Posted on September 24th, 2007 at 9:28 AM by admin

Since it’s release last year, Tamiya’s TRF501X has enjoyed many competition successes, including winning the recent European Championships in Finland. The experience gained through the development of the TRF501X is now available to fans around the world in the form of this much-anticipated R/C off-road buggy, Durga.

About the Model
# All-new DB01 chassis locates heavy components such as battery and motor near the center for optimum weight distribution.
# Race-proven and reliable 2-belt driven 4WD system is completely enclosed with ABS resin covers to prevent dirt and debris from interfering with drivetrain operations.
# Chassis features integrated bulkheads, which reduces the number of parts and simplifies maintenance.
# Tough ABS resin 4-wheel double wishbone suspension system features the same configuration as the TRF501X and provides a wide range of settings options.
# Brand new buggy body with rear wing is made from lightweight polycarbonate material.
# Wheels, tires, and Type 540 motor are included.
# 2-channel transmitter, ESC, running battery & charger are separately required.

Source: Tamiya, INC.
Posted on September 19th, 2007 at 2:57 PM by admin
Tamiya’s classic R/C Hotshot was released this summer to the suprise and joy of fans around the world. For those who don’t have the time to build that fantastic assembly kit, Tamiya now offers this Ready-to-Run version on the newly designed GB-03 TamTech-Gear chassis.

About the Model
# Compact-sized and Ready-to-Run 4WD electric R/C off-road buggy.
# Featuring the brand new, shaft-driven 4WD GB-03 chassis, the first 4WD chassis in the TamTech- Gear lineup.
# 4-wheel double wishbone suspension features a front mono-shock that echoes the actual 1/10 R/C Hotshot design.
# 4WD drivetrain equipped with front and rear universal shafts for optimum efficiency.
# Front and rear pinion-type differentials effectively transfer power from the motor to the wheels.
# Slipper clutch protects gears from the rigors of off-road racing.
# High-efficiency 370 size motor provides extended running time of over 30 minutes.
# Includes compact ESC, receiver and servo, and 2-channel Expec SP transmitter.
# Running battery & charger separately required.
# Wide range of Option Parts available to customize the look and performance of your machine.

Source: Tamiya, INC.
Posted on September 13th, 2007 at 10:41 AM by admin

With recent announcements about new Tamiya items for the upcoming Tokyo Hobby Show, the most important information about most of the new models is readily available. However, at the time of writing this, finding information about the item number 57769, generally known as “XB SUV” in several forums, is rather difficult. So I thought this link might be of interest.

The German technical description indicates that it will not be based on the XC/CC-01 chassis like the Touareg, ………………… See update below!

Translation of the most interesting information:

4WD with centrally mounted propellershaft. Impact proof plastic bathtub chassis. 540 Motor, Electronic speed control TEU-101 BK. All-Terrain tires. 4 wheel independent suspension. Spurgear and pinion protected against debris.

Update Oct. 12th, now confirmed: The Cayenne will get the same chassis as the Hummer, which means basicly TA01 with longer suspension arms tierods and driveshafts, rear arms being “stretched” backwards to extend wheelbase to 280mm. By the way, nice to see the meanwhile relatively rare tires of the Honda CR-V getting a new life!

Other new items (update Sept. 17th highlighted in red) (Update Sept. 25th highlighted in green):

Static models:

12036 1/12 Tyrrell P34 Six Wheeler w/Photo Etched Parts
14110 1/12 Ajinomoto Honda NSR250 ’90
21063 1/24 Open Interface Tom’s SC430 2006 (Finished Model)
21064 1/24 Mobil I SC 2006 (Finished Model)
23209 1/12 Enzo Ferrari Giallo Modena Semi-Assembled Premium Model
24305 1/24 Lamborghini Countach LP400 (improved re-issue of 24005)
26526 1/48 Russian Heavy Tank KV-1 (Finished Model)
26527 1/48 Russian Heavy Tank KV-2 Gigant (Finished Model)
26529 1/48 Citroen 11CV Staff Car German Air Force 8th Fliegerkorps (Finished Model)
26531 1/48 US 4×4 Light Vehicle 1/4 ton Jeep
26532 1/48 Volkswagen Type 82E German Army (Finished Model)
31349 1/700 Light Cruiser Abukuma
31617 1/700 British Battle Cruiser Repulse
32553 1/48 German Steyr Type 1500A Kommandeurwagen
35287 1/35 B1 bis (German Army)
35288 1/35 WWII French Infantry Set
35289 1/35 Russian Heavy Tank JS-2 Model 1944 ChKZ
60778 1/72 Focke-Wulf Fw190 D-9 JV44
61100 1/48 Fieseler Fi 156C Storch
89750 1/35 K├╝belwagen Type 82 w/German Field Military Police
89751 1/35 German SP Anti-Tank Gun Marder III w/German Tank Maintenance Crew

RC models and parts:

40165 GB03 C-Parts (Gear Case) (for TTG Hotshot)
40166 GB03 E-Parts (Joints) (for TTG Hotshot)
40167 GB03 Gear Parts (for TTG Hotshot)
40168 GB03 M-Parts (Steering) (for TTG Hotshot)
40169 GB03 R-Parts (Bumper) (for TTG Hotshot)

40554 GT-01 Gold Mesh Wheels (Front)

40555 GT-01 Gold Mesh Wheels (Rear)
42105 TRF501X World Championship Edition
42106 TRF416 Chassis Kit
44050 1/8 Nitrage 5.2
49460 XB TNX 5.2R Gold Edition TGM04 4×4 Custom Monster Truck

51300 TGM-04 B-Parts (Suspension Arm) Set

51301 TGM-04 C-Parts (Upright) Set

51302 Dish Wheel (87/50) 2 Pcs.

51303 Oval Spike Tire 150/80 (with Inner Sponges) 2 Pcs.
51295 BMW Z4 M Coupe Racing Body Parts Set
54015 DB01 Assembly Universal Shaft Front
54016 DB01 Assembly Universal Shaft Rear
54017 DB01 Front One Way Set
54018 DB01 Slipper Clutch Set
56023 1/16 German Jagdpanther Full-Option Complete Kit
56024 1/16 German Jagdpanther Full-Option Kit
56711 TamTech-Gear Hotshot (GB03)
57770 1/10 XB BMW Z4 M Coupe Racing
57771 1/10 XB Eclipse Advan SC430
58395 1/10 DB01 Durga (“plastic” version of TRF501)
58396 1/10 Dual Hunter (Wild Dagger chassis)
58397 1/10 Toyota Hilux High Lift
58399 1/10 Plasma Edge (DF-02, revamped Gravel Hound)

Supplies:

55099 Power Champ GZ (4pcs.)
85081 TS81 British Navy Gray (Spray Paint)
81780 XF-80 British Navy Gray (Acrylic Paint)

Posted on September 10th, 2007 at 4:49 PM by admin
Posted on September 1st, 2007 at 7:21 AM by admin
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