Tamiya 95204 Mini 4WD Car Catcher (Mini 4WD Station/Blue) re-release


Safely and securely catch a running machine
It is a tool that can be easily assembled without using adhesives or screws to safely catch the Mini 4WD running on the course. Produced by bending 0.75 mm thick PP (polypropylene) material. Three small ribs are set on the bottom to slow down the machine and prevent tire lock after catching. The assembled Mini 4WD catcher can be stored in the portable pit (bottom row). The color is blue, and the logo of the Mini 4WD station is printed in white.

Basic specifications
Width 110mm, length 190mm, height 70mm. 0.75mm thick PP (polypropylene) material is used. *Do not use cleaners, etc., as it will print.

First release month
May 2015

Tamiya 70238 Kayak official product video



★This assembly kit creates a dynamic kayak model, with a submarine motor and underwater gearbox underneath the central float powering the model via cranks and link rods as it paddles gallantly forward. ★Length: 210mm, width: 165mm, height: 105mm. ★Change paddle blade angle to alter movement. ★Stickers are included to decorate the figure. ★Includes everything needed for simple snap-fit/screw-together assembly.
CAUTION – WHEN OPERATING
●If motor does not rotate with the switch on, or emits abnormal noises, turn off immediately and determine the cause.
●Do not touch any rotating parts such as cranks.
●Do not hinder rotation of cranks by force. This will result in motor heat buildup that can burn fingers, etc.
●Never use the product in oceans, lakes, rivers or ponds.
●Always install batteries with correct polarity.
●Never short circuit, dismantle, heat or incinerate a battery, as it could overheat, leak or explode.
●Always dry the model with a cloth after use. Turn off the switch and remove batteries from the model after use.
●Running in hot/warm water may soften motor case or melt grease, resulting in water leakage inside.

Some future Tamiya releases


R/C Models
47444 1/10 Scale R/C Ford Mustang GT4 Lightweight Body Parts Set
42355 M-Chassis Alu BB Dampers+ (4pcs)
42356 42mm Swing Shafts (hard) 2pcs
42357 Cross Joints LF Assembly Universal Shafts
42358 Transmitter Bag
42359 VG O-Rings for Oil Dampers (30°)
42360 42mm Drive Shafts LF Double Cardan Joint(2)
42361 43mm Drive Shafts LF Double Cardan Joint(2)
42362 44mm Drive Shafts LF Double Cardan Joint(2)
42363 Axle Shafts TRF420 Double Cardan Joint (2)
47450 Lunch Box Mini Wheels Black *4
54957 TC-01 Aluminum Steering Bridge
54958 TC-01 Aluminum Steering Arms (L/R)
54968 M-08 Aluminum Motor Bridge
54969 33mm Lightweight Alu Swing Shafts (2pcs)
54970 CC-02 Aluminum Spur Gear Mount
54971 CC-02 Motor Mount Bridge Spacer
54973 Panel Line Pin Stripe Stickers
54977 TT-02 Aluminum Servo Mount

Mini 4WD
10323 2x8mm Truss Screws (10pcs.)

Tools & Paints
82178 LP-78 Flat Blue
82179 LP-79 Flat Red
82180 LP-80 Flat Yellow

Comical Fun Goes 4WD – Building the Tamiya Comical Avante GF-01CB

The team behind TamiyaBlog loves the Tamiya Comical and Fun models. It is not a secret. And secretly, we have been hoping for a 4WD comical buggy based on GF-01 for a long time. When the Comical Avante was actually presented at the Nuremberg Toy Fair 2020, we could hardly believe that Tamiya really did it.

The Avante, a Tamiya design icon of the 1980s, as a comical model. Can it go well?

In short, yes !

The original Avante has such an elegant, slim and technical design that I could hardly imagine how even a comical body could fit on the current and relatively wide GF-01 chassis.

Tamiya mastered it with flying colors. For the wanted comical look, the body was of course compressed as usual. Nevertheless, the body adapts wonderfully to the chassis, like the body of the original Avante. The already well known beautiful driver figure from pdc designworks, which is already included with the kit, fits so perfectly under the pilot’s cockpit, and literally cries out to start driving right away. Exhaust pipes now come in a carbon look and underline the professional Hi-Tech look of the Avante. But let’s take a look at the technical side.

