The 89 year old Tamiya chairman Shunsaku Tamiya speaks powerfully at the Shizuoka Hobby Show about the current state and future of the model industry

On May 8th, the Shizuoka Hobby Show, one of Japan’s largest model trade fairs where domestic hobby manufacturers announce new products, opened at Twin Messe Shizuoka in Suruga Ward, Shizuoka City (Duration: May 8th – 5th). 12th of the month). In 2024, which was the 62nd time, approximately 100 companies exhibited, the largest number ever. It was crowded with many buyers from the first day.

On the first day, which is the day when vendors are invited, the customary event is an interview with the media by Shunsaku Tamiya (Chairman and President of Tamiya) of the Shizuoka Model and Teaching Materials Cooperative, which hosts the hobby show. Chairman Shunsaku Tamiya, who was born in 1934, will be 89 years old this year and once again this year he spoke in powerful words about the current situation of the hobby industry and its future prospects. For several years up until last year, the impact of the new coronavirus had been a major concern for media personnel, but at this year’s hobby show, which has almost escaped the coronavirus pandemic, reporters asked questions about the historic depreciation of the yen.

Q.The yen is at a historic low. What is the impact on the industry?
<Shizuoka Model Teaching Materials Cooperative Chairman Shunsaku Tamiya>
“Exports and foreign products are based on dollars, so it’s definitely cheaper in Japan. It’s good because the quality is good and it’s cheap. However, the Japanese domestic market is still a weak yen.” It’s very difficult, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises. I thought things would get better now that the governor of the Bank of Japan has changed, but things are still as bad as ever.

Q. Is the weaker yen a positive thing for the model industry? Is it negative?
<Chairman Shunsaku Tamiya>
“Of course it’s negative. However, the coronavirus was not a headwind for our industry. On the contrary, it’s a follow-up window. However, from now on, life will become difficult. The model industry is all small and medium-sized enterprises, so it will have an impact. There’s no way they won’t. That’s why I want them to stop this trend of yen depreciation.”

Q. Is it because domestic people’s wallet strings are tight that is a negative for the industry?
<Chairman Shunsaku Tamiya>
“I’m sure you’re adamant, of course. I’m not just saying that people will buy the model because the yen is weak. But the yen is too weak. That’s what it is.”

Q. How can the model industry overcome this crisis?
<Chairman Shunsaku Tamiya>
“Companies in the same industry are doing this in their own ways. The factory that Tamiya opened in the Philippines in October last year can operate at full capacity with 500 people at night and 500 people during the day. This is not possible in Japan. 500 people are working at full capacity at night. We’re taking measures for each of them. In our case, it’s fine, but it’s still better if the yen isn’t weak.

In October 2023, Tamiya started operation of a new factory of its manufacturing subsidiary “Tamiya Philippines” in Cebu province. At the hobby show venue, a model of the new factory is also on display along with panels explaining the new factory. This new factory is important not because of the weak yen, but because we are looking at future global expansion and ensuring a stable supply of products.

Q.What is your intention in holding workshops for children?
<Chairman Shunsaku Tamiya>
“Governor of Kawakatsu Prefecture, who recently resigned from School Children’s Day (a day for inviting elementary, junior high, and high school students), made the decision for us, but we were hit by a blind spot. Children in Shizuoka need more models. I thought I was making things, but I wasn’t. I want them to develop the habit of making things with their own hands.”

Q.What changes in children when they make things with their hands?
<Chairman Shunsaku Tamiya>
“Please see it once. You can’t understand how excited I was to see the model I made running. I was in the 5th grade of elementary school when the war ended. I made the motor myself (from materials) and used dry batteries. I was so satisfied when I hooked it up and started swinging it. Even at this age, I can’t forget that.

The “elementary, junior high, and high school student invitation day” during the hobby show was started as an idea by Shizuoka Prefecture Governor Heita Kawakatsu (retiring on May 9th). This is an opportunity for children in Shizuoka Prefecture to deepen their understanding of the local industry of plastic models through hands-on plastic model production experiences.

Q. Do you feel there is a possibility that the overseas market will expand in the future?
<Chairman Shunsaku Tamiya>
“It’s expanding. However, it depends on the manufacturer. I went to America when I was 31 years old, and I’ve done it every year for over 10 years. I leave on January 20th and come back in March. I studied a lot of things overseas, and the conclusion I came to was that “Japan is a small country.” Another problem is that “Japanese people also think small.”

“Don’t think about Japan in terms of Japan. Think about it from overseas. That’s why people from other countries came here to get people to come here. It took 65 years to get to this point. I’m 89 years old now. Yes, I will do my best! Thank you.”

In 2023, Chairman Tamiya answered reporters’ questions while sitting on a chair, but in 2024, he stood for a 15-minute interview. He sometimes answers reporters’ questions with sharp tongues and “Shunsaku-bushi,” and even at the age of 89, it seems that his power has not diminished, but has even increased.

