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Tamiya 58346 The Grasshopper RC Car

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  • Construction type : assembly kit
  • Terrain use : off-road; Drive-train : 2WD RWD
  • 380 type motor (chassis compatible with 540 type motor - sold separately)
  • Requires A : 7.2 battery & chargerRequires B : 2-channel radio gearRequires C : TS plastic model paint
  • Independent swing axle front suspension, rolling rigid axle rear suspension
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Tamiya 58346 The Grasshopper RC Car + 7.2V Tenergy 3800mAh Flat NiMH High Power (38A Drain Rate) Battery Pack with Tamiya connector for RC Cars and Sumo Robots + Tenergy Smart Universal Charger for NiMH / NiCd Battery pack 7.2V - 12V with charging current Selection/Temperature Sensor
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Specifications

Skill Level 1
Assembly Time 4
Scale1:10
Fuel type Electric
Tire TypeRubber Pin Spike
Suspension TypeIndependent swing axle front suspension, rolling rigid axle rear suspension
Drive System2WD RWD
Model NumberTAM58346
Number of Puzzle Pieces1
Assembly RequiredYes
Batteries Required?Yes
Batteries Included?No
Material Type(s)The reprinted edition of Grasshopper, The integral-moulding body with which it is full of the feelings which use a precision tool is a product made of shock-proof polystyrene., The driver doll is also reproduced and a mood is raised., Chassis A simple and tough structure which is easy to assemble is the feature., Intensity adopted lightweight high monocoque structure.
Remote Control Included?No

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 8.8 x 5.3 inches ; 2.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B000BMVIGM
  • Item model number: TAM58346
  • Our recommended age: 15 years and up
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 15 years and up
  • Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required.
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,843 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Product Description

TAM58346 Grasshopper Electric Radio Control Race Buggy Kit by Tamiya. Based on 1-seater buggies seen tearing-up dirt tracks across the U.S. in the 80s, the Grasshopper first made its appearance in R/C stores in 1984. Boasting easy assembly and easy control, the lightweight Grasshopper proved an instant hit as the perfect entry level R/C kit. Also compatible with a whole range of option parts such as 540 motor and ball bearings, the Grasshopper was an entry level car that could keep up with the owners driving experience. Packed with all the fantastic features of the original kit, this fun 2WD buggy is a blast on both off-road and on-road tracks

The perfect combination of simple assembly and tough exterior is what made the Grasshopper so special. Durable plastic body is fastened to bathtub resin monocoque chassis by screws, creating a solid frame that can absorb any type of rough handling. Off-road tracks can be tackled with ease thanks to coil spring dampers, and independent swing axle front and rigid axle rear suspension. Diff loaded sealed gearbox keeps out the dirt and stones for smooth driving and cornering. Paddle style rear tires and grooved front tires combine with 3-piece assembly type wheels for excellent grip performance on dirt tracks. Half-body driver figure adds that finishing touch to a fun off-road R/C car

Required for operation
Radio: 2-Channel with servo
Battery: 6-cell flat with standard Tamiya connector
Charger: AC/DC timed or peak for 6-cell battery
Paint: PS for Polycarbonate/TS for ABS
Misc. Items: Building and track equipment

From the Manufacturer

Based on 1-seater buggies seen tearing-up dirt tracks across the U.S. in the 80's, the Grasshopper first made its appearance in R/C stores in 1984. Boasting easy assembly and easy control, the lightweight Grasshopper proved an instant hit as the perfect entry level R/C kit. Also compatible with a whole range of option parts such as 540 motor and ball bearings, the Grasshopper was an entry level car that could keep up with the owners driving experience. Packed with all the fantastic features of the original kit, this fun 2WD buggy is a blast on both off-road and on-road tracks. Whether it was your first or will be your first, the Grasshopper guarantees to please. Simple But Tough 2WD Chassis The perfect combination of simple assembly and tough exterior is what made the Grasshopper so special. Durable plastic body is fastened to bathtub resin monocoque chassis by screws, creating a solid frame that can absorb any type of rough handling. Off-road tracks can be tackled with ease thanks to coil spring dampers and independent swing axle front and rigid axle rear suspension. Diff loaded sealed gearbox keeps out the dirt and stones for smooth driving and cornering. Paddle style rear tires and grooved front tires combine with 3-piece assembly type wheels for excellent grip performance on dirt tracks. Half-body driver figure adds that finishing touch to a fun off-road R/C car.

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Customer Reviews

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63 of 73 people found the following review helpful By web silvis on October 18, 2010
I have had my grasshopper since 1987.it has been through everything you can possibly think of! Yes parts will eventually break, but that is the educational part, learning to repair simple mechanical things, and parts are not expensive. the motor and gears can be changed and upgraded as kids grow. great toy!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ben on January 9, 2014
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If you are looking for an entry level RC that you can take down to your local RC track, this is not the RC you want. It is a re-issued, vintage, entry level RC kit. It uses entry level 1980's technology, save for a couple upgrades. It is not going to compete or handle like the current RC models. This is essentially a durable hobby grade toy.

