« 16″ x 16″ Fossil and Red Onyx Stone Chess Sets KUFA Telescope Landing Net (Hoop: 23″x23″,Handle:27″~47″) LND30 » 3 thoughts on “Tamiya 58346 The Grasshopper RC Car” 63 of 73 people found the following review helpful generations of fun, October 18, 2010 By web silvis (CORNELIUS, OR, US) – This review is from: Tamiya 58346 The Grasshopper RC Car (Toy) 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! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comments (2) Reply 10 of 10 people found the following review helpful Great vintage RC kit!, January 9, 2014 By Ben “Ben” (Chicago Suburbs) – Verified Purchase(What’s this?) This review is from: Tamiya 58346 The Grasshopper RC Car (Toy) 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. The kit is easy and fun to assemble. You have some upgrade options, which include a better motor (the Tamiya RS540 seems to be the most popular, but you will also need an 18T pinion gear if you buy the RS540 motor) and sealed bearings. The sealed bearings used for the kit includes one (1) 5x8x2.5 bearing and nine (9) 5x11x4 bearings. It doesn’t have to be Tamiya brand bearings (I used Traxxas aftermarket bearings for the 5x8x2.5) and you might have luck with these at your local hobby shop. The bearings are an ideal upgrade since the included “bearings” are pretty much just plastic or metal spacers. The one thing that you will really need to pay attention to when assembling the kit are the wheels. They come in three peices per wheel plus the tire. Once they are put together, they are very hard to take apart without gouging the plastic rims. So make sure the back tire treads are oriented properly and if you decide to paint, you are best off painting each piece separate before you assemble them. Another detail: if you decide to leave the center piece unpainted/white/different color like I did for contrast, be sure to either file the back side of the other two pieces clean or paint both the front and back of the other two pieces, as the back side of the other two pieces are slightly visible when assembled. Finally, you will need to paint the outer edges of the rims; they also show slightly when assembled. If you want the same exact color scheme as the picture on the box, the instructions tell you which Tamiya paint colors to use. TS-26 (Pure White Spray Lacquer) for the main body color. X-18 (semi-gloss black) for the roll cage bars. X-11 (gloss chrome silver) for the body detail. TS-26 (Pure White Spray Lacquer), XF-1 (flat black), XF-2 (flat white), XF-15 (flat flesh), and X-18 (semi-gloss black) for the driver. Alternatively, you can paint the kit whatever colors you want and used some, all, or none of the provided decals. That is the beauty of building the kit yourself 🙂 I found that the local hobby shop was cheaper to buy the paint I wanted than to get Tamiya brand paint online. I went with a mica blue, white, and fluorescent orange color scheme using mainly testors paint. If you plan on doing a bit of detail painting, grab some high quality brushes, otherwise you will be spending a bit of time picking out loose brush hairs from your paint job. You can use pretty much any standard servo, I used the futaba brand. Roughly the same applies to the transmitter and receiver (both of which come together), again I used futaba’s brand, the base model 2ch transmitter, which also came with servos. Not many transmitters include servos, just fyi. For the battery, I used the Tenergy 3800mAh combo with the smart charger. After all is said and done, you will be spending about two hundred fifty-ish on this kit. Pros: Fun to build, great quality (vintage) RC kit, pretty simple (less parts to break), durable and easy to use. Cons: A bit pricey, vintage 1980’s technology (good and bad), limited upgrades, not a big aftermarket for replacement parts – once… Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comments (2) Reply 30 of 37 people found the following review helpful Grasshopper – Happy Days, April 30, 2012 By Invis – Verified Purchase(What’s this?) This review is from: Tamiya 58346 The Grasshopper RC Car (Toy) 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!! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Reply Leave a comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.