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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

Newly Built Tamiya 1 10 RC Grasshopper w extra bodyshell 2 sheets of Decals
Newly Built Tamiya 1 10 RC Grasshopper w extra bodyshell  2 sheets of Decals $10.50 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 14h 32m

NEW Tamiya 1 10 Grasshopper 2WD Kit 58346 NIB
NEW Tamiya 1 10 Grasshopper 2WD Kit 58346 NIB $94.99
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TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER PARTS LOT
TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER PARTS LOT $49.99
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58346 Tamiya 1 10 The Grasshopper RC R C Kit Re Release
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TAMIYA STOCK WHEEL SET GRASSHOPPER HORNET FROG USED
TAMIYA STOCK WHEEL SET GRASSHOPPER HORNET FROG USED $1.00
Time Remaining: 4d 13h 39m

Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper HD steering KIT complete new THE BEST SET ON EBAY
Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper HD steering KIT complete new THE BEST SET ON EBAY $14.99
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Vintage Tamiya grasshopper parts
Vintage Tamiya grasshopper parts $12.01 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 4d 16h 9m

Vintage tamiya grass hopper electric buggy
Vintage tamiya grass hopper electric buggy $22.50 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 5d 2h 23m

Tamiya 58346 RC Grasshopper 1 10 Re Release RC Car Do
Tamiya 58346 RC Grasshopper 1 10 Re Release RC Car Do $67.65
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x4 Tamiya Pro Line 2517 Rear Wheels Super Hornet Grasshopper 2 Fox Wild One
x4 Tamiya Pro Line 2517 Rear Wheels Super Hornet Grasshopper 2 Fox Wild One $4.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 5d 8h 1m

Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper Gear set 0005072 9115010
Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper Gear set 0005072 9115010 $8.00
Time Remaining: 11h 55m
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Tamiya Vintage RC buggy parts Frog Grasshopper Sand Scorcher
Tamiya Vintage RC buggy parts Frog  Grasshopper  Sand Scorcher $70.50 (7 Bids)
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TAMIYA MECHANICAL SPEED CONTROL GRASSHOPPER II SUPER HORNET USED
TAMIYA MECHANICAL SPEED CONTROL GRASSHOPPER II SUPER HORNET USED $1.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 5d 13h 38m

Tamiya Hornet Adjustable Motor Mount Kit Gear Cover Lunchbox Grasshopper 16t 22t
Tamiya Hornet Adjustable Motor Mount Kit Gear Cover Lunchbox Grasshopper 16t 22t $10.95
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Tamiya Grasshopper Holiday Buggy RS380S Stock Motor 7435039
Tamiya Grasshopper Holiday Buggy RS380S Stock Motor 7435039 $0.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 5d 14h 33m

Tamiya 110 The Grasshopper 2005 W ESC EP RC Car Kit Off Road Buggy 58346
Tamiya 110 The Grasshopper 2005 W ESC EP RC Car Kit Off Road Buggy 58346 $70.00
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Tamiya Grasshopper Body w Decals Parts 0335062 0225001 9495468
Tamiya Grasshopper Body w Decals  Parts 0335062 0225001 9495468 $9.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 5d 14h 35m

Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper Screw Bag A B C D 9465639 19465652 9465116 9465107
Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper Screw Bag A B C D 9465639 19465652 9465116 9465107 $9.99
Time Remaining: 5d 14h 38m

Tamiya 0335062 Grasshopper Body White 58346
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Vintage Tamiya Original Grass Hopper Decal Sheet X8612 NIP 1980s
Vintage Tamiya Original Grass Hopper Decal Sheet  X8612 NIP 1980s $15.00
Time Remaining: 5d 14h 53m

Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper Lunch Box P parts Servo Saver 0115065
Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper Lunch Box P parts Servo Saver 0115065 $3.00
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Vintage Tamiya Screw Bag B X 8619 For Hornet Grass Hopper Pajaro NIP
Vintage Tamiya Screw Bag B X 8619 For Hornet Grass Hopper Pajaro NIP $2.50 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 5d 17h 56m

Never Run Vintage Tamiya 1984 1 10 The Grasshopper RC Car 58043
Never Run Vintage Tamiya 1984 1 10 The Grasshopper RC Car 58043 $199.99
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Tamiya Mini Grasshopper Terrain Titan Vintage
Tamiya Mini Grasshopper Terrain Titan Vintage $5.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 6d 9h 14m

TAMIYA 1988 Grasshopper II 1 10th scale R C HIGH PERFFORMANCE OFF ROAD RACER
TAMIYA 1988 Grasshopper II 1 10th scale R C HIGH PERFFORMANCE OFF ROAD RACER $100.00
Time Remaining: 6d 10h 16m

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
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VTG RC Tamiya Grasshopper Buggy Radio Controlled Car Only As Is Read
VTG RC Tamiya Grasshopper Buggy Radio Controlled Car Only As Is Read $0.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 6d 13h 49m

