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The Hornet Junior (Japanese: ホーネットJr., Hōnetto Junia) is a Racing Mini 4WD car released by Tamiya on May 15, 1986. It was based on the company's Hornet 1/10 2WD R/C buggy.

It was featured in the manga and anime Dash! Yonkuro as Rinko Sumeragi's machine and later as Team Fightning Formers's cars. Rinko's Hornet was superseded by the Dash-5 Dancing Doll in the series.

General info

The Hornet featuring the typical R/C buggy design that has the partially-exposed cockpit with driver figurine in it. It has the rear spoiler on the rear and the damper props near the wheels.

The original variant

The original variant features the black bodyshell, with yellow and two-tone orange stripes on it.

It was equipped with the medium diameter 4-spoke Hotshot-type wheels paired with the black high-profile spike tires. The eariler batches of the Hornet Jr. car has the silver wheels, but was changed to the white wheels in later batches. The chassis was molded in black.

Hiroshi Tanahashi Special variant

The GetNavi-exclusive model, created in collaboration between GetNavi and New Japan Pro-Wresting Wrestler Hiroshi Tanahashi, features the black plated bodyshell and red plated wheels. It comes with two body decal sets: one that based on the original Hornet and one that is inspired by Tanahashi's current attire.

It was equipped with the red plated, large diameter 6-spoke Manta Ray-type wheels paired with the black MS-type spike tires. The chassis frame and A parts were molded in white, and comes with a pair of black-colored 16 mm lightweight plastic rollers.

About the Hornet 1/10 R/C buggy

Tamiya_The_Hornet_RC_buggy_(filmed_in_1984)

Tamiya The Hornet RC buggy (filmed in 1984)

The Hornet R/C buggy promotional video.

Released in 1984, the Hornet is an entry-level RWD R/C buggy produced by Tamiya. It is the second model in the Grasshopper line of R/C buggies.

It has the lightweight, strong monocoque bathtub chassis, housing the mechanical speed controller, the radio receiver and the longitudinally placed battery. It has the solid axle rear-wheel-drive drivetrain.

Compare to the Grasshopper, the Hornet now has the front coil spring suspensions with lower A-arms on the front and oil-filled damper on the rear. Instead of the 380-size motor, the Hornet uses the larger and common 540-size motor that was placed into the rear gearbox transversely. The rear paddle-style tires of the Grasshopper has been changed to the pin-spike tires, with front grooved tires remain unchanged.

The Hornet was re-released in 2004, with the mechanical speed controller being swapped out for the electronic speed controller.

In media

Dash! Yonkuro

Rinko Sumeragi, a little sister to Kaidanji, owns a customized Hornet. It was eventually replaced by the Dancing Doll.

Mini 4WD Hyper Dash Grand Prix

A time-limited event world, titled "The Challenge from Hiroshi Tanahashi" (Japanese: 棚橋弘至からの挑戦状, Tanahashi Hiroshi kara no Chousenjou), has players races against Hiroshi Tanahashi himself and his Hornet Jr. Hiroshi Tanahashi Special. The event ran from March 4 to March 25, 2020.

Player can obtain the bodyshell and parts of his special Hornet using the Tanahashi medals obtained from the event.

Unlike the real-life kit, the Hornet Jr. Hiroshi Tanahashi Special in the game has the Type-1 Chassis equipped instead of the VS Chassis, as the latter wasn't implemented in the game by the time the event begin.

Technical info

Variant Body Chassis Wheels Tires Motor Dimensions Gear

Standard
(18002)

Color: Black
Material: PS

Type: Type-1
Frame: Black. ABS
A parts: Black, ABS

Size: Medium
Type: Hotshot-Type
Spoke: 4
Fitment: Staggered
Color:
Silver (Earlier batch)
White (Later batches)
Material: Polypropylene

Size: Medium
Type: Spiked
Color: Black
Material: Med. Elastomer

Standard

Length: 127
Width: 81
Height: 49

11.2:1
6.4:1

Limited Special
(2902, 2952)

Color: Black
Material: PS

Type: Type-1
Frame: Clear
A parts: Clear

Size: Medium
Type: Hotshot-Type
Spoke: 4
Fitment: Staggered
Color: White
Material: Polypropylene

Size: Medium
Type: Spiked
Color: Yellow
Material: Med. Elastomer

Standard

Length: 127
Width: 81
Height: 49

11.2:1
6.4:1

Hiroshi Tanahashi
Special

(92412)

Color: Black (1st set)
Silver Plated (2nd set)
Material: ABS

Type: VS
Frame: White, ABS
A parts: White, ABS

Size: Large
Type: Manta Ray-Type
Spoke: 6
Fitment: Staggered
Color: Red Plated
Material: Polypropylene

