I am very, very excited because i have here an extremely old toy grade: buggy doesn’t, sound fantastic when you put it like that. I’Ll i’ll admit that but hold your horses. This is a tail heads up, hopper sold in north america, as the taiko heads up, harbor um taiko brand was bought by mattel in 97, but in america taiko um. So what is a tail heads up, popper and what’s with the name for a start? Well, the hopper series of cars were built by tile, slash taiko um as a budget alternative to tamiyas, so they nicked the hopper name from the grasshopper, because the grasshopper was such a hit and people referred to it as the hopper, so they they decided to call All their stuff hoppers, so you had the turbo hopper, the jet hopper, the mini hopper and heads up hopper. So hopper was basically taiko, slash tails buggy. This one was called heads up because it actually had quite a cool feature for the time in that the driver’s head turned with the steering. I don’t know if it’s a separate servo or if it’s marked to the same servo with it with another steering arm or whatever, but yeah the driver’s head turns with the sting which is quite cool it’s a bit exaggerated. If i remember correctly um, because you know if you’re driving, especially driving fast and you’re, turning to the right, for example, you turn the wheel to the right, but you look sort of through the corner.
So you you’re still on the windscreen here, and you start turning a little bit about it. You don’t go which is kind of what it does but that’s fine. Why have i got this right? This is kind of styled your trip. Basically, you may recall that my tamiya tl01 uh, alfredo 155 v6 ti bosch, which was my first ever hobby grade. Actually not that exact one. But i got that a few years ago because i was trying to recapture um. You know the nostalgia, because i sold that years and years and years ago this so that was my first holiday of great rc. This is my first rc full stop. This is the first one i ever had. I had it since i was really young, probably primary school young, to those of you in different countries, probably somewhere between five and seven years old, eight years old. Maybe i was, i remember: no, it must have been younger than that because i chose it when i stayed in my original home from my childhood and i moved to this. One was so would have been seven at the very oldest anyway uh. So yes, i’m recapturing. My childhood, with this one i’ve, actually looked for this exact one for many many years, probably in excess of five years six years, i actually got in contact with a guy in australia who specializes in vintage rc’s to try, and i couldn’t remember what it was called And he helped me, you know ascertain what it was.
What i was looking for, um i couldn’t find one because this was much more common as black, i believe, maybe red, but the yellow version was super rare and it was the yellow one i had and the reason it was a yellow one i had is back In the day when i was very young um, i must be younger than seven then, because i’m, just thinking back, we were big fans of nigel mansell and in formula one, he drove with a red five that’s his number, and this has a red five, which is Why my dad said you should maybe well i’d, give me an option of which one to pick – and i picked one with the red five and uh mansell stopped racing competitively when i was very young, um, so probably younger than seven but anyway yeah this. This is it this is coming back into my childhood. I managed to get this at a reasonable price and what i do know of it is according to the ebay, uh description cell tape over the stickers, because they were lifting now i’m hoping it doesn’t mean the celtics being. You know, put a flat over them completely. Uh more on the edges or whatever, because if you’ve done that, there’s no there’s, no coming back from that, you can’t lift it again. It’Ll tear the stickers or lift the surface off the table or whatever. So i haven’t looked in this box, yet at all i’ve got no idea what it looks like um i’ve actually had this for several weeks because it arrived before there for offshore before we open it.
We’Ll have a look at the box here. It says here: 27 kilometers an hour that’s about 16.8 miles an hour um, so um toy grade speed, but back in the day, wasn’t too bad it’s on a 9 volt battery – and you see here – oh that’s, horrible um you’ve got the slow charger. The 9v battery there’s the battery pack. What is it? Is it just a bunch of what 9.6 support? Sorry, not 9 volts 9.64 enabled for the transmitter 9.6 volts for the car uh nicad? Okay, i wonder if it’s one of these ones, which is just a bunch of but a batteries, doubly battery stuck together, um, it says it has a terrible boost mode um. I think that’s just a green light on the transmitter, because you you open it up and i don’t think i might be wrong or test it. I don’t think there’s a step like a turbo boost in your esc. You know when you, when you’re, when you go flat out and you for you, know, half a second or whatever then you’ve got a spike in certain raised categories. You’Ve got turbo waste boost button. I don’t think this is the case. I think it just when you’re at full speed, the green light comes on and it’s terrible. You know, i don’t know if that’s case we’ll find out um. I also there was an rc in my childhood that had fast and slow mode selectable in the gearbox slow.
