Monthly Archives: April 2024

Chevrolet Silverado Tamiya x Kaido House Clod Buster


– Introducing a new 1/64 scale product from the popular series “KAIDOHOUSE x MINI GT” produced by Japanese American custom car designer JUN IMAI!
– The second edition, KAIDO HOUSE x Tamiya, is now available.
– This design is based on the Clod Buster, which is a 1/10 scale radio-controlled reproduction of the Monster Truck that was popular in America at the time.
– Clod Buster is a long-selling product that has been manufactured and sold for a long time after minor changes.
Source: Hobby Search

Photos of the new Tamiya (re-)releases that will be shown the 62nd Shizuoka Hobby Show 2024

Static Models
35387 1/35 German Main Battle Tank Leopard 2 A7V
12694 1/35 Scale German Leopard 2 A7V Metal Gun Barrel
35384 1/35 German KS600 Motorcycle & Sidecar
35386 1/35 German Machine Gun Team (Mid-WWII)
25217 1/48 Mitsubishi Ki-46 III Type 100 & 4×4 Light Vehicle Kurogane Set
60204 1/35 Pteranodon
60793 1/72 Lockheed Martin® F-35®B Lightning II®
24367 1/24 Nissan Fairlady 240Z Street-Custom/a>
24173 1/24 Fiat Abarth 695 SS
24188 1/24 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA
24366 1/24 “Full-View” Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
24365 1/24 Toyota Soarer 2000VR-Turbo
14142 1/12 Honda Dax125 Tamiya Limited Edition

R/C Models
58738 1/10 R/C XM-01 PRO Chassis Kit
42384 1/10 R/C TRF421 Chassis Kit
58734 1/10 R/C Citroën DS (MB-01)
58739 1/10 R/C 1998 Honda NSX Racing (TT-02)
58736 1/10 R/C Ford Baja Bronco (CC-02)
56375 1/14 Volvo FH16 Globetrotter XL 750 4×2 Tractor
58489 1/10 R/C Avante (2011)
58496 1/10 R/C Fast Attack Vehicle (2011)

42385 45mm Swing Shafts (Hard) 2pcs.
42386 TRF421 Wheel Axles (2pcs.)
42387 45mm Drive Shafts for Low Friction Double Cardan Joint Shafts (2pcs.)
42388 Axle Shafts for TRF421 Double Cardan Joint Shafts (2pcs.)

Mini 4WD
95168 Ignicion (MA) Japan Cup 2024
95166 HG Carbon Multi Roller Setting Stay (1.5mm) J-Cup 2024
95167 HG Carbon Rear Multi Roller Setting Stay (1.5mm) J-Cup 2024
95169 Hyper-Dash 3 Motor J-Cup 2024
95170 Hyper-Dash Motor PRO J-Cup 2024
95171 Torque-Tuned 2 Motor J-Cup 2024
95172 Torque-Tuned 2 PRO J-Cup 2024
18103 Cross Spear 01 (VZ Chassis)
95660 HG Heavy Aluminum Wheels for Low-Profile Tires II (Reversible, 2pcs.)
95651 HG Lightweight 19mm Tapered Aluminum Ball-Race Rollers (Ringless)
95603 Hurricane Sonic Polycarbonate Body Special (AR) Fully Cowled Mini 4WD 30th Anniversary
95665 Fully Cowled 30th Anniv. Red Slick Tires & Gold Color Plated Wheels
95669 Fully Cowled 30th Anniv. Mini 4WD Car Catcher (Black)
95667 Fully Cowled 30th Anniv. Multipurpose Tape 15mm Width/Black & Pink)

Educational Construction, Tools & Finishing Materials
70259 Walking & Swimming Penguin
69946 Walking & Swimming Duck (Yellow)

87226 Ultra Thin Aluminum Stickers (2pcs.)
82184 LP-84 Camouflage Gray
82185 LP-85 Medium Air Gray
86533 AS-33 Camouflage Gray

Full official photos and details of Tamiya 42384 TRF421 Chassis Kit


This R/C model assembly kit creates the 2 belt-driven 4WD TRF421, the latest model in the line of TRF chassis; its newly designed carbon fiber upper and lower decks move the motor 22.7mm further forward than on the TRF420X, while the center shaft is in the chassis center and drive belts are of equal size; pulleys are also a new design. The upshot of this is greater pitching stability on the throttle. Bulkheads have a new design for a lower center of gravity, and new USBB (ultra-short big bore) dampers are mounted via aluminum stays: they can be fine-tuned with spacers. The suspension uses upper and lower A-arms for superior rigidity, with identical lower arms front and rear that have a longer span for more linear roll that translates into more control.

