Source: Tamico OHG
Monthly Archives: April 2022
Fox On The Run – Building The Tamiya Novafox
The Tamiya “Fox” was my third Tamiya buggy back in the good old days.
And yes, I loved this car. Compared to my “Falcon” and “Grasshopper” the suspension worked really well. Incidentally, it was the first Tamiya vehicle to feature the “modern” yellow C.V.A. dampers. And the car wasn’t just fast, it looked fast too. The flat and slim design shaped a whole generation of buggies in the 80s and 90s.
And when Tamiya brought out the re-release of “The Fox”, the “Novafox”, I had to get one right away, of course.
Still, it took a while for me to finally finish it.
And that almost annoys me a little, because the “Novafox” looks so damn good now.
Back then, 1985 to be precise, the “Fox” could well be considered the first attempt at a competitive 2WD buggy, which, as we know, it never really was.
But for the ambitious leisure driver, the car was really more than good to use. And I had a lot of fun with my Fox back then when we competed with Hornet, Frog, Falcon, etc.
And with the closed chassis, the car was well protected against dirt, which of course was less good for quick maintenance at races.
But now to the “Novafox”.
As with every Tamiya re-release, building it was tremendous fun. It was like a little throwback to building my first “The Fox” back in the 80’s.
The “Novafox” is already almost completely equipped with ball bearings. We also gave him the 4 standard 1150 bearings for the front wheels, who are not included with the kit.
And of course a Tamiya “Sport Tuned” motor could not be missing. To give it a little individual “touch”, I use the “2WD Front Rib-Spike Tires” No. 54896.
The wonderful golden “Aluminum Nerf Guards” are an old Hop Up part from “Parma” which I had at home for almost 20 years. And goes wonderfully with the golden rims and the metallic green paintscheme.
We are extremely happy with the result and look forward to the soon to be released re-release of the famous “Thunder Shot”, one of our absolute favorite 4WD buggies from the 80s.
But for now, enjoy the “Novafox” !
Paisen RC (Satoshi Maezumi) rally around the mountains with Tamiya TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRT / Yaris WRC
Thank you for watching ☆ ★ I brought the Yaris WRC this time !! Yaris runs insanely. Running around the slope, 🤣 It may break, so please do not imitate it 🤫 (laugh) It’s getting hotter recently, and it’s raining more … ☔️ Everyone, please be careful about heat stroke and enjoy the RC car ☆ ★ I’d like to continue shooting in various places, so if there are recommended parks and spots Please comment ☆ ★ (Please note that some parks do not allow RC cars to run.) Also, we are looking for requests, so I would like to see this video ~ or go here. We look forward to your comments 🔥 Thank you for watching ☆ ★ ————— Paisen RC
Source: Paisen RC Mini
Tamiya RC Advice Vol.21- Modifying on-road TT-02 to rally spec (Part 1)
The popularity of RC rallies, where you can enjoy driving on flat dirt roads, is increasing. Therefore, this time we will introduce how to change the on-road specification car of the shaft drive 4WD “TT-02 chassis”, which is also the most suitable as an entry model, to the rally specification. TT-02 chassis matching part list can be found here.
Tamiya 67492 acrylic key chain (Tamiya logo) & 67493 acrylic key chain (Mini 4WD logo)
67492 acrylic key chain (Tamiya logo)
Casual appeal to Tamiya fans A key chain with the Tamiya star mark logo laid out on a 3 mm thick acrylic plate processed into an oval shape. The printed surface uses ink that is resistant to wear and less likely to deteriorate due to direct sunlight. Not only is it brightly colored, but it is also extremely durable. The simple design is attractive as a key holder and as a decoration to attach to a bag or backpack.
Basic specifications Size: 50 x 30 mm, thickness 3 mm
67493 acrylic key chain (Mini 4WD logo)
[Casual appeal to Tamiya fans] A key chain with the Tamiya star mark logo laid out on a 3 mm thick acrylic plate processed into an oval shape. The printed surface uses ink that is resistant to wear and less likely to deteriorate due to direct sunlight. Not only is it brightly colored, but it is also extremely durable. The simple design is attractive as a key holder and as a decoration to attach to a bag or backpack.
Basic specifications Size: 50 x 30 mm, thickness 3 mm
Some upcoming Tamiya Static & Mini 4WD releases
Tamiya Japan planning to build a new production plant in Cebu for 1.5 billion PHP
Tamiya has a factory in the Philippines particularly located in the Mactan Process Zone in Cebu. Tamiya of Japan is pouring another P1.5 billion to build a new facility inside the Cebu Light Industrial Park.
The current factory designs, manufacturers, and packages kits inside a 40,000 sq. meter facility and employ more than 1,000 people. However, some sources say that their lease for has now ended prompting the company to move to a new location.
Breaking ground in March 2022, it’s said that the new factory is projected to increase output by 5% over 3 years while expanding overall capacity by 20%.
While most Tamiya boxes say ‘Made in the Philippines’, in reality Tamiya Philippines Inc. does not and cannot sell directly to the local market. It’s production is for export markets only worth US$23 million per year. 65% of that goes to Japan, 12% to America, 10% to Germany, 7% to the UK, 2% to Thailand, 2% to Hong Kong, and the rest of the world taking up the other 4%.
Source: Time Attack Manila
Tamiya official international release list May 2022
42382 1/10 R/C TRF420X Chassis Kit
58706 1/10 R/C Thunder Shot (2022)
22025 TD4 Ball Differential Set
12033 1/12 Renault RE-20 Turbo (w/Photo-Etched Parts)
32603 1/48 German Heavy Tank Tiger I Early Production (Eastern Front)
21173 1/24 McLaren Senna (Gray) (Finished Model)
95635 Super Hard Small Dia. Narrow Tires (24mm) & Reinforced 3-Spoke Wheels
Tamiya 58703 au TOM’s GR Supra GT500 on TT-02 Chassis
Tamiya is proud to announce the Toyota GR Supra GT500 as a 1/10 RC scale mounting kit to the TT-02 chassis.
The GR Supra GT500 was developed under GT500 class regulations to replace the LEXUS LC500 that flourished in three seasons from 2017 to 2019.
Featuring the aerodynamic design of the GR Supra road car, this race car features a carbon monocoque chassis, dedicated aerodynamic and drivetrain components, as well as a 2,000cc direct injection turbocharged inline 4-cylinder (“RI4AG” engine).
– R/C model assembly kit in 1/10 scale. Length: 466mm, width: 188mm, height: 125mm. Wheelbase: 257mm.
– The powerful shape of the GR Supra GT500 is stylishly reproduced by a rigid, lightweight polycarbonate body (clear) with separately molded polycarbonate front light shields (LEDs are not attachable. The “au” livery is faithfully reproduced.
– Includes set of stickers and masking sheet for use during the painting process.
– Separate black ABS resin parts realistically reproduce the side mirrors and the large rear wing.
– The model uses the 4WD TT-02 chassis with gimbal drive that offers high adaptability and stability.
– The 12-spoke gunmetal wheels are matched with slick racing tires.
– Includes item 51007 “M” urethane bumper (normally used on the TT-01E and TGS chassis) to keep the body in great condition.
– 540 motor included.