“Ride Africa Twin Meeting” held at Tamiya Plastic Model Factory in Shimbashi

CRF 1000 L Actual car of Africa Twin, people who commercialized models. (From left) Mr. Takehiro Ueno, Tamiya Planning and Development Department, Mr. Takahisa Furuya, Mr. Nao Iizuka and Mr. Akihiro Komatsu of Honda R & D Center, Honda R & D Center.

There were a lot of fans, we met various difficulties to meet that expectation, people gathered up a great product. Based on the theme of a motorcycle named “CRF 1000 L Africa Twin”.

 ”Ride Africa Twin Meeting” held at Tamiya Plastic Model Factory in Shinbashi, Tokyo on 24th June was done as a commemoration of the launch of Tamiya’s 1/6 scale model “Honda CRF 1000 L Africa Twin” . Part 1 involved in the development of real cars of Africa twin, the second part told the guests about the staff involved in developing models of Africa twin, their births, the world view, commitment as a developer. The venue will be filled with real fans, model fans, and both fans.

As I once owned, Motorcycle Journalist Ms. Tsutomu Matsui who is familiar with African twin, such as trying the new model at South Africa’s global test ride, route 66, Baba 1000 course also appeared in the guest.

Like “CB 750 Four” which became the first work of Tamiya 1/6 scale model, the 42th work “CRF 1000 L Africa Twin” also has depth feeling headlights, emblem without using decals, metal parts and screws for rigidity of the car body We reproduce the precision just like actual vehicle, such as securing.

With the “Go anywhere” as a keyword, the motorcycle that can travel the world · CRF 1000 L The development of the real car of the Africa twin started in 2013 when Honda began returning to the Dakar Rally and participating in the war. Demand for adventure models globally has increased, but the model that the new African twin modeled was a former model . Developers of the Honda R & D Center two-wheel R & D center, since the first model appeared in 1988, there are people who have a feeling for the same car all over the world, considerable hardship to reach the performance, design which such people can convince there was.

For those who took part in this meeting, the Rigid Africa Twin Meeting Secretary prepared specially prepared replica of Noguchi seats and bivouac mat (not for sale). It is a motif of what HRC’s works machine CRF 450 RALLY fighting the Dakar Rally will use when parking, making it ideal for 1/6 African twin display. Of the 7 pieces produced, 6 pieces were offered to the competition.

 Meanwhile, one of the models of 1/6 scale just released on the day of the meeting on the day of the meeting, talked about sticking to this product again, hardships and so on. Among them, the pleasure to assemble is being scattered everywhere, such as putting a force on the slide mold to unitize the parts of the crankcase, and reproducing the spoke wheel with four parts. “Chain Assembly chain set” prepared as an option for detail upgrade is a part that will be the first edition of “CB 750 Four” released in 1970 as the first work of Tamiya 1/6 scale model. Because it is the same structure as the real chain, at the time it was said that the trouble of assembling one frame per frame was unpopular, but indeed this one can be connected using a special jig.

 About this passion for making products, this time the developers of both Honda and Tamiya saw the finish and saw scenes that honored each other. On July 22nd and 23rd, there will be events hosted by actual cars in Gunma Prefecture · Kita Karuizawa , but I would like to set up a place to show off the work of people who made 1/6 scale model.

The engine is a DCT specification, and a shift switch pedal which is prepared as an option in a real car is also made into a part. The center stand, which is also an option here in a real car, reproduces the elongation of suspension like a real car when it is on. In a wheel made of four parts, he said he wanted to make the spokes thicker for strength and mass production at the production site, but the developer said that he did not yield 0.7 mm thinness. It is easy to assemble, has elasticity by using ABS, it is hard to break. Suspension is movable back and forth, and you can enjoy sagging / tightening just like an actual car by assembling an assembled chain set prepared as detail up parts.

