Monthly Archives: October 2019

Tamiya Fair 2019 announcement

November 16th (Sat.) 9:00 – 17:00
November 17th (Sun.) 9:00 – 16:00

Twin Messe (Shizuoka City, Japan)

Great news for Tamiya fans, as the Tamiya Fair is back again in 2019! Last year, we welcomed some 25,000 visitors to Shizuoka. The venue will feature a variety of experiences to enjoy, including exhibitions of Tamiya products, interactive events for visitors to take part in, limited edition goods, and a Tamiya Shop corner. We sincerely hope that you will be able to join us at Tamiya’s autumn hobby extravaganza!

Product announcements (North & South Halls)
Take a closer look at Tamiya’s new and recent releases for Autumn and the New Year. The displays will feature static, R/C and Mini 4WD models. We await your visit!!

Tamiya Shops (North & South Halls)
A great line-up of products from current items to original goods and more! Don’t pass these special stores by, as it’ll be well worth your time taking a look in the Tamiya Shops.

Tamiya R/C World Championship 2019 (North Hall)
The North Hall will play host to an epic battle of R/C driving as competitors from domestic competitions lock wheels with top-notch drivers from Asia and North America on a specially-designed circuit, to decide who will become this year’s Tamiya R/C World Champions. The racing will take place on both days, with the finale on Sunday. Come and cheer the drivers on!

Shizuoka Plastic Model Club Exhibition (North & South Halls)
Shizuoka, home of the plastic model industry, is also host to a large number of model clubs, and their work forms the main part of this enthralling exhibition of highly realistic models including airplanes, tanks, cars and much more.

48th Figure Remodelling Contest (North Hall)
Take a roughly 5cm Tamiya 1/35 scale Military Miniature Series model, and turn it into a completely different subject: that’s what the Figure Remodeling Contest is all about! Entries for the 48th running will be on display, so don’t forget to take a look.

1/16 R/C Tankers’ Meet (Nov. 16th, South Hall)
On November 16th (Sat.), the South Hall will play host to an R/C tank battle that will pit such historical giants as the Tiger I, Sherman, KV-1 and more against each other in 1/16 scale. With individual and team events, it’s the perfect stage to see these large-scale beasts in action!
Click here for more information about the 1/16 R/C Tankers’ Meet. (Information in Japanese only)

Thrilling Mini 4WD Races! (South Hall)
November 16th (Sat.) sees the showdown between top Mini 4WD racers from the network of 500+ Mini 4WD Station stores. Come and see who is crowned Mini 4WD Station Challenge champion on the 3-lane circuit! November 17th (Sun.) promises an international air as Japan’s best take on Mini 4WD enthusiasts from around the world in the Mini 4WD World Challenge 2019.
*Please note that only racers who have already qualified can participate in the above races.
A Concours d’Elegance will be held showing some of the most stunning Mini 4WD creations of the year.

Beginners’ Programming Workshop! (South Hall)
Programming is fast becoming a key element in education systems around the world. This workshop offers a great introduction to programming with IchigoJam, and all necessary materials come provided. The Cam-Program Robot will be awarded as a present upon completion of the workshop.
★We are presently readying an advance application form.

Self-Defense Force Corner (South Hall)
The ladies and gentlemen of the Japan Self Defense Force are once again planning to honor us with their presence. This is a fantastic chance for you to get up close and personal with 1/1 scale Self Defense Force vehicles and ask questions of the men and women who work with them.
★More details will be provided as and when available.

Comical Grasshopper Hands-On Event (South Hall)
Tamiya’s Comical Grasshopper (WR-02CB) is a super R/C kit. The South hall will host an area where you can experience for free the wheelie-ing fun of this charismatic buggy!

Lunch Box Mini Hands-On Event (South Hall)
Tamiya’s Lunch Box Mini (SW-01) is a little bundle of fun. The South hall will host an area where you can have a go at driving it for free. It’s easy to control, so novices and experts alike will soon get the hang of it!

Decoration Series Workshop Corner (South Hall)
The Tamiya Decoration Series is enjoying a boom among customers in Japan. Come down and take part in this workshop, which gives you a taster of the allure of the fascinating world of the Tamiya Decoration Series.
★Visit the stand on the day to find about the schedule and reserve a place. ★Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Plastic Accesory Workshop Corner (Nov. 17th, South Hall)
Plastic artist Saori Shiba will be in attendance, and running a workshop showing how to make wondrous creations in the medium of plastic.
★Visit the stand on the day to find about the schedule and reserve a place. ★Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Plus a Host of Other Fun Activities!
There is so much else to enjoy at Tamiya Fair 2019: Mini 4WD Construction Corner, R/C Truck Corner and more. You will never be short of something fun to do!

