Mr. Masayuki Tamiya

We are sad to be informed from Tamiya UK that the current president of Tamiya and son-in-law of Mr. Shunsaku Tamiya, Mr. Masayuki Tamiya, passed away at the age of 59 after a long battle with illness on May 1st, 2017.

Mr. Masayuki Tamiya had worked for the Tamiya company since 1990, since 2004 as Senior Executive Director and was handed over the presidency of the Tamiya company from Mr. Shunsaku Tamiya in 2008. He was a very enthusiastic modeller and ensured that the choice of subjects and the quality remained as good as ever.

At TamiyaBlog we would like to express our sincere and strong condolences to his family and the Tamiya Company.

50 thoughts on “Mr. Masayuki Tamiya

  1. Henk-Jan Vrielink

    My sincere condoleances to the Tamiya family with this terrible loss.
    He will be missed by all who met him as well as many model builders who knew his work in model making and RC design.

  2. Alan Ernat

    A wonderful gentleman whose loss is profound.
    My condolences to the families affected and to everyone at the Tamiya.

  3. Art Paton

    Mr Tamiya will be missed by all in the modeling community.
    Condolences, peace and strength are offered to the family.

  4. Brent Shires

    Sorry to hear about your loss may he rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  5. Brent Shires

    Sorry for your loss may he rest in peace my thoughts and prayers are with his family

  6. Patrick Sacco

    My most sincere condolences to his family and all TAMIYA staff. He will be missed. Deepest sympathies from Malta.

  7. Carlos Salazar

    It sad to lost a fine person so enthusiastic like Mr Masayuki Tamiya may he rest in peace.

  8. Gene Kozicki

    My condolences to his family and the Tamiya Company. I was one of four winners of TamiyaCon USA in 2002 and Mr. M. Tamiya accompanied us on our trip through their Shizouka headquarters. Very passionate about the hobby and proud of the company and employees.

  9. Martin Jackson

    Tamiya has been in my life for 40 years from static models through to their rc range. Mr Masayuki Tamiya will be sadly missed and yet another person taken well before their time. Our thoughts are with the family, may you rest in peace.

  10. Mr Kevin ferguson

    So sorry to hear of your loss of a man who brought happiness to millions of modelers.

  11. Joseph Flatley

    Rest in Peace Mr. Tamiya-san. I’ve enjoyed your products immensely. And, I hope to enjoy them with you in Paradise.

  12. George Campbell

    Sorry to hear of Mr. Tamiya’s passing and wish the family and friends the best of life as they carry on.

    Hopefully,k the dedication to quality of the company will remain as high as it has been for so long. We modelers deeply appreciate the high quality of the entire lines of products. Sincerely, George Campbell, Pensacola, Florida USA.

  13. John Caneron Bishop

    Sincere condolences to both members of the Tamiya Family And Friends of Mr Masayuki Tamiya upon his passing. His passion to the hobby is borne out by the untouchable quality of the Tamiya product line. Rest in peace Sir and thank you for the joy you have brought to those who enjoy our hobby.

  14. Gary Wenko

    Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Tamiya is a household name amongst us modellers and the passing away at such a young age is such a tragedy. May he rest in peace.

  15. Verhegghen Robert

    Rest in peace Sir. Thanks for all those beautiful models and the pleasure you gave us around the world


    sorry for your loss but i am grateful for his time here on earth and the fun his kits provided for me and my friends. tamiya kits have always been fun to build and i’m sure that whoever follows mr. tamiya, that person will continue this legacy. god speed.

  17. Gary Hagermann

    My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Mr Tamiya. He and his co-workers have made a huge contribution to the hobby of model making. I have been making them since 1971, and God willing at 70 years of age, will continue to do so. Rest in peace, sir. You will be greatly missed, Sincere Condolences, Gary

  18. Gary McDowell

    My sincere condolences to the Tamiya family, and thank you for the decades of enjoyment I have had building Tamiya kits.

    I’m currently building an original 1974 release of the M3 Grant, with the usual impeccable fit and engineering, even with the extremely challenging angles and shapes of the upper hull of that vehicle.


    My deepest sympathy also to the Tamiya Family. I have been a collecter of your kits since early 1986, and still continue to buy the best-Tamiya.

    My condolences to Mr Tamiya , and his Family, and to the Tamiya Corp.


  20. Bob Paterson7

    My deepest sympathies to the Family and Friends and Staff at Tamiya….
    Truly a great loss to the hobby industry…………………

  21. Brandon Smith

    Mr. Tamiya was a great man of many talents and also very kind. He also had a wonderful sense of humor. He will be missed. My condolences to the Tamiya family and all who knew him.

  22. Peter Tang

    I feel very sad to hear this bad news. I personally met Mr. Tamiya on many occasions when I represent his company in intellectual property cases in China and Hong Kong. He was a good and funny guy. I would miss him very much.

  23. Rafael dela cruz

    Its always been really sad when a childhood legend has fallen, rest in peace great sir, my childhood and my story will never be the same without your legacy, my deepest condolences for his family, may God’s caring and comfort for you left behind, von voyage sir tamiya

  24. Paul Woods

    Very, very sad! I love your wonderful products, and thanks for making my life a little better with your kits. I and many others have used model building as a means to help with our PTSD from combat deployments. Rest in peace, good sir!

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