Source of original article in Japanese language: Mr. Bike Web

F1 Model Database 1960 ~ 2017 Japanese book

Publisher name Model Art Company
Release date June 19, 2017
Magazine JAN 4910087340776
Magazine code 08734-07
Tax-included price ¥ 2,484

● ‘F1 model · database 1960-2017’
 Formula 1 Plastic model
  Date base 1960-2017
 - Covers
  the F1 machine’s PLACETT which has changed greatly with the era that continues to be the world’s best motor sports !
  F1 model newly appeared in the database series. In
  the 1970’s, cigar-shaped 1960’s, full of ideas and unique machines, the 1980’s, the turbo prime 1980’s,
  Japan’s F1 boom at the height of 1990’s,
  from the 2000 age with great aerodynamic evolution to the present age Until the time,
  the attraction of the F1 machine which has changed its appearance with the transition of the times condensed tightly. In the F1 model, introduces
  its features and features firmly centring on the standard 1/12, 1/20, 1/24 kit .

◆ Cigar type era (1960s)
◆ Age of idea match (1970s)
◆ Turbo era (1980s)
◆ Unprecedented F1 boom (1990s)
◆ Schumacher Golden Age (2000s)
◆ To the new generation (2010s)

Tamiya M-07 Concept New Product Media Information Meeting at Tamiya Kakegawa Circuit

Model maker familiar with the star mark · Tamiya Co., Ltd. announces the latest model “M – 07 CONCEPT chassis kit” of the popular category “M chassis” series of 1/10 electric RC (car control) car series to June 20, 2017 Release on the day. Prior to this, Le Boran Boost Editorial Participated in “Tamiya Media Meeting M-07 CONCEPT New Product Presentation & MAZDA Championship Race Experience Meeting” held on June 16, 2017. This time, in addition to the development staff of Tamiya, we will send a pattern of M – 07 CONCEPT new product briefing, which was held with guests from Mazda Co. together.

The stage is “Tamiya Kakegawa Circuit”

The stage of this media meeting was set up in 1996 as the second sacred place of Tamiya RC car fan following “Tamiya Circuit” in Shizuoka City, with the 20th anniversary of last May as a covered The world’s largest all-weather RC car circuit “Tamiya Kakegawa Circuit” renewed.
M – 07 CONCEPT In the new product briefing, Mr. Seiwa Suzuki of the Tamiya Planning & Development Department, Mr. Sumi Sumiyuki of the sales department, Mr. Koji Noma, former director of the product headquarters and general manager of Demio, from Mazda, Mr. Masaaki Nakayama, Product Headquarters Roadster Chief and Chief Designer, participated as a guest.

M-07 CONCEPT History of birth

Appeared in 1991, the 1/10 “Touring Car” series that has made numerous domestic and international popular sports cars and GT racing cars appear as RC cars. Stylish body and powerful driving unique to large size boasts high popularity from that time, and now it is a standard style of Tamiya’s electric R / C car. “M chassis” was born in 1994 to commercialize small cars that can not be modeled in such a touring car chassis with RC cars.

Mr. Suzuki (photo left) and Mr. Maezumi (photo right), which are also members of TRF (Tamiya Racing Factory) which is the work team of Tamiya. He is active in a wide range of activities, including fighting competitive race scenes held both in Japan and abroad, and actively providing user support and setting advice at race events such as the Tamiya Grand Prix held in various places.

For more than 20 years since the birth of “M – 01”, the first model of the “M chassis” series, this boasts a high popularity as well as a touring car as well as now, starting with the Tamiya Grand Prix Tamiya official race event has also grown as a classic-

Unlike the “touring car”, which has many core fans who like Tamiya RC cars that are the root of Tamiya, “M chassis” is the center of the user who started to be drawn by the outstanding looks and loveness, Tamiya’s Even in the official race, it has been loved for many years as a class that many people say “I want to enjoy racing” rather than compete with eyes triangle.

Each model of the “M chassis” of the succession had a relation with the cost, making low cost car making priority on ease of making was done. Also, as mentioned above, there are not so many race-oriented users, so driving performance is not pursued as much as a touring car, suspension design geometry and simplified damper In a certain sense, such as “equipped with equipment for enjoying so – so -” running was not given.

