Monthly Archives: August 2021

Tamiya RC Live – Live broadcast of Tamiya’s new RC car, TA08PRO high-tech course and Tamiya RC History (15)

The world’s first live broadcast of Tamiya’s new RC cars will be held. “The world’s first live coverage of Tamiya’s new RC cars, including the Super Avante and Wild One Off-roader Block Head Motors (Youtube)! The Super Avante MS (Paisen spec) may also make an appearance?
TA08PRO high-tech lecture will be delivered by Takayuki Kono, who was involved in the development and test driver of TA08PRO, together with the driving scene of TA08PRO Kono specification.
The Tamiya RC History features a close-up of the off-road models introduced in 1987. Stryker, Hot Shot II 4WD and Lunch Box will be featured!
Tamiya Satoshi Maezumi, Riku Sunahara, Takayuki Kono

Tamiya RC Live – Introduction of new RC products to be released in September, Tamiya RC history (14)

We will introduce the details of the new Tamiya RC products which will be shipped in September. Tamiya RC History will introduce the new products which will be shipped in September.
The Tamiya RC History section introduces the models released in 1986. Blackfoot, Porsche 959, Toyota Celica Gr.B and Monster Beetle will be introduced!
In addition to the Tamiya R/C running live, Tamiya Maezumi (known as “Paisen”), Tamiya Sunahara (known as “Rikkun”), and TRF (Tamiya Racing Factory) driver Kono Kono will also be in attendance. Tamiya Maezumi, who is known as “Paicen”, Tamiya Sunahara, who is known as “Rikkun”, and TRF (Tamiya Racing Factory) Kono will be running mini races.
We will also bring you the progress of the #Tamiya RC Film Festival (Twitter) and the secret “Rikku’s Summer Memories” video!
Tamiya Satoshi Maezumi, Riku Sunahara, Takayuki Kono

A clever scheme built in time lapse – Tamiya Lancia Stratos Dragon

Click on the link to watch the build video in YouTube.

This is a time lapse build of a custom Tamiya Super Storm Dragon adapted into a Lancia Stratos Rally buggy concept. At the end of the video I show the complete results. Of the Tamiya Grasshopper chassis, the Super Storm Dragon (SSD) body in it’s box art form is my least favorite—but I’m sure it’s relevant and admirable to fans of the ‘80s Japanese manga/anime RC series where the Storm Dragon originated from. I also feel the body is too long for the chassis but perhaps that was the intent. It’s probably supposed to represent a slender mythological Eastern Asian dragon but all I can see is Falkor from the Neverending Story. However, I do like the greenhouse (windshield). Whenever I see it one thing comes to mind—the Lancia Stratos HF from the 1970s.

I wonder if the illustrators of the SSD got inspiration from the Stratos, if they did I wouldn’t be surprised. The Italian Stratos came out in the ‘70s and was purely developed and designed for the World Rally Championship. Designed at Bertone by Marcello Gandini (he also did the Lamborghini Miura and Countach, Ferrari Dino 308 GT4, and De Tomaso Pantera to name a few). Timeline wise, the SSD came out in the early ‘80s and that Stratos’ greenhouse was already an iconic thing. I always thought if an SSD fell on my lap I would frankenstein it into a buggy version of the Stratos. And so over a year ago I came across an SSD on sale for about $86 USD and I couldn’t pass it up.

I didn’t want to slap stickers and call it a day. I wanted to at least have a little effort in translating it. The SSD body was trimmed and shortened (the Stratos has a relatively short body/wheelbase). I wanted to stay within the rally Stratos color palette and that also meant a careful selection of the parts and electronics color.

