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Grasshopper Review Tamiya

Grasshopper Review

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Tamiya have been making entry level Radio Controlled cars for years. The Grasshopper is one of their cheaper models and as such ideal for novice r/c hobbiest's and families.

What type of R/C car is this?

A bucket chassis simplifies construction and offers a solid base on which to build. The kit includes a 540 Brush Based Motor and is 2WD.

Options and expansion

As with all these entry level Tamiya kits you can upgrade the motor and battery for some extra performance. But the heft of these beginner buggies doesn't lend itself to high performance parts.

Build Quality

Although generally solid the chassis and suspension are largely plastic. The bumper too doesn't feel all that robust, and relies more on flex than stopping power. The shocks are also the almost abandoned friction variety.

Although this has been designed around an entry R/C hobbiest, these days there are more robust and cheaper alternatives.

Time and difficulty to build

Building a Grasshopper is about as easy as things get for kit Radio Controlled cars. Newcomers need to know that any of these kits take at least 5 or six hours to assemble. The Grasshopper saves you time because of a pre built differential, rear wheel drive set-up and straight forward suspension.

Maintenance

The open chassis means that for very muddy sessions the internals may need some cleaning attention. But for general wear and tear the solid cockpit and body shell just need an easy wipe down.

Conclusion

Although in its day the Grasshopper was a great introduction for the new R/C hobbiest. New materials and greater competition in the intervening years mean that there are cheaper and more robust options available from the likes of Step Up and HPI. That said, the Grasshopper remains an iconic R/C car that won it's place in our hearts back in the late 80's. Sentimental but true.

Written by Rupert Stelling

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Rupert Stelling writes the Radio Controlled Gamer column.

"Having grown up racing Tamiya radio and remote controlled cars and trucks I was keen to get my kids started on the same hobby. Here, I share my R/C reviews and guides to getting started in this electric and petrol powered world."


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