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Tamiya Grasshopper

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 HORNET Chassis GRASSHOPPER TH6
NEW TAMIYA HORNET Chassis GRASSHOPPER TH6 $11.99
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YOU G TH 8514 Side Nerf Guard Bar Blue HORNET GRASSHOPPER Tamiya NEW Vintage RC
YOU G TH 8514 Side Nerf Guard Bar Blue HORNET GRASSHOPPER Tamiya NEW Vintage RC $24.95
Time Remaining: 1d 7h 54m

NEW Tamiya 1 10 Grasshopper 2WD Kit 58346 NIB
NEW Tamiya 1 10 Grasshopper 2WD Kit 58346 NIB $94.99
Time Remaining: 3d 5h 36m
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58346 Tamiya 1 10 The Grasshopper RC R C Kit Re Release
58346 Tamiya 1 10 The Grasshopper RC R C Kit Re Release $78.00
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Tamiya Grasshopper 58346 Body White 0335062
Tamiya Grasshopper 58346 Body White 0335062 $13.99
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Tamiya Grasshopper Remote control car with Futaba controller charger broken
Tamiya Grasshopper Remote control car with Futaba controller charger broken $46.00 (6 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 11h 10m

alloy motor mount for tamiya clodbuster grasshopper frog monster beetle lunchbox
alloy motor mount for tamiya clodbuster grasshopper frog monster beetle lunchbox $4.99
Time Remaining: 6d 18h 45m
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NEW TAMIYA HORNET Axle Uprights Front GRASSHOPPER TH3
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Time Remaining: 14d 10h 29m
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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: 19d 19h 45m
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TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER RC ROLLING CHASSIS SEMI RECONDITIONED USED
TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER RC ROLLING CHASSIS SEMI RECONDITIONED USED $29.00 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3d 10h 44m

8085311 Tamiya 1 10 Grasshopper Factory Finished Body
8085311 Tamiya 1 10 Grasshopper Factory Finished Body $52.00
Time Remaining: 5d 11h 2m
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NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Body Decals TG3
NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Body  Decals TG3 $25.99
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Tamiya Grasshopper Hornet Front Aluminum Shock Mount Black by Hot Trick
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Time Remaining: 23d 8h 56m
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NEW TAMIYA HORNET Parts CChassis Lid GRASSHOPPER TH11
NEW TAMIYA HORNET Parts CChassis Lid GRASSHOPPER TH11 $4.94
Time Remaining: 3d 12h 1m
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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 $80.50
Time Remaining: 3d 23h 2m

TAMIYA ELECTRONIC SPEED CONTROLLER ESC TEU 105BK FOR THE FROG GRASSHOPPER
TAMIYA ELECTRONIC SPEED CONTROLLER ESC TEU 105BK FOR THE FROG GRASSHOPPER $29.99
Time Remaining: 25d 3h 40m
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NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Screw Bag A 9465653 TG13
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Time Remaining: 2d 9h 18m
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NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Screw Bag B C 9465654 9465652 TG15
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Time Remaining: 28d 10h 57m
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TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER HORNET STEERING UPGRADE RCPG Item 1001
TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER HORNET STEERING UPGRADE RCPG Item 1001 $12.99
Time Remaining: 4d 5h 50m

Tamiya Grasshopper RC Hardware Screw Bag A for New or Vintage 3 pc rim set
Tamiya Grasshopper RC Hardware Screw Bag A  for New or Vintage 3 pc rim set $5.99
Time Remaining: 28d 9m
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NEW TAMIYA HORNET Tires Front FROG GRASSHOPPER TH20
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Time Remaining: 21d 11h 38m
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NEW TAMIYA FROG Wheels Rear GRASSHOPPER HORNET TF36
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Time Remaining: 3d 11h 57m
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TAMIYA ORIGINAL TRANSMISSION CASE GRASSHOPPER OR HORNET WELL USED
TAMIYA ORIGINAL TRANSMISSION CASE GRASSHOPPER OR HORNET WELL USED $1.00
Time Remaining: 4d 13h

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 $24.99
Time Remaining: 19d 19h 10m
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Time Remaining: 6d 18h 43m
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NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Diff Gears+Rear Axles HORNET TG6
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Time Remaining: 25d 11h 23m
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Tamiya Sand Scorcher Super Champ Frog Grasshopper Spiked Rear Tires Vintage
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Time Remaining: 17d 1h 14m
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TAMIYA STEERING MOTOR COVER GRASSHOPPER HORNET USED
TAMIYA STEERING  MOTOR COVER GRASSHOPPER HORNET USED $1.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 5d 9h 48m

