February 11Tamiya 2013 4th Japanese RC Modelers Contest
As always great creativity and modelling skills.
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March 12RC drifting at another level
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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 !
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.
February 10Tamiya 2012 RC Modelers Work Contest
As always, astonishing Japanese creativity and quality of execution.
This is a project that has been in my head since the re-release of the Boomerang as I always liked the different coloured Mini 4WD Special versions of Tamiya classic buggies, Boomerang was my third Tamiya RC in my childhood and I like building the re-releases in alternative paintshemes which I wouldn’t dare on originals. Unfortunately this time I waited too long as Tamiya just released the first RC version of such a special, the Avante Black. Anyway, this is a 2008 re-release kit painted black and with blue plastic dampers to match the rest of blue parts (blue anodized dampers would perform better but not match so well), as well as a Black Motor Endurance with its black casing and blue endbell and quite rare vintage white tires. Unfortunately the weather is poor so photos could be better, still I hope it gives an idea of my plan.
Here it is, the Tamiya Sand Rover 2011. A car, or I better call it a dune buggy (because it is the real dune buggy!) Tamiya fans waited so long for. After the Holiday Buggy 2010, Tamiya does the next step and releases one of the most popular Tamiya off road cars ever on the famous and solid DT-02 Chassis.
As mentioned before, the modified Sand Rover body sits now on the modern DT-02 chassis which is well known from the Tamiya Desert Gator , Sand Viper , Neo Falcon and of course the Holiday Buggy 2010. The car is meant as a real beginners car. So it comes with a classic RS380S Motor as standard which is perfect to do the first steps into this wonderful hobby. But you can easily change that to a 540 sized motor. Our car is equipped with full ball bearings – Tamiya CVA oil filled shocks – high torque servo saver – Desert Gator wheels and front tires and Tamiya pin spike tires on the rear for that extra piece of traction on the track. Also a mild brushless system is used which is comparable to a 27 turn brushed motor but much more efficient.
For the body we chose a warm Tamiya TS-34 Camel Yellow, a colour I love, because it transforms the Sand Rover directly back into the 70′s.
When the weather gets better, we will see how the new Sand Rover can perform.
November 24Renault R5 Turbo – A French Sportscars Icon
Here we will present one of the newest additions to the Tamiya family of M-05 Chassis cars.
The Renault R5 Turbo. Tamiya enthusiasts and fans will know that this body isn’t really new, its only new for the M-chassis. This body first appeared in October 1981, shorty after the release of its german “brother”, the Volkswagen Golf Racing Group 2. At that time, both cars were based on the famous CS (Competition Special) chassis. Now its completely different. The R5 Turbo body now sits on the M-05Ra (Rally Layout) Chassis. Back in 1981 and now too, Tamiya presented the body as a rally version. In this build I wanted to create a good looking street version of this famous car. This silver black version was one of my childhood dreams. Every day on my way back from school I saw one of the first R5 Turbos standing there in shiny silver metallic. Because of this the body sits on a “normal” M-05 chassis and not on the M-05Ra. But you can do a street version on the M-05 Ra too, as the M-05 Ra allows to set up the chassis to lower ground clearance. I only chose the “normal” M-05, because I had one lying around.
The gold plated Mini Lite style wheels are the bonus parts of the Renault kit. I think they match the silver colour of the body really well. One of the biggest drawbacks of the old Renault body is the rear width. It is much too wide for the M-05 and doesn’t look really good. So I had to search for a solution to make the rear wider . You need nearly 1cm on each side. I tested various options. Tamiya TL-01 wide wheel axles – Tech Racing M-chassis wide rear axles. But that wasn’t enough. So I chose the simplest method to make the rear wider, Tamiya TL-01 rear upper and lower suspension arms. They are a direct fit to the M-05, you only need some slightly longer dampers on the rear for this modification, because of the longer lower arms and accordingly wider damper mounting points. I have used a set of leftover clear C.V.A. shocks from my M-05Pro chassis kit which I had replaced for Tamiya M-chassis aluminium shocks.
Although this body is now 30 years old and counts as one of the first polycarbonate bodies from Tamiya it still looks good, especially compared to more modern bodies of other manufacturers. All in all a great new/old release. Enjoy this 80s classic!