Monthly Archives: February 2007

Tamiya 53957 RC Multi-Function Control Unit – Pick-Up Truck (MFC-02)

Released in 2006, the 1/10 R/C 4×4 Pick-Up Truck Ford F-350 High-Lift has been exceptionally well-received by fans around the world. With the release of this new Multi-Function Unit, Tamiya kicks up the realism another notch with light, sound, and vibration effects all controllable via a 4-channel transmitter (sold separately) to make the F-350 even more impressive.


10 types of high-brightness LEDs (including optional LEDs) for a total of up to 33 lights can be controlled to depict various realistic light actions while driving. They can also light up in pre-set patterns during Demo Mode for a brilliant shelf display.

Headlight 1 Headlight 2 High Beam
Fog Lamp 1 Fog Lamp 2 Fog Lamp 3
Fog Lamp 4 Fog Lamp 5 Auxiliary Lights (Front)
Auxiliary Lights (Rear) Turn Signal (Front Right) Turn Signal (Front Left)
Turn Signal (Rear Right) Turn Signal (Rear Left) Reverse Lamp
Brake Lamp Flash Lamp


Onboard speaker unit can emit a total of 24 different sound effects (including optional sounds) that were all digitally recorded from actual vehicles, including the operating sounds for both a big imposing V8 engine and a spunky small-displacement turbo engine.

Engine Starting 1 Idling 1 Running 1
Engine Stop 1 Up-shifting 1 Down-shifting 1
Horn 1 Engine Starting 2 Idling 2
Running 2 Engine Stop 2 Up-shifting 2
Down-shifting 2 Horn 2 Gear Changing
Turn Signal Timer 1 Timer 2
Timer 3 Alarm


Up to 16 different actions can be controlled via a 4-channel transmitter (sold separately) to give the sense of driving a real pick-up truck.

Steering Control Throttle Control Horn Operation
High Beam Operation Gear Shifting Operation Turn Signal Operation
Hazard Lamp Operation Headlight Operation Brake Operation
Engine Start/Stop Operation


  • Vibration Function Unit recreates rumble movements in conjunction with engine sounds.
  • ESC enables realistic low-speed running.
  • Speaker Unit not only emits the sound effects mentioned above, it also has an input terminal to allow connection with outside audio sources such as MP3 and CD players for music playback.
  • 3 convenient modes of operation: R/C mode with Multi-Function effects off, R/C mode with Multi-Function effects on (4 varieties), and Demo Mode for static display with light and sound effects only (4 varieties).
  • Detailed and user-friendly set-up guide and tutorials to assist users with proper operation of all the MFC-02 features (please see the next page for some preliminary sample diagrams).

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Photos and details of new Tamiya releases from Nürnber toy fair

It has been a long time in coming, but Tamiya has heard the demand from fans around the world and is now proud to present award-winning truck maker Scania’s state-of-the-art R470 Highline as the newest addition to our unique 1/14 scale R/C tractor truck series.

About the Scania R470 Highline

Swedish manufacturer Scania has a long history of producing exceptional trucks designed for long-haul transport. The company’s R-series made its debut in 2004 and quickly built a highly favorable reputation that led to it being given the prestigious International Truck of the Year award in 2005.

About the Model

  • 1/14 scale electric R/C assembly kit of the Scania R470 Highline.
  • Aerodynamic body is precisely reproduced and front grill features mesh material for realistic look.
  • Faithfully reproduced cabin tilts forward separately from fenders, just like on the full-size truck. Fender interiors and exteriors are fully depicted for the ultimate in accuracy and realism.
  • Durable ladder frame chassis consists of aluminum channel and resin cross member.
  • Kit-included coupler enables use of any of Tamiya’s currently available 1/14 scale trailers.
  • Includes assembly type 3-speed transmission. Use of separately available 4-channel transmitter allows gear shifting during running.
  • Front and rear suspension consists of metal leaf springs and coil spring dampers. Durable die-cast metal front axle is float mounted on leaf spring and damper. Resin rear axle features differential gear.
  • Propeller shaft transmits power from front mounted motor to rear wheels. Pin type propeller shaft joint reduces friction loss.
  • Type 540 motor included.
  • Separately requires battery, charger, and transmitter (4-channel transmitter highly recommended).

Tamiya’s peerless 1/16 R/C Tank products are the ultimate in realistic indulgence, and with the German Tiger I and King Tiger already released, it is only natural that we now add the famous Panther Type G to the lineup. Tamiya staff even visited the renowned collection of the Musee des Blindes in Saumur, France in order to create the most accurate Panther sounds possible. Pit it against the previously released US Sherman and Pershing tanks on your own mock battlefield.