NEW TAMIYA HORNET Screw Bag D 9465107 GRASSHOPPER TH18
NEW TAMIYA HORNET Screw Bag D 9465107 GRASSHOPPER TH18 $1.00
Time Remaining: 14d 10h 31m
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NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER MOTOR 380 +10T Pinion TG1
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Time Remaining: 2d 9h 18m
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NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Chassis HORNET TG5
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Time Remaining: 25d 11h 23m
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TAMIYA UPRIGHT LOT GRASSHOPPER HORNET F1 CARS ETC USED
TAMIYA UPRIGHT LOT GRASSHOPPER HORNET F1 CARS ETC USED $1.00
Time Remaining: 5d 9h 52m

NEW TAMIYA HORNET Wheels Front FROG GRASSHOPPER TH23
NEW TAMIYA HORNET Wheels Front FROG GRASSHOPPER TH23 $5.59
Time Remaining: 17d 12h 1m
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Vintage 1984 Tamiya The Grasshopper Radio Controlled Buggy R C 110 58043 NICE
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Time Remaining: 21d 13h 11m
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NEW TAMIYA HORNET Parts PServo Saver GRASSHOPPER TH13
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Time Remaining: 25d 11h 25m
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TAMIYA STEERING BALL STUDS GRASSHOPPER HORNET F1 CARS ETC NEW USED
TAMIYA STEERING BALL STUDS GRASSHOPPER HORNET F1 CARS ETC NEW USED $1.00
Time Remaining: 5d 9h 56m

Tamiya RC Grasshopper Hornet Frog 110 GENUINE REAR TIRES AND WHEELS 9805081
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Time Remaining: 1d 6h 1m
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Original Vintage Tamiya The Grasshopper RC Car Futaba system
Original Vintage Tamiya The Grasshopper RC Car  Futaba system $150.00
Time Remaining: 14d 7h 53m
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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: 24d 22h 22m
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NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Parts A Arm LUNCH BOX HORNET TG8
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Time Remaining: 3d 8h 41m
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Aluminium Side Nerf Guard Bar Blue HORNET GRASSHOPPER Tamiya Vintage RC
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Time Remaining: 5d 10h 28m
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NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Parts CChassis Lid HORNET TG10
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Time Remaining: 25d 11h 23m
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Tamiya Sand Scorcher Frog Grasshopper Rear Chrome Wheels by Bolink 3512C
Tamiya Sand Scorcher Frog Grasshopper Rear Chrome Wheels by Bolink 3512C $18.99
Time Remaining: 28d 8h 27m
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CARBON REINFORCED FRONT UPRIGHT Grasshopper Hornet Super Cyclone Tamiya 54154
CARBON REINFORCED FRONT UPRIGHT Grasshopper Hornet Super Cyclone Tamiya 54154 $9.99
Time Remaining: 26d 16h 38m
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TAMIYA CHASSIS TUB GRASSHOPPER HORNET ORIGINAL USED
TAMIYA CHASSIS TUB GRASSHOPPER  HORNET ORIGINAL USED $1.00
Time Remaining: 5d 11h 25m

9495468 Tamiya 1 10 Grasshopper Decals
9495468 Tamiya 1 10 Grasshopper Decals $9.00
Time Remaining: 18d 16h 15m
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FRONT WHEELS Super Hornet 58124 Grasshopper 2 Novafox Wild One RC Tamiya 0445495
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Time Remaining: 29d 17h 8m
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Tamiya Lunchbox Midnight Pumpkin Hornet Grasshopper Rear Diff Axle New
Tamiya Lunchbox Midnight Pumpkin Hornet Grasshopper Rear Diff Axle New $2.78
Time Remaining: 18d 1h 9m
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TAMIYA ASSORTED SMALL PARTS LOT GRASSHOPPER HORNET USED
TAMIYA ASSORTED SMALL PARTS LOT GRASSHOPPER HORNET USED $1.00
Time Remaining: 6d 10h 33m

Tamiya Grasshopper Original MRC Tamiya Body Set Decals New Vintage
Tamiya Grasshopper Original MRC Tamiya Body Set Decals New Vintage $69.65
Time Remaining: 8d 7h 19m
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Vintage Panda Cyclone front bumper 454591 Mugen Manx Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper
Vintage Panda Cyclone front bumper  454591 Mugen Manx Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper $11.99
Time Remaining: 10d 1h 2m
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Tamiya Grasshopper 1 10 Off Road Buggy Kit TAM58346 Brand New in Box
Tamiya Grasshopper 1 10 Off Road Buggy Kit TAM58346 Brand New in Box $59.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 14h 57m