Since I don’t have any off-road track in my area I knew this would run on tarmac or very abrasive surfaces. I installed a Tamiya Super Stock RZ (on-road 23T, 27k RPM) and at least had to upgrade the stock rear dampers with big bore ones (plus 500 damper oil and hard springs) and compress the front springs for a stiffer ride. The rear suspension axle mount was replaced with an aluminum one that can accommodate the beefier dampers. In addition, a longer 8mm T4 Works rear billet aluminum hanger was added with a makeshift mount/brace to lock the rear suspension in place—just like the Grasshopper’s. I feel the Grasshopper performs better on flat surfaces vs the Hornet due to the rear suspension design—the SSD has the Hornet’s. The front arms and suspension brace were upgraded to aluminum, the servo saver/steering rod was replaced with T4works aluminum servo saver and steel turnbuckles. Of course the plastic bushings were all replaced with metal ball bearings. The result is very apparent when running it. It’s quite stable, runs straight and fast, and the suspension just right (not as bouncy). A few caveats: because the front suspension is set very low and the aluminum arms/knuckles are not adjustable, it has more negative camber than I would like. That would probably be an area I would fine tune in the future. The aluminum arms creates some rattling noise as it doesn’t have a snug fit. I think adding rubber sleeves on the connection points to the chassis might solve it. To further improve handling, I need to replace the tires (didn’t have the right ones when I did a test run). And for the first time I tried a Dynamite ESC and I think it’s a tad glitchy. With some more fine tuning work, this setup can be quite a serious basher.

All this work and parts are not to just add bling. I genuinely wanted to find out what the potential of this iconic beginner chassis is. Ironically, I think it’s not worth it if you just want a simple basher (at least on tarmac/flat surfaces). If you’re going to “casually” run this on flat hard surfaces, I wouldn’t bother with this Hornet/Storm Dragon chassis. I highly recommend going a step down and getting a Grasshopper instead. I’ve built a Grasshopper for someone and tried a variety of motors in it (380, Sport Tuned 380, 540 silver can, and Torque Tuned 540) and once we got to the Torque Tuned motor, it was lively, fun, just right, and relatively precise. In fact, I love how the Torque Tuned Grasshopper drives that I can’t wait to drive it again. However, this Stratos Dragon evolution definitely has more potential.

Tamiya Super Stock RZ Motor
KO Propo KR-212FHG receiver
Dynamite DYNS2210 ESC
AGFRC B44LS low profile servo
Metal ball bearings
Robinson Racing steel pinion gear
T4 Works: aluminum servo saver, steel turnbuckles, aluminum motor mount, 8mm billet aluminum hanger, aluminum wheel star disk
YR Big Bore rear dampers
Generic rear aluminum suspension mount
Avante front bumper
M&M rear bumper
Associated rear wheels
Schumacher rear tires
You-G Japan front tires
Tamiya Black DT02 front and rear wheels
Tamiya DT02 front tires
Tamiya Dual Block rear tires
Tamiya rear hex adapter
GPM alloy parts (front arms and brace)
Custom decals

Source: Mechanic After Hours

Tamiya 92429 Thunder Shot Mk.II Waigo Hobby 45th Anniversary Special & 92430 Avante Mk.III Azure Tamiya Plamodel Factory Hong Kong Special

In order to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Waigo Hobby model Waigo Hobby and to thank customers for their support over the years, we deliberately cooperated with Tamiya to launch two mini 4WD limited products!
For the first time, the two limited products are equipped with the classic Tamiya Mini 4WD with a soft shell of carbon fiber pattern. I believe Tamiya fans will definitely feel its uniqueness!

Waigo 45th Anniversary Limited
The first limited product is “Thunder Shot Mk2 Waigo Hobby 45th Anniversary Special” (article number: 92429), with a carbon fiber patterned soft body shell and a fluorescent orange MS mid-mount chassis, plus a special TAMIYA The designed body stickers and dark blue tires are matched with a strong contrast. The rarity of its accessories is believed to be a favorite for car fans!


Tamiya China Hong Kong store limited
TAMIYA PLAMODEL FACTORY Hong Kong store limited product is “AVANTE Mk3 TAMIYA PLAMODEL FACTORY HONG KONG SPECIAL” (article number: 92430), which is designed to celebrate the opening of the TAMIYA PLAMODEL FACTORY store in Hong Kong. It also uses carbon fiber patterns. The soft shell body is equipped with a pure black MS chassis and transparent tires, plus a unique body sticker and transparent tires that show the ingenious design of the words “TAMIYA PLAMODEL FACTORY”, which is extraordinarily stylish!

