m
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Vintage Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper Front Shocks Oil Filled You g Upgrade Parts $10.50 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 13h 13m

Tamiya RC Hornet Frog Grasshopper 110 GENUINE FRONT TIRES AND WHEELS 9805033
Tamiya RC Hornet Frog Grasshopper 110 GENUINE FRONT TIRES AND WHEELS  9805033 $9.95
Time Remaining: 12d 5h 37m
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Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper Rear Aluminum Oil Shock Set By YOU G YOU G
Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper Rear Aluminum Oil Shock Set By YOU G YOU G $41.99
Time Remaining: 21d 9h 11m
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NEW TAMIYA HORNET Wheels Front FROG GRASSHOPPER TH23
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Time Remaining: 15d 13h 11m
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Vintage Tamiya Hornet Original Rear Shocks Oil Filled also fits Grasshopper
Vintage Tamiya Hornet Original Rear Shocks Oil Filled also fits Grasshopper $10.50 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 13h 19m

NEW TAMIYA HORNET Screw Bag D 9465107 GRASSHOPPER TH18
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Time Remaining: 6d 1h 55m
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Tamiya Grasshopper Hornet Front Oil Shocks Aluminum Tower by CRP 1556 2
Tamiya Grasshopper Hornet Front Oil Shocks  Aluminum Tower by CRP 1556 2 $60.00
Time Remaining: 21d 7h 57m
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TAMIYA ORIGINAL PARTS Y4613 BLACK RESISTOR PLATES GRASSHOPPER NEW $1.00
Time Remaining: 3d 23m

NEW TAMIYA FROG Tires Rear Set GRASSHOPPER HORNET TF33
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Time Remaining: 8d 14h 33m
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Time Remaining: 21d 9h 9m
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TAMIYA ELECTRONIC SPEED CONTROLLER ESC TEU 104BK FOR THE FROG GRASSHOPPER
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Time Remaining: 13d 25m
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Tamiya 1 10 Grasshopper Kit TAM58346
Tamiya 1 10 Grasshopper Kit TAM58346 $124.89
Time Remaining: 28d 17h 7m
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TAMIYA 1 10 SCALE HORNET GRASSHOPPER NEW ROLLING CHASSIS COMPLETE ESC
TAMIYA 1 10 SCALE HORNET GRASSHOPPER NEW ROLLING CHASSIS COMPLETE ESC $85.50
Time Remaining: 3d 10h 44m

Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper Rear Shaft 3555054
Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper Rear Shaft 3555054 $2.00
Time Remaining: 1d 13h 58m
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New Tamiya Frog Hornet Grasshopper Super Champ Sand Scorcher Front Rim Wheel
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Time Remaining: 24d 6h 45m
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Tamiya Frog Grasshopper Hornet Heavy Duty Tie Rod Set by Parma New
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Time Remaining: 21d 7h 16m
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Time Remaining: 3d 21h 44m
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Tamiya 0335062 Grasshopper Body White 58346
Tamiya 0335062 Grasshopper Body White 58346 $25.88
Time Remaining: 29d 2h 57m
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Tamiya Hornet Adjustable Motor Mount Kit Gear Cover Lunchbox Grasshopper 16t 22t
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Time Remaining: 29d 15h 58m
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Tamiya Grasshopper Hornet Front Oil Shocks Aluminum Tower by CRP 1556 1
Tamiya Grasshopper Hornet Front Oil Shocks  Aluminum Tower by CRP 1556 1 $65.00
Time Remaining: 21d 7h 55m
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Rare Vintage Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper Front Suspension Conversion Kit Team CRP
Rare Vintage Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper Front Suspension Conversion Kit Team CRP $19.99
Time Remaining: 4d 2h 24m
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New Tamiya 2 Rear Grasshopper Sand Scorcher Tire 1 Pair RC Buggy 9805081
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Time Remaining: 24d 6h 45m
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Tamiya America Grasshopper 2WD Off Road Kit TAM58346
Tamiya America Grasshopper 2WD Off Road Kit TAM58346 $99.99
Time Remaining: 7d 11h 32m
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NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Screw Bag A 9465653 TG13
NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Screw Bag A 9465653 TG13 $3.29
Time Remaining: 2d 13h 37m
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TAMIYA Grasshopper Hornet Gears and Steering Part Lot From a NEW Kit
TAMIYA Grasshopper Hornet Gears and Steering Part Lot From a NEW Kit $19.99
Time Remaining: 3d 31m
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Vintage You G Rear Stabalizer For The Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper Used
Vintage You G Rear Stabalizer For The Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper Used $19.99
Time Remaining: 4d 6h 6m
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TAMIYA 58346 1 10 R C THE GRASSHOPPER OFF ROAD RACER RADIO CONTROL WITH ESC
TAMIYA 58346 1 10 R C THE GRASSHOPPER OFF ROAD RACER RADIO CONTROL WITH ESC $94.99
Time Remaining: 14d 13h 5m
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Tamiya 58346 The Grasshopper RC Car New
Tamiya 58346 The Grasshopper RC Car New $118.31
Time Remaining: 18d 2h 29m
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Tamiya Sand Scorcher Rough Rider Grasshopper Gold 3 Pc Wheel Set Proline
Tamiya Sand Scorcher Rough Rider Grasshopper Gold 3 Pc Wheel Set Proline $46.99
Time Remaining: 23d 7h 45m
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A PARTS Front Susp Grasshopper Hornet Lunch Box Midnight Pumpkin Tamiya 0005164
A PARTS Front Susp Grasshopper Hornet Lunch Box Midnight Pumpkin Tamiya 0005164 $0.99
Time Remaining: 5d 10h 20m