Spinning or undoing is natural as long as you roll off with a rough start when you thrust into the corner at high speed, and the user loved “M chassis” including even such a part. This may be partly in common with the psychology of those who love small cars in real cars.

However, in recent years, participants in the “M chassis” class of the Tamiya Grand Prix are increasingly racing-oriented core audiences who have raced with touring cars, and in the opposite direction RC car racing is the first time for beginner drivers It is said.

The situation where people of various levels participate in the category of “M chassis” is pleasing, while many users burn hands to the chassis which is difficult to run against the cute appearance, many people who can run well with the same cars and who can not run well It is said that the disparity of it increased.

In order to solve such a situation, the development of a new “M chassis” which enables people of all levels to run easily in the same way, from beginners to experts, became an urgent task.

Mr. Maezashi who supports users with Tamiya Grand Prix in various places also said that he heard a lot of similar stories on the scene, and “Newly developed chassis” reflects the ease of maneuverability and the setting that the user advised to the user properly It is said that the height of “reproducibility” to be added is added to the request.

Back in this way About 1 year ago, the development of M – 07 CONCEPT started.

Integrated chassis for ease of running

M – 07 The most significant change in CONCEPT is the structure of the chassis (frame).

M-07 CONCEPT in the middle of assembly. I can understand the structure of the chassis in which even the gear box is integrated.

Each model of “M chassis” so far adopted a split monocoque frame. This is because all three successive models except M – 04 made it possible to change the wheelbase in three stages, replacing or rearranging the frame, adding a separate part to be a spacer to the split part ” It was supposed to be extended.

The chassis frame of the M – 03 chassis was designed to easily extend the wheel base by attaching separate parts for extension (black parts on the right of the photo) to the divided parts.

However, making the mainframe into a divided structure has numerous adverse effects on the running of the car. In particular, the influence on the chassis rigidity is great, and in order to secure its rigidity, polycarbonate resin with high strength was adopted as the frame material of the successive “M chassis”, but adverse effects on the chassis rigidity can not be completely wiped out It is said.

The hard frame also had a bad influence on the characteristics unique to the RC car that gains grip by twisting the chassis, resulting in narrower chassis characteristics of capacity.

In addition, the chassis with a narrow capacity had a big influence on the determination of the geometry of the suspension, and in the succession “M chassis” it was necessary to set the suspension geometry so that the understeer became a strong handling.

On the day, in addition to the successive chassis from M – 01 to M – 07 CONCEPT, M – 07 CONCEPT of full option specification incorporating “Hop Up Options” which is genuine optional part of Tamiya was also exhibited, and the difference in the structure of each car I was able to confirm.

Therefore, M – 07 CONCEPT redesigned the structure of the chassis. Also adopted as a “M chassis” series for the first time a single-piece frame with even a gearbox integrated, secured high chassis rigidity by combining with the front stiffener.

The chassis rigidity is structurally secured by adding the left and right stiffener (photo right) attached as separate parts to the main chassis (front left) where the front gearbox to the rear end are integrated.

As a result, the change of the wheelbase has changed from the previous three stages to two stages, but because it became a softer material, the grip due to the torsional rigidity of the frame can be greatly earned, the capacity of the car leap It is said that it expanded in the same way.

Long span suspension

The suspension that the basic geometry hardly changed for almost 20 years, although there were some minor changes each time of model change, was greatly improved in the M – 07 CONCEPT which gained a chassis with high rigidity.

Front and rear suspension arms of a completely different design than before. Besides providing a function that can adjust the rebound stroke both in the front and the rear, equipment like the touring car is made, such as being able to easily change the rear toe angle.

All newly designed suspension arms adopt the long span type which has already become commonplace in high-end touring cars, ensuring high grip.

The double wishbone type suspension is equipped with four independent oil dampers as standard equipment. It is easy to change the setting using internal oil or sold separately sold coil spring.