More being better acceleration because it was actually lowering the the gearing and increasing the gearing for fast mode um, my cousins had some rc trucks, and i don’t know it was there once that did it. It could have been this one. I don’t know we’ll find out. I don’t think there’s anything else to see to say rather on the on the box here. As you see here, the driver’s head turns these look like uh just friction shocks all around which would be spot on this, but, like i said, was a budget alternative and an easier alternative to the tamas. At the time it was like here’s, a smaller, cheaper tamiya that you don’t need to build yourself and it had comparable speed. I mean this was basically the same sort of speed as a as a full hobby grade, grasshopper or tamiya hornet, or something anyway, let’s get this thing, cracked open. What do we have? Okay comes with the original manual with a spare body clip like that. Um cool caution: do not it gets hot don’t drive it while drunk don’t drive it while high don’t crash into cats, deliberately um safety guidelines on batteries, don’ts more don’ts, unicross 9.6 volt battery is this. Is that a standard one or did that come? I don’t know. I don’t know let’s get rid of all that we’re, not interested in that. Just now, let’s have a look at the car at the buggy huh, oh there’s, some in the door as well, two good things alpha male parts arrive at the door anyway.
Look at this! Incredibly well presented and very original and looked great. It looked really good, that’s a horrible noise. I heard i put this down with it all right. Let’S have a look at this let’s. Do that aside for the moment, yeah that’s, the one exactly high speed, low speed or fns fast and slow, literally it’s, just gearing i the stickers, did say on the uh. Unfortunately, they’ve made a reasonable effort. They have cello tape over the stickers, but they’ve cut it to try and match the shape and they’ve avoided the aerial in the in the cage. Here, um, the stickers are lifting a bit. Unfortunately um. That just means like you, can see quite a bad one there that just means that dirt is going to stick under the cell tape and it’ll get filthy looking. So i want to put it over the grill just put myself in the eye and put myself in the eye with a 50 year old, ariel, probably carrying all sorts of things and the grills as well. Here, um yeah they’re covered up so i’ll, maybe get a little craft knife and neaten those up uh i’m. Sad to see that the two front spot lamps are missing. I really hope they’re in the box because i’m pretty sure i’m pretty sure the photos were still they’re still on there in the photos. Um. Oh, i really hope they’re in here somewhere. Oh, they are oh thank goodness.
Yes, because you’ve got to keep it complete. You see actually they need glued in or whatever there you go. Look at that heads up number five very much like a grasshopper style suspension. Um doesn’t have the the rotation like like it like it does on a lunchbox or a hornet, but the floating gearbox. Just just like that, yeah um, strong suspension, friction shocks, there’s, no oil, damping whatsoever. It looks good, though, really not much suspension movement a little bit. I suppose no differential unless it’s that absolutely differential, it’s gon na say unless that’s stronger than the motor itself, but it’s, not i can’t hold it. There’S, no lifts rear, wheel, drive, obviously yeah. It looks pretty good. I like it heads up hopper transmitter. You see that it’s got the terrible power sticker. I i don’t think so i don’t think so just classic toy grade 1980s. 1990S stuff. Pretty sure this was an 80s car um very plastic, a very brittle feeling, um reasonably good condition, because i mean part of it is that the bumper you see it’s had a lot of starting. The bumper is very robust, considering the weight and speed of this thing. Although it will have become brittle with time and so probably best not to yeah, probably best not to push it too much um, i remember that problem. He used to take the r clip the body clip into the sticker ripper sticker. Everything you did that i managed to sort of bend.