About the Model

  • 1/16 R/C German Panther Type G Late Version assembly kit.
  • Sleek form of what is considered by many as the best tank of WWII accurately reproduced.
  • Barrel of the long 75mm main gun replicated in aluminum.
  • Durable torsion bar suspension featuring new road wheels and sprockets with pre-assembled link tracks for excellent cross-country performance.
  • Dual gearboxes can operate together or individually for realistic tank movement.
  • Includes DMD Control Unit (T-03) and DMD Multi Function Unit (MF-01) to put turret rotation, gun elevation, and light and sound action at your fingertips.
  • Onboard speaker reproduces engine running sounds and 2 types of engine starting sounds (electric starter and crank starter) recorded from an actual Maybach HL230-P30 engine.
  • Main gun and machine gun firing sounds accompanied by LED muzzle flashes.
  • Install ITEM 53447 1/16 R/C Tank LED Battle System (sold separately) for exciting 1-on-1 or team battles with other similarly equipped Tamiya R/C tanks.
  • 4-channel R/C system, Tamiya Ni-Cd 7.2V battery, and charger are required (sold separately).

Made popular by the previously released Mini Coopers and the Swift S1600, the M-03 chassis is also currently being used in the “Mini-Sports” category of the Tamiya Grand Prix. Tamiya now answers our fans’ requests and announces the release of a high-performance race version of this chassis, which is packed with new special parts that are only available with this kit.

About the Model

  • Kit can be used to build one of three different versions featuring the following different wheelbase lengths: M-03 (210mm), M-03M (225mm), M-03L (239mm).
  • Newly designed front & rear lightweight aluminum uprights.
  • Race-ready CVA dampers come in a limited edition clear blue color only available with this kit.
  • Special all-white TRF damper springs (soft to hard) allow customization according to the circuit.
  • All aluminum parts, including the M-03R-only motor heat sink and servo mounts, are made from durable blue anodized aluminum to add color highlights to the chassis.
  • High-grip 60D radial tires mounted on chrome wheels included.
  • R/C system, ESC, battery, body, and motor are sold separately.

Introducing Tamiya’s new 1/8 R/C Truggy, the Nitrage. This high-performance Ready-To-Run model is packed with innovative features that no other machine in its class has. Modular construction means effortless assembly and convenient maintenance, with all the internal components mounted on a high-strength, press-molded aluminum deck. Servos are directly connected to the fully-enclosed gearboxes to ensure consistently smooth operation and minimal interference. 4-wheel independent suspension with large oil dampers, aluminum slipper clutch, and high-density spike tires mounted on large dish wheels lets it tackle any terrain with ease. The aggressive body and distinctive rear wing matches the “Nitro Rage” image perfectly and will make it the instant center of attention wherever it goes.


The Nitrage is equipped with the formidable FR-32FX 5.2cc engine that features a large diameter slide carburetor, 14mm diameter crank shaft, lightweight piston, and large heat sink head. The FR-32FX is matched with a 150cc large capacity fuel tank to provide ample driving endurance. Powered by this monster engine, the Nitrage with standard 1-speed transmission is capable of speeds of up to 60km/hr (approx. 37mph)!
Engine Specs: 5.24cc displacement, 20.1mm bore, 16.5mm stroke, 5000-33000rpm range, rear exhaust

Off-road racing often means dirt and grime accumulating on the vehicle and interfering with maintenance, to say nothing of all the work you have to do to clean up afterwards. Our designers took this into account when creating the Nitrage and separated the vehicle into 5 major components: Front Gearbox (with steering servo and front suspension), Center Gearbox (with throttle servo and disc brake), Mechanics Box (with fail safe equipped receiver), Engine with Fuel Tank, and Rear Gearbox (with rear suspension and wing). Each of these can be individually removed from the chassis for easy maintenance and cleaning. All 5 components rest on a special high-strength aluminum deck, a pioneering feature for this class, that was press-molded to ensure structural rigidity.


Tamiya is the first to bring this special feature to the R/C world. Even the connection between the engine clutch bell and the spur gear are completely enclosed and protected from outside interference. As a result, all gears have constant stable lubrication and gear backlash is contained by the gearcase. This means the Nitrage does not need to resort to using any heavy and expensive steel gear parts, giving fans more modification flexibility.

Furthermore, the differential gear on the Nitrage is doubly protected, first by its own durable case and then by a second enclosure formed around it by the front and rear gearboxes. This setup insulates the differential gear to prevent the suspension arms and shock towers from imparting stress on it (this is the problem with most makers’ truggy differential gears).


