Here it is, the newest addition to Tamiyas range of fun and stunt cars after the Mitsubishi Montero. A true classic, the Volkswagen Type 2, also simply called the T1.
The team of Tamiyablog was very happy when Tamiya announced that car in 2011. Wild Willy was waiting too long for a new vehicle. And i knew, i had to have this kit, as soon as possible.
It´s very nice to see the VW body sitting on the famous WR-02 chassis. A chassis i really like. The Wild Willy 2 is still one of my favourite runners.
It can be a great performer with some slightly modifications like oilfilled shocks, ball bearings and a 20T pinion.
Tamiya did a fantastic job on the lexan body. Masking the body and doing the two tone paintjob takes a while, but in the end you will be rewarded with one of the coolest looking Lexan bodies Tamiya ever made.
I chose a nice metallic orange for my T1 which i think suits the old VW very well. The Wild Willy driver figure is well known from one of Willys old cars, the superb “Willies Wheeler”.
All in all i would like to thank the Tamiya Company for still producing such nice and funny cars like the VW Bus. The world of RC Cars is actual dominated from mostly boring and bad looking products which are mainly speed and bashing oriented. Tamiya is nearly the only manufacturer who breaks this rule. I would also like to mention the beautiful box art picture of the VW kit. One of the very best ones Tamiya ever did. I really like to see such a piece of handmade art in our computer dominated world.
Go for the Type2, it will take a smile on your face. On the shelf and on the track !
February 17Tamiya Grand Prix at Nissan Global Headquarters
Kit No. 58527, Japanese release date late March and list price 13800 Yen.
Color ring decorated with black polka dots on a white base can be finished easily with a large sticker.
The chassis employs a color molding of purple, pink design that combines black wheels and tires is characteristic. Moreover, it is also set black white wheels and tires for traveling.
The item that was stuck to the wheel nuts and upright design, adjusters, etc., to detail which is integrated in the spring of white or pink.
Adopt a high-impact design of the original image while also followed the package, emphasized the design.
The collaboration project between Tamiya RC and “ZOZOTOWN” creative director JUN WATANABE is in progress and more details will be published on February 15 (Wed).
Creative director of department of fashion design for online shopping site “ZOZOTOWN”. Scope of activities are diverse ranging from corporate branding, to web site design and TV CM. On the other hand has worked on many fashion and design collaborations of brands such as sneakers, also active as an artist for creative paintings and video works. Has been highly evaluated from overseas media and his pop colors are distinctive and not only domestic. Is an avid fan of Tamiya since childhood and loves radio control models.
February 10Tamiya 2012 RC Modelers Work Contest
As always, astonishing Japanese creativity and quality of execution.
The team of tamiyablog.com had the chance to the see and drive the new Bruiser re-release at the Nuremberg Toy Fair 2012. Our first observation was that the new gearbox drives similarly quiet as the old one and shifts gears very smoothly. Also although not many changes have been made at the steering (at a first glance we only noticed new steering knuckles) it seems to respond better and turn quite sharper which is probably also because of the differentials. Another observation was that it doesn’t have front free drive wheel hubs any more (as they aren’t really needed with a diff) and so climbing in reverse is significantly improved. The tires of the 2 running prototypes seemed also a bit softer then the old ones and the tires of the demonstration chassis were significantly softer. The new gearbox is shorter and elastically mount only in the rear (front mount is stiff) and it has 2 lugs which aren’t used, so maybe Tamiya has more future plans for it? Also in the end there is a rod which at first glance has no function but possibly is for easier servo rod alignment. The differentials have a screw and thread on the upper side which is probably for locking them. From what we understood from a Japanese employee the box won’t have blisters and that there won’t be a Multi Function Controller for it, the runners in the fair had just both TLU-01 and TLU-02 light units. The decal sheet has 4 blue squares to possibly cover the side bar screws, weird it didn’t have 6 or 8 for all the screws. All in all we were extremely satisfied by this unexpected re-release and the amount of important but well hidden improvements.
More photos of the fair can be seen here.