Chairman Tamiya concluded the question from SBS with the reassuring words, “We will continue to do our best!” The legend of the plastic model world will continue to lead the hobby industry in Shizuoka, Japan, and the world.

Source in Japanese language: Shizuoka Shimbun SBS

Tamiya 58738 XM-01 PRO Chassis Kit video review

The world of RC Rally just got better with the release of the Tamiya XM-01 Pro. Tamiya has continued to support this segment and although some of their releases are fun model builds, those who demand racing performance handling and features will surely want to gravitate to this kit. Inside the full build up kit, you’ll find aluminum shocks, oil filled diffs, full ball bearings and more which Greg will break down for you in this video. Then you need to see this run. It’s just a fun run, but you’ll see how good the XM-01 looks ripping around in the dirt!
Source: RC Driver

Official product videos of Tamiya 47304 Fighting Buggy 2014 & 70259 Walking & Swimming Penguin

Tamiya is delighted to welcome the Fighting Buggy back to its product line-up with this re-release version of the 1982 R/C buggy classic. It retains the unique suspension and drivetrain setups employed on the original model and pairs them with a newly-designed chassis. The ABS resin body keeps the shape and design theme from its predecessor, accenting it with updated markings. It is equipped with an aluminum roof wing part and side nets for an authentic buggy-esque look.

A Highly Satisfying Off-Road Experience
The original 2mm-thick FRP and duralumin chassis plate is replaced with a new 2.5mm-thick FRP plate, finished in black like the 1.5mm-thick mechanism deck. The model can be powered by the separately sold Tamiya LF Battery LF1100-6.6V Racing Pack (M-Size), which will fit neatly underneath the mechanism deck. Afficionados of the original model will note that the die cast arms remain the same on the 2014 version, while the separate reserve tank is still used on the rear suspension, which otherwise receives a number of new parts. A sealed direct drive gear case also houses the motor and protects it from dust and dirt. Stability is provided by ribbed front tires, and the rear gives excellent grip thanks to tires with tread patterns that extend to the sidewalls. 3-piece wheels are used both front and rear.

●Length: 410mm, width: 230mm, height: 160mm ●Wheelbase: 250mm ●Tread: 165mm (front), 180mm (rear) ●FRP double deck chassis frame ●Rear wheel direct drive 2WD ●2-piece steering tie-rod ●Front suspension: double trailing arm, Rear suspension: swing axle & transverse monoshock ●Tire width/diameter: 21/73mm (front), 49/86mm (rear) ●Aluminum oil dampers ●Full ball bearings ●Gear ratio=10:1 or 6.5:1 ●Type 540 motor included ●Requires electronic speed controller (ESC) (sold separately)

Separately Required Items
●2-Channel R/C unit with ESC ●Battery pack & charger ●R6/AA/UM3 batteries for transmitter

This assembly kit creates the Walking and Swimming Penguin, which waddles on land and swims in the water. The submarine motor powers its legs via gearbox as it moves, and in the water the model raises its head and swims with its flippers. Use its rudder to apply direction. Includes everything needed for easy snap-fit/screw-together assembly. Stickers for eyes, beak and body are also included. One separately sold R03/AAA/UM4 battery is required.

First photos of items displayed in the Tamiya Booth at the 62nd Shizuoka Hobby Show 2024

Static Models
35387 1/35 German Main Battle Tank Leopard 2 A7V
12694 1/35 Scale German Leopard 2 A7V Metal Gun Barrel
35384 1/35 German KS600 Motorcycle & Sidecar
35386 1/35 German Machine Gun Team (Mid-WWII)
25217 1/48 Mitsubishi Ki-46 III Type 100 & 4×4 Light Vehicle Kurogane Set
60204 1/35 Pteranodon
60793 1/72 Lockheed Martin® F-35®B Lightning II®
24367 1/24 Nissan Fairlady 240Z Street-Custom/a>
24173 1/24 Fiat Abarth 695 SS
24188 1/24 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA
24366 1/24 “Full-View” Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
24365 1/24 Toyota Soarer 2000VR-Turbo
14142 1/12 Honda Dax125 Tamiya Limited Edition

R/C Models
58738 1/10 R/C XM-01 PRO Chassis Kit
42384 1/10 R/C TRF421 Chassis Kit
58734 1/10 R/C Citroën DS (MB-01)
58739 1/10 R/C 1998 Honda NSX Racing (TT-02)
58736 1/10 R/C Ford Baja Bronco (CC-02)
56375 1/14 Volvo FH16 Globetrotter XL 750 4×2 Tractor
58489 1/10 R/C Avante (2011)
58496 1/10 R/C Fast Attack Vehicle (2011)

42385 45mm Swing Shafts (Hard) 2pcs.
42386 TRF421 Wheel Axles (2pcs.)
42387 45mm Drive Shafts for Low Friction Double Cardan Joint Shafts (2pcs.)
42388 Axle Shafts for TRF421 Double Cardan Joint Shafts (2pcs.)

