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Toyota builds a modern, full-size Tamiya Bruiser


During the 1/10-scale, off-road RC boom of the 1980s, toymaker Tamiya’s bread and butter came from the demand for such memorable machines as the Frog, Grasshopper, Fox, Hornet, and Blackfoot; but the company also sold more mechanically advanced radio-controlled cars, like its all-wheel-drive Porsche 959 replica and, of course, the Toyota Hilux–based Bruiser, a metal-framed beast with a leaf-spring suspension and a three-speed gearbox. In a fit of nostalgia, Toyota commissioned a full-size replica of the radio-controlled pickup based on its current Hilux offering.

American kids weren’t the only ones who went nuts for Tamiya’s plastic models and radio-controlled cars, buggies, and trucks during the Reagan administration. The youth in Thatcherite Britain had quite a soft spot for the things, too. While the Hilux moniker has long ago fallen into disuse in the USA—its role now filled by the Tacoma—British ’Yota enthusiasts still do their four-wheeling Hilux style. And in a goofy genius move, Toyota cribbed cues from the Bruiser that was introduced in 1985, upsized them, and applied them to the modern truck. To wit, the thing features a to-scale antenna pole mounted in the bed, wound in a loose spiral with cable, just as an RC car’s receiver wire would be wrapped around the little car’s aerial rod.

Also mounted in the bed is a replica of the Bruiser’s utilitarian on/off switch. Other, accents, however, are a bit more in the realm of smoke and mirrors. Unable to source and unwilling to fabricate rear-window louvers for the modern Hilux, the backlight makes do with a vinyl appliqué. And while the full-size Bruiser sports a correct double-tube rear bumper, the front wears only a tubular bull bar, while white stripes on the bumper evoke the rest of the toy truck’s front-end treatment.

To pay lip service to the Tamiya truck’s monstrous stance, Toyota went to Arctic Trucks for their AT35 conversion, which includes Fox shocks and a set of 17-inch wheels shod with 305/80 BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/As. Unlike the original, which the hapless builder had to prep and paint on the outside (unlike the less detailed paint-on-the-inside Lexan bodies so many RC cars wear), Toyota went with a Diamond Blue Metallic vinyl wrap wearing the Bruiser’s livery. It did, however, make use of a domed gel to replicate an era-correct embossed Toyota tailgate. Rather than an electric motor, the full-size Bruiser carries a 2.4-liter diesel engine to do its saintly rock-clambering, forest-bashing duty. Is it nerdy? Absolutely. Is it fun? For certains. Does our demand for ’80s-style Tamiyayota accuracy have us looking wistfully at the reissued Bruiser kit? You bet your charging boar it does.

Sources: Car and Driver and Toyota UK

Tamiya Plamodel Factory 17th Modeler Competition Part 2

Model Art Prize Hidenaga Asahina “Can Spray Modeling”

This time the can spray was the theme, so we made a storm that will be stored in a can spray.
Of course the painting is also a can spray.
This idea incorporating the can spray itself into the work remained in the eye of Model Art ☆

Mr. Asahina was awarded. It was difficult to cut the cans cleanly.
We got a new discovery that the inside of a can is like this.
Congratulations ☆

Tamiya Prize General Department Shigeyo Nagase “BMW R75 / 5”

The Tamiya Prize general department is “BMW R75 / 5” by Mr. Shigeyo Nagase.
All are painted with can spray as well.
Silver color is painted using various silver colors such as aluminum silver, silver leaf, silver metal and so on.
Complex green is finished in a distinctive color by applying clear orange from the top of the candy green.

Mr. Nagase who was awarded.
Can spray is not a substitute for airbrush! It tells firmly that it is.

Tamiya Award Military Division Naoki Hirai “Pig stealer! (Pig thief)”

Tamiya Award Military department is Naozaki Hirai’s diorama, “Pig stealer! (Pig thief)”.
Both tanks and figures are made very carefully and I feel that they are very used to making dioramas such as expressions of the ground, grass and water.
In addition to its reliable technology, the accent that originally had a piglet in a figure of a soldier with a gun makes the diorama interesting.

Mr. Hirai received the award. Congratulations ☆
The smile is wonderful! (From Mr. Komori)

Source in Japanese language: Tamiya Plamodel Factory

Tamiya Top Force (2017) – may the force be with you

From time to time we´re presenting some builds, mostly of Tamiya’s great range of re-releases. Today, we will show you the Top Force buggy which is Tamiya’s 100th RC Kit (1991) and was first re-released in 2006.

Now Tamiya did it again. The Top Force (2017) is back to show his potential.

The so called “Vintage Racing” scene becomes more and more popular. And it’s good to see other manufacturers following Tamiya re-releasing their classic cars from back in the 80´s and 90´s.