February 3Tamiya 2012 new product videos
1/32 North American P-51D Mustang
(Silver Color Plated)
1/35 Iraqi Tank T-55 “Enigma”
1/35 German Steyr 1500A Kommandeurwagen
HQ Staff Set (w/7 Figures) (Limited Edition)
1/35 U.S. Tank Destroyer M36 Jackson (Re-release)
1/35 U.S. Tank Destroyer M10 (Re-release)
1/48 Russian Heavy Tank JS-2 Model 1944 ChKZ
1/16 WWII Wehrmacht Officer
1/48 Avro Lancaster B Mk.III Special “Dambuster”/
B Mk.I Special “Grand Slam Bomber”
1/100 Space Shuttle Atlantis
1/350 Japanese Navy Submarine I-400 Special Edition (Re-release)
1/700 Japanese Battleship Yamato w/Detail-Up Parts (Re-release)
1/12 Enzo Ferrari
1/12 Ferrari 312B (w/Photo-Etched Parts)
1/12 Team Lotus Type 72D 1972
1/18 Subaru R-2SS
1/24 BMW 635CSi Jagermeister
1/20 Ferrari F1-2000 No.3 (Finished Model)
1/20 Ferrari F310B No.5 (Finished Model) (Tentative)
1/20 Ferrari F310B No.6 (Finished Model) (Tentative)
1/10 R/C Toyota 4×4 Pick-Up Bruiser (RN36)
1/10 R/C MINI JCW Coupe (M-05)
1/12 R/C New Man Joest Racing Porsche 956
1/12 R/C Racing Truck Nissan Titan
1/10 R/C Toyota Celica GT-Four 1990
1/10 R/C Bush Devil II
1/10 R/C Stadium Thunder (2012)
1/10 R/C TA05 ver.II GLD Chassis Kit
40-Foot Container Semi-Trailer
for Tamiya 1/14 R/C Tractor Truck (NYK)
1/10 XB Blackfoot III
1/10 XB Mitsubishi Montero Wheelie
1/12 XB Nissan Titan
1/10 XB Tyrrell P34 1977 Monaco GP
1/10 XB MINI JCW Coupe (M-05)
[TRF] 44mm Double Cardan Joint Shaft (2pcs.)
[TRF] Drive Shaft for 44mm Double Cardan Joint Shaft (2pcs.)
[TRF] Axle Shaft for Double Cardan Joint Shaft (2pcs.)
[TRF] Joint Casing for Double Cardan Joint Shaft (2pcs.)
[TRF] 1050 Ball Bearing (3mm Thick, 2pcs.)
[TRF] Cross Joint for Double Cardan Joint Shaft
[OP] DB02 Carbon Reinforced A Parts (Gear Case)
[OP] DB02 Carbon Reinforced K Parts
(Upper Arm Mount)
[OP] DB02 Carbon Reinforced L Parts (Upper Deck)
[OP] DB02 Carbon Reinforced M & N Parts
(Damper Stay / Sus. Mount)
[OP] DB02 Carbon Reinforced S Parts
(Rear Gear Case)
[OP] RM-01 Roll Spring Set
[OP] RM-01 Carbon Damper Mount Plate
[OP] RM-01 Carbon Rear Body Mount Plate Set
[OP] RM-01 Aluminum Type 380 Motor Adapter (Blue)
[OP] RM-01 Pitch Spring Set
[OP] RM-01 Aluminum Motor Mount
[OP] RM-01 3x31mm Titanium Coated King Pin (2pcs.)
[OP] RM-01 Wheel Set (Fluorescent Pink)
[OP] RM-01 Wheel Set (Fluorescent Yellow)
[OP] RS-540 Torque-Tuned Motor
Thunder Dragon Premium (VS Chassis)
Dash-1 Emperor Premium (Super-II Chassis)
Dash-01 Super Emperor Premium (Super-II Chassis)
Tridagger XX Clear Special (Polycarbonate Body)
Vanquish Clear Special (Polycarbonate Body)
Zenquish Progress (VS Chassis)
Azente Progress (Super-II Chassis)
Low-Profile Tire & Wheel Set
(For Super X & XX Chassis)
Low-Profile Tire & 1-Way Wheel Set
13mm Aluminum Ball-Race Rollers (Ringless/Blue)
13mm Aluminum Ball-Race Rollers (Ringless/Red)
13mm Aluminum Ball-Race Rollers (Ringless/Purple)
Colored Carbon Multi Roller Stay (3mm / Silver)
Colored Carbon Rear Multi Roller Stay (3mm / Silver)
Front Double Aluminum Plate Set (Light Blue)
Rear Double Aluminum Plate Set (Light Blue)
Tool & Paints
TS-86 Pure Red
Tamiya Weathering Master Set (For Car Chassis)
Clear Plastic Beams 3mm L-Shaped (6pcs.)
Clear Plastic Beams 5mm L-Shaped (5pcs.)