Monthly Archives: April 2018

The 17th Tamiya World Modelers Contest Winning Work

The contest season has finally started this year. Tamiya World Modeler ‘s Contest, familiar to Kansai model fans, was held at Joshin Super Kids Land Headquarters in the first installment. This time, which is the seventeenth this year, the number of works further increased from 130 in last year, and there were 169 entries. Works are very variety and rich in masterpiece that makes you enjoy just by watching. Among them, “New Sports X” produced by Yuuto Ota (13 years old) who won the Tamiya Prize. Last year, the nova of expectation that the height of manufacturing technology and acquisition method surprised the venue. Works which arranged a total of 5 machines around the sports car NSX have also attracted a lot of attention even at the venue, but in reality F1 and motorcycle models are also exhibited besides this. It is a hat to the momentum which made up a total of 10 works. The military division of the Tamiya Prize was awarded by Yamamoto Takeshi’s work “Fairy Swordfish Mk.I 701 Catapult Flight Corps”. Combination of biplane machine with complex structure and catapult attracted attention. If I could hear it was really a different idea but abandoned in relation to time. It seems that it seems to be the victory of the idea as it seems to be a catapult which was hastened and thought that it was produced with parts of this plaster and mini 4WD. “PT-15 torpedo boat” of Shimji Hashimoto who won the idea prize is also a work full of fun. If you push the button written “Please press” on the base, the torpedo boat swells greatly up and down with each sea level. The rare “touching I want you to touch” work in the contest made a lot of entertainers.
Of the works introduced here, works of the Tamiya Prize, the Super Kids Land Award, the Scenic Grand Prize, the Scene Small Award, the Challenge Award, the Idea Award, and the Junior Award will be held from April 10 in conjunction with the 57th Shizuoka Hobby Show We are exhibiting at Tamiya head office until May 13. When you stop by, please have a look at the work. Tamiya world contest which will increase charm every time we repeat, please expect next time.

Tatsuya Kaneko’s “brush painting” figure & accessory technique lecture vol.2 at Tamiya Plastic Model Factory Shimbashi Store

0:00:00 Accessory Parts Starting
00:02:50 How to Use In-Vehicle Accessories
00:17:28 Great Activities! Kaneko-san recommended “Precision tweezers”
00:19:00 Tips to use pouring glue
00:23:00 Parts placement tips and points
00:29:00 Detail up small bucket! (How to choose a very fine drill blade) 
00:40:30 Substrate paint is “XF 9 flat hull red”. Acrylic paint Brush painting tips
00:46:30 Make your own canvas sheet with clay for sweets!

1:08:00 PVC painting edition start
1:11:28 Package is the most familiar and precious material
1:13:00 Substrate painted with acrylic paint. Doll = skin color? . How to think of shade and color scheme of objects.
1:31:00 Painting of uniform. “Gray” is also various. 
1:39:00 Color overlap with enamel paint.
1:51:00 The tools and paints that I am easy to control are the best.
1:56:30 First public release in Japan! Kaneko’s favorite for blending (blurring) · · ·
2:05:30 light → dark? , Dark → Ming? , There are various ways of blending.
2:14:40 Completion!

Tamiya Plastic Model Factory 18th Modeler Competition Winning Work

In this modellers contest, 68 works gathered, here the award-winning works among them.

Source and more: Tamiya Plamodel Factory

Official Tamiya New Item List of 57th Shizuoka Hobby Show 2018 including first photo and details of 58658 TB-05 PRO Chassis Kit

■ Trade Days ※Not open to the public.
May 10th (Thu.) 9:30~16:30
May 11th (Fri.) 9:30~16:30

■ Consumer Days
May 12th (Sat.) 9:00~17:00
May 13th (Sun.) 9:00~16:00
※The first 1,000 visitors of Junior High School age (15) and below on each consumer day will be eligible for a gift!

■ Venue: Twin Messe Shizuoka


The 57th Shizuoka Hobby Show promises to be a massive festival of hobby-related fun, and Tamiya’s booth will once again be the focus of attention with the display of new and recent releases in each genre. Get down to the Twin Messe venue and take a look at the new products, taking the chance to speak to Tamiya staff, as well as doing some shopping in the sales corner. The popular Tamiya Open House event will be held on the Saturday and Sunday at the Tamiya HQ, making it a packed 2 days of hobby-related fun!

