Posted on February 3rd, 2012 at 10:08 AM by admin

The team of 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.

Posted on February 1st, 2012 at 11:35 AM by admin

Scale Models


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)


RC Models


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

(TT-01 Type-E)

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


For kids


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.)





Posted on January 31st, 2012 at 10:01 AM by admin

Tamiya really did it, it will come on the original chassis with some great improvements, tomorrow we will report from Nuremberg Fair with live photos.


58519 1/10 R/C Toyota 4×4 Pick Up Bruiser (RN36)

Tamiya’s R/C Toyota Bruiser was originally released in 1985 and Tamiya has answered fans’ calls to give this popular pick-up truck model the special re-release treatment. The original layout of the chassis has been kept while modern improvements have been discretely incorporated.

About the Model

*This is a 1/10 scale R/C assembly kit.

*Kit includes FREE BONUS PARTS (Cleaning Brush x1) which are for EXPORT ONLY and are subject to the FIRST PRODUCTION.

* Bonus cleaning brush features 2 types of bristles and an ergonomic handle. (Brush will not be available for purchase as a separate item). The form of the Bruiser, including the sleeper cab, has been reproduced with a durable injection-molded body.

* Metal ladder frame chassis keeps the original layout and features a black-finished surface.

* Newly-designed die-cast transmission is equipped with planetary gears for optimized gear ratio.

* Refined clutch mechanisms offer smooth gear changes and superb durability. 3 gears are possible (1st gear=4WD, 2nd & 3rd gears=Rear Wheel Drive).

* Newly-designed front/rear axle housings are equipped with differential, which may be locked for even greater off-road performance.

* Separately available LEDs can be installed in the light cases to depict realistic head and tail lights.

* Type 540 motor included.

Posted on January 25th, 2012 at 4:30 PM by admin



58515 1/10 CELICA GT-FOUR 1990 (TT-01E)


58520 1/10 MINI JCW COUPE (M-05)

58521 1/12 NEW MAN PORSCHE 956 (RM-01)

58523 1/10 BUSH DEVIL II

46617 1/10 XBS CELICA GT4 1990

57829 1/10 XB MINI JCW COUPE (M-05)




10009 1/18 SUBARU R-2SS






Will be updated permanently, Tamiyablog will be also reporting live from the Nuremberg fair at its start, 01.02.2012

Posted on January 23rd, 2012 at 10:00 AM by admin

Posted on December 29th, 2011 at 9:48 AM by admin

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.

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Posted on December 27th, 2011 at 8:51 AM by admin

Looking back to the Tamiya RC 35th anniversary and introducing new items and promotions.
Unfortunately only in Japanese.

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Posted on December 16th, 2011 at 11:28 AM by admin

Every older Tamiya RC fan knows that the Big Wig design was assigned to a famous external 1:1 race car designer to commemorate 10 years of Tamiya RC cars (1976-1986). Since this year we celebrate 35 years of Tamiya RC cars and Tamiya similarly assigned the design of its DB02 Leonis buggy to the TOM’s design team, we took the chance to link to the story of Takuya Yura and his company Mooncraft Co.,Ltd as its quite interesting and not broadly known.

About the company
Wind tunnel (opened in 1986, coincidence of the Big Wig design?)
Closed wheel race cars
Open wheel race cars
Sport cars
Other products

Source: Mooncraft Co.,Ltd

Posted on October 30th, 2011 at 2:21 PM by admin


The Tamiya Subaru Brat has a very important place in my heart as it was the first Tamiya I ever wanted. It all started in 1984 when my dad accidentally brought a Behringer (the German Tamiya importer till 1986) catalogue which a toy shop put in a shopping bag. I had seen already some nitro RC cars but the Tamiyas fascinated me immediately with their realistic look and superb action photos. On the cover of the catalogue there was a box-art Brat which looked so impressive to me, I imagined so often driving through mud and paddles with its block pattern tires. Unfortunately my local hobby shop had only a Holiday Buggy at stock so I got it on my 10th birthday. Later when I got older and visited more hobby shops the Brat was already out of stock, so I was very happy when I read in a magazine with the 1989 Nuremberg fair news that the Mud Blaster would be released. In June ’89 I finally got one of the first batch that came to Europe and really loved it. Later in the 2000s when I started collecting I also got a new build original Brat and later a NIB re-releas.

Seeing the upcoming Mud Blaster II I remembered that I have already its WT-01 chassis (Mighty Bull) so I got a lexan Brat body (like the Mud Blaster II has) and added it to it. I chose a bit more modern look with whole bumpers and sides painted in a second colour, also the window stickers weren’t used but windows were masked and stayed transparent. Chassis-wise full ball bearings, King Blackfoot wheels (front suspension needs to be modified as its normally for 4WD wheels), Super Stock TZ motor and longer (small instead of mini) CVA dampers were added as they give a better look and much better performance. The wheelbase problem needs still to be solved though, although for a runner I think it looks nicer then all previous WT-01 versions, but as said I am biased.