Mini 4WD
95168 Ignicion (MA) Japan Cup 2024
95166 HG Carbon Multi Roller Setting Stay (1.5mm) J-Cup 2024
95167 HG Carbon Rear Multi Roller Setting Stay (1.5mm) J-Cup 2024
95169 Hyper-Dash 3 Motor J-Cup 2024
95170 Hyper-Dash Motor PRO J-Cup 2024
95171 Torque-Tuned 2 Motor J-Cup 2024
95172 Torque-Tuned 2 PRO J-Cup 2024
18103 Cross Spear 01 (VZ Chassis)
95660 HG Heavy Aluminum Wheels for Low-Profile Tires II (Reversible, 2pcs.)
95651 HG Lightweight 19mm Tapered Aluminum Ball-Race Rollers (Ringless)
95603 Hurricane Sonic Polycarbonate Body Special (AR) Fully Cowled Mini 4WD 30th Anniversary
95665 Fully Cowled 30th Anniv. Red Slick Tires & Gold Color Plated Wheels
95669 Fully Cowled 30th Anniv. Mini 4WD Car Catcher (Black)
95667 Fully Cowled 30th Anniv. Multipurpose Tape 15mm Width/Black & Pink)

Educational Construction, Tools & Finishing Materials
70259 Walking & Swimming Penguin
69946 Walking & Swimming Duck (Yellow)

87226 Ultra Thin Aluminum Stickers (2pcs.)
82184 LP-84 Camouflage Gray
82185 LP-85 Medium Air Gray
86533 AS-33 Camouflage Gray

Source of photos: Dengeki Hobby Web

62nd Shizuoka Hobby Show Tamiya Head Office Special Tour Sales Corner

■ Abegawa mochi Special package (1,200 yen/tax included)
Abegawa mochi is a Japanese sweet that is loved by Shizuoka citizens. This is a special package in collaboration with Shizuoka Hobby Show.

■ 67506 Tamiya Inden business card holder (dark blue x white lacquer) 9,350 yen (tax included)
■ 67507 Tamiya Inden business card holder (black x white lacquer) 9,350 yen (tax included)
■ 67508 Tamiya Inden business card holder (black x red lacquer) ) 9,350 yen (tax included)
■ 67509 Tamiya Inden business card holder (black x pink lacquer) 9,350 yen (tax included)
The Inden business card holder, which has a history of over 400 years, is now available with the Tamiya logo. Koshu Inden is a unique technique of applying lacquer patterns to deerskin, and is a handmade masterpiece created using soft deerskin and shining lacquer.

■ 67510 Tamiya pin badge Logo mark round shape (black/gold) (880 yen/tax included)
Approximately 35 mm zinc alloy oval base with a gold Tamiya mark on a black background coated with silicone epoxy resin. It’s a pin badge. There is a butterfly clutch on the back, so you can attach it to a bag, hat, or clothes and use it like a brooch.

Tamiya 58568 Neo Scorcher TT-02B Chassis official product video

Burn through the off-road circuits!
The Scorcher, a popular and speedy 4WD racing buggy from the late-1980s Tamiya line-up, is back, with a new name and updated body! Made from durable polycarbonate and featuring a stylish large rear wing, the body design drew heavily upon the original Scorcher for inspiration, and can be decorated with the minimum of fuss thanks to the large stickers included. It runs on the easy-assembly shaft-driven 4WD TT-02B, and marries the chassis’ controllability with square spike tires for superior grip on rough surfaces. This off-road veteran is back with new features to scorch your rivals!

Shaft-Driven 4WD and Superior Handling from the TT-02B
The shaft-driven 4WD TT-02B buggy chassis uses a skid-shaped frame. Its suspension setup uses 4-wheel independent double wishbone suspension with long arms, plus CVA shock units, giving the car assured handling, while left and right suspension arms and uprights are identical to facilitate hassle-free assembly. Front and rear gearboxes include 4-bevel differentials for smooth operation, and are sealed to ensure that dust can’t get inside. The top can be removed simply by loosening four screws, making maintenance a breeze. Four different gear ratios can be applied with the use of three separately-sold types of pinion gears, allowing you to match the characteristics of your car setup to the conditions at any given time. Of course, this off-road chassis also includes receiver case and motor cover to protect them from dirt and debris thrown up off of the track.

●Length: 380mm, Width: 250mm, Height: 145mm ●Wheelbase: 266mm ●Tread: 217mm (Front), 208mm (Rear) ●Bathtub-type Frame ●Shaft-Driven 4WD ●Front/Rear 4-Bevel Resin Differentials ●3-Piece Steering Tie-Rod ●4-Wheel Double Wishbone Suspension ●Tire Width/Diameter: 32/82mm (Front), 41/82mm (Rear) ●Front/Rear CVA Oil Dampers ●Gear Ratio = 10.71:1 (using kit-included pinion gear) ●Type 540 Motor ●Electronic Speed Controller is sold separately.

Separately Required Items
●2-Channel R/C Unit with ESC ●Battery Pack & Charger ●R6/AA/UM3 batteries for transmitter