Tamiya 67418 Hooded Towel (manufactured by Imabari)

Tamiya marks on white background, simple original design hooded sports towel. Ehime prefecture boasts the top market share of domestic towels, using high-quality towel in Imabari city. With 100% cotton, the touch is soft and water-absorbing is also preeminent. Also, because it is hooded, you can wear it, it will be active in various outdoor scenes as a sun shield and rain exclusion. Hook with difficulty to shift when wore. It is a charming finish as a fashion item.

★ Color: White, Material: 100% cotton

※ The image on sale may differ slightly from the actual product.

Interview with a Tamiya tool mold maker

Provided by: Minabe College Editorial Department

Do you know the work called Mold Tool? It is a task to make a mold which becomes the basis for producing a large quantity of exactly the same things such as machines and automobile parts. Molds are used not only in automobiles but also in empty cans, various equipment and materials, etc. in a wide range of industries. Because each product must not have a difference, very much technology is required for its production.
This time I talked to Keisuke Sano belonging to the mold section of Tamiya Co., Ltd. about the appeal of work and the chance to get into work.

To summarise this article

  • Even a small mistake by newcomers makes veterans aware. It is absolutely not allowed to pull out hands!
  • An experience of making plastic models as a child is useful
  • Not only knowledge and skills, but also the feeling that it wants to be extremely important is important!

High technology is required for small model die

Q1. Please let me know the job overview and the schedule of the day.

We manufacture molds for producing our own products such as plastic models, radio controllers and mini 4WDs. Molds are necessary for mass production of high quality products and are essential for manufacturing industry. Especially since the mold which I handle is many small models such as cars and airplanes, very high accuracy is required. Manufacture of molds is very important, since the production of molds is directly linked to the quality of products.
07:30 Working 08:00 Starting in the morning 12: 00 Lunch break 13 : 00 Starting in the afternoon 17 : 00 Quitting work

Q2. What is fun and rewarding for work?

Manufacturing molds to produce various products by processing what was a mass of iron will be the process of creating hands “hand” by themselves, so it will be involved in such work I feel pleasure and joy. Since “Tamiya’s model” is also evaluated as the world’s highest quality, we are proud of making molds that produce that product. And when you witness the moment when you pour the material into the mold and become the shape of the product, you get a particularly great sense of accomplishment.

Also, die making is done using a wide variety of machines while considering efficient methods, but it requires extensive knowledge and experience. Learning from past failures and experiences, I feel challenging and enjoyable to absorb as knowledge.

Q3. Is there anything tough to do at work / feel hard?

The mold is made through many processes. In recent years the speed of development has increased and there are many jobs with short delivery times, so making one mistake makes a big inconvenience to the process before and after, making the production schedule inevitable. It is a severe job that does not allow deception as it remains visible in the form of a mold.

Even a very small mistake that you do not notice as a new die molder, you will immediately know if you see a veteran mold tool. I also often failed when I was a newcomer. Even though I thought “I do not notice!”, You are still seeing it (bitter smile).

At present, more than half of Tamiya products are produced in our own factory in the Philippines. Since we are also making molds in the Philippines, it is necessary for the mold staff to transfer abroad and convey the technology in order to make better products. Without deep knowledge and abundant experiences, I can not teach and I can not earn the trust of local employees. Although there are serious aspects, I try to absorb the skills of the seniors on a daily basis to become an ideal technician and I am studying.

Studying machining and drawing, getting employed to Tamiya

Mold of plastic model. There are many complicated and detailed parts, and there are many things that take months to complete

Q4. What kind of opportunities and circumstances did you get this job?

Originally I liked manufacturing, so high school entered business high school, hoped to learn machine machining and drafting and take advantage of it.
I was a local industrial high school and I was familiar with a lot of seniors who are active in Tamiya employment. I did not want to make a mold from the beginning, but in my recruitment form I came to the school there was a mold part of Tamiya famous for mini 4WD and plastic model which I was playing since I was a little, so I applied for it .

Q5. What did you learn to get to this job?

In industrial high school he entered mechanical department and gained basic knowledge of industrial such as machine processing and drawing.
After joining the company, I taught a lot of things to veteran mold workers. Although I was scolded for a few years after joining the company and it seemed to be frustrated, but now when I think about it, again, my seniors are very grateful that everyone is saying the right thing.