Items which be on display in the Tamiya Booth at the 62nd Shizuoka Hobby Show 2024


Static Models
35387 1/35 German Main Battle Tank Leopard 2 A7V
12694 1/35 Scale German Leopard 2 A7V Metal Gun Barrel
35384 1/35 German KS600 Motorcycle & Sidecar
35386 1/35 German Machine Gun Team (Mid-WWII)
25217 1/48 Mitsubishi Ki-46 III Type 100 & 4×4 Light Vehicle Kurogane Set
60204 1/35 Pteranodon
60793 1/72 Lockheed Martin® F-35®B Lightning II®
24367 1/24 Nissan Fairlady 240Z Street-Custom/a>
24173 1/24 Fiat Abarth 695 SS
24188 1/24 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA
24366 1/24 “Full-View” Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
24365 1/24 Toyota Soarer 2000VR-Turbo
14142 1/12 Honda Dax125 Tamiya Limited Edition

R/C Models
58738 1/10 R/C XM-01 PRO Chassis Kit
42384 1/10 R/C TRF421 Chassis Kit
58734 1/10 R/C Citroën DS (MB-01)
58739 1/10 R/C 1998 Honda NSX Racing (TT-02)
58736 1/10 R/C Ford Baja Bronco (CC-02)
56375 1/14 Volvo FH16 Globetrotter XL 750 4×2 Tractor
58489 1/10 R/C Avante (2011)
58496 1/10 R/C Fast Attack Vehicle (2011)

42385 45mm Swing Shafts (Hard) 2pcs.
42386 TRF421 Wheel Axles (2pcs.)
42387 45mm Drive Shafts for Low Friction Double Cardan Joint Shafts (2pcs.)
42388 Axle Shafts for TRF421 Double Cardan Joint Shafts (2pcs.)

Mini 4WD
95168 Ignicion (MA) Japan Cup 2024
95166 HG Carbon Multi Roller Setting Stay (1.5mm) J-Cup 2024
95167 HG Carbon Rear Multi Roller Setting Stay (1.5mm) J-Cup 2024
95169 Hyper-Dash 3 Motor J-Cup 2024
95170 Hyper-Dash Motor PRO J-Cup 2024
95171 Torque-Tuned 2 Motor J-Cup 2024
95172 Torque-Tuned 2 PRO J-Cup 2024
18103 Cross Spear 01 (VZ Chassis)
95660 HG Heavy Aluminum Wheels for Low-Profile Tires II (Reversible, 2pcs.)
95651 HG Lightweight 19mm Tapered Aluminum Ball-Race Rollers (Ringless)
95603 Hurricane Sonic Polycarbonate Body Special (AR) Fully Cowled Mini 4WD 30th Anniversary
95665 Fully Cowled 30th Anniv. Red Slick Tires & Gold Color Plated Wheels
95669 Fully Cowled 30th Anniv. Mini 4WD Car Catcher (Black)
95667 Fully Cowled 30th Anniv. Multipurpose Tape 15mm Width/Black & Pink)

Educational Construction, Tools & Finishing Materials
70259 Walking & Swimming Penguin
69946 Walking & Swimming Duck (Yellow)

87226 Ultra Thin Aluminum Stickers (2pcs.)
82184 LP-84 Camouflage Gray
82185 LP-85 Medium Air Gray
86533 AS-33 Camouflage Gray

Yasumasa Matsui has been appointed as Tamiya Co., Ltd. Model History Research Advisor


“I became Research Advisor for Tamiya Corporation Model History.
I will not only do what Tamiya asks me to do but will continue to actively make proposals and hold discussions.
I will continue to make steady and dynamic efforts to summarize the history of Tamiya.
Tamiya’s history, which is well-known worldwide, will be compiled steadily and dynamically.”

