Monthly Archives: March 2011

Tamiya test-marketing by selling in Japan limited quantities of a new first generation Mazda RX-7 body on a M-06L chassis (updated 25.03.2011)

Tamiya 58493 1/10 RC Savanna RX-7 (SA) (M06) (prototype)
Price: 14,490 yen (including tax)

Debuted in 1978, first attracted attention as a sports car Rotary Savannah RX-7 RC reproduced electric car assembly kit. Retractable (Retractable) beautifully realistic style employed in polycarbonate headlamp. Rear wheel drive chassis with tub battery vertically, M-06. RC mechanism placed side to side, creating a feeling of stability operations by the high weight balance.

Prototype product testing and marketing. (Body stickers)
The prototype for each Body Stickers Customer Service is available for order.
A limited quantity for each prototype.

Source: Tamiya, INC.

Tamiya Corporation Earthquake News & Updates

We will try to update with the latest news as soon as we get them, below an electronic translation of a first company statement:
2011 March 14th (Monday) the 13:45
Customer Guide
In everyone who suffers by northeast local Pacific Ocean open sea earthquake we visit from heart.
We pray the revival whose also one day is quick.
Below, the [tamiya] sponsorship event (RC and mini- four running, company seeing academic society) we guide opening schedule, [tamiyasakitsuto] and the business schedule etc of [tamiyapuramoderuhuakutori].
★ It is information as of March 14th. When it is modified according to circumstance, it is.
★ About the opening of this corporation sponsorship event

<RC event>
March 19th (Saturday) 20 days (day) Mini- F-1 champion decisive game [tamiya] Kakegawa circuit -> discontinuance (★ The alternative event is held on April 10th)
March 26th (Saturday) RC [pakutamiya] Kakegawa circuit -> execution (★ Only crawler MTG modification on April 23rd)
April 2nd (Saturday) 3 days (day) [tamiyaguranpuri] in Tokyo Asakusa ROX3 -> discontinuance
April 16th (Saturday) 17 days (day) [tamiyaguranpuri] in Kansai Kobe fruit flower park -> execution
April 23rd (Saturday) 24 days (day) [tamiya] F-1GP electromotive durable [resutamiyasakitsuto] -> execution

<Mini- four running events>

March 19th (Saturday) 20 days (day) Spring GP/Shizuoka [tsuinmetsuse] Shizuoka -> discontinuance
March 25th (gold) ~27 day (day) Mini- four running fair 2011 [tamiyapuramoderuhuakutori] Shinbashi stores -> execution
March 27th (day) Spring GP/Osaka Kyocera dome Osaka -> execution
April 3rd (day) Spring GP/Okayama toy kingdom -> execution
April 17th (day) Spring GP/Sendai Sendai business support center -> discontinuance
April 30th (Saturday) Junior cup/Yokohama [toretsusa] Yokohama -> undecided

<Company seeing academic society>
March 24th (the wood) ~25 day (the gold) spring day off parent and child seeing academic society -> execution

About the use of the ★RC car circuit
[tamiyasakitsuto] and the [tamiya] Kakegawa circuit open alongside the circuit calendar.

★ About the business of [tamiyapuramoderuhuakutori]
<Shinbashi store> March 14th (month) temporary suspension of business, 15 days (the fire) ~18 day (the gold) business hour 12 o’clock is shortened at the time of the ~18.
<Yokohama store> March 14th (month) and 15 days (the fire) temporary suspension of business, 16 days (the water) business hour 10 o’clock is shortened at the time of the ~18.
★ Description above is information as of March 14th. When it is modified according to circumstance, it is.
In addition because also the fact that you make illuminating and heating etc inside the store moderate it is please acknowledge.

Above, understanding of the customer that it can receive cooperation, we ask may.
Changing, we pray the restoration revival whose also one day of suffering area is quick.

Tamiya Corporation

Source: Tamiya, INC.

Tamiya Hornet 2014 ?

As Tamiya made a new version of my first Tamiya RC car (Holiday Buggy) on a newer and improved chassis 30 years later, I decided to do the same for my second Tamiya RC car, The Hornet, also to tribute the Tamiya’s most sold RC car with 700.000 pieces, not counting the recent re-release! Since its basic chassis and gearbox design still is used on a current kit (Rising Fighter), the base choice was obvious, as in my humble opinion, the reliable, light and fast rear solid axle gives the Hornet its “personality”. I tried to adapt the re-release Hornet decals as well as possible on the different body which I painted black.

Only hop-ups used were ball bearings as well as yellow CVA dampers and yellow Super Fighter G wheels as I think they match the colour concept better then the original white wheels, something which Tamiya also did on the Super Hornet. In times of modern ready-to-run high-tech buggies, the Grasshopper/DT-01 chassis seems an extreme anachronism, but it brings great memories to many hobbyists and with its great robustness and simplicity is still a good choice for young beginners, not to forget that on a straight line it is faster then any modern “weapon”.

Hope the simple and successful solid axles will stay even longer in the Tamiya program, lets not forget that also Midnight Pumpkin/Lunchbox and Clod Buster are some of the most and longest produced RC cars ever and maybe Tamiya will come up with something similar in 2014 to celebrate 30 years of Hornet, who knows, maybe in the future power efficiency will be important combined with solar or hydrogen drive concepts and then this primitive chassis will be modern again…