It is very interesting to see how Tamiya adapted the well-known GF-01 chassis to the comical buggy set up. The main frame, which also serves as the gearbox, has been provided with additional fastening points on the rear for the new body bracket. The wishbones were of course adopted from the WR-02CB Comical models. A new slim bumper rounds off the concept harmoniously. A number of headlights can also be mounted on this bumper. But we decided against it. For a clean look. Oh, i almost forgot. Tamiya donated new tires to the Comical Avante. And how we love this design. Let´s hope for more models using this type of tire.

As with the Comical Grasshopper, we also donated a few sensible Tamiya Hop Ups to the new Avante. Starting with the complete ball bearing set, via the Sport Tuned motor, in combination with a 20 tooth motor pinion. Although the Tamiya Comical models are all already equipped with CVA oil shock absorbers, the Avante is no exception, we have again installed the great GF-01 aluminum damper set. It just looks fantastic and it works that way. GF-01 steering arm and Tamiya Hi Torque Servo Saver with aluminum servo horn make steering much more precise. Incidentally, we highly recommend installing the 50808 TG10 wheel axles, also recommended by Tamiya in a supplementary sheet. These cause a widening of the track. The thicker hex adapters, which are required for this are already included with the kit. As a result, the Comical Avante does not tip over so quickly and simply looks even better. The optional Wheelie Roller Set in blue rounds the thing off perfectly to the rear. This time, we did the original paintscheme, because the body comes already pre-painted with this kit. But you have to cut it out. And application of the stickers is needed too. The original color scheme can only be called truly brilliant. For those who want to create their own color scheme, there will be an unpainted/clear bodyset available soon.

But no more words now. Enjoy the Comical Avante !

With our Set Up, it´s a blast to drive. And with any doubt, it´s the best performing Tamiya Wheelie/Fun car, we have driven so far.

Upon requests from some of our valued readers. This is a list of genuine Tamiya Hop Up parts, we´ve used on this car:

54924 GF-01 Ball Bearing Set

50808 TG10 Long Wheel Axle

53509 Hard Flourine Coated 0.6 Aluminum Pinion (20T/F201)

54670 Aluminum Oil Damper 4pcs Blue For GF01 WR02

53974 TRF 501 Front Spring Set

54588 GF-01 Aluminum Steering Arm

54586 Lightweight Gear Shaft 5x50mm For GF-01 WR-02 WT-01

51000 Servo Saver Hi Torque Type (Black)

54121 Aluminum Horn for Hi Torque Servo Saver

54473 Aluminum Wheelie Roller Set for WR-02 WR-02G

Tamiya Official Guidebook “Mini 4WD Super Speed ​​Guide 2020-2021”


“Tamiya Official Guidebook Mini 4WD Super Speed ​​Guide 2020-2021 ” for beginners and advanced users will be released!

Japan Cup 2020 official circuit “Max Surprise Circuit 2020” measures setting and detailed explanation of the course, as well as basics of machine making, manufacturing methods of trend modification methods such as flexi, dress-up method of professional modeler comprehensively covered. In addition, thorough dissection of the new chassis “VZ chassis”, explosive machine manufacturing technique of the mini 4WD game application “mini 4WD super speed grand prix”, interview with voice actor “Aozora Tokui”, “all mini 4WD” kit catalog etc. There are plenty. The special appendix is ​​a special sticker for various purposes.

○ Release date: July 6, 2020 (Monday)
○ List price: 990 yen (Body price: 900 yen)
○ Format / Number of pages: A4 wide 100 pages
○ Appendix: Special dress-up sticker
○ Issued by: One publishing
○ Author : Get Navi editorial department

Flashback Friday – Tamiya Mini 4WD Super Speed History

Modify and run like you were when you were crazy!
Mini 4WD is currently undergoing the third boom, and smartphone games are gaining popularity. In this special feature, we will thoroughly introduce you from the nostalgic machine’s evolved appearance to the latest tune-up guide that you can enter the race immediately if you read it. Let’s recall that time when we were crazy and restart Mini 4WD Life!

