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In may 2003 I bought a used Grasshopper (first release). It was in good condition for a runner but I wanted to restore it to a shelf queen.
So from may 2003 till august 2003 I searched for the necessary NIB parts. When I had them all I didn't have the time to do the restoration so I had put it aside for a (long) while. Just when I wanted to start working on it Tamiya announced the re-release. At that moment I didn't really feel up to starting the restoration if a NIB would be in the shops a couple of weeks later.
After some time I forgot all about it. But in september 2007 I found back the box with the car and all the NIB parts. I didn't want to leave it like that so I restored it to new built.