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model  58043:  The Grasshopper    [ click here for more The Grasshoppers ]
status  New built
date entered  21/10/2011 13:14:44
description  Hi buddies, just a little entry so please no fireworks Paintng the bodyshell has been a nightmare because the paint peeled off after two days (and I perfectly cleaned the body before the spray...). Bought yellow rims which I didn`t like with the `sand` colour of the bodyshell. The number decals are for a 1/5 RC car, too late... BUT after all these troubles I am pleased now and I could't wait more to show it. Simple, classic buggy with almost everything standard. 540-J motor, Losi spring, Parma Lexan bodyshell, Shumacher tires on Madcap rims, Maverick radio set and that`s it Cheers Stefano
 
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mongoose1983  04/01/2013 05:13:40
I like the color. Must be one hell of a racer with that electronic setup!

the-way  14/11/2011 16:50:52
Thank you Percymon. The tires are vintage (80's) hence the size just right for the rims. Bought them on ebay auction for 4 no idea what brand they are as are not marked. Cheers buddy
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Percymon  14/11/2011 15:39:10
Great looking 'hopper - what make of front tyres are those, as not many fit the Astute type rims. ?

the-way  21/10/2011 23:52:53
Hi James, thank you very much! Yes you have to love the Grasshopper for its semplicity and madness. Glad you noticed the shocks issue: yes, I kept the standard shocks just using Losi coloured springs to match the big Tamiya white decal. I have a nice aftermarket rear shocks mount, Hornet oil filled shocks plus other `bling` shocks but I`ve decided to follow the standard scheme to keep the Grasshopper basic as it should be. Its a reliable almost unbreakable car born just to deliver fun not to impress or win any prize. If I go out with my son and we want have fun and laugh I take my Grasshopper no doubt
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the-way  21/10/2011 23:14:38
Yes Tony, that`s the idea
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tonysmini  21/10/2011 22:08:31
Camel Trophy Hopper would be good, with a winch, tools and sand rails on a roof rack?

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MAD-BEE  21/10/2011 22:07:10
Wow!! this baby looks great! That wheel/tyre combo look ace especially those funky fronts!! The number 2 decal works fine buddy and the shell is a fine looking replica that parma has made there and you have done it justice my friend! different..but cool colour too! I love the fact you have not changed the suspension as the Grasshopper is i think we all agree a Legend in this game and its bouncy performance is part of that legacy!! This buggy does not win many prizes in the high perfomance stake....but its one of the very best buggies to drive for out and out fun and has massive reputation in Tamiya history and probably makes more of us smile when driving it than not!! Good job and have a nice time in Italy Stefano, All the best james.

the-way  21/10/2011 20:00:28
Thank you Steve I went through so many kinds of `browns` `yellows` `coppers` colors to find the one I wanted. Just need to stick on it the real mud now
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pastimesteve  21/10/2011 19:53:11
That looks great! The body color, combined with the black wheels, is an awesome look.

the-way  21/10/2011 19:52:00
Thank you sof101. It has been a hard choice to decide what color and decals, between five cans of paint and dozens of decals sheets.. It takes more time for me to decide what decals to use than build the whole car Cheers buddy
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sof101  21/10/2011 19:31:38
what a great looking hopper imho the best ive seen really like the colour decal combo nice work !!

the-way  21/10/2011 19:24:50
Cheers Tony, we saw almost everything with the Grasshoppers models but it`s still interesting to see how exciting is to build this car again and again just additing few things. I am thinking to do a `Camel Trophy` version next time
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the-way  21/10/2011 19:01:19
Yes, CASE1 I was looking to do something different just to fresh up the always loved classic
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tonysmini  21/10/2011 18:11:11
That looks amazing Stefano. It's a good modern slant on an old classic buggy.

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CASE1  21/10/2011 18:00:08
looking different and good!

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breck  21/10/2011 14:53:00
Very cool original looking Grass Hopper!! I like the colors

the-way  21/10/2011 14:28:57
...before the mud splashes Thank you JWeston
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JWeston  21/10/2011 14:25:13
looks very smart

the-way  21/10/2011 14:06:17
Thank you Jez, the black looks more `real` and I like the `half` color theme Sand/Black. Cheers
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crazyhare  21/10/2011 13:51:07
That's one mean 'hopper Stef, you were right about the wheels too, it's much better with the black ones.

the-way  21/10/2011 13:45:35
Cheers Singleseven, I owned few Grasshoppers and I try always to do something different with them. I love this easy buggy
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Singleseven  21/10/2011 13:39:32
Nice addition to your showroom. Your models have a particular styling which I like; nice work!

 

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