NEW TAMIYA HORNET Chassis GRASSHOPPER TH6
NEW TAMIYA HORNET Chassis GRASSHOPPER TH6 $14.39
Time Remaining: 23d 12h 34m
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NEW TAMIYA FROG Parts Z Man GRASSHOPPER HORNET TF21
NEW TAMIYA FROG Parts Z  Man GRASSHOPPER HORNET TF21 $2.79
Time Remaining: 11d 11h 38m
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Tamiya Grasshopper R C Off Road Buggy Kit TAM58346
Tamiya Grasshopper R C Off Road Buggy Kit TAM58346 $104.99
Time Remaining: 15d 7h
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TAMIYA Z PARTS TREE DRIVER FOG LIGHTS GRASSHOPPER HORNET FROG NEW
TAMIYA Z PARTS TREE DRIVER  FOG LIGHTS GRASSHOPPER HORNET FROG NEW $2.00
Time Remaining: 5d 11h 17m

Vintage Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper Battery Cover Nerf Bars Original Issue RC Part
Vintage Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper Battery Cover Nerf Bars Original Issue RC Part $11.95
Time Remaining: 29d 14h 57m
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Tamiya Grasshopper Brat Frog Hornet Bumper 0445007
Tamiya Grasshopper Brat Frog Hornet Bumper 0445007 $3.00
Time Remaining: 2d 7h 44m
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TAMIYA CHASSIS TUB GRASSHOPPER HORNET ORIGINAL USED
TAMIYA CHASSIS TUB GRASSHOPPER  HORNET ORIGINAL USED $1.00
Time Remaining: 5d 11h 22m

58346 Tamiya THE GRASSHOPPER 1 10 R C wtith ESC 2WD Off Road Racer
58346 Tamiya THE GRASSHOPPER 1 10 R C wtith ESC 2WD Off Road Racer $106.00
Time Remaining: 21d 19h 49m
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NEW TAMIYA HORNET Parts Z Man FROG GRASSHOPPER TH14
NEW TAMIYA HORNET Parts Z  Man FROG GRASSHOPPER TH14 $1.60
Time Remaining: 26d 12h 7m
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RCS Model Bearing Set for TAMIYA RC GRASSHOPPER II BG551
RCS Model Bearing Set for TAMIYA RC GRASSHOPPER II BG551 $8.90
Time Remaining: 7d 3h 32m
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TAMIYA REAR TIRES WHEELS ROUGH RIDER FITS GRASSHOPPER HORNET FROG USED
TAMIYA REAR TIRES  WHEELS ROUGH RIDER FITS GRASSHOPPER HORNET FROG USED $3.50 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 5d 11h 44m

Tamiya 5273 HORNET GRASSHOPPER DAMPER SET RC SPARE PARTS RC CAR NOS
Tamiya 5273 HORNET GRASSHOPPER DAMPER SET RC SPARE PARTS RC CAR NOS $39.50
Time Remaining: 29d 12h 58m
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NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Body Decals TG3
NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Body  Decals TG3 $25.99
Time Remaining: 13d 13h 30m
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tamiya sand scorcher grasshopper frog hornet super champ alloy wheel A type rim
tamiya sand scorcher grasshopper frog hornet super champ alloy wheel A type rim $55.99
Time Remaining: 22d 18h 35m
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TAMIYA CHASSIS SIDE NERF BARS FOR THE GRASSHOPPER OR HORNET USED
TAMIYA CHASSIS SIDE NERF BARS FOR THE GRASSHOPPER OR HORNET USED $1.00
Time Remaining: 5d 11h 56m

