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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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NEW Tamiya 1 10 Grasshopper 2WD Kit 58346 NIB
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Tamiya Grasshopper II 2 RTR buggy 540 ESC Ready to Go Fast Great Condition $61.00 (8 Bids)
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Tamiya 110 The Hornet Grasshopper
Tamiya 110 The Hornet Grasshopper $22.00
Time Remaining: 2d 7h 37m

Tamiya Grasshopper R C Off Road Buggy Kit TAM58346
Tamiya Grasshopper R C Off Road Buggy Kit TAM58346 $104.99
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Time Remaining: 3d 6h 51m

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1 10 TAMIYA Grasshopper Body Original White JAPAN Hornet MRC 10 Vintage RC $10.45 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3d 9h 19m

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RC Car Off Road Tamiya 58346 The Grasshopper New $129.99
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Time Remaining: 3d 10h 28m

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Tamiya x10215 Rear Shaft Grass Hopper 2 Vintage Original $7.00
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Time Remaining: 3d 6h 51m

NEW TAMIYA SAND SCORCHER Tires Front Grasshopper BUGGY CHAMP 1 10 TA26
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Time Remaining: 26d 6h 6m
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Time Remaining: 3d 6h 51m

NEW TAMIYA HORNET Parts CChassis Lid GRASSHOPPER TH11
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Time Remaining: 3d 6h 51m

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The Grasshopper 2005 Re release Off Road Racer 2WD Buggy Kit RC Tamiya 58346
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TROLL 15 TIRE SET RED TRACTR FIT TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER FREE SHIPPING NEW $15.00
Time Remaining: 3d 6h 51m

Tamiya RC Grasshopper Suspension Arms A Parts 0005164
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Time Remaining: 29d 23h 35m
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NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Body Decals TG3
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YOU G TH 8514 Side Nerf Guard Bar Blue HORNET GRASSHOPPER Tamiya NEW Vintage RC
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Time Remaining: 3d 10h 55m

NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Axle Front Uprights HORNET TG2
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Time Remaining: 13d 6h 15m
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Metal Shock Tower for Tamiya Hornet or Grasshopper CRP Vintage Style RC
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Time Remaining: 1d 44m
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TAMIYA SPEED CONTROLLER RESISTOR PLATES GRASSHOPPER HORNET BRAT BLKFTUSED
TAMIYA SPEED CONTROLLER RESISTOR PLATES GRASSHOPPER HORNET BRAT BLKFTUSED $1.00
Time Remaining: 2d 4h 23m

NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Diff Gears+Rear Axles HORNET TG6
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Time Remaining: 14d 8h 8m
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NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER MOTOR 380 +10T Pinion TG1
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Time Remaining: 14d 8h 8m
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TAMIYA ORIGINAL PARTS X8617 X2 AXLE GRASSHOPPER II NEW $3.00
Time Remaining: 2d 6h 43m

CHASSIS The Grasshopper 58043 58346 Hornet 58045 58336 Buggy RC Tamiya 0335050
CHASSIS The Grasshopper 58043 58346 Hornet 58045 58336 Buggy RC Tamiya 0335050 $15.99
Time Remaining: 11d 11h 52m
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NEW TAMIYA HORNET Screw Bag D 9465107 GRASSHOPPER TH18
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Tamiya Tool Kit Frog Blackfoot Hot Shot Grass Hopper
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Time Remaining: 4d 2h 48m
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NEW TAMIYA SUBARU BRAT Bumper FROG GRASSHOPPER HORNET TB9
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Time Remaining: 16d 7h 41m
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NEW TAMIYA SAND SCORCHER Tires Rear Grasshopper BUGGY CHAMP 1 10 TA27
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Time Remaining: 10d 7h 8m
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TAMIYA X8719 REAR SHAFT Grasshopper Hornet Lunch box midnight Pumpkin Hornet
TAMIYA X8719 REAR SHAFT Grasshopper Hornet Lunch box midnight Pumpkin Hornet $5.00
Time Remaining: 3d 1h 52m

NEW TAMIYA FROG Tires Rear Set GRASSHOPPER HORNET TF33
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Time Remaining: 9d 9h 11m
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NEW TAMIYA FROG Wheels Front GRASSHOPPER HORNET TF35
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Time Remaining: 26d 6h 20m
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TAMIYA SPEED CONTROLLER RESISTOR COVERS GRASSHOPPER HORNETBLKFTUSED
TAMIYA SPEED CONTROLLER RESISTOR COVERS GRASSHOPPER HORNETBLKFTUSED $1.00
Time Remaining: 3d 6h 51m

NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Parts B Diff Case HORNET LB TG9
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Time Remaining: 13d 6h 16m
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Tamiya Subaru Brat Frog Hornet Grasshopper Bumper New
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Time Remaining: 25d 22h 51m
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BUSHING SET Tamiya Wild One Fast Attack Grasshopper Hornet Lunchbox
BUSHING SET Tamiya Wild One Fast Attack Grasshopper Hornet Lunchbox $4.49
Time Remaining: 4d 4h 43m

NIB Tamiya 1984 1 10 The Grasshopper Buggy RC Car 58043
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Time Remaining: 1d 8h 26m
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VINTAGE ALLOY RIM FOR TAMIYA SAND SCORCHER GRASSHOPPER FROG HORNET SUPER CHAMP
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Time Remaining: 21d 14h 29m
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Tamiya RC spare parts MRC Resistor Plate Grasshopper Pajero Y4313 4305107
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Time Remaining: 9h 48m

Tamiya America Inc Grasshopper 2WD Off Road Kit TAM58346
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Time Remaining: 8d 6h 10m
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NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Bumper BRAT FROG HORNET TG4
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Time Remaining: 13d 6h 15m
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Time Remaining: 5d 6h 48m

Tamiya Vintage 58043 Grasshopper I C Parts 58043 TAM0005127
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Time Remaining: 8d 9h 52m
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Time Remaining: 4d 3h 22m

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NEW TAMIYA HORNET Parts Z Man FROG GRASSHOPPER TH14
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NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER Wheels Front FROG HORNET TG20
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New Tamiya C Part for Vintage GRASSHOPPER II 2 or SUPER HORNET RISING FIGHTER
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NEW TAMIYA HORNET Diff Gears+Rear Axles GRASSHOPPER TH7
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