Products to be displayed at the 2018 Shizuoka Hobby Show!

Scale Models
◇ 1/700 Aircraft Carrier DDV192 Ibuki
◇ 1/35 Japan Ground Self Defense Force MCV Type 16
◇ 1/35 U.S. Light Tank M3 Stuart Late Production
◇ 1/35 German Self-Propelled Howitzer Wespe “Italian Front”
◇ 1/48 British Tank Churchill Mk.VII Crocodile
◇ 1/48 U.S. Medium Tank M4A3E8 Sherman “Easy Eight”
◇ 1/48 Grumman F-14D Tomcat™
◇ 1/48 German Luftwaffe Crew (Winter) w/Kettenkraftrad
◇ 1/12 Yamaha YZF-R1M
◇ 1/12 Ducati 1199 Panigale S Tricolore (Finished Model)
◇ 1/24 LaFerrari Yellow Version
◇ 1/18 Honda N III 360

R/C Models
◇ 1/10 R/C Citroën 2CV Charleston (M-05)
◇ 1/10 R/C Subaru Impreza Mexico 2004 (TT-01 Type-E)
◇ 1/10 Isuzu mu Type X (CC-01)
◇ 1/10 R/C Manta Ray (2018)
◇ 1/10 R/C Mitsubishi Pajero Metaltop Wide Black Metallic
◇ 1/10 R/C TB-05 PRO Chassis Kit
◇ Various TB-05 options parts to be announced!
◇ 1/10 R/C TRF103 Chassis Kit
◇ 1/25 R/C German Tank Panther Ausf.A (w/Control Unit)

Mini 4WD & For Kids
◇ Abilista (MA Chassis) Japan Cup 2018
◇ Dash-1 Emperor Memorial (MS Chassis) 30 Years of The Japan Cup
◇ Mach-Bullet (VS Chassis)
◇ Trairong (FM-A Chassis)
◇ Mini 4WD Cat Racer
◇ Hyper-Dash 3 Motor J-Cup 2018
◇ Hyper-Dash Motor PRO J-Cup 2018
◇ HG Carbon Multi Roller Setting Stay (1.5mm) J-Cup 2018
◇ HG Carbon Rear Multi Roller Setting Stay (1.5mm) J-Cup 2018
◇ Rowdy Bull Clear Body Set
◇ HG Aluminum Deep Rim Wheels for Low-Profile Tires (Red/2pcs.)
◇ Lightweight Plastic Spacer Set (12/6.7/6/3/1.5) (Red)
◇ 19mm Aluminum Rollers (5 Spokes) w/Plastic Rings (Light Blue)

Tools & Paints
◇ Submarine Motor Mini (for R03/AAA/UM4 Batteries/Silver)
◇ Centipede Robot
◇ Cam-Program Robot (Gun Metal & Orange)
◇ Tamiya Color Lacquer Paints (LP-31 to LP-45)
◇ Tamiya Lacquer Thinner (Retarder Type) (250ml)
◇ Decal Adhesive (Softener Type)
◇ Polishing Compound Sponges
◇ Modeling Blade (Flat Chisel 2mm)

Some highlights of the new items presented

■ 25413 1/700 Aircraft Carrier DDV192 Ibuki
DDV192 Ibuki is a fictional aircraft carrier from the comic “Kubo Ibuki” (Aircraft Carrier Ibuki) penned by Kawaguchi Kaiji (with support from Eya Osamu), which was first serialized from the December 2014 issue of Shogakukan publication Big Comic. This model creates her in 1/700 scale, complete with ski-jump takeoff ramp, a range of deck-top vehicles and much more.

■ 14133 1/12 Yamaha YZF-R1M
Yamaha’s YZF-R1 has a rich history dating back to 1998; the 8th generation of the bike, released in 2015 marked a move to a new concept for the model: developed for the circuit. With feedback from the YZR-M1 MotoGP bike and cutting edge electronics galore, the YZF-R1M has graced such races as the Superbike World Championship and All Japan Road Race Championship, one of its highly notable achievements being an astounding three back-to-back wins of the Suzuka 8 Hours between 2015 and 2017.
In addition to the model, we are also planning to exhibit a full-scale bike at the Tamiya stand!