Attend the TRF R/C Tour
Enjoy a hobby-immersed experience with the TRF (Tamiya Racing Factory) team at Tamiya Fair 2019! This comprehensive tour includes a look around the Tamiya Fair, an R/C model construction workshop, driving R/C models on a circuit and more.
Click here for more information about the TRF R/C Tour. (Information in Japanese only)

Announcement of the 79th Tamiya Pachi Contest winning work

The AFV model photo contest “Pacchi” has reached 79 times. This year’s application was received from a wide range of age groups, from the youngest 10 to 78 years old. In addition to regular customers, there are many new applicants, and in recent years there has been an increase in the number of participants in their teens and 20s. This time, the junior prize in the work category has become three winners. In addition to reliable production techniques, it is also necessary to have expressive power through photography. The finish as a photograph is particularly important, and the photograph that accurately conveys the goodness of the model work has won the top prize. In addition to the classic German tanks and Allied vehicles, there were solid entries for new products such as the M551 Sheridan and M3A1 Scout Car. The deadline for the contest is September 1 every year. Once you have completed the model, first click with the camera, regardless of the shooting equipment. Please take a photo of your masterpiece and apply.

Winners of the 78th contest

Scene photograph section winning work

Gold medal
[Author] Hiroshi Kajishima (57) Tokyo [Title] Battle of the Bulge [Scale] 1/35
The work itself is a small oval base. How do you hold the camera from a low angle, and how do you show it as a powerful and powerful work? ! That was the first point of this time. I put the background image on the board, set it on the table in the garden, and then took a picture with the camera. The joy of shooting a lot of photos from different angles and taking a confident shot is really great!

Silver Award
[Author] Naruhiro Yoshida (61) Aichi [Title] M551 in South Vietnam [Scale] 1/35
“Sheridan” with the feeling that I made when I was in elementary school. This may be a memorable kit for the 50th anniversary of MM, and this time, with this as the leading role, a Buddhist image peculiar to this region and subtropical plants made in this area are placed in the jungle of Vietnam, and the situation is broken down and reproduced. did. Also, I took a picture under natural light while paying attention to the background plants and vehicle scales taken from the net

Silver Award
[Author] Satoshi Konno (58) Saitama [Title] Frac Tower in Vienna [Scale] 1/35
Although it is a high-firing turret that actually existed in Vienna, the design is original. The crest of the tower was Vienna, so I wrote the emblem of the Habsburg family. The tower feeling is emphasized with the Aori composition, but the amount of information about the artillery and soldiers is limited, and vice versa. The photo was taken outdoors on a sunny day and a Canon compact digital camera was used.

Work photo category

Gold medal
[Author] Ling Yingming (45) China [Title] CARRO ARMATO M13 / 40 [Scale] 1/35
This work is a 13/40 tank of the Italian army Caro Almart developed in North Africa during World War II. In order to express the state of operations in the desert, a flag and raincoat were made with a two-component epoxy putty. The body is packed with various bags, sandbags and crawler belts. The painting is a desert situation, and we used weathering techniques to express the realism of tanks overworked on the battlefield.

Silver Award
[Author] Yosuke Yamada (55) Hyogo [Title] Heavy self-propelled howitzer Hummel Late type [Scale] 1/35
In addition to detailing the details with metal wires, an additional armor cover is added to the characteristic side grille. The painting was made with a disc pattern camouflage to create the final image. Weathering is performed with a sense of use and a three-dimensional feel of mud dirt. I used a digital single lens reflex camera to shoot the neutral color and natural perspective.

Silver Award
[Author] Shinya Sato (51) Fukuoka [Title] U M551 Sheridan (Vietnam War) [Scale] 1/35
Sheridan in Vietnam looks blackish, but considering the scale, the olive drab is lightened with basic paint, and highlights are added to the turret and the top of the hull to enhance the three-dimensional effect. In order to create a Vietnamese atmosphere, the red-brown mud stain is expressed with a splash paint around the legs. Regarding dolls, the commander’s helmet is a little disappointing.

TRF Suzuki Kiyokazu Suzuki and Satoshi Maezumi running M-08 chassis at MAZDA Challenge Cup at the Tamiya All Japan Championships Nagano

Paisen RC Vol.15 Tamigra Nagano Tournament TRF Paisen (M-08 vs. M-08)

This is a running video of the MAZDA Challenge Cup, an M sports championship run at the Tamiya All Japan Championships Nagano. I’m paying attention to TRF Suzuki Kiyokazu, TRF Maezumi Satoshi (Paisen) and TRF.
Source: Paisen RC channel

Details of Tamiya 95126 Cyclone Magnum Memorial (Super TZ-X Chassis) – Fully Cowled Mini 4WD 25th Anniversary

Total length = 150mm The photo shows a kit assembled and a sticker attached.

