98 RCCar Action.com
RC CAR ACTION
With Tamiya’s rereleased Grasshopper II
gracing the pages of this issue, we figured
it was time to take a look back at the
era that spawned the car: the
halcyon days of the mid-’80s,
when hobby-quality RC was
enjoying its first big boom and
Tamiya was riding high as the
top brand of the day. The first
iteration of the Grasshopper
appeared in “Project” trim in
our Winter 1987 issue, the last
quarterly issue before RCCA
went monthly and mere months
before Tamiya released the
Grasshopper II. Let’s see what
was happening back in the fifth
issue of RC Car Action...
Above and below: Tamiya sold a load of Grasshoppers in the ’80s,
and lots of brands copied the car. Our “Project” build started with
the stock car— we made you wait until the next issue before we even
bolted anything on!
;at’s a lot of sprint-car stu;. We liked to
load up the cover with lots of cars back then.
Dig the old logo with “Radio Control” in the
’80s-tastic Mistral font. You can also spot
Mistral on this month’s cover! Go look.
Kyosho was also knocking
out the hits, with some of
the most unique cars of
the era. Like this one: the
Fantom, a 1/12-scale pan car
with chain-driven 4 WD!
;e Marui Samurai remains one of the ’80s better-looking
buggies, and it was one of the many 4 WD machines that
used chain drive. We’ve come
a long way.
Compared to the Grasshopper, the Tamiya Falcon was high-tech with its independent front and rear suspension and oil
shocks. Watch out for flying dogbones though; the Falcon
liked to chuck ’em.
Cox was best known for
pie, it also o;ered rebadged
Kyosho cars. ;e Bandito
was actually a redressed
Everyone wanted in on the RC
game in the ’80s. Plastic-model brand Monogram
jumped in with the Tornado,
which was a rebranded Bandai.
Dig those shocks!