Tamiya Hornet Chassis New Grasshopper
Tamiya Hornet Chassis New Grasshopper $65.00
Time Remaining: 11d 7h 4m
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Tamiya Custom Hornet Grasshopper Frog FAV Wild One or similar Front Bumper
Tamiya Custom Hornet Grasshopper Frog FAV Wild One or similar Front Bumper $14.99
Time Remaining: 6d 15h 23m

VINTAGE TAMiYA 1988 THE GRASSHOPPER II RACE CAR CHASIS AND BODY
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Tamiya America Inc Grasshopper 2WD Off Road Kit TAM58346
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Vintage Tamiya Frog Grasshopper Hornet 3 Piece Front Wheels By AJS 0194
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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
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Tamiya Grasshopper Radio Control Vintage Rear Buggy Rims Tires New Old Stock
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Time Remaining: 4h 13m
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Tamiya Grasshopper Off Roader Chassis Pre Hornet Radio Control Vintage 1984
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Time Remaining: 8h 54m
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NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Parts CChassis Lid HORNET TG10
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Time Remaining: 15d 17h 51m
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Tamiya Frog Buggy Bumper Under Guard Set Frog Grasshopper Hornet NIB
Tamiya Frog Buggy Bumper Under Guard Set Frog Grasshopper Hornet NIB $15.00
Time Remaining: 9h 13m

Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper Tires 9805034
Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper Tires 9805034 $10.24
Time Remaining: 18d 5h 55m
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4 WAY WRENCH Frog 58041 Grasshopper 58043 Metric Tool RC Tamiya 50038 W
4 WAY WRENCH Frog 58041 Grasshopper 58043 Metric Tool RC Tamiya 50038 W $2.99 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 5d 19h 1m

Tamiya Rear Shaft for Grasshopper II Vintage 2
Tamiya Rear Shaft for Grasshopper II Vintage 2 $4.25
Time Remaining: 12h 24m

NEW TAMIYA FROG Wheels Rear GRASSHOPPER HORNET TF36
NEW TAMIYA FROG Wheels Rear GRASSHOPPER HORNET TF36 $7.99
Time Remaining: 9d 14h 57m
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TAMIYA LUNCHBOX GRASSHOPPER MOD FIGHT MIDNIGHT PUMPKIN HORNET Bearing Set
TAMIYA LUNCHBOX GRASSHOPPER MOD FIGHT MIDNIGHT PUMPKIN HORNET Bearing Set $5.50
Time Remaining: 12h 51m

New Tamiya GRASSHOPPER II 2 or SUPER HORNET A Part Tree Front Suspension
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Time Remaining: 1d 11h 19m
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Tamiya Grasshopper Hornet Parts Lot
Tamiya Grasshopper Hornet Parts Lot $9.99
Time Remaining: 13h 15m

Tamiya RC Hornet Grasshopper Frog 110 Scale GENUINE REAR TIRES 9805034
Tamiya RC Hornet Grasshopper Frog 110 Scale GENUINE REAR TIRES  9805034 $7.25
Time Remaining: 26d 9h 27m
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TAMIYA ASSEMBLY MANUAL GRASSHOPPER REISSUE 2005 NEW
TAMIYA ASSEMBLY MANUAL GRASSHOPPER REISSUE 2005 NEW $2.95
Time Remaining: 1d 6h 59m
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Tamiya Grasshopper New bearing Kit
Tamiya Grasshopper New bearing Kit $3.98
Time Remaining: 1d 16h 57m

ALLOY RIM TAMIYA SAND SCORCHER GRASSHOPPER FROG HORNET FIGHTING BUGGY SUPERCHAMP
ALLOY RIM TAMIYA SAND SCORCHER GRASSHOPPER FROG HORNET FIGHTING BUGGY SUPERCHAMP $59.99
Time Remaining: 14d 21h 43m
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6 LED RC Light Set Tamiya ClodbusterSuper Blackfoot Grasshopper Bruiser Fox VW
6 LED RC Light Set Tamiya ClodbusterSuper Blackfoot Grasshopper Bruiser Fox VW $9.99
Time Remaining: 2d 15h 10m

Tamiya Grasshopper Frog TBLE 02S Brushless Brushed Electronic Speed Control
Tamiya Grasshopper Frog TBLE 02S Brushless Brushed Electronic Speed Control $29.99
Time Remaining: 18d 18h 19m
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Tamiya RC Hornet Grasshopper Frog 110 GENUINE REAR TIRES AND WHEELS 9805034
Tamiya RC Hornet Grasshopper Frog 110 GENUINE REAR TIRES AND WHEELS  9805034 $16.95
Time Remaining: 9d 8h 18m
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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: 2d 16h 17m

NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Chassis HORNET TG5
NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Chassis HORNET TG5 $14.99
Time Remaining: 15d 17h 50m
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1984 TAMIYA 1 10 The GRASS HOPPER R C Vintage NIB
1984 TAMIYA 1 10 The GRASS HOPPER R C Vintage NIB $299.00
Time Remaining: 19d 9h 13m
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2mm WASHER The Grasshopper Hornet Super Clod Buster Boomerang RC Tamiya 9805758
2mm WASHER The Grasshopper Hornet Super Clod Buster Boomerang RC Tamiya 9805758 $2.99
Time Remaining: 3d 1h 14m

Tamiya Grasshopper Body
Tamiya Grasshopper Body $35.00
Time Remaining: 16d 13h 9m
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NEW TAMIYA HORNET Parts CChassis Lid GRASSHOPPER TH11
NEW TAMIYA HORNET Parts CChassis Lid GRASSHOPPER TH11 $8.99
Time Remaining: 15d 17h 54m
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Tamiya America TAM 110 Grasshopper Kit 58346 TAM58346
Tamiya America TAM 110 Grasshopper Kit 58346 TAM58346 $104.99
Time Remaining: 2d 10h 1m
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TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER HORNET STAINLESS SCREW SET UPGRADE RCPG ITEM 1101
TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER HORNET STAINLESS SCREW SET UPGRADE RCPG ITEM 1101 $11.99
Time Remaining: 3d 1h 14m

Tamiya 58346 RC Grasshopper 1 10 Re Release RC Car Ms
Tamiya 58346 RC Grasshopper 1 10 Re Release RC Car Ms $76.58
Time Remaining: 1d 20h 30m
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NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Screw Bag A 9465653 TG13
NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Screw Bag A 9465653 TG13 $6.99
Time Remaining: 21d 16h 43m
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TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER BODY + DECAL SHEET new 0335062 9495468 decals
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Time Remaining: 20d 7h 35m
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Tamiya grasshopper rc car $60.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 3d 5h 28m

NEW Tamiya Treaded Rear Tires Grasshopper 2 9805081 NIB
NEW Tamiya Treaded Rear Tires Grasshopper 2 9805081 NIB $10.49
Time Remaining: 26d 9h 32m
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NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER 380 MOTOR w 10 TOOTH PINION GEAR 7435039 GRASSHOPPER 2
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VINTAGE TAMIYA 110 RC Buggy tamiya 58043 Tamiya Grasshopper
VINTAGE TAMIYA 110 RC Buggy tamiya 58043 Tamiya Grasshopper $100.00
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VINTAGE TAMIYA MANUAL FOR ORIGINAL GRASSHOPPER Free Shipping
VINTAGE TAMIYA MANUAL FOR ORIGINAL GRASSHOPPER  Free Shipping $9.95 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 3d 15h 36m

Tamiya Grasshopper Frog Hornet or Sand Scorcer 4 Rim Wheel Set With Screw Bag A
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Time Remaining: 4d 23h 9m
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TRANSMISSION GEAR AXLE SET Grasshopper Hornet Tamiya 0005072 3555054 9115010
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New Tamiya F103 CARBON REINFORCED FRONT UPRIGHT Upgrade for Grasshopper Hornet
New Tamiya F103 CARBON REINFORCED FRONT UPRIGHT Upgrade for Grasshopper Hornet $9.99
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VINTAGE TAMIYA MANUAL FOR GRASSHOPPER II Free Shipping
VINTAGE TAMIYA MANUAL FOR GRASSHOPPER II  Free Shipping $9.95
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Alloy for Tamiya Lunch Box Midnight Pumpkin FAV Wild One Hornet Grasshopper CW01
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Tamiya Complete Chassis Set for New or Vintage Grass Hopper Buggy Frame Part Lot
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Vintage Tamiya x 8617 REAR SHAFT FOR GRASSHOPPER LUNCH BOX Buggy
Vintage Tamiya x 8617 REAR SHAFT FOR GRASSHOPPER LUNCH BOX Buggy $3.00
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Tamiya Grasshopper Body Set New
Tamiya Grasshopper Body Set New $35.00
Time Remaining: 11d 4h 56m
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BUMPER Grasshopper Super The Hornet Rising Fighter RC Tamiya 0445007 X7824
BUMPER Grasshopper Super The Hornet Rising Fighter RC Tamiya 0445007 X7824 $5.50
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New Tamiya C Part for Vintage GRASSHOPPER II 2 or SUPER HORNET RISING FIGHTER
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Vintage rc Tamiya Grasshopper Chassis Parts Lot w other Tammy wheels
Vintage rc Tamiya Grasshopper Chassis Parts Lot w other Tammy wheels $0.99
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TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER ESC TBLE 02S Speed Controller Control New
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TAMIYA ASSEMBLY MANUAL GRASSHOPPER REISSUE 2005 NEW
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