The Nitrage is equipped with the R/C world’s first flexible joint drive system, with the spur gear having a short dog bone linkage to the clutch bell, which helps reduce stress on the engine. A durable lightweight aluminum slipper clutch to improve transmission efficiency is also included, which is another first in this class.


Truggies from other makers usually feature upper I arms for the front suspension, which offer flexibility but are lacking in structural strength. The Nitrage has specially designed upper A arms for the front suspension that allow flexible suspension travel without sacrificing strength.


Colossal off-road tires with inner sponge feature an oval spike tread pattern that is perfect for driving on rough surfaces. Tires are mounted on large diameter dish wheels.


The large rear wing on the Nitrage is a double-split design inspired by those equipped on actual WRC cars. Catch pin attachment means the upper surface of the wing remains flat, adding to its stylish appearance. Since the wing is connected to the chassis and not the body shell, it clearly distinguishes the Nitrage as a Tamiya product even when the body is removed.


The Nitrage features universal screw heads for most of its screws, which means all you need is the 2.5mm Hex Wrench to attach and remove them, making maintenance even more speedy (Note that there may be a few screws that require a 1.5mm or 2mm Hex Wrench). Tamiya Handy Starter and Glow Plug Heater are included for easy engine starts even for beginners (Handy Starter requires 7.2V battery pack, sold separately). ADSPEC GP 2-channel transmitter and TRU-03 receiver with fail safe device are included.


Both performance-enhancing and cosmetic Option Parts are planned for release in the near future. Keep an eye out especially for announcements of the 2-speed transmission that will increase top speed to 80km/hr (approx. 50mph)

Tamiya 58. Spielwarenmesse International Toy Fair Nürnberg 2007 New Releases

12034 1/12 Ferrari 312T w/ Photo-Etched Parts
12035 1/12 Ferrari 312T4 w/ Photo-Etched Parts
12617 1/24 SC430 2006 GT Photo-Etched Parts Set
12618 1/12 Honda RC211’06 Front Fork Set

14107 1/12 Konica Minolta RC211V ’06
14108 1/12 LCR Honda RC211V ’06

15368 Large Diameter Narrow Lightweight Wheels w/Arched Tires
15369 Avante Mk.II Clear Body Set

18617 Mini 4WD PRO Neo Falcon

20057 1/20 Lotus 99T Honda

24293 1/24 Open Interface Tom’s SC430 2006
24295 1/24 Ferrari F40
24296 1/24 Ferrari F50
24297 1/24 Ferrari F50 Yellow Version
24298 1/24 Ferrari 360 Modena
24299 1/24 Ferrari 360 Modena Yellow Version
24301 1/24 Enzo Ferrari Giallo Modena
24302 1/24 Enzo Ferrari Rosso Corsa

26510 1/48 Russian T34/76 Model 1941 (Cast Turret) (Finished Model)
26521 1/48 Cromwell Mk.IV British Cruiser Tank Mk.VIII,A27M (Finished Model)
26522 1/48 German Sturmgeschutz III Ausf.G 5th Pz.Abt.

31909 1/700 British E Class Destroyer

32541 1/48 British Crusader Mk. I/II Cruiser Tank Mk.VI
32542 1/48 Russian Field Car GAZ-67B
32543 1/48 German Panzerkampfwagen III Ausf.N
32544 1/48 German Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind
32545 1/48 Russian KV-1B w/ Applique Armor
32547 1/48 WWII German Tank Crew Field Maintenance Set
32548 1/48 U.S. 2.5 Ton 6×6 Cargo Truck

40519 TamTech-Gear Setting Spring Set (Short)
40529 TamTech-Gear CVA Damper Set (4ps)
40530 TamTech-Gear Low Friction O-Ring Set for Oil-Filled Dampers
40531 GT-01 Reinforced Suspension Shaft Set
40532 GT-01 Wheel Bolt & Collar Set
40535 GT-01 Aluminum Turnbuckle Shaft (Blue)
40537 TamTech-Gear Sport-Tuned Motor
40540 GT-01 4mmx3h Aluminum Ball Connector Set
40541 GT-01 4mm Long Aluminum Ball Connector Set
40544 GT-01 Front Carbon Damper Stay
40545 GT-01 Rear Carbon Damper Stay