Source: https://twitter.com/Matsui_Yasumasa

Tamiya official release list May 2024

Scale models
24366 1/24 Full View Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
60204 1/35 Pteranodon

RC models
22082 TA08R Carbon Upper Deck (2.0mm thickness) (June)
22083 TA08 Aluminum front upper arm mount (June)
22084 TA08 Aluminum rear upper arm mount (June)
22085 TA08 Reinforced rear body mount set (June)
47350 1/10 RC Top Force (2017) (June)
47367 1/10 RC Manta Ray (2018) (June)
51727 1/10 RC Opel Kadett GT/E spare body set
51731 1/10 RC MOTUL AUTECH Z Spare Body Set
56374 1/14 RC Volvo FH16 Globetrotter XL 750 4×2 Full Operation Set
57939 1/10 RC XB MOTUL AUTECH Z (TT-02 chassis)
58736 1/10 RC Ford Baja Bronco (CC-02 chassis)

Mini 4WD
18014 1/32 Avante Jr. (September 2024)
18103 Cross Spear 01 (VZ chassis)
95239 Carbon reinforced super FM chassis set (August)
95257 HG carbon rear wide stay (3mm) (August)
95259 HG carbon rear stay (3mm) (August)
95501 1/32 Avante Jr. Black Special (September)

Others
87226 Ultra-thin aluminum stickers (2 sheets)

Make plastic models to escape from depression: the challenge of Shizuoka, the world capital of models

Kazunari Tanaka, director of the Shizuoka City Health Center, talks about his expectations for the use of plastic models in front of his own work in the city’s Aoi Ward on February 21, 2024 at 11:24 a.m. (Photo by Koichi Tanno)


Let’s get out of depression by making plastic models. In February, Shizuoka City’s mental health and welfare facility “Kokoro no Kenko Center” introduced plastic model production as part of its recovery program for patients suffering from long-term depression. Major manufacturers such as Tamiya have their headquarters in the city, which boasts over 80% of the domestic shipments. The initiative that began in this city, which bills itself as the “World Capital of Models”, was due to certain characteristics of plastic models that caught the attention of the facility’s top management.

“Stimulate all senses”
The impetus for this initiative was a night study session for volunteer city hall employees that psychiatrist Satoko Okubo, the director of the program, attended in September 2023. The lecturer that day was Kazunari Tanaka, director of the city’s public health center, whose hobby is making plastic models. The theme was plastic model making.

Director Okubo, who tried assembling it for the first time, said, “Every sense was stimulated by the sound of parts being cut, the prickly feel, and the bright colors of the paint.” He was so immersed in his work that he forgot about the time and the noise around him.

“One of the characteristics of plastic models is that they make you concentrate even if you don’t intend to.Maybe they can be used to help you recover from depression.” There was some basis for that inspiration.

Concentrate on this moment
The “cognitive behavioral therapy” that is the basis of the mental health center’s recovery program includes a method of “focusing on yourself here and now” so that your mind does not become overwhelmed with past failures or worries about the future. be. It is a therapy that is also connected to “mindfulness”, which is derived from Zen meditation.

At the same time, the center also offers a method of “behavioral activation therapy” that “does not act because it is energetic, but acts first.As you do it, you will become more energetic and will become more motivated to go out and interact with people.” I am incorporating it.

Director Okubo thought that “plastic models can fit into any category,” and asked Director Tanaka to teach plastic model making to depression patients at the center. The first production training was held during the recovery program on February 9th and 16th.

A total of seven people participated. They spent about two and a half hours on both days trying to make a mini diorama of the anime “Yuru Camp△”, carefully assembling character figures, outdoor chairs, bicycles, and other items, and coloring them. Some participants worked together to complete their work.

The reception from participants was excellent
When asked in a post-production survey how they felt during the production process, five people said they were “very concentrated,” and the remaining two said they were “somewhat concentrated.” The feedback from the participants was positive, with one commenting, “It was good because I didn’t have to think about unnecessary things by concentrating on my work.” The center has decided to continue production training after April.

Director Tanaka, who served as the lecturer, is 61 years old and has served as a medical engineer for the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare for many years. “When he was 40 years old, he felt the need to turn it on and off and started making plastic models, which has served him well.” Although it will be a bit of a departure from his “day job,” he plans to continue serving as an instructor at recovery programs.

“I’m not saying that plastic models will work for everyone, but there is hope for people who are into them. Everyone has different tastes, but Shizuoka has an environment where you can find all kinds of things.” Director Tanaka said, “I want to help people suffering from depression in a way that is unique to a plastic model town.”

Author: Koichi Tanno
Source in Japanese language: Mainichi Shimbun