■ 35361 1/35 Japan Ground Self Defense Force MCV Type 16
The Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) Type 16 reached units beginning in 2017. An 8-wheel vehicle, the JGSDF classify it as a Maneuver Combat Vehicle (MCV), a highly mobile and well-armed vehicle intended to provide supporting fire and take on enemy armor as a part of rapid response units. Its domestically designed 105mm rifled gun provides accurate firing on the move. Tamiya designers had extensive access to the actual Type 16, and are delighted to bring you this highly accurate model in 1/35.
*Image used is from JGSDF homepage.

■ 56605 1/25 R/C German Tank Panther Ausf.A (w/Control Unit)
With the power of its L/70 75mm gun, and excellent survivability thanks to its sloped armor, the Panther is regarded by many as the finest German WWII tank. Now it appears as a 1/25 scale R/C model. Included 2.4GHz R/C unit utilizes a dedicated transmitter and MC-07 receiver/motor control unit. An assembly-type twin gearbox is installed in the hull front. Its dual Type 130 motors are controlled via the MC-07 control unit, allowing a range of speeds and turning circles, even pivots. Realistic motion is enhanced by suspension with integrated trailing arm/torsion bar components, while tracks come pre-assembled.

■ 58658 1/10 R/C TB-05 PRO Chassis Kit
This assembly kit creates an efficient shaft-driven 4WD chassis. Its composite structure with integrated lower deck and side frame sections facilitates a largely symmetrical design for balanced steering. Choose between 2 layouts, with a front motor position for superb stability, or a rear motor for dynamic drive. Steering linkage components are bulkhead-mounted to eliminate effect upon chassis roll. With full ball bearings, universal shafts and gear differential units, the drivetrain is as smooth as silk.

■ 58655 1/10 R/C Citroën 2CV Charleston (M-05)
The Citroën 2CV is an all-time classic; first sold in 1948 and produced for more than 40 years. This R/C model assembly kit recreates the Charleston version manufactured in the 1980s. The instantly-recognizable 2CV body is accurately depicted in polycarbonate, with separately molded plated parts to depict side mirrors and headlights. The M-05 chassis provides a proven base for the model: gearbox, motor, battery pack, receiver, servo and ESC are positioned for optimum weight distribution and a low center of gravity.

■ 95109 Abilista (MA Chassis) Japan Cup 2018
The Japan Cup is back again in 2018 for another season of white-hot racing across the Japanese archipelago! This special model of the Abilista is released to help commemorate the event, with the body molded in red ABS resin, a sturdy polycarbonate-ABS chassis in white, and dedicated metallic type stickers for decoration. The MA chassis is a midship unit with double shaft motor, and here is paired with gun metal color A-spoke wheels and super hard low-profile tires with sidewall lettering for a racy look.

■ 95110 Dash-1 Emperor Memorial (MS Chassis) 30 Years of The Japan Cup
2018 marks 30 years since the first running of the Japan Cup back in 1988, and this model is on hand to make it an anniversary to remember! In fact, the Emperor was the car used to publicize both the 1st and 2nd Japan Cups, so it is an extremely fitting choice. Here, it appears as a special model with gorgeous silver color metal plated body and dedicated stickers. It is based upon the MS chassis, with red and black sections, 6-spoke wheels, and super hard low-profile tires with sidewall lettering.

■ 70230 Centipede Robot
Here is a new Educational Construction series model with a bit of a twist (and a slither)! It creates a big centipede consisting of separate body sections and a central motor unit, with flexible leg parts helping propel the model as they rotate. Universal joints between the sections allow the model to negotiate obstacles and hug the terrain. Its motion can be altered by changing the number of body sections, or the leg direction.

■ Full-size vehicles on display!
Tamiya plans to show full-size examples of the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRT/Yaris WRC, Yamaha YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M. Come along and check them out!

*image at left shows R/C model of the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRT/Yaris WRC, which may differ in spec to the car on show.


