Anyone got a Tamiya Grasshopper?
I had a Tamils mud blaster 20 yrs ago, which shared the same chassis. In fact I swooped some parts from an old grasshopper chassis onto my truck. Not sure if it still the same, but the chassis were like a bolted together frame construction, with the guts inside, rather than being a tub type chassis.
They were well made back in the day, although I remember the car shells used to take a beating. The chassis was much better made than the likes of other models from the era, like the hornet.
Probably not the most mature of advice, but I would say get one!Posted 4 years agonoseminebMember
Not a grasshopper but i ve got 2 Tamiya madbulls for me and the lad. He is nearly 8 and loves it.Posted 4 years ago
Were getting about half an hour play from a 3000mah battery.
He manages to trash his quite a lot mainly through hard crashes but they’re pretty cheap to fix and all parts can be had easily.
Not getting much use now, 6 months on, but we thrashed them most nights through winter.mogrimMember
My memory of them, way back in the day, was that they were barely controllable.
The Grasshopper? It only had the little 380 motor, you had to upgrade to a 540 for that to happen…
I’m thinking of getting one for me and my lad to mess about with.
Are they any good or will it break inside 30 minutes.
Remember mine being great fun, and fun to build too. And as you’ve built it yourself you’ll have a much better idea at how to fix stuff as well. Most breakages were cosmetic IIRC, I don’t remember many serious problems. I’d say go for it!Posted 4 years agogribbleMember
The four wheel drive ones were the envy of all the other kids. Very well engineered and looking back, they were probably the precursor to Audi ownership. I.E. we are rude about them when we can’t have one, but really wouldn’t mind one of those pimped Quattro things. I remember a model called an Avanti looking like the mutt’s nuts.
Agree most breakages cosmetic. I think he batteries are better these days, used to get at best 18 minutes with a 540 motor. If you want proper uncontrollable comedy, they make a new version of the Wild Willy.Posted 4 years agojambalayaSubscriber
@harry – if you want it just buy, dont try and hide behind the “it’s for me son” – thisnisninenof the joys of fatherhood – buying the toys you wanted 🙂
Fwiw I didn’t have the rc cars but am a fan of the models which were (are) high quality. Was bought an indoor rc helicopter for my 50th – it’s great funPosted 4 years agoMatt24kSubscriber
I had a Boomerang 4WD and it was great fun. The only problem was the front bumper/wing which would snap every time I let someone else drive it. I bought an aftermarket bumper/wing which was much more flexible.Posted 4 years ago
I’m sure battery tech has moved on in the last 20 years but I would still get a second battery and a quick charger as 10 minutes of manic hooning around is never enough!MilkieMember
I personally would not go for a Tamiya Grasshopper. The shocks are not oil filled, giving poor handling, it will bounce around. The speed controller is pretty rubbish making it hard to control acceleration and braking, not to mention the poor motor is comes with. I expect the servo’s are pretty slow too as they give you a shitty motor.
I swear the only reason these things sell is due to nostalgia.
The only thing going for these is the parts are cheap… But then most decent quality RC parts are also cheap.Posted 4 years agoPigfaceMember
Jes says crazy expensive, Milkie says cheap 😕
I have a Tamiya Astute, it was much more fun to build than to drive, battery would last about 8 mins, very tricky to drive but it did donut brilliantly.
I would love something electric that would go for about 20 mins but dont think it is possible.
The “petrol” ones are to noisy and how long does an engine last when it revs like that? 😆Posted 4 years agoHarry_the_SpiderSubscriber
Budget is £150 for everything and I want a kit that me and the lad can build, fix and understand. Getting something that is ready to go out of the box won’t teach him (or me) anything.
Not too fussed about performance as we won’t be racing it. We’ll just be messing about with it in the garden and on the park.Posted 4 years agoKryton57Subscriber
2wd isn’t difficult. I used to race a heavily modified Falcon and win. I actually got thrown out if one club I tried to joined after winning ALL the races on the first (free) meet. I don’t think they liked it.
Luckily my son is 4 – 2 years older and I would have bought that kit and re-entered the fray!Posted 4 years agoandysblacksoulMember
Had a Grasshopper when I was a kid, loved it and it started a 3 year love affair when I took up racing every Sunday. I quickly discovered how slow it was (even with 540 motor and 13T pinion gear and moved on to a Kyosho Optima (and won trophies with it)
The nice thing with Tamiyas is they’re easy to get spares for and easy to fix cheaply.
Might be worth buying some extra front end components up front (bumpers, wishbones etc) as they’re the most likely to break and you can have it up and running again in minutes
You can also change the gearing to reduce speed (and extend battery time) which is good for little ones enjoyment and patience.
HTHPosted 4 years ago
Incidentally, there’s been a few threads on this lately.
Some useful info there, the first thread especially.
(Must. Not. Visit. Rossendale. Models. Drove past it only last week.)Posted 4 years agoknottinbotswanaMember
Bought a contemporary one from JE Models as they did international shipping.
Relatively simple to build and pretty robust (assumes your child has mechanical sympathy – we hide it when cousins are visiting…)
Chose the digital radio and ESC option (had one 20yrs ago with a variable resistor…), I also replaced the plastic bushes with metal bearings from eBay (Hong Kong seller) – runs a bit smoother, so presumably more play-time
Battery is good for 20 minutes or so and is 7.2V Ni-Cad, if memory serves me right. Buy 2 or 3 for extended play.
Posted 4 years ago
(Must. Not. Visit. Rossendale. Models. Drove past it only last week.)
I walk past it every day when I’m at work 😀
Magnetic, that shop.
They recommended one of these:
The one with the faster, brushless motor is £200, ready built.
If you could buy one as a kit, I think I might have succumbed already.Posted 4 years agomolgripsSubscriber
The “petrol” ones are to noisy and how long does an engine last when it revs like that?
Those engines are amazing, the only moving parts are the piston, con rod and crankshaft that’s it. That’s how they can rev so fast – that and the fact that the piston weighs a few grammes!Posted 4 years agoVan HalenMember
the tamiya RC car i got from my parents as a crimbo present was probably the greatest present ever.
As a dad dont expect to be part of teh build process. My dad is still gutted that i`d pretty much built it before he got chance to have a look in. (thanks nan and uncle for your most timely visits – sorry i didnt see you)
mine sits pride of place in the garage and is excellent fun on the pump track… just need another to race…Posted 4 years ago
Given that I’ve just found my guide book and tallied it up with the list here, the car’s 1993 vintage so “two decades” is pretty much on the money.
Because it always cornered like a bag of nails, I bought a hop-up suspension kit from eBay a couple of years back. Fitted the new shocks but at the time couldn’t find the bag with all the controllers and gubbins in. I’m suddenly quite excited about this, juts hope the NiCad isn’t deader than tank tops.Posted 4 years agoVan HalenMember
i use ni cads for my home brew night riding lights. i`ve got a few high capacity ones…
i find if they are too high capacity they take too long to re-charge between bursts of flat out fun.
i need to get a more efficient speed controller and maybe a mre efficient motor as mines still stock, and maybe bearings…… must.resist.Posted 4 years ago
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