Q6. Do you feel that the dream that you held when you were a high school student led to your current job?

Since I was thinking that I wanted to get a job that could make things, the dream I had when I was a high school student has led to my present. The foundation of making things that I learned from my experiences at school and experiences playing with mini 4WD and plastic model when I was small was very useful.

Q7. What kind of person do you think is suitable for the mold maker?

As a proverb of saying “I love what I love”, I think that those who like to make something are suitable. Also, because there are many precise work, it is easy for skilled people to use their abilities.

Technical aspects can be trained as much as you enter the company. Learning something special in high school does not overwhelmingly become advantageous. Rather than that, I think that I like models, I think that it is important to feel something extreme.

Tamiya is a company that is made up of the passion of people who love models and likes it and the high technology that is regarded as the top level in the world. The mold maker is also a gathering of people who like monozukuri and like model making. If you have a strong belief that you do not give up even a little harder, you will surely be a good mold maker.

Q8. Please give me a message for high school students.

When you graduate from high school you will make a big choice about the way you will go in the future. It will be selected by asking advice from various people, but first I would like you to choose your own will to do the most.

And, even if you encounter difficulties or fall into a pinch do not turn backwards, I think that you want to try hard on the road that you chose. Even if that way is slightly different from what I first imagined, if it is the way I chose with my own will, I should be able to hold on!

The lawn on the other side may seem blue and it may actually be blue. There may be things that really does not go well on the road you choose. I do not want you to give up easily, but I think that it may be good to redo the way after doing what you should do.

In order to become a mold worker, you should learn about industries and machinery. In general, getting employed to mold manufacturers and parts processing manufacturers is a shortcut to die molding. Having a national qualification “Mold making skill” makes it advantageous for employment. Also, knowledge of mathematics and computers may be required, so if you want to aim for a die-caster, let’s learn thoroughly from now.

Profile: Tamiya Co., Ltd. Mold Manufacturing Division Keisuke Sano

Source in Japanese language: Shinro No Mikata

Tamiya 1/14 R/C Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3348 6×4 Tipper Truck model receives Truckmodell-Star 2018 award

Tamiya is proud to be able to offer a number of high quality product lines, including our popular 1/14 scale R/C Truck Series. It gives us great pleasure to announce that our 1/14 scale R/C model of the Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3348 6×4 Tipper Truck (Item 56357) has received the prestigious Truckmodell-Star award for 2018. The award is given by major German hobby industry publisher VTH, and bears the name of its popular Truckmodell magazine, a prestigious German language publication on all things R/C truck-related. The award, which is pictured below, is the latest accolade for the Series, and we look forward to announcing many more in the future.
Full Modellbau Awards 2018 list

Tamiya RC Car Grand Prix Video Report Vol.23


Venue MEGA WABE Toyota City Showcase 1F Special Circuit (Tokyo Odaiba)

Competition Scene We held the “Tamiya RC Car Grand Prix” at Odaiba tourist attraction “MEGA WEB Toyota City Showcase”. [Junior Grand Prix] and [Junior Buggy Grand Prix] for elementary and junior high school students, [Women’s Grand Prix] for women’s drivers, [Parent-child Comical 4 WD] to participate in a pair of elementary / junior high school students and parents. In addition, as a special project this time, I held a [my dancing rider] class which used the new topic dancing rider and raised the venue.

Detailed description of Tamiya 48214 1/35 RC WWI British tank Mark Mk.IV Male (with control unit)

Total length = 230 mm The picture shows the kit assembled and painted

★ It is the 1/35 RC model of Mark IV, the first mass production tank of the history that British troops put into practical warfare during the First World War. ★ Two assembled gear boxes equipped with dedicated motors are mounted on the rear of the car body, and the crawler belt is connected movable. ★ By operating the transmitter forward and backward, right / left gentle turning, pivoting the pivot point, pivoting the super pins, you can switch the maximum speed to 4 steps by operating the button. ★ 3 kinds of markings, 2.4G dedicated props included. ※ 4 AAA alkaline batteries for transmitter and 4 AAA alkaline batteries for receiving and running (sold separately).