Model: 58043: The Grasshopper
Status: New built
Date: 21-Oct-2011
Comments: 22

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





Comments

Singleseven

21-Oct-2011

Nice addition to your showroom. Your models have a particular styling which I like; nice work!

the-way

21-Oct-2011

Cheers Singleseven, I owned few Grasshoppers and I try always to do something different with them. I love this easy buggy

crazyhare

21-Oct-2011

That's one mean 'hopper Stef, you were right about the wheels too, it's much better with the black ones.

the-way

21-Oct-2011

Thank you Jez, the black looks more `real` and I like the `half` color theme Sand/Black. Cheers

JWeston

21-Oct-2011

looks very smart

the-way

21-Oct-2011

...before the mud splashes Thank you JWeston

breck

21-Oct-2011

Very cool original looking Grass Hopper!! I like the colors

CASE1

21-Oct-2011

looking different and good!

tonysmini

21-Oct-2011

That looks amazing Stefano. It's a good modern slant on an old classic buggy.

the-way

21-Oct-2011

Yes, CASE1 I was looking to do something different just to fresh up the always loved classic

the-way

21-Oct-2011

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

sof101

21-Oct-2011

what a great looking hopper imho the best ive seen really like the colour decal combo nice work !!

the-way

21-Oct-2011

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

pastimesteve

21-Oct-2011

That looks great! The body color, combined with the black wheels, is an awesome look.

the-way

21-Oct-2011

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

MAD-BEE

21-Oct-2011

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.

tonysmini

21-Oct-2011

Camel Trophy Hopper would be good, with a winch, tools and sand rails on a roof rack?

the-way

21-Oct-2011

Yes Tony, that`s the idea

the-way

21-Oct-2011

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

Percymon

14-Nov-2011

Great looking 'hopper - what make of front tyres are those, as not many fit the Astute type rims. ?

the-way

14-Nov-2011

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

mongoose1983

4-Jan-2013

I like the color. Must be one hell of a racer with that electronic setup!


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