■ Tamiya Open House
■ May 12th (Sat.), 13th (Sun.) 9:00~16:30
■ Location:Tamiya Headquarters Office: 3-7 Ondawara, Suruga-Ku, Shizuoka

The Tamiya HQ will also be opened to the public, with members of staff from each department on hand to answer any question you might have. Add to that the informative Tamiya Archive Room, examples of real cars on display in the lobby, a model-making corner, Mini 4WD course and much more; a day at the Tamiya Open House promises fun for all!

■ Please note that photographs and videos of the above events may be used by Tamiya for publicity purposes.
■ Tamiya does not accept responsibility for accidents or injury which occur during such events. ■ Consumption of alcohol is expressly forbidden. Tamiya reserves the right to eject any customers who cause disruption or distress to other visitors.

The information on this page is current as of April 11, 2018.

Tamiya Grand Prix, holding a Dancing Rider class with a challenge cup!

Tamiya Grand Prix, holding a dancing rider class with a challenge cup!
From April 2018 we will hold a dancing rider class with Tamiya Grand Prix and Tamiya’s Challenge Cup. Also plan to hold a dancing rider’s final game at the Spring Cup held in 2019! It will be the first big title by a representative from the Challenge Cup to be held at the TRF project shop.

Dancing Rider Class Regulation
Chassis: T3-01
Motor: Kit Standard 370 Motor
Battery: LF-1100 made by Tamiya 6.6 V or 4 Tamiya AA batteries
Body: Dancing Rider
Tire / Wheel: Front Kit Standard Rear Tamiya M Chassis Tire / Wheel
Gear Ratio: Kit Standard Gear Ratio
Minimum Weight: No Limit

※ Please be sure to install the Tamiya driver doll. There is no restriction on how to remove and fix the support arm.
※ Tamiya sponsored events will be held sequentially in the above regulations. Please confirm with the organizing store about the challenge cup regulation hosted by the shop.

Final race
○ Held at Spring Cup 2019 (tentative name) scheduled to be held in March 2019
○ Up to 3 delegates from the Challenge Cup hosting store

will be informed as soon as additional information is confirmed.
※ Please check the calendar of the meeting for the schedule of each competition.

New Tamiya Item Release list for May 2018

R/C Models
 45068  Finespec 2.4 GHz 4-Channel Radio Control System (Transmitter & Receiver Set)
 47367  1/10 R/C Manta Ray (2018)
 47370  1/10 R/C Isuzu mu Type X (CC-01)
 47375  1/10 R/C Mitsubishi Pajero Metaltop Wide Black Metallic
 42317  TRF419XR Conversion Set
 47373  Manta Ray (2018) Hard Propeller Shaft & Aluminum Motor Mount
 51594  1/10 Scale R/C NSU TT Jägermeister Body Parts Set
 54793  F104 Rear Shaft Bearing Holders (Offset 1.5/2.5mm)
 54798  TA07 Low-Friction Drive Belt (750mm, White)
 56546  Roof Spoiler (White Edition)
 56547  Animal Guard (Black Edition)

Scale Models
 10010  1/18 Honda N III 360
 21240  1/12 Kawasaki Ninja H2R parts panel (release after August 2018)
 21241  1/12 Ducati 1199 Panigale S Trikolore parts panel (release after August 2018)
 24347  1/24 LaFerrari Yellow Version
 25413  1/700 Aircraft Carrier DDV192 Ibuki
 32594  1/48 British Tank Churchill Mk.VII Crocodile
 35358  1/35 German Self-Propelled Howitzer Wespe “Italian Front”
 21240  1/12 Kawasaki Ninja H2R Parts Panel
 21241  1/12 Ducati 1199 Panigale S Tricolore Parts Panel

 18091  Mach-Bullet (VS Chassis)
 95394  Rowdy Bull Clear Body Set
 95416  Heat Edge Matte Light Blue Metallic (MA Chassis)
 95417  Raikiri Matte Pink Metallic (MA Chassis)
 95418  Silwolf Pink-Gold Metallic (MA Chassis)

Tools & Paints
 87193  Decal Adhesive (Softener Type)