41079 Tamiya Handy Starter (Starter Only)
41080 Tamiya Handy Starter Driven Gear Unit C (for FR-32X/FS-12D)

42101 R/C Pit Bag L

43531 1/10 R/C XBG Vodafone Mercedes C-Class DTM 2006
43532 1/8 R/C 4×4 Racing Truck Nitrage 5.2

49417 1/10 R/C M-03R Chassis Kit
49418 1/10 R/C TA05-R Chassis Kit
49419 1/10 R/C TRF415MSXX

51270 1/10 R/C Mazda RX-7 Body Parts Set
51288 1/10 R/C BMW 320si WTCC 2006Team Germany Body Parts Set

53953 DF-03 Front One-Way Unit
53954 DF-03 Front One-Way Ring Gear (2pcs)
53955 5-Spoke Metal Plated Wheel w/ Cemented Radial Tire 2pcs.
53956 10-Spoke Metal Plated Wheel w/ Cemented Radial Tire 2 pcs.
53957 Pick-Up Truck Multi-Function Control Unit (MFC-02)
53958 Ford F350 High-Lift Full Ball Bearing Set
53959 Metal-Plated Mesh Wheel w/ Drift Tire Type D 2pcs.(26mm, Offset 2+)
53960 6-Spoke Metal-Plated Mesh Wheel w/ Drift Tire Type D 2pcs.(26mm, Offset 2+)
53961 TRF501X Aluminum Caster Block
53962 TRF501X Aluminum Rear Upright
53963 TRF501X Stabilizer Set
53964 48P Pinion Gear (16T, 17T)
53965 48P Pinion Gear (18T, 19T)
53966 48P Pinion Gear (20T, 21T)
53967 TRF501X Eccentric Belt Tensioner
53968 5x5mm Hex Head Ball Connector
53969 5x8mm Hex Head Ball Connector
53970 Dust Protector Seal for Differential Gear
53971 TRF501X Aluminum Steering Arm
53972 TRF501X Aluminum Steering Bridge
53973 TRF501X Aluminum Steering Base
53974 TRF501X Front Spring Set
53975 TRF501X Rear Spring Set
53976 TRF501X Low Friction Piston (1.2cm dia.)
53977 TRF501X Low Friction Piston (1.3cm dia.)
53978 TRF501X Low Friciton Piston (1.4cm dia.)
53979 TRF501X Low Friction Rod Guide
53980 Dust Cover for Adjuster

55097 Battery Auto Discharger 2

56022 1/16 R/C Tank German Panther Type G Full-Option Kit
56318 1/14 R/C Tractor Truck Scania R470 Highline

56706 1/12 TamTech-Gear Porsche Turbo RSR Type 934 (Finished)
57101 1/12 TamTech-Gear Porsche Turbo RSR Type 934 (Assembly Kit)
57102 TamTech-Gear GB-01 Chassis Kit

57763 1/10 R/C Expert Built Mazda RX7 (TT-01)
57764 1/10 R/C Expert Built BMW 320si WTCC 2006Team Germany (TT-01)
57765 1/10 R/C Expert Built NISMO Coppermix Silvia (TT-01D)

58382 1/10 R/C Mazda RX-7 (TT-01)
58383 1/10 R/C Volkswagen Beetle (M-04L)
58384 1/10 R/C Subaru Brat
58385 1/10 R/C BMW 320si WTCC 2006 Team Germany (TT-01)
58386 1/10 R/C NISMO Coppermix Silvia (TT-01D)

61098 1/48 F-16CJ (Block 50) Fighting Falcon
61099 1/48 Fairey Swordfish Mk.II

72006 4-Channel Remote Controller
73016 Display Case G (without Base)

81777 XF-77 IJN Gray (Sasebo Arsenal)
81778 XF-78 Wooden Deck Tan
81779 XF-79 Linoleum Deck Brown

87090 Tamiya Compound Applicator (3-Color Set)
87091 Tamiya CA Cement (Gel Type)
87092 Finishing Abrasive P180 (3 pcs.)
87093 Finishing Abrasive P240 (3 pcs.)
87094 Finishing Abrasive P320 (3 pcs.)

89718 1/20 McLaren Mercedes MP4/13
89719 1/20 McLaren Honda MP4/4
89720 1/20 McLaren MP4/5B Honda
89721 1/12 McLaren MP4/6 Honda

94585 Avante Mk.II Blue Color Plated Body Set
94592 Mini 4WD PRO Avante Mk.II (Finished Model)
94593 Mini 4WD PRO Manta Ray Mk.II (Finished Model)
94594 Mini 4WD PRO Avante X (Finished Model)
94595 Mini 4WD PRO Neo Falcon (Finished Model)

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