Oil damper which was option setting up to now was also equipped as standard, and its installation position has been redesigned greatly. Especially the front geometry improved greatly thanks to the increased capacity of the chassis. “It turns” more, given the aggressive geometry, fast cornering and manoeuvrability were said to be compatible.

Also, the point that the differences in the handling characteristics due to the difference in the wheelbase which was large until now has been reduced is also a point. It said that this made it easier to chose your favorite body without worrying about the difference in running.

Improved ease of assembly and serviceability

Besides ease of running, easy to assemble is also a major feature of M – 07 CONCEPT. Mr. Noma of Mazda who had built M-05 before, “M-05 was a monaca structure (right and left split), so assembly and maintenance were very difficult, but M-07 is easy to make I did acclaim. ”

In addition to the title of the head of the product headquarters, Ms. Noma (left of the photo) who is also representative of Mazda’s internal club, “MRF = Mazda, RC car · fan club”. He likes large models, and he is well versed in Tamiya RC cars including “M chassis”. Mr. Nakayama (right picture) that Mr. Nakayama was also in charge of development of the NA Roadster said that ND Roadster became Tamiya ‘s 1/24 Sports Car Series Plastic Model and 1/10 RC Car, as was the case with NA.

In M – 03 it was necessary to make the entire chassis unbalanced to open the gearbox (left in the photo), but in M ​​- 07 CONCEPT the access to the drive system became easier, in case of maintenance troubles or maintenance Also to be able to respond quickly (picture right).

As Mr. Noma said, the conventional “M chassis” had poor maintainability of the drive system. This point was also improved with M – 07 CONCEPT, it was possible to fully open the gearbox just by removing just 8 screws, and the maintainability of the drive system including the differential greatly improved.

M – 07 What is the run of CONCEPT?

M – 07 CONCEPT was created based on the concept that “anyone can easily run”. Mr. Maezaki said, “The conventional model was difficult to maneuver because the capacity of the chassis was small, but I was able to realize that the car capacity increased since I first ran M-07. If this is the case, I think that any level of users will be able to operate with confidence, “said Mr. Noma, who also has abundant experiences of RC cars” also, it was easy for the high side (falling) when using Demio’s body with M – 05 However, M – 07 was totally different (although the body was the same), although M – 05 is a good chassis, running with M – 07 can not go back anymore, “he also praised the run.

Mr. Noma and Mr. Nakayama who are driving M-07 CONCEPT. That facial expression is serious!

Also, Mr. Nakayama who runs the RC car for the first time in more than 30 years was also “RC car since the 6th wheel of Tyrel, I never got into the race etc, and I ran the temple premises (At that time) the transmitter was also a stick type, I could run well even with only that experience.I think that this is thanks to M – 07, it is wonderful. ”

From the veteran to the beginner, it confirmed the development concept of M – 07 CONCEPT that anyone can run easily.

RC race by Mazda sponsored also

At this briefing session, it was also announced that the “MAZDA Championship” sponsored by Mazda will be held at the “Tamiya Grand Prix All-Japan Championship” to be held every summer.

“Tamiya Grand Prix All-Japan Championship” held in Hokkaido from the north to the south to Kyushu, the nationwide venue nationwide is a national competition that appointed the representative right to the “Tamiya Grand Prix World Champion Decision Battle” to be held in Shizuoka every November.
“Tamiya Grand Prix World Champion Decision Battle” to be held in November every year is the stage that Tamiya RC car fan admires. The photo looks like last year.

From this “Tamiya Grand Prix World Champion Decision Battle” that experts who won the preliminary contests in the US, Europe and Asia regions in addition to the winners of domestic competitions are pushing ahead, many RC car · professional drivers are born , Some players have climbed to the world championship.

“MAZDA Championship” is set as one of five classes to be held at the “Tamiya Grand Prix All Japan Championship”, and the body that can be used is limited to “Mazda Roadster” or “Mazda Demio”. Because affordable things are designated for power sources such as motors and batteries, it is attractive that anyone can easily participate. Of course, entry with M – 07 CONCEPT is also possible.