Tamiya 540 J Motor New FAV Frog Hornet Grasshopper
Tamiya 540 J Motor New FAV Frog Hornet Grasshopper $12.99
Time Remaining: 4d 4h 41m
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REAR WHEEL ADAPTER 2pc Tamiya Grasshopper 58043 Hornet 58045 RC Team CRP 1634
REAR WHEEL ADAPTER 2pc Tamiya Grasshopper 58043 Hornet 58045 RC Team CRP 1634 $7.99
Time Remaining: 11d 3h 32m
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NEW TAMIYA HORNET Parts CChassis Lid GRASSHOPPER TH11
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Time Remaining: 23d 12h 35m
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TAMIYA ELECTRONIC SPEED CONTROLLER ESC TEU 105BK FOR THE FROG GRASSHOPPER
TAMIYA ELECTRONIC SPEED CONTROLLER ESC TEU 105BK FOR THE FROG GRASSHOPPER $28.88
Time Remaining: 29d 2h 59m
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TAMIYA 1 10 SCALE R C THE GRASSHOPPER II BODY PARTS SET IN BOX MINT UN USED
TAMIYA 1 10 SCALE R C THE GRASSHOPPER II BODY PARTS SET IN BOX MINT UN USED $19.99
Time Remaining: 5d 14h 36m

UPRIGHT FRONT AXLE Grasshopper 58043 Super 58124 Hornet 58045 RC Tamiya 0445128
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Time Remaining: 28d 6h 16m
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8mm SPRING SET 8pcs Tamiya Grasshopper Hornet Shock Damper Coil Team CRP 9107 CS
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Time Remaining: 29d 9h 44m
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VINTAGE ALLOY RIM FOR TAMIYA SAND SCORCHER GRASSHOPPER FROG HORNET SUPER CHAMP
VINTAGE ALLOY RIM FOR TAMIYA SAND SCORCHER GRASSHOPPER FROG HORNET SUPER CHAMP $53.99
Time Remaining: 20d 19h 51m
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TAMIYA 1 10TH SCALE THE GRASSHOPPER II R C BODY PARTS SET IN BOX MINT UN USED
TAMIYA 1 10TH SCALE THE GRASSHOPPER II R C BODY PARTS SET IN BOX MINT UN USED $19.99
Time Remaining: 5d 14h 37m

NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Chassis HORNET TG5
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Time Remaining: 23d 12h 33m
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FR PADDLE TIRE SET Sand Scorcher Hornet Grasshopper Tyre Tamiya 9805033 9805081
FR PADDLE TIRE SET Sand Scorcher Hornet Grasshopper Tyre Tamiya 9805033 9805081 $20.99
Time Remaining: 14d 16h 23m
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4 40 THREADED ROD Stainless Steel Tamiya Grasshopper Hornet RC Team CRP 2526
4 40 THREADED ROD Stainless Steel Tamiya Grasshopper Hornet RC Team CRP 2526 $7.99
Time Remaining: 29d 9h 46m
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TAMIYA FOG LIGHT LOT GRASSHOPPER HORNET OR FROG USED
TAMIYA FOG LIGHT LOT GRASSHOPPER HORNET OR FROG USED $1.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 6d 11h 51m

Alloy for Tamiya Lunch Box Midnight Pumpkin FAV Wild One Hornet Grasshopper CW01
Alloy for Tamiya Lunch Box Midnight Pumpkin FAV Wild One Hornet Grasshopper CW01 $12.49
Time Remaining: 9d 19h 17m
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Tamiya RS380S Johnson 380 Motor New Vintage RTR Grasshopper Part TAM 7435039
Tamiya RS380S Johnson 380 Motor New Vintage  RTR Grasshopper Part TAM 7435039 $8.99
Time Remaining: 3d 17m
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NEW TAMIYA HORNET Tires Front FROG GRASSHOPPER TH20
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Time Remaining: 19d 12h 48m
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NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Wheels Front FROG HORNET TG20
NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Wheels Front FROG HORNET TG20 $5.59
Time Remaining: 26d 12h 7m
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1989 MRC Tamiya ad page Blackfoot Super G Grasshopper $7.99
Time Remaining: 5d 14h 27m

Tamiya RC Grasshopper Hornet Frog 110 Scale GENUINE REAR TIRES 9805081
Tamiya RC Grasshopper Hornet Frog 110 Scale GENUINE REAR TIRES  9805081 $8.95
Time Remaining: 29d 6h 14m
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CHASSIS The Grasshopper 58043 58346 Hornet 58045 58336 Buggy RC Tamiya 0335050
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