Tamiya 1/24 Mazda Roadster launch event with Mazda designers and modelers

Tamiya is December 19, held a 1/24 Sports Car Series new product launch event of “Mazda Roadster” of. In addition to the chief designer Nakayama Ya Mr. and Mr. Clay modeler ASANO Gyochi of it was involved in the development of the actual vehicle “roadster”, talk show by the three Mr. Shinichi Hirata, which was responsible for the development of the model was implemented.

The event was held in the official shop of Tamiya in Tokyo Shinbashi “Tamiya plastic model factory Shimbashi store” is, the owner also numerous visitors of the new roadster. From the “model” their respective positions as the “vehicle”, among which are talking about, such as commitment to manufacturing, and convinced was filling in the form of a roadster, for every function and aim is revealed, the venue and “you ~!” voice that is sounded.

As we explain the design of the new roadster, Mr. Nakayama, Lamborghini “Countach”, “Miura” and, with the Porsche “911”, explains the design of yesteryear sports car. The arrangement of the engine and transmission, and demonstrated by the position of the driver, while drawing a picture how the styling of the car is going to decided on the whiteboard. Features of the design in the sports car, stressed that it is in the form of any stripped-down waste.

According to Mr. Nakayama proportions of “sports car principles, it is possible to go to create a waste without car, it is a form that all a reason to. Because not wearing something useless, not long time in pure even after forever, It is was invited Countach and Miura is I think not of being told as now even “Inoki and Baba” “and venue of laughter so.

The description while drawing a sketch on the whiteboard also roadster. Nakayama said, “Countach and Miura, but Porsche was also decided shape at the position of the light, this car will have made ignoring the part of the light,” said the new roadster by adopting a thin LED headlights styling of I introduced that has been achieved.

Subsequently, Mr. Nakayama “in order to make a terribly small car, as much as possible the overhang wanted to short” and with talk that reason, the air intake for even size, the size required by the cooling performance in circuit racing and it revealed that it has secured, as “that mouth (air intake) is also not the graphics, I made it anyway boiled down the reason thoroughly”, spoke a commitment of design.

For the work of clay modeler that becomes the world of comma what mm, Asano said I comes through to (the difference is the comma what mm) of the human hand “. While using a line that is envisioned in yourself (cutting the clay) guide , sharpener that there is a catch, the molar If you feel that it is floating (the clay), and going to create a model while exploring the limits, was talking to us the best part of the job. ”

About the design development of the Roadster, and introduces the episode with Mr. Ikuo design Chief Executive Officer Maeda. “Little more is not shaved?” And approaching the “” useless against Mr. Maeda! To say that it is recessed in because look “” After doing “and, you know to to me and that has come to limit” any more, it was talking about, such as how the battle over the design of the roadster.

This time, the model of the roadster by Tamiya is founder “Eunos Roadster” that since ’26 the first time. From Hirata Mr. Tamiya was in charge of this roadster, from the development method of joining at the time that has been designed using a drafter, development technique in the model of the new Roadster, such as use cases of the latest 3D printer, and change with the times such as to go design and development techniques of plastic model has spoken.

Hirata Mr. Among the talk, compared the model of the model and the new roadster of 26 years ago roadster, explain the part that is the evolution of the plastic model. Mention a characteristic part design of the LED headlights as to introduce a mechanism for the transparent parts of the adhesive difficult headlights adhered required, be fixed transparent portion by bonding the parts of the reflector thereon.

Mr. Hirata “There is improvement of working accuracy to make and mold that it has incorporated the design by 3D, processing accuracy of parts to each other also proceed at 20 years, I think where it has become easy to make” and its features talked.

In closing of the event, from dawn Mr. Yamamoto of Tamiya moderated publicity Nakayama who was asked to comment “amid flowing time from the birth of the first generation Roadster, for those that do not the same as an alternative,” “and exaggerated to say, If you are thinking that it must protect the culture of the lightweight sports car, because this is absolutely varied not part. his is the man who has been riding 20 years (primary roadster), there is also such responsibility this car I was talking with is “going to have made it to be alive 25 years.

On the other hand, Hirata’s Tamiya is if there is a period of “drafter, digital equipment and processing accuracy may be up technology will have taken. For the more much consistency from the old days in the model that is made by Tamiya, enjoying to you in I think it get to make a model. Tamiya and at the same time in your collaborative work, such as cutting the tape of the goal, “I wish it was satisfied” “following this for to make you want I wish” “structure of the actual vehicle is like this something I like to do but have “become remains, as such things have been designed to be thought in mind”, was talking about a model making definitive unchanging part of Tamiya.

Source: Car Watch