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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

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TAMIYA 1 10 SCALE HORNET GRASSHOPPER NEW ROLLING CHASSIS COMPLETE ESC $85.50
Time Remaining: 1d 18h 15m

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Tamiya Grasshopper Chassis and Spare Parts $7.00
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NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Body  Decals TG3 $31.99
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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 $49.99
Time Remaining: 1d 9h 49m

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Time Remaining: 9d 17h 43m
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Vintage Tamiya The Frog  Hornet Manual Lot RC Buggy Grasshopper Brat $8.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 5d 18h 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: 5d 21h 9m

GENUINE Tamiya RC Grasshopper Body 0335062 and Sticker Set 9495468
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vintage alloy rim COVER tamiya sand scorcher grasshopper frog hornet super champ $14.99
Time Remaining: 2d 6h 32m

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Time Remaining: 16h 11m

NEW TAMIYA HORNET Axle Uprights Front GRASSHOPPER TH3
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15 alloy wheel for tamiya sand scorcher grasshopper frog hornet super champ $39.99
Time Remaining: 1d 9h 41m

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Time Remaining: 4d 18h 21m
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Time Remaining: 29d 19h 42m
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Time Remaining: 2d 6h 43m

NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Tires Front FROG HORNET TG17
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Time Remaining: 29d 19h 43m
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Time Remaining: 9d 17h 43m
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Time Remaining: 14h 50m

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Time Remaining: 9d 17h 44m
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Tamiya 0335062 Grasshopper Body White 58346
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Time Remaining: 3d 11h 43m
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MRC TAMIYA 1988 RADIO CONTROL PRODUCTS CATALOG R C CARS GRASSHOPPER BLACKFOOT +
MRC TAMIYA 1988 RADIO CONTROL PRODUCTS CATALOG R C CARS GRASSHOPPER BLACKFOOT + $7.99
Time Remaining: 6d 13h 33m

Tamiya RC Hornet Grasshopper Frog 110 GENUINE REAR TIRES AND WHEELS 9805034
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Time Remaining: 21d 10h 47m
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Time Remaining: 18d 1h 40m
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Time Remaining: 5d 1h 14m
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Time Remaining: 8h 9m
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Time Remaining: 6d 18h 36m
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TAMIYA 1 10 GRASSHOPPER HORNET Front Shock Mounts and Front Springs
TAMIYA 1 10 GRASSHOPPER HORNET Front Shock Mounts and Front Springs $10.99
Time Remaining: 28d 20h 25m
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Tamiya x10215 Rear Shaft Grass Hopper 2 Vintage Original
Tamiya x10215 Rear Shaft Grass Hopper 2 Vintage Original $7.00
Time Remaining: 6d 13h 22m

NEW TAMIYA SUBARU BRAT Bumper FROG GRASSHOPPER HORNET TB9
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Time Remaining: 12d 19h 9m
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NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Parts B Diff Case HORNET LB TG9
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Time Remaining: 9d 17h 44m
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Time Remaining: 6d 13h 22m

NEW TAMIYA FROG Tires Rear Set GRASSHOPPER HORNET TF33
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Time Remaining: 5d 20h 39m
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NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Diff Gears+Rear Axles HORNET TG6
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Time Remaining: 10d 19h 36m
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Time Remaining: 3d 11h 32m
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NEW TAMIYA HORNET Tires Rear FROG GRASSHOPPER TH21
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Time Remaining: 16d 18h 54m
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10pc SEALED BALL BEARING SET Tamiya The Hornet Grasshopper RC
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Time Remaining: 5d 12h 43m
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TROLL 15 TIRE SET YEL KNOBBY FIT TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER FREE SHIPPING NEW
TROLL 15 TIRE SET YEL KNOBBY FIT TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER FREE SHIPPING NEW $15.00
Time Remaining: 6d 18h 26m

Tamiya Subaru Brat Frog Hornet Grasshopper Bumper New
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Time Remaining: 22d 10h 19m
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NEW TAMIYA HORNET Diff Gears+Rear Axles GRASSHOPPER TH7
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Time Remaining: 28d 15h 56m
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TROLL 15 TIRE SET YELTRACTR FIT TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER FREE SHIPPING NEW
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Time Remaining: 6d 18h 26m

CHASSIS The Grasshopper 58043 58346 Hornet 58045 58336 Buggy RC Tamiya 0335050
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Time Remaining: 7d 23h 20m
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Time Remaining: 4d 17h 38m
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TROLL 15 TIRE SET RED KNOBBY FIT TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER FREE SHIPPING NEW
TROLL 15 TIRE SET RED KNOBBY FIT TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER FREE SHIPPING NEW $15.00
Time Remaining: 6d 18h 26m

Tamiya Vintage 58043 Grasshopper I C Parts 58043 TAM0005127
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Time Remaining: 4d 21h 19m
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Time Remaining: 26d 12h
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Time Remaining: 6d 18h 26m

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Time Remaining: 29d 45m
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Time Remaining: 7d 6h 2m

Metal Shock Tower for Tamiya Hornet or Grasshopper CRP Vintage Style RC
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Time Remaining: 27d 12h 11m
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NEW TAMIYA HORNET Tires Front FROG GRASSHOPPER TH20
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Time Remaining: 16d 18h 54m
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Time Remaining: 4d 19h 12m

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Time Remaining: 28d 13h 46m
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Time Remaining: 4d 20h 42m

Original Vintage Tamiya The Grasshopper RC Car Futaba system
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NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Bumper BRAT FROG HORNET TG4
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NIB Tamiya 1984 1 10 The Grasshopper Buggy RC Car 58043
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Time Remaining: 27d 20h 36m
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Tamiya RC Hornet Frog Grasshopper 110 Scale GENUINE FRONT WHEELS 0555066
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Time Remaining: 13d 17h 20m
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IMPACT working Headlight on Tamiya 1 10 Frog Grasshopper Hotshot other buggies
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Time Remaining: 3d 4h 47m

TAMIYA LUNCHBOX GRASSHOPPER MOD FIGHT MIDNIGHT PUMPKIN HORNET Bearing Set
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NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Wheels Front FROG HORNET TG20
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