“MAZDA Championship” Cap and illustration board sent to the winner. Roadster is Mr. Nakayama, Demio is handwritten by Mr. Yanagisawa who is the chief designer, each with autographs. By the way, it seems that Demio is an illustration of Tamiya ‘s RC car, not a real car, and it is drawn tightly to the body mount.

Also, it is also the appeal of this competition that Mazda will present luxury prizes only for “MAZDA Championship” to the winners at each event.
Why do not you join in the M – 07 CONCEPT by all beginners of the RC car too?

※ Detailed schedule etc. of each event can be confirmed on the Tamiya website.

Source of the Japanese article and photos: LEVOLANT BOOST

Some details of upcoming Tamiya Static and Mini 4WD releases

25412 1/35 British Army Centurion Mk.III

This 1/35 scale assembly kit model depicts the British Army Centurion tank. The Centurion was designed to incorporate the best of the British infantry and cruiser tank concepts, and was an extremely successful vehicle that would serve British forces from its production post-WWII to the 1960s. This Mk.III variant was deployed in the Korean War, Suez Crisis and other conflicts. It packed a significant punch with a 20-pounder gun.

18707 1/32 Mini 4WD JR Rowdy Bull – FM-A Chassis

This is a Mini 4WD racing machine. It recreates the fictitious Rowdy Bull race car and it has the honor of being the first model on the new FM-A chassis.
The FM-A chassis (Front Midship Aero) is a front motor unit with refined aerodynamics. It is the successor to the FM and Super-FM chassis and it joins the Mini 4WD REV series. With the center of gravity closer to the front, this chassis really shines on undulating circuits. Furthermore, it features a front skid bar as a standard part, plus four rollers (rear rollers are 8mm thick for superior stability), and an easy-access motor position.

95362 1/32 Mini 4WD JR Liberty Emperor Premium – Super II Chassis Black Special

This is a special color variation of the Liberty Emperor Premium (Item 95027), which was a premium version of the car driven by Jingi Otokogi in the Japanese cartoon “The Wind Racer! Otokogi.” This product artfully combines a black base with pink accents. The body is mounted on the Super-II chassis, which is highly adaptable and speedy. Furthermore, it is molded in pink ABS for the first time!

Tamiya 58647 M-07 Concept Chassis Kit Details in English

M-07 Concept Chassis Kit
Item No: 58647

Length: 332mm. Image shows assembled kit.
Body, motor, tires, battery pack, R/C equipment and compatible charger are sold separately.

An M Revolution!
This high-performance front-wheel drive R/C chassis assembly kit is constructed around a rigid monocoque with lower deck and upper frame sections. It offers a responsive drive and fuss-free maintenance of parts such as the easy-access differential, which can be removed from the underside with minimal disassembly. CVA oil shock-damped 4-wheel double wishbone suspension features dedicated long arms and steering linkage components for a range of setup options. A silky-smooth drivetrain utilizes full ball bearings, gear differential unit and universal drive shafts. It can be assembled with a 225mm (M) or 239mm (L) wheelbase, making it compatible with appropriately-sized existing Tamiya M-chassis body parts sets.

Featured Components
●Monocoque frame chassis (with detachable lower section) ●Long suspension arms ●CVA oil dampers ●Full ball bearings ●Gear differential unit ●Universal drive shafts ●Hi-torque servo saver

Long arms and steering linkage components optimize damper leverage ratio. The chassis’ camber can also be adjusted.

Adjust the M-07 Concept’s rear toe angle via the insertion of spacers where the suspension mount parts are attached.

One of the key points is the easy-access differential unit, which can be removed and changed from the underside.

Enjoy silky-smooth power from your chassis thanks to full ball bearings, universal drive shafts and gear differential unit.