Tamiya Mini 4WD 1/32 Cyclone Magnum Memorial (Super TZ-X Chassis) -Full Cowl Mini 4WD 25th Anniversary

Memorial machine filled with thoughts of 25 years
It is a plastic model assembly kit of a high-performance racer that adopts a shaft drive four-wheel drive. The Cyclone Magnum Memorial is a limited version of the Cyclone Magnum, one of the most popular full cowl mini 4WD models. The body, which features compact front and rear cowls and powerful rear wings, is made of clear polycarbonate to create a machine that not only feels special, but also has improved driving performance. In addition, the chassis adopts the white-colored Super TZ-X, which engraved the commemorative logo of “FULLY COWLED MINI 4WD 25th ANNIVERSARY” on the bottom. The suspension is a combination of fluorescent green spiral spoke wheels and black low-height tires. Blue, red and yellow coloring and machine name logos are set with clear stickers.

Super TZ-X Chassis
The Super TZ-X chassis (1999) is a further evolution of the Super TZ chassis (appeared in 1996) adopted in the first Cyclone Magnum (19412) familiar to the full cowl mini 4WD generation. Appearance). Medium wheelbase and wide tread with excellent straight running stability. The point of pursuing aerodynamics is that the bottom of the chassis is flat and the side guards are wing-shaped. In addition, a 2-point fixed rear roller stay is standard equipment, and a screw hole is added to the front bumper. I’m looking forward to improving performance with a wide variety of upgraded parts. The gear ratio was set to 3.5:1.

Basic specs
● When completed, the overall length is 150mm, the overall width is 89mm, and the overall height is 42mm. ● With a motor.

Required separately
● 2 AA batteries

A classic renewed – The Tamiya Lunch Box Mini SW-01

Tamiya does not stop to surprise us with innovative products. And we like that very much. The best example for this constant line of news is the Lunch Box Mini SW-01. A really remarkable model that proves that you can have a lot of fun even with small and beautiful looking RC models. Following the success of the T3-01 chassis (Dancing Rider / Dual Rider), Tamiya now continues with a small scale vehicle on four wheels. For this purpose, a classic was reinterpreted. The Lunch Box, a true Tamiya classic we all love. And that surprisingly with 4WD drive. As already known from the T3-01 chassis, the design of the SW-01 is very simple. Even the body is already pre-painted in the familiar yellow, and only needs to be decorated with the well know Lunch Box stickers. As already known from the T3-01, a type 370 engine is also used in the new SW-01 Lunch Box. Also, steering servo and ESC can be used in standard size. No special components are needed. A big advantage. We choose a small Lipo capable Hobbywing ESC, combined with compact size Softcase 3000mAh Lipo for a very long run times.
The new Tamiya Lunch Box Mini offers pure driving pleasure. As known from the T3-01, the vehicle literally lays in the corners. And we also strongly recommend to install the 54898 “Connector Set”, available as a Hop Up part. In order to make the car even more manoeuvrable, the car can be steered even during wheelies.
During the building of our car, all standard plastic bushes were exchanged against ball bearings. A complete set for the SW-01 is already available from Tamiya as Hop Up part number 54900.
We are very happy about this great new chassis. By the way, an unpainted bodyset will soon be available as a Hop Up part, to realize your own creative paintjobs. We will do so. Enjoy the new Tamiya Lunch Box Mini, a new Tamiya classic. Don´t miss it !


Mini 4WD Tamiya Razorback Clear Violet Special (FM-A Chassis)

Tamiya 95524 Razorback Clear Violet Special FM-A Chassis

This is a Limited-Edition Clear Violet Special of the Razorback (Item 18713), which was inspired by a winning entry in the 2018 Mini 4WD Design Contest held in Japan. It is based upon the modern front motor FM-A chassis, making it a speedy and adaptable car.

Aerodynamic Front Motor Chassis
The FM-A chassis is a front motor unit with advanced aerodynamic themes that – thanks to its center of gravity toward the front – is at home on a whole variety of track types including those with frequent elevation changes. It comes equipped with low-friction front skid bar and roller (4 included) parts, while rear rollers are 8mm thick for superb stability. The chassis underside allows easy access to the motor and quick setup changes. Includes 3.5:1 gears and a motor.

• Mini 4WD racer assembly kit. Length: 156mm, width: 97mm, height: 46mm.
• 4-piece body is molded in Clear Violet ABS.
• FM-A chassis is molded in Silver ABS, and features rear stay and A parts in low-friction, Violet POM.
• Gold Color 6-spoke wheels are paired with Black rally block tires.
• Dedicated clear stickers are included to decorate the body.
• Type 130 motor included.
• The model features a 4.2:1 gear ratio.
• Two AA batteries are required (sold separately).
• A wide range of Grade-Up Parts is available separately to customize your machine.

Tamiya TRF Parts Overview video – 54878 54886

Fred Medel, Marketing Manager for Tamiya America, runs through a couple new parts that just came in for the TB05, TA07 and TRF419. These parts are a direct fit and require no additional modifications and are designed to boost the performance of your ride.

54878 Tamiya Upgrade Set for the TRF Super Short Dampers
54886 Tamiya TRF419 Suspension Upgrade Set

Source: Tamiya USA