Category Archives: Vintage

Flashback Friday – Tamiya Medium-sized tank from 1957

Release date 12/1957
Release price ¥ 200


Finally we have opened the forbidden door. It is the emergence of the wooden model. Tamiya tanks of roots is 1/35 Panther tank of the December 1961 release than anything, but further and follow the founder, it is in this “medium-sized tank”. Founder of Tamiya model, but Tamiya Yoshio said before the war was engaged in the transportation industry, I will establish a Tamiya Shoji of lumbering after the war immediately of 1946. Also make a wooden woodworking department early in year after, over the misfortune that factory burned down in 1951, in 1953 and turn off the start as a wooden model specialized manufacturer. It became explosive hit will release two years later is, it is this “medium-sized tank”. If you say how this kit is old, to back-calculated time to was released from the article, Shunsaku’s eldest son (the current president) will to the fact that after one month were enrolled in Waseda University. It is “doable, while the collection of the debt” time when the president began a life that you had to “Tamiya model of work”. Let’s take a look at the kit. Box art As you can see, (it seems to have been used as it is probably the Self-Defense Forces vehicle photo) not to M4A3E8 is Sherman be Magou. When I opened the box while watching the letters prestigious “science and engineering teaching material”, gorgeous to also cover the inner box is yellow cellophane. Electric components such as metal gearbox and enameled wire as a part, has become a rubber caterpillar and small wooden parts,. Assembly drawing of the paper quality, such as ancient documents, which captures the very accurately kit of shape, is understandable. “Battery I get twice the force to be used in series (series connection method)”, and the description, such as “inter-axial distance 160m / m”, such as a description of using the ABCs character, it is exactly the science teaching materials. In the discussion that does not look like is similar to the M4 Sherman is here I think is who can know because unrefined. Will just passed after the war in ’10 with the ¥ 200 had how much of value? I think that it is hard not when it comes to the original experience of this kit, but the people of the large senior called me what is! Please let me know. By the way 1 / 35M4A3E8 Sherman will be released in May 1970, but the vehicle identification number decal of the SDF specification is “213”, the shaman of the full scale model that did not fulfill the father, son and a later ’15 (Shunsaku Mr.) There you will that sent the world.


Flashback Friday – 1968 Tamiya Apollo 1


Release date 6/1968
Release price ¥ 650

“Out-of-print kit research” are decorate last in the year 1998, SF kit Tamiya scale model makers ask the world, Super Space Series No. 1 is “Apollo 1”. Celebrated the vertex Thunderbird plastic model boom of the first, which began last year, large-scale kit of legendary in March of this year, “Thunderbird secret base (electric)” will be released from Imai at ¥ 2,200. Yo just in SF boom, is Tamiya it raises the expected heavy waist launched the original SF kit. Vol is that this kit was resting on the Tamiya news as a guide of the new product. It is 9. 1/25 remote control to those that have been introduced at the same time “Chieftain”, 1/35 “Quick Zhukov”! And “White Bear”, since it is with the remote control “Stalin”, when the Tamiya is also riding a ride in tanks, seat of the leader? The is also the time that had been competing with Marsan and Imai. It and that has an adhesive hardly used snap kit, and light bulbs, a gear box, looking at the vehicle body bottom switch or the like has already been assembled and I a for young persons but is represented by box art classy As described above, even I felt claims such as “never’m not children’s toys.” “Space development exploration vehicle Apollo 1 is one made ​​in order to be used in the distant moon of the earth …” kit commentary beginning with, as if Earth Defense Force in the configuration really exist given even Na illusion, and children were tears of gratitude in the per “in the center of the vehicle body can be seen the position of the expedition vehicles from the air immediately runs while emits three colors of light and with a light-emitting device for the top-down” also You should often. Wheels made ​​of polyester resin, as mentioned earlier can be fitted without adhesive, and the kit is complete disk is began to illuminate the three colors of light on the ceiling around. The mold of the rubber caterpillar becomes a 2 degree T34 exactly the same as I, but the length is 3 minutes of 1/35, color also became gray with rather than black. And it was to make no mistake in first with, but Marsan in this year-end (this time Maruzan) is rainy day bankruptcy, and will be forced into bankruptcy until Imai the following year. Tamiya also celebrates when slot car is painful or no longer selling a pattern, but I will survive in the original scale kit. Of Apollo 1 and sisters kit in this aftermath Jupiter No. 2 it will also be discontinued, and I have become the ’72 version of the (or any) of the illusion that does not show the world figure and 2 degrees disappeared early in the catalog kit It was. As an aside, this kit will be released in the ¥ 650 yen but then I once was also burned a rather short life that you raise, Apollo 1 in our laboratory has become a ¥ 800 version of the blue seal You. And because this is when the blue seal is for the first time appeared in the oil shock price increases of May 1973, somewhere of what the shopkeeper was price-gouging in Dosakusa what had been unsold in toy store, or the Tamiya headquarters to stock blue seal It does not take the confirmation whether thing of it is affixed. (1998/12/28)


Flashback Friday – Tamiya at Tokyo Hobby Show 2002

Tamiya Tokyo Hobby Show 2002 (1)

