Pictures from the 49th Shizuoka Fair

84124 Wolf WR1 (F103/F104 Hybrid)

58463 FF03 Pro Chassis Kit

84132 TA05-VDF Drift Chassis Kit

84131 M05 Pro Chassis Kit (Blue Plated Version)

58467 Castrol Honda Civic Vti (FF03)

58467 Castrol Honda Civic Vti (FF03)

42167 TRF201 Chassis Kit

42167 TRF201 Chassis Kit

58464 Suzuki Swift Super 1600 (M05ra)

58464 Suzuki Swift Super 1600 (M05ra)

58465 Fiat Abarth 1000 TCR Berlina Corse (M05)

58466 MOTUL NISMO GT-R Tokachi 24hours Race (TA05 Ver.2)

48209 1/35  Panther Type G Late Production (w/2.4GHz Control Unit)

48210 1/35 Russian T-34-85 Tank (w/2.4GHz Control Unit)

20060 1/20 Lotus Type 79 1978

60320 1/32 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.VIII

61108 1/48 Mitsubishi A6M3/3a (ZEKE)

37006 1/48 Arado Ar196A (Italeri)

35309 1/35 Russian Tank BT-7 Model 1935

36314 1/16 WWII Russian Field Commander

17501 Sunny Shuttle (re-release with different wheels)

17502 Jolly Joker (re-release with different wheels)

94740 Thunder Shot Mk.II Clear Special (Polycarbonate Body)

94734 Mini 4WD VS Chassis Evo. I

71126 Mechanical Swimmer


3 thoughts on “Pictures from the 49th Shizuoka Fair

  1. Kei

    What the hell Tamiya? Awesome cars but stop putting RWD Cars on the M05 release an M06!

  2. Bert

    Agree fully with you Kei!

    This is what I just posted with the Abarth pic:

    Shame on you Tamiya, for the fact that you keep putting RWD body’s on an FWD chassis. (S800, Datsun, Abarth) this is something that damages the way I respected the brand for keeping as close to reality as possible.

    Don’t get me wrong, these are nice body’s, but why not use more of the current nice little cars on the road for the M05 and create a simple SWB M04 (M06) chassis for these semi-vintage body’s?

    Tamiya now gives the appearance they’re only in it for the money and have binned their values of the past. (?)


  3. miramar

    I can appreciate your frustration. I love realistic models too, and that also includes the drivetrain concept. It’s however risky to look at this topic just based on personal preferences and possibly the opinions in a small community or market. Tamiya has proven for decades that they are extremely successful in their market research and marketing/product strategy, and there is no reason to believe that this changed dramatically just recently. Yes, they have done a few mistakes, but their success clearly demonstrates that the overall direction and most decisions are very wise indeed.

    So why not consider that possibility that the decision to put RWD-bodies on a FWD-chassis isn’t at all a mistake, but instead the result of a carefully evaluated strategy, leading to the best decision from Tamiya’s perspective?

    Unlike so many others who also don’t have any direct contact to Tamiya’s decisionmakers, at Tamiyablog we don’t pretend to know what’s going inside Tamiya HQ in Shizuoka. It’s however pretty evident to anyone who has observed Tamiya for a number of years that they are not in the business for quick and easy money, followed by a crash and burn. Tamiya’s main objective is profit like practically any other company, but they clearly have a longtime strategy. So just like for so many other products that have been criticised for being “wrong” in the past, rest assured that the “wrongly bodied” M05’s will also sell well and contribute with their fair share to Tamiya’s profitality and maybe more important, popularity.

    By the way, talking about being “wrong” in terms of RWD/FWD/4WD, a quick check of the statistics reveals that without counting the the releases of the RWD-bodied M05’s, 38% (yes!) of all Tamiya’s RC-cars (270 of 704 models, when not counting chassis kits without bodies) have been “wrong” in similar ways (RWD chassis with FWD body, 4WD chassis with FWD or RWD body or RWD chassis for 4WD body.)

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