Size: Large
Type: Avante-Type Spiked
Color: Black
Material: Med. Elastomer

Standard

Length: 145
Width: 92
Height: 50

4.2:1

Gallery

Boxart

See also

External link

Tamiya Japan

Tamiya America

R/C buggy that the Mini 4WD car is based on

Mini 4WD cars from Dash! Yonkuro franchise
Dash Warriors Mini 4WD Championship arc Boomerang Jr. · Monster Beetle Jr. · Hotshot Jr. · Falcon Jr. · Super Dragon Jr. · Hornet Jr. · Dash-1 Emperor · Dash-2 Burning Sun · Dash-3 Shooting Star · Dash-4 Cannonball · Dash-5 Dancing Doll · Dash-01 Super Emperor · Dash-0 Horizon · Dash-W1 Wild Saurus · Dash-02 Neo Burning Sun · Dash-001 Great Emperor
Black Mistral arc Horizon Boundless · Liberty Emperor
Shin Dash! Yonkuro Dash-CB1 Geo-Emperor · Dash-CB2 Blazing Sun · Dash-03 Super Shooting Star · Dash-04 Cannonball Wail · Dash-05 Dame the Dancing Doll · Dash-CBW Command Saurus
Hyper Dash! Yonkuro Rise-Emperor · Shooting Proud Star · God Burning Sun · Cannon D Ball · Dancing Divine Doll
Mini 4WD Championship participants Fire Dragon Jr. · The Fox Jr. · Thunder Dragon Jr. · Rising Bird · Bigwig Jr. · Avante Jr. · Thunder Shot Jr. · Clod Buster Jr. · Lunch Box Jr.
U Team and U Team 2 Dash-X1 Proto-Emperor · Crusader · Black Chopper · Black Bomber · Black Fighter · Black Attacker · Proto-Emperor ZX · Proto-Emperor Coretank
Team Momotaro Samurai Crimson Glory · Crimson R · Crimson T · Crimson E · Crimson A
Team Ninja Warriors Terra Scorcher Jr. · Dash-X5 Shadow Emperor
Team Heavy Metal Dash-X2 God Emperor · Dash-X3 Hurricane Emperor · Dash-X4 Devil Emperor
Amazon Horizons Sid Horizon · Buzz Horizon · Gal Horizon · Luke Horizon · Coco Horizon
from Black Mistral arc Aero-Solitude · Manta Ray Jr. · Black Mistral
Dark Dominion Night Seek · Night Seek Trigger · Night Seek Shield · Night Seek Rod · Night Seek Edge · Night Seek Saucer · Night Seek G · Over the Horizon · Dancing Bloom Doll · Beast Emperor · Big Burning Sun · Shooting Billion Star · Cannon Bad Ball
Others Daihatsu Kopen XMZ · Astralster · Abilista · Raikiri · Festa Jaune · Silwolf
Racing Mini 4WD series
Type-1 Hotshot Jr. · Hornet Jr. · The Fox Jr. · Boomerang Jr. · Bigwig Jr. · Falcon Jr. · Super Dragon Jr.* · Thunder Dragon Jr.* · Thunder Shot Jr. · Super Sabre Jr. · Fire Dragon Jr.* · Dash-1 Emperor* · Dash-2 Burning Sun
Type-2 Avante Jr. · Grasshopper II Jr. · Vanquish Jr. · Terra Scorcher Jr.
Type-3 Rising Bird · Dash-3 Shooting Star · Saint Dragon Jr.* · Dash-4 Cannonball* · Dash-5 Dancing Doll* · Winning Bird · Dash-01 Super Emperor* · Nissan Be-1
Type-4 Egress Jr.
Zero Dash-0 Horizon* · Avante 2001 Jr. · Astute Jr. · Manta Ray Jr. · Dash-001 Great Emperor* · Super Astute Jr. · Proto-Emperor ZX · Dyna Storm Jr. ·
FM Crimson Glory · Dash-02 Neo Burning Sun · Aero-Solitude
Type-5 Bear Hawk Jr. · Top-Force Jr. · Terra Conqueror Jr. · Dash-03 Super Shooting Star · Super Avante · Dash-CB1 Geo-Emperor*
Super TZ-X Mad Bull Jr. · Baja King Jr.
VS Dash-X1 Proto-Emperor* · Slash Reaper · Super Sabre Open Top · Top-Force Evolution Open Top · Daihatsu Kopen RMZ and XMZ · Daihatsu Kopen RMZ · Mini 4WD Lupine Racer · Mach-Bullet · Mini 4WD Koala Racer
Super-II Astute Open Top · Terra Conqueror Open Top · Racing Miku 2012 ver. drives Astute Special · Saber drives Super Sabre Special · Mikoto Misaka drives Thunder Shot Special · Daihatsu Kopen XMZ · Mini 4WD Shirokumakko · Mini 4WD Panda Racer · Mini 4WD Kumamon Version · Mini 4WD Merlion Edition - Singapore 50th Anniversary · Mini 4WD Dog Racer · Mini 4WD Hawk Racer · Mini 4WD Owl Racer · Mini 4WD Pig Racer · Mini 4WD Panda Racer 2 · Mini 4WD Cat Racer
Super XX Thunder Shot Open Top
VZ Neo-VQS · Dual Ridge Jr. · Toyota GR Yaris · Honda e · Iron Beak · Ray Spear · Mini 4WD Elephant Racer · Mini 4WD Penguin Racer · Eleglitter
Starter Pack Zenquish Progress · Azente Progress · Neo-VQS Advanced Pack
* denotes Premium version available
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