New Tamiya RC releases
58296 1/10 CLK-DTM 2002 AMG-Merceses (TL-01LA)
57714 1/10 XB Subaru Impreza WRC 2002 (TT-01)
58297 1/10 RAYBRIG NSX 2002 (TA04-R)
58300 1/10 ABT AUDI TT-R DTM 2002 (TA04-SS)
44036 1/10 PORSCHE 911 GT3 Cup VIP (TG10)
44037 1/10 RAYBRIG NSX 2002 (TG10)
57718 XB NISSAN Skyline GT-R R32 (TT-01)
58298 1/10 ENZO FERRARI (TB-01)
58299 1/10 TB EVOLUTION 3 ★ Limited Release
43502 1/8 TERRA CRUSHER Red Body Version
49260 Super Stock Motor Type-RR 23T
55084 Ni-MH Battery 7.2V 3300mAh Advanced Pack RC-3300HV
F201 Option Parts

Flashback Friday – 1/21 Mokei Tamiya M4 Sherman remote control deluxe tanks series No. 1 kit from 1963

Release date 1963/04
Released price ¥ 1300

After a long time is the emergence of big game to. 1/21 Deluxe tanks series of shining kit No. 1, M4 is Sherman (remote control). Almost a year from the smash hit of the 1/35 Panther tank that has been shipped to the New Year of 1962, where the Tiger tank, is Rommel tanks and lineup began to set, Tamiya is to start a series on one rank. Slightly from Panther tank, no two around large body was remote M4 Sherman of scale of 1/21. Although the scale of 1/35 are the legend that came out from the built-in two AA 2 batteries, or Will because this 1/21 came from a single 1 battery four built-in? It is not yet known to the surprising, but this M4 Sherman remote control version is now on sale earlier, the single version comes out is September 1965 after two years and a half. And is the M4 Sherman of this remote control version, it exist roughly divided into three types to be surprised. In our laboratory but had confirmed that there are two types (TKK45 edition and RE36 edition), sentence of a certain literature has caught the corner of the head, it had been followed by a refreshing not state. It is downstream in the M4 Sherman introduction of articles is in the “boy plastic model newspaper” of the “boy book November 1965”, “from Tamiyamokei, and of had been out before, is an improved type”. But in the previous thing any state, I did not know exactly what it is if improved. It is, I was at once resolved with a single phone in the other day. Main phone Nariyuki Mr. Nagasawa. As far as I know, it is a collector which boasts Japan’s quality. “I did you finally get the remote control Sherman from abroad, but somehow I’m situation is strange. Yeah, I’m a no remote control box also be seen.”. . . . . Soon the outcome of the interview, which flew with a digital camera is following the research announcement. They expressed their deep appreciation to Mr. Nagasawa to take this opportunity. The earliest version was ridiculous remote control box. Single one battery four are built in the lower body, and I was operated at dial (!) By issuing six of code to the outside of the vehicle. The dial-up remote control box does not have to have been introduced so far in the literature as far as I know, it seems to be whether Japan premiere. In the exactly radio-controlled idea for putting the power in the car, very but are also drawn reference placement guidelines for radio control, the price of the radio control set set at the time because you should not buy Oisoreto also adults, how this M4 Sherman There you can see what was lofty dream for children. But to infer from more than one document, also this remote control format is like working is not a certainty, at the same time gear box and single is released in 1965 becomes an integrated, single-2 battery using four push-button boiled fish paste type remote control box was improved on. Even more surprisingly, although it was front-wheel drive type gearbox is to assemble one by one the original gear, in the improved gear box will change to the rear wheel drive is integrated part (Thank Morimoto san). However, the first version and try to note despite the front-wheel drive, jagged even idler wheel is a rear wheel has been molded, or had in mind the transformation of the rear-wheel drive from the “beginning? You aside the question of, “but, by being 1/35 Panther tank mold jagged idler wheel while being front-wheel drive is also such, it standard at the time there was a mold jagged without a driving part to understand, it will be somehow convinced. And in improved, sprocket wheel is a front wheel by sliding back and forth, tension of the rubber caterpillar can now be adjusted. This was very important in the sense of smooth running. That is, in our laboratory we will classify the 1 / 21M4 Sherman as follows

Classification Remote control box Drive system Motor Battery Logo
type1 Dial-up Front-wheel drive TKK45x2 Single 1×4 Old (globe mark entering)
type2 Push button semicylindrical Rear-wheel drive TKK45x2 Single 2×4 Old (globe mark entering)
type3 Push button semicylindrical Rear-wheel drive RE36x2 Single 2×4 Old (no globe mark)

When I Himotoi past catalog is now, certainly for you, but have come up with 1/21 Sherman as coming soon on the back cover of the 1963 version of the catalog, we Yes draw a single one battery four use. Do not have a prejudice, it it is basic to better check the hand of the material. By the way, an aside, Nagasawa said the 1/21 remote M4 Sherman owns two, but I was to release one to about five years ago, was worship one day who I was left with another Once gotten Te, you may went blank has entered the car kit are two instead with empty inside. That said one has completely forgotten and that is an empty box (Since it contains the car kit in even try to have there was a moderate weight), it is a translation had ceded one only Sherman . Thing’s disappointment was considerable ones, was continued inquiry into the world of mania in his network, is this kit found in after more than three years, it also it came to Mr. of the original with a great bonus It will be. So haiku. “Collectors, sometimes Let’s open the box.”


Flashback Friday – Tamiya at 41th Shizuoka Hobby Show 2002

Tamiya 41th Shizuoka Hobby Show 2002 (1)

New RC releases shown

58290 1/10 RC TOYOTA MR-S RACING (TA04-SS)
58291 1/10 RC HKS CLK (TA04-R)
58292 1/10 RC FORD FOCUS RS WRC 02 (TL-01)
58293 1/10 RC BEAMS INTEGRA (TL-01LA)
58294 1/10 RC F201 CHASSIS KIT with Original Bodies
58295 1/10 RC MINI COOPER (M-03L)
92155 TRF-2002 ESC