The first boom has arrived!
RC buggies, which were expensive and out of reach for children, became popular by being mini 4WD. Furthermore, when the series of “Dash! Four-wheeler” started, the fan population rapidly increased.

The second boom has arrived!
With the blockbuster “Bakuso Kyodai Let’s & Go !!”, the unprecedented Mini 4WD boom has arrived again. It was also a plus that the courses and sales spaces were already in place throughout the country in the first boom.

The third boom has arrived!
The first and second boom generations who have grown up have returned to the 30th anniversary of the revival of the Japan Cup. Sophisticated tune-up techniques were born one after another, and it has become established as a hobby that adults can enjoy.

Mini 4WD Machine, Tamiya Official Competition, Mini 4WD Manga & Game Mini 4WD “Super Speed” History!

[1982] Two first “Mini 4WD” series released
Ford Ranger 4×4 and Chevrolet Pickup released simultaneously. Initially it was positioned as a “running plastic model”.

[1986] “Racer Mini 4WD” series started
Hot Shot Jr. and Hornet Jr. are released as RC brother’s “younger brother” in the radio control boom. It was a big hit with children who could not buy expensive radio-controlled models.

[1987] Tamiya official competition starts
Held in Tamiya’s event “Modelers Gallery”. In addition to the race (pictured), five types of competition were held, including wrestling and looping.

“Dash! Four wheel drive” serialization start
Started serialization in Korokoro Comic (published by Shogakukan). The children at that time admired the appearance of the main character, Hinomaru 4WD, who runs alongside a mini 4WD with a guide stick in his hand.

[1988] Japan Cup starts to compete for Japan
The tournament that decides the best mini 4WD in Japan is held for the first time. The total number of mobilizations at 16 venues nationwide is 53,600. It was a great success and will become an annual event.

Released by Avante Jr.
The popular RC buggy, Avante’s Mini 4WD version has been released and has recorded an amazing number of sales. It is also talked about by adopting the type 2 chassis and slick tires developed for racing.

[1990] Cumulative production of Racer Mini 4WD series exceeds 50 million units
The boom was accelerated by the effect of “Dash! The number of units sold increased due to the holding of an official tournament in which Japan was decided to face off directly.

[1991] Cumulative shipments of the series exceed 60 million units
With the end of the first boom, the pace of sales, which had continued to rise, has also moderated since this point. Still, it’s a staggering number of 60 million units just nine years after its launch.

[1994] “Bakuso Brothers Let’s & Go !!”
Serialization started in Korokoro Comic. The characteristics of the machines used by the protagonists, the Hoshima Brothers, were “high-speed cornering” (strong) and “straight acceleration” (Australia).

[1997] Mini 4WD series surpasses cumulative sales of 100 million units
With the effect of “Bakuso Kyodai Let’s & Go !!”, which started serialization in 1994, the machines that appear in the series became so popular that they would be sold out immediately on the release date. Sales also accelerated again.

[1998] “Aero Mini 4WD” series started
The machine that appears in the new series “Bakuso Kyodai Let’s & Go !! MAX” has been released. It has a low center of gravity and a small cowl compared to the full cowl type mini 4WD.

[1999] Japan Cup is suspended
The Japan Cup 1999 held at the end of the second boom had a total mobilization of 35,300. This tournament will be the last stop, and more than 10 years have been left unopened.

[2005] “Mini 4WD PRO” series released
A new generation series equipped with a double shaft motor in a newly developed three-part midship chassis is on sale. A new era of Mini 4WD started here.

[2007] Mini 4WD 25th anniversary model released
A machine designed by Tetsuhiro Kosashita, the creator of “Bakuso Kyodai Let’s & Go !!” appeared as a commemorative model. Bison Magnum and Rodeo Sonic released.

[2008] Tamiya Plastic Model Factory opens in Yokohama and Shimbashi
Model stores directly managed by Tamiya open in Yokohama and Shimbashi. A mini 4WD course is permanently installed, and there are fans who use it as a setting and information exchange place before the official race.

