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Bueno
09-06-2007, 02:44 PM
Hello all...

New to the boards, but been into R/C cars(Tamiya only) for a long time. I'm not the "chosen one" when it comes to R/C cars, but I can build and drive them pretty well and I know a thing or two. Still, compared to many of you, I'm oatmeal north of the eyebrows.


First car was a Tamiya Fox that I got when I was about 10 years old. Since then, I've had Tamiya Mini Cooper, Tamiya BMW Mini, Wild willy 2, Super Hornet, Blitzer Beetle, and a Ford Escort Cosworth. Due to Financial constraints andf the fact that I got married, I had to sell all but the BMW Mini and the Wild Willy 2. At the time Tamiya cars were going in a different direction and I was mainly into Tamiya because of their realistic detail, ease in assembly, multiple kits, easy to find replacement parts... more and more, kits got discontinued I missed the days of the Frog, Grasshopper, Fox, Wild Willy, Boomerang, etc...

Now tamiya is re releasing the kits and I'm going to get several. Right now, I'm trying to decide between the Grasshopper and the Frog. I will get both, but the grasshopper is obviously more affordable, easy to build and was one of the cars I've always wanted since it is to R/C cars what Hank Aaron is to baseball... I know the Frog is not that much more expensive and has alot more upgrades and will have better performance, but I still love the grasshopper.

The main concern that I have with the frog is what I read about the driveshafts falling out on extreme runs, I helped my friend build a Tamiya Falcon and I swear that the damn dogbones fell out EVERY time the car rolled over the slightest bump. It was VERY frustrating. Is this the same situation with the Frog or is it more sturdy than that. Also, any tips or advice from any of you that own or have owned either and what your experiences were with each.

FESTER2004
09-07-2007, 12:43 AM
i think tamiya has resolved the issue with the dog bones on the release frog.

the grasshopper can take a beatn',i had several of them,lol

i once put together a tamiya mad bull kit in under 45 minutes