Source: Tamiya HK

Tamiya 58696 Super Avante TD4 Chassis official product video

This 4WD R/C off-road assembly kit buggy inherits its name from the iconic Tamiya R/C model Avante. The model features front inboard suspension for lower ground clearance and slim, low-profile form. Its chassis employs a shaft-driven 4WD drivetrain with midship transverse motor and full bearings with front/rear ball differentials. The curved body lines are designed by Kota Nezu, and separate parts are included to recreate buttress structures at the cockpit rear. Small fenders are included for all four wheels.
The TD4 is a shaft-driven 4WD buggy chassis which employs front inboard suspension for slim, low-profile form. It features a longitudinal battery pack position in the center and a midship transverse motor for optimum balance and improved performance. The drivetrain uses full bearings, and sealed front/rear gearboxes have built-in ball differentials. Two link rods and crank arm transmit movement of the left-side servo to the three-piece steering arm setup. 4-wheel independent double wishbone suspension utilizes CVA oil dampers. Turnbuckle shafts for use as upper arms facilitate camber angle adjustment. Two types (high/low) of wing stays are included and star dish wheels are paired with square spike tires which offer superlative grip off-road.

Cancellation of the Shizuoka Hobby Show 2021 Autumn

The Hobby Promotion Council Shizuoka and the Shizuoka Model Teaching Material Cooperative have cancelled the “Shizuoka Hobby Show 2021 Autumn” on August 18.

The “Shizuoka Hobby Show 2021 Autumn” was originally scheduled to be held from September 9th to 12th. In response to the spread of the new coronavirus infection that has continued since August, the venue has also requested a state of emergency in Shizuoka Prefecture, so the union decided to cancel this event and official website Announced above.

Message from Tamiya:
Unfortunately, the autumn Shizuoka Hobby Show has been cancelled, but we are planning to announce it at the venue. Many new products will be announced on Tamiya’s official website and SNS. We have attractive items such as scale models, RC models, Mini 4WD, and crafts, so please look forward to it. Please spend your time safely while enjoying the model hobby.
Akira Yamamoto,
Public Relations Officer, Tamiya Corporation

Source in Japanese language: Impress Watch

Tamiya (Classic) Off Road Racing at its peak – The Top Force Evo. (2021)

When the Tamiya Top Force Evolution came onto the market in 1992, it was a practically unattainable model for me, as well as for many other young Tamiya fans, due to the high price.
At the time, my hard-saved money was just enough to buy a Tamiya Astute, which I really loved back then.

The “normal” Top Force was a good car, although it actually got by with relatively very common TA-01 technology. As a good driver with a well built “Top Force”, you definately had a chance, also in higher class races. But the “Top Force Evolution” went one better in all areas. Carbon plate chassis, Ball differentials front and rear, universal joint shafts for front and rear, steel cardan shaft, a full set of ball bearings, and last but not least the fantastic aluminum dampers, which are still absolutely competitive today.

Tamiya has the Top Force Evolution revised very carefully. The character of the car is still the same. The universal joint shafts were replaced by more modern CVD shafts. The shock towers, for example, are now also made of carbon. In the 90s these were still made of FRP. And I almost forgot one thing. The body and spoiler comes already cut out and pre-painted in Tamiya PS-23 “Gun Metal”, which is still the original colour code.

The Evo. comes with standard Tamiya ESC and 540 brushed motor. We have equipped our Top Force Evo. with a modern sensor-controlled brushless system, a low profile and fast digital steering servo, and an aluminum motor mount. The construction of the “new” Top Force Evo. was a real pleasure. Hardly any other car has given me more pleasure building it in recent years. It is the perfect car for the increasingly popular vintage racing. When fitting more modern 2.2 wheels and tires, the Evo. is ready for your local race track.

Some words about the look and design of the whole car. The „One Big Wing“ look of the Top Force is still a stunner, and you can call it a real milestone in Tamiya´s classic buggy designs. Wing and body are aerodynamically one piece. The whole car looks so sleek, flat and fast. Tamiya made no compromises here.

All in all, thank you Tamiya for this wonderful new re-release. We are looking forward to the release of the upcoming Super Avante TD4 and “Blockhead” Wild One Offroader. With the “Blockhead” Wild One, really a dream comes true. Also many thanks to Tamico and Dickie-Tamiya, for providing us with the Top Force Evo. Kit.