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: 25d 11h
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NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Parts Z Man FROG HORNET TG12
NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Parts Z  Man FROG HORNET TG12 $2.54
Time Remaining: 25d 11h 24m
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alloy mount tamiya grasshopper bullhead midnight pumpkin stadium Blitzer TT02 $3.99
Time Remaining: 1h 28m
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BUSHING SET Tamiya Wild One Fast Attack Grasshopper Hornet Lunchbox
BUSHING SET Tamiya Wild One Fast Attack Grasshopper Hornet Lunchbox $3.49
Time Remaining: 1h 41m

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: 1d 5h 4m
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NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Tools +Hardware +Springs TG19
NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Tools +Hardware +Springs TG19 $1.39
Time Remaining: 25d 11h 24m
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NEW TAMIYA FROG Wheels Front GRASSHOPPER HORNET TF35
NEW TAMIYA FROG Wheels Front GRASSHOPPER HORNET TF35 $3.20
Time Remaining: 21d 8h 30m
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Trc Bbs Mesh Front Wheels For Foam Tires Tamiya Axles F102 F103 Frog Grasshopper
Trc Bbs Mesh Front Wheels For Foam Tires Tamiya Axles F102 F103 Frog Grasshopper $12.00
Time Remaining: 12h 5m

Tamiya 540 J Motor New FAV Frog Hornet Grasshopper
Tamiya 540 J Motor New FAV Frog Hornet Grasshopper $12.99
Time Remaining: 5d 11h 20m
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tamiya sand scorcher grasshopper frog hornet super champ alloy wheel cover Atype
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Time Remaining: 9d 19h 36m
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NEW TAMIYA FROG Bearings SUBARU BRAT GRASSHOPPER HORNET TF6
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Time Remaining: 4d 10h 45m
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NEW TAMIYA HORNET Tires Rear FROG GRASSHOPPER TH21
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Time Remaining: 21d 11h 38m
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Tamiya Grasshopper Hornet Heavy Duty Steering by CRP 1604
Tamiya Grasshopper Hornet Heavy Duty Steering by CRP 1604 $9.29
Time Remaining: 1d 45m

Z PARTS DRIVER Grasshopper Super Hornet Cyclone Rockbuster Tamiya 0225001 X8428
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Time Remaining: 26d 12h 49m
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REAR WHEEL ADAPTER 2pc Tamiya Grasshopper 58043 Hornet 58045 RC Team CRP 1634
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Time Remaining: 15d 4h 27m
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Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper HD steering KIT complete new THE BEST SET ON EBAY
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Time Remaining: 28d 7h 29m
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Tamiya Grasshopper Hornet Frog Rear Adaptors To Fox Wheels by CRP 4121
Tamiya Grasshopper Hornet Frog Rear Adaptors To Fox Wheels by CRP 4121 $4.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 46m

VINTAGE ALLOY RIM FOR TAMIYA SAND SCORCHER GRASSHOPPER FROG HORNET SUPER CHAMP
VINTAGE ALLOY RIM FOR TAMIYA SAND SCORCHER GRASSHOPPER FROG HORNET SUPER CHAMP $56.99
Time Remaining: 22d 18h 41m
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NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Wheels Rear FROG HORNET TG21
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Time Remaining: 2d 9h 18m
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DIFF GEAR BAG Grasshopper Hornet Rock Buster Panda Cyclone Tamiya 9115010 X7538
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Time Remaining: 25d 15h
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Tamiya RC spare parts MRC Y4313 4305107 Resistor Plate Grasshopper Pajero
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Time Remaining: 1d 11h 57m
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VINTAGE SHINY ALLOY WHEEL FOR TAMIYA FOX WILD ONE SUPER HORNET GRASSHOPPER II
VINTAGE SHINY ALLOY WHEEL FOR TAMIYA FOX WILD ONE SUPER HORNET GRASSHOPPER II $69.99
Time Remaining: 27d 23h 16m
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3mm NUT Stadium Thunder Wild Willy Grasshopper Lunch Box Wild One Tamiya 9808244
3mm NUT Stadium Thunder Wild Willy Grasshopper Lunch Box Wild One Tamiya 9808244 $6.65
Time Remaining: 29d 11h 49m
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FR PADDLE TIRE SET Sand Scorcher Hornet Grasshopper Tyre Tamiya 9805033 9805081
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Time Remaining: 29d 5h 2m
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9115010 Tamiya Wild Willy 1 Lunch Box Midnight Pumpkin Grasshopper Hornet Diff g
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Time Remaining: 17d 21h 7m
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Tamiya RC spare parts MRC X8617 Rear shaft Grasshopper
Tamiya RC spare parts MRC X8617 Rear shaft Grasshopper $6.25
Time Remaining: 1d 11h 57m
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NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Parts B Diff Case HORNET LB TG9
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Time Remaining: 8d 11h 52m
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BRUSHLESS ESC TBLE 02S Electronic Speed Control Frog Grasshopper RC Tamiya 45057
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Time Remaining: 8d 13h 38m
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