The clip up was to avoid it, but he’s just got the sticker away. All right. Does this come off still? Is there another, oh see hooks hooks into the cage? It looks good Music, proper, proportional servo. I don’t think it’s a hobby grid server. I don’t think it’s replaceable um. You can see here there’s the arm controlling the driver, so i don’t really want to force it. But hey. Let me see his hair turning a little bit yeah. I don’t want to push it, but yeah um. I don’t know what i would do if that servo failed, probably nothing it’s. Alright, though it’s not bad caution, hot do not touch motor plates, so it’s got a little bit of cooling on the water. This one has been running fast mode: he’s got it set to fast tires, are in good neck, they’ve started to whiten a little bit, but no big deal taiko arsene, i’m, sorry ko! Actually, now there was live in singapore. There was a yes, i said we have right here, see the um battery is goosed. You see that there it’s broken, you can tuck it in apparently and and sort of get some use out of it, but he’s tried to repair it with some tape. I just 9.64 650 milliamps, i don’t think it’s worth saving pretty sure you can still get these batteries online, so i’ll, maybe just grab one tell me a plug. Okay, i would grab one of these batteries.
I was. I was considering going all right. Let’S see what’s like a two cell light bulb, but let’s start off the way it’s supposed to be driven with a 9.6 volt nickel metal hydride. Yes, a 2 cell lipo is less voltage than that, but it has such a higher discharge rate that it’ll be faster with a electrode than one of these, so that’s. What we’ll try is that tam, oh the charger’s, got two different plugs on it. Many cameo and normal time here, what is the speed, is 250 milliamps that’s, not bad 2.5 amps that’s, not bad. I put 5.6 volt dc 250 milliamps 11.2 volt dc 150 milliamps. I don’t know why it’s too red but i’m, not that clued up in that sort of thing, but yeah 250 milliamps would charge this pretty quickly at 6.50. You know a couple hours, two two and a half hours, um, not bad, but i’ve got a charge. That’Ll, do that better, pretty sure it’s still charged and nine point six full neck ads, i’ll! Look it up. The only other thing in here is the aerial it’s still screwing his thread. There sometimes he’s collapsed internally, yep it’s, good, perfect, so i’ve been looking for years. For what it is – and this is about as good as i could excuse me – possibly hope – i mean it’s it’s – pretty original it’s – a pretty good neck – it’s, not incredible, but i could probably tidy it up a little bit trim some of this tape with the dirt.
Behind it around all the stickers, you know here, for example, um give it a little bit of a clean, yeah tidy it up um new battery, maybe a new charger we’ll see um and then test it, but now that i’ve got it and it looks, it looks Really good, it does look really good and it’s actually identical to my one from my kit. My childhood so i’m really pleased to have it here. Now that i have it, i’ve got no idea what on earth i’m supposed to do with a 30 year old toy grade buggy. Now that i have it, what on earth am i supposed to do with it? I mean it’s, not like you can. You can see here: it’s got probably 370 sized motor in there. You can see you can take the cap off. I bet we can get into the motor um, but with a two cell light bulb that would be pushing towards 20 miles an hour. If it’s, you know just under 17 with this um, certainly maybe not top speed wise, but acceleration wise would certainly be a lot better on the level. So it’s, not bad in terms of performance but interesting to see how it compares to sort of. I don’t think i have anything of this ilk. I mean that’s brushless so that doesn’t really count but um. I just don’t know what i would do with it would i would i modify it. Would i would i just hide it.
I think 100 original, which is kind of more what i’ll be leaning to, but if i get the original, how much fun could i have with it? You know i don’t know now that it’s arrived. I just don’t know what what i would do with it. If you have any suggestions or any feedback for me, let me know i hope you enjoy this little trip to memory lane. Do you guys have any experience with one of these things? Did you own a typo or a tail? Did you specifically own a heads up? Hopper, maybe a jet hopper mini hoppy hopper turbo hopper, another sort of hopper um. What would you do with it? I think it was a case of ah there’s. Finally, one on ebay, bye.