●Length: 332mm (including bumper) ●Width: 164mm ●Wheelbase: 225mm or 239mm (Selectable) ●Monocoque Frame ●Front-Midship Motor, Front-Wheel Drive ●Gear Differential ●3-Piece Steering Tie-Rod ●4-Wheel Independent Double Wishbone Suspension ●CVA Oil Dampers ●Gear Ratio = 5.78:1 using included 20T pinion gear (7.22:1 – 4.81:1 available with separately sold pinion gears) ●Requires an Electronic Speed Controller (sold separately)

Separately Required Items
●Body ●Type 540 Motor ●Tires ●2-channel R/C system with ESC ●Batteries for transmitter ●Battery Pack and Charger

Dr. Kaneko Tatsuya’s “brush painting” technique lecture video from Tamiya Plastic Model Factory

May 21, 2017 (Sunday) Tamiya Plastic Model Factory Published at Shimbashi Store

0:02:05 Let’s imagine the completed shape!
0:06:03 How to choose colors, how to find. I will make my own recipe.
0:10:05 Select “Gray”
0:20:10 Preparation before painting. Assemble it to this point.
0:25:20 Leave the base of MM to “Halred”!
0:34:30 Advantages of Tamiya color (acrylic paint)
0:39:00 “Orientation” of brush carrying is also important
1:00:55 The rolling wheel is a toothpick
1:04:30 Leaning color is diluted
1:07:35 Various usable “Sponge brush”
1:19:25 There is no failure in the tank model!
1:22:20 End of first half
1:22:35 Track base color + Sumi putting paint is easy and real
1:29:00 What is “model reality”?
1:33:20 I use it for a scale model as well! The item for sweets decoration
1:36:10 The decal does not cut off!
1:47:35 Concentrate here! Highlights that increase the three-dimensional effect
2:06:11 “Sumi putting” work tightening the finish
2:22:40 completion!

Painting which influences the finish of the plastic model. “Although it was good until it was assembled it failed with coloring …” “I think that it is necessary to have air brush, special tool, difficult technique to paint well …” etc, I think that there are also many people who suffer from painting I will. So we invited Mr. Tatsuya Kaneko who is active as a promoter, and explained techniques of “painting brush” using Tamiya color, which can be handled easily by beginners. We will release a number of know-how that can be easily practiced from basic to applied, such as how to paint demonstrations and colors, with subject matter of military model. The interestingness of brush painting, various expression methods widens the enjoyment of model making!

First real product photos and video of Tamiya Mini 4WD Rowdy Bull on the new FM-A chassis

Sources: Tea-Leage at Twitter and Tamiya mini 4wd thailand fanpage at Facebook

Official announcement of Tamiya regarding counterfeit Mini 4WD products

Regarding Counterfeit Mini 4WD Products

It has unfortunately come to light that counterfeit Tamiya Mini 4WD products are being sold by malicious vendors. These products include Tamiya logos and trademarks without authorization. We therefore ask our customers to ensure that they purchase Mini 4WD products through recognized Tamiya vendors, as counterfeit products cannot be used in official Tamiya events and are not subject to Tamiya customer service cover.

Tamiya RC Car Grand Prix Vol.18 Video Report

March 20, 2017 (Monday, congratulation) MEGA WEB recorded at Toyota City showcase.
Tamiya’s RC model which continues to be loved for over 40 years, and still showing excitement. The Tamiya RC Hobby experience event “Tamiya RC Car Festival” was held at the theme park “MEGA WEB (Mega Web)” in Odaiba, Tokyo.
Experience driving of electric R / C car “Try !! Tamiya RC”, RC car assembly class “Try !! Tamiya RC school”, “Heavy dump experience” piloting dump truck RC to challenge baggage, “RC trailer We held an event that allows you to experience the Tamiya RC model such as “trailer passenger ride experience” where you can get on. On the 20th, RC car race “Tamiya RC car Grand Prix” which was superb worthy was also done.
“Tamiya RC car festival” that you can touch, ride, maneuver and enjoy Tamiya’s RC hobby will be held in the future. Please come by all means!