Tamiya Grasshopper “Snow Hopper” by Jeffrey Transou
Jeff started with an original vintage Grasshopper that he reinvigorated with a few re-release parts, and then things started to get crazy. The reworked front suspension is part CRP nylon, part custom-designed and water jet-cut aluminum with inboard cantilevered vintage You-G shocks. You-G shocks are also used out back with a custom fifth shock mount. Jeff tells us that this was an idea that he first had as a kid that that he’s finally been able to build as an adult, and he kept it vintage-themed, using all vintage electronics, including the Grasshopper’s original mechanical speed control and his favorite vintage Hitec radio equipment. Jeff fabricated the nerf bars, front bumper, vintage-looking ski set, and added dual rear wheel adapters. He dressed the body up like a snow rescue vehicle with a roof rack and accessories, and an auxiliary light kit. It doesn’t snow much in Long Beach, so Jeff fabricated his own snow for the photo too.
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