Nothing should be "missing" from the kit. "Missing" implies that it was supposed to be present with the kit. Tamiya's QA/QC and overall model quality are pretty superb. It is a hobby grade RC kit; meaning it does not include certain items, which is common for most hobby RC kits. The items not included in Grasshopper kit are the transmitter/receiver, battery/charger, servo, standard RC/model tools (hobby knife, small screw drivers, pliers, and file) and paint. It does come with a small hex wrench to fit the various nuts for the kit, but there was at least one nut that was in a position that was difficult to reach/tighten with the included wrench. So you may want to consider grabbing an RC tool kit that has small hex sockets.

The kit contents include a small box with all the bags of bolts, washers, nuts, screws and specialty parts (like the transmission gears and grease), a sturdy black resin chassis, a sturdy white resin body/cover, the tires, various injection moulding sprues (the kit pieces that are attached to frames), the decals, and the instructions. The instructions can also be downloaded online at the Tamiya website. Nothing is painted; everything is pretty much either black or white plastic (or metal). You will need to use a hobby knife or plier snips to cut out the kit pieces from the injection moulding sprues. You can either file down the leftover spurs or shave them off with the hobby knife.
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Invis on April 30, 2012
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I bought this for my boy last week and we sat and assembled it together over the weekend. If I had built it by myself with no interruptions, it would probably have taken 5 hours from opening the box to fully stickered up and driving. Zippy off the mark with the 380 motor, low top end and fun handling makes a perfect starter car for a youngster. My little chap has wanged it in to our tree, a sandbox, my foot and several other solid objects at a decent pace already and it's fine. Don't expect to hop this up too much as it's 80's buggy tech and minimal parts availability due to this. I did buy the ball bearing set for a tenner on Amazon though as that is well worth it. The included electronic speed controller is a TEU-104BK NOT the TEU-101BK. The 104BK is only rated for 25 turn or higher motors, but this shouldn't really matter as the 'hopper would be an uncontrollable nightmare if you upgraded it much past a stock Tamiya 540.
Top banana fun!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Brian J. Foshee on March 9, 2014
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I have purchased countless $50 or $100 RC cars. I wish I got this one first!! I had a grasshopper as a kid and eventually sold it (because I was stupid). Would have saved me so much money if I kept it. I know it would still be running. Sit down with your kid and put this car together. Follow the directions carefully and plan on at least a few hours to do it. Don't start in the middle of the living room floor. Use a project board or a location that can be secured. You probably wont do it in 1 sitting. The work is tedious but worth it! You can replace any part that breaks on this car! I made a mistake putting the gear box together but when it acted up I knew what I had done ... because I knew it inside and out!
If your kid will sit make them do the build with you. They will get a great education out of it and a respect for the car knowing they will have to do the repair if they break it.
My 10 year old has slammed this full speed into walls, jumped it off of 5 foot high jumps into end to end rolls, run it into mud and water... I have not replaced anything yet!
If your kid it 5 or older just get this one and avoid buying cheap ones over and over again. You will find yourself out there playing with it! So much fun!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By R. Hageman on March 13, 2014
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This isn't a bad car overall. I think there are probably better rtr models for the money though. Out of the box, you will need to additionally purchase a transmitter, batter pack, steering servo, charger and an electronic speed controller with reverse. All in all, I spent an additional $200+ on things I didn't realize I needed. Most likely my fault for not thoroughly reading everything initially before I made the purchase. I am new to the hobby so I am sure there are things I purchased that someone with more depth in the hobby could of avoided. The car isn't hard to assemble but you do need to be somewhat mechanically inclined to know you will have to change out certain things. If you plan on painting the wheels a different color - a word of caution - the plastic does not take well to spray painting or brush painting. Once assembled, this thing looks pretty cool and mine goes unbelievably fast. I purchased the larger motor at the recommendation of someone on here. I also purchased metal bearings and a metal gear for the motor.

Additional items I purchased: Futaba MC230CR ESC with Reverse 20+T, Futaba 2DR AM R162JE with 2 S3003 27/75MHz Transmitter (comes with 2 servos. You will have to change the x on the servo to the one supplied with the car), 7.2V Tenergy 3800mAh Flat NiMH High Power (38A Drain Rate) Battery Pack, Tenergy Smart Universal Charger for NiMH / NiCd Battery pack 7.2V - 12V, Tamiya 9805997 18T Pinion Gear for 540 Motor, Bearing Set Tamiya Lunchbox/Grasshopper Ball Bearings
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