[2012] “Mini 4WD REV” series started
The new series commemorating the 30th anniversary of birth uses an AR chassis with a monocoque structure. The aerodynamic form of the first model, Aero Avante, became a hot topic.

Japan Cup revives after 13 years
In commemoration of the 30th anniversary of Mini 4WD, the Japan Cup is back for the first time in 13 years! New and old racers who were waiting for the revival of official Tamiya races packed into 12 venues nationwide.

[2013] Blast Arrow with MA chassis released
Introducing a new MA chassis. It features an MS chassis with a midship layout and an AR chassis designed with aerodynamic characteristics in mind.

[2015] Show off 1/1 Aero Avante in Japan Cup 2015 championship match
A championship-deciding game where the winners of each district gather will be held at “MEGA WEB” in Odaiba, Tokyo. One-one aero Avante, which was made into a real car, appeared and became a big topic.

[2020] Distribution of “Mini 4WD Chorusoku Grand Prix” game application for smartphones from Bandai Namco
App supervised by Tamiya & Korokoro Aniki. Make a course and enjoy racing online. Since the official competition is currently suspended, it is a place for fans to relax.

Neo VQS with VZ chassis appeared
Introducing the VZ chassis that improves the performance and strength of the compact and lightweight VS chassis. The moderate “bend” given to absorb the shock will be popular among Mini 4WD racers.

(C) Tokuda Zaurus / Shogakukan (C) TOKUDA ​​・ SHOGAKUKAN (C) Kotate Tetsuhiro / Shogakukan (C) KOSHITA ・ SHOGAKUKAN (C) Shogakukan (C) ShoPro (C) TAMIYA (C) BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
* Mini 4WD is a registered trademark of Tamiya Corporation.

Source in Japanese language: GetNavi web

Parent and child programming book featuring Tamiya educational kits released


Parents and children can learn by playing, easy programming education item introduction
Introducing “programming education” as a learning method for children towards the future by joining the curriculum of elementary schools since 2020. For fans who are interested in learning and education using machines and computers, we introduce robot toys, educational toys, and learning materials that “learn the power of thinking while experiencing play for hands” to learn the basics of programming. .. Many tips and tricks for assembling Tamiya’s craft series are also posted. Please take a look!
⇒ Click here for details (Yaesu Publishing HP)

Some of Tamiya’s related products introduced in this book

Related information
⇒ Special page “Must be a compulsory elementary school from 2020! What is “programming thinking”? ]
⇒ Tamiya Craft Series
⇒ Tamiya Robot School

Official details and photos of upcoming Tamiya 25199 1/48 Lockheed P-38 H Lightning


This model kit faithfully recreates the H variant of the Lockheed P-38! This limited-edition variant of the 1/48 P-38 Lightning masterpiece kit, will only be sold in a white box format. New parts are included specifically for this kit to depict the P-38H, a variant which was produced from May 1943 and were given an improved 20mm cannon, as well as a bomb payload capacity of 1,500kg. More powerful 1,400hp engines were paired with intercoolers and radiators from previous variants.

• 1/48 scale plastic model assembly kit. Fuselage length: 240mm, wingspan: 330mm.
• This kit creates a parked aircraft.
• New parts specific to P38H variant: Larger supercharger intakes, rear canopy without reinforcing frames, instrumentation, nose landing gear strut and bay covers, main landing gear reinforcements, upgraded 20mm cannon and 12.7mm machine guns that were often modified on the ground, plus turbocharger coolant pipe.
• Choose whether to attach optional main landing gear air duct.
• Weights are included in the kit to ensure correct balance of the model when displayed.
• A detailed cockpit features the wheel-type controls, radio, throttle box and more.
• 1 marking option is included, depicting an aircraft with lively nose art and belonging to the 432nd Fighter Squadron, part of the 475th Fighter Group that was devastatingly effective from 1943-44 over the Pacific.
• Plain white box with a color label on the lid. One Shot Production Run!
• Comes with canopy masking stickers and a full-color painting guide.




Source of video: Callsign Cooger YouTube Channel