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Tamiya Rising Fighter

Tamiya rising fighter

Summary

  • Model #: 58416
  • Gallery: View
  • Released: 2008
  • Prebuilt: No
  • Category: Buggies
  • Chassis: Grasshopper II
  • Scale: 1/10
  • Use: Offroad
  • Style: 2WD buggy
  • Config: RR
  • Driveline: Gearbox
  • Body: ABS
  • Finished body: No
  • Susp. front: Swingarm
  • Susp. rear: Solid axle

Photo gallery samples

Visit the full Tamiya Rising FIghter gallery for more photos.

Video

JANG's Impressions

When I was a kid, there was a long stretch of time during which I wanted nothing more in life than a Tamiya Grasshopper. Fate didn't let me get one back then, but now, in my 30's, and quite unexpectedly, my childhood dream has finally been realized. Well, technically this isn't a Grasshopper, it's a Grasshopper II. In fact, I even prefer to unofficially call it the Grasshopper III since it has some further improvements. Close enough, though.

The Rising Fighter was released as the lowest of Tamiya's low-end RC buggy kits, retailing at $75-85 US brand new with a TEU101-BK ESC included. The design and features are, quite frankly, ancient. There were significantly more sophisticated vehicles produced by Nikko in their prime. The Rising Fighter does feature new larger-bore spring holders (I refuse to call them "shocks" as they have no shock absorption action whatsoever) which allow you to swap in actual 1/10th scale oil dampers if you have a spare set handy, and it runs modern-sized 2.2" buggy tires thanks to new hex adapters at the rear and DT-02 Desert Gator wheels all around.

Though the whole rear end of the vehicle, including the motor pod, transmission, and axles, are joined in one rigid structure, there is some side to side suspension articulation available thanks to a spring-loaded, floating attachment to the main chassis tub. It's difficult to say where this is a good or a bad thing, though, as the result is a disturbingly loud ride as the suspension clinks & clanks its way over surface imperfections, while still being limited by poor center clearance.

It's an interesting car; interesting mostly in that it was released in this century at all. Considering that you essentially pay $45 for the kit and $30 or so for the ESC, I suppose there's a case to be made when a child wants their first semi-serious RC car, and one or both parents wants to make it into a learning experience by purchasing an unassembled model, but doesn't want to spend more than the bare minimum necessary to get up & running.

 

The Build

Please see the full Tamiya Rising Fighter build thread on the forum for photos of the assembly process.