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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

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
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NEW Tamiya 1 10 Grasshopper 2WD Kit 58346 NIB
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58346 Tamiya 1 10 The Grasshopper RC R C Kit Re Release
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Tamiya Grasshopper Body w Decals Parts 0335062 0225001 9495468
Tamiya Grasshopper Body w Decals  Parts 0335062 0225001 9495468 $21.50 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 21h 34m

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TAMIYA RC Car TAM58346 The GRASSHOPPER Kit 1 10 w Tracking
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Vintage Tamiya Grasshopper 2 Super Hornet
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TAMIYA 84416 RC Grasshopper Black Edition with TBLE 02S ESC NEW IN BOX
TAMIYA  84416 RC Grasshopper Black Edition with TBLE 02S ESC NEW IN BOX $118.00
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Tamiya 58346 RC Grasshopper 1 10 Re Release RC Car Do
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Tamiya The Grasshopper II Hoppin Mad Radio Controlled Car used Rare As Is $75.00
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Tamiya America TAM 110 Grasshopper Kit 58346 TAM58346
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Tamiya 110 The Grasshopper 2005 W ESC EP RC Car Kit Off Road Buggy 58346
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Time Remaining: 5d 19h 17m

1984 Tamiya The Grasshopper 1 10th scale R C High Performance Off Road Racer
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Time Remaining: 2d 10h 6m

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Time Remaining: 2d 19h 31m

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Tamiya 58346 The Grasshopper RC Car
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Time Remaining: 5d 19h 17m

Tamiya Grasshopper Body
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Time Remaining: 5d 21h 27m

New Tamiya F103 CARBON REINFORCED FRONT UPRIGHT Upgrade for Grasshopper Hornet
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Time Remaining: 5d 22h 54m

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TAMIYA ORIGNAL PARTS X8613 A TREE GRASSHOPPER HORNET NEW $4.00
Time Remaining: 6d 20h 36m

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Time Remaining: 25d 17h 18m
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NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER MOTOR 380 +10T Pinion TG1
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TAMIYA ORIGNAL PARTS X8615 C TREE GRASSHOPPER HORNET NEW
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Time Remaining: 6d 20h 36m

Never Run Vintage Tamiya 1984 1 10 The Grasshopper RC Car 58043
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VINTAGE TAMiYA 1988 THE GRASSHOPPER II RACE CAR CHASIS
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Time Remaining: 19h 29m
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TAMIYA 0005341 C PARTS TREE 58124 GRASSHOPPER II 2 SUPER HORNET RISING FIGHTER
TAMIYA 0005341 C PARTS TREE 58124 GRASSHOPPER II 2 SUPER HORNET RISING FIGHTER $5.00
Time Remaining: 1d 20h 13m

Tamiya Grasshopper Sand Scorcher 4 Tire Set for New or Vintage Model RC Car
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Time Remaining: 17d 20h 20m
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4 WAY WRENCH Frog 58041 Grasshopper 58043 Metric Tool RC Tamiya 50038 W
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Time Remaining: 2d 7m
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NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Axle Front Uprights HORNET TG2
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Time Remaining: 25d 21h 32m
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NEW TAMIYA HORNET Parts Z Man FROG GRASSHOPPER TH14
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Time Remaining: 7d 20h 52m
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Alloy for Tamiya Lunch Box Midnight Pumpkin FAV Wild One Hornet Grasshopper CW01
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Time Remaining: 8d 3h 28m
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Time Remaining: 8d 21h 51m
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NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Parts A Arm LUNCH BOX HORNET TG8
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Time Remaining: 20h 25m
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Parma 1 10th Scale Tamiya Grasshopper Clear Body PAR10257
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Time Remaining: 26d 18h 27m
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ALLOY RIM TAMIYA SAND SCORCHER GRASSHOPPER FROG HORNET FIGHTING BUGGY SUPERCHAMP
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Original Vintage Tamiya GRASSHOPPER RC CAR
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Time Remaining: 18d 2h 25m
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Tamiya RC Hornet Grasshopper Frog 110 Scale GENUINE REAR TIRES 9805034
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Time Remaining: 15h 46m
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Time Remaining: 1d 56m
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NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Parts B Diff Case HORNET LB TG9
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Vintage Tamiya Hornet Parma Rear Dual Wheel Adaptor Set Grasshopper 13002
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Tamiya Grasshopper Hornet Front Springs New Loose
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GENUINE Tamiya RC GRASSHOPPER Body 0335062 and Sticker Set 9495468
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Tamiya Grasshopper Body Set New
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