The Top Force, and especially the later released Top Force Evolution was Tamiya´s answer for the very popular off road racing scene in the early 90’s. It’s based on the classic Manta Ray chassis (which itself is based on the TA01/TA02 touring cars), but comes with a double deck FRP chassis and damper stays, ball diffs, steel prop shaft, Lexan undercowl and universal shafts for the front end. The body looks like a big wing, which gives the Top Force a very aerodynamic and aggressive look.

But that’s history. How good is the new/old Top Force ? Building the kit was a joy. We built the kit with a full set of ball bearings, a classic Tamiya aluminum motor mount (the original plastic one was always a weak spot) and the “Tamiya Top Force 2017 High Capacity Damper Set” No. 47358 (which is especially released for the Top Force 2017 kit). These dampers are of very good quality. They work extremely smooth, and look excellent too. On some of the photos, you see the car with Tamiya DF-03 wheels and modern racing tires. A perfect set up for the vintage racing scene.

As a regular reader, you may know that we lik alternate paintschemes. The Top Force is no exception here. This time, our choice felt for the relatively new Tamiya PS-63 Bright Gun Metal. We like it a lot, and it suits the colour of the Tamiya High Cap dampers very well.

Join vintage racing ! May the force be with you.

Announcement of the 77th Tamiya Pachi Contest winning work

This year’s contest received the most applicants in the last 10 years. Scene photography department Gold prize is “HUNTER” of Keisuke Tanaka. It is a work that seems to have cut off a moment of the battlefield, with spectacularly blending the line of sight of the soldier looking forward from the Panther D type vehicle and the grassland spreading beyond. Akihiro Seki’s Gold Prize in the work photography division is “UE tractor + 3.7 cm antitank gun”. As the title of the work is a little unique work with a 3.7 cm antitank gun on the UE tractor. Both work and painting are balanced well. It is also characteristic that the number of entries from young people in their teens is increasing this time. There are many high-level works that I can not think of as elementary and junior high school students, both special awards were selected from junior class in both departments. A patch contest that not only produces a model but also photographs that work and enjoy it, I will be waiting for your efforts next time.


The 78th Pachi application method (Deadline: September 1, 2018)
76th Pachi Contest winning work

78th Tamiya Pachi application (Deadline: September 1, 2018)

Pachi Contest

What is a pachi contest?
The world “Patch” by model matching and video expression matching. It is an AFV model photo contest held once a year, where not only Japanese domestics, but also international forces are gathered. Particularly welcomed works with new products as their main characters. Please blow new breeze with your idea full masterpieces, power capability.

[Scene photography division]
Please photograph the scenery work like real battlefield photos and apply. Military miniature series, world figure series, other Tamiya scale model combined photo is OK.

[Work photography department]
Please appeal the painting technology of vehicles and dolls with photographs. It can be a work made according to the instruction manual of the kit, or a work with remodeling added. You can also use it as a photograph taken in the scene stage.

Scene Photography Section 76th Gold Prize Work

2018 Application Procedure for 78th Work

■ Applicable products
Please apply in things that mainly use 1/35 military miniature series, 1/48 military miniature series, 1/16 world figure series, 1/25 tank series.
In the scene photography department, even if it is a Tamiya product, it can be used in combination with military miniature products, world figure products, even for other scale models.
Works that are mainly made by other companies’ vehicles and accessories, and in which Tamiya products are only partially visible are not accepted.

■ Photo Types
Photos can be color or black and white. Please apply for color in 2 L size (about 130 × 180 mm), black and white in cabinet size.
We accept works shot with digital camera. Please print with 2L size and apply. In this case, image processing other than adjustment of color tone and contrast of the entire screen is prohibited.

■ Type of
photos Please stick the work cards with tape one by one to the back of the photo.
Be sure to write the title, scale, vehicle name.
When sending photos, please do not break by attaching a mount.
It is fine even for remodeled works with photographs in the process of making the remodeling places easy to understand.
The work is limited to unpublished works.
We will not return the photo, so please be forewarned.
Work card download: ★ PDF format 

■ Deadline
September 1, 2018 (postmarked effective on the day)

■ To
whom the work is sent 〒422-8610 3-7 Shinagawa-ku Suruga-ku, Shimaoka “Tachiya” Pachi Contest “staff

■ Review
Tamiya news editing room

■ Entry announcement
Tamiya news November issue, Tamiya website, Monthly model art magazine.
We will notify winners by letter.
Winning works will be posted in the patch contest pamphlet.

For inquiries
about inquiries , please contact the Tamiya news editorial office “Pachi Contest Officer”. TEL 054-286-5105

Bonuses * These are selected from among the scene photography department, work photography division.

Gold Medal 1 each 50,000 yen prize
Silver Award 2 each Prize 30,000 yen
Bronze 2 each Prize 20,000 yen
Model Art Prize 2 each Prize 20,000 yen
Honorable mention Each 6 people Prize 10,000 yen
Junior Prize 2 each Prize 10,000 yen From girls, silver, copper, those who did not enter the honorable mention under the age of 15
Special prize 1 each Prize 10,000 yen From unique works, particularly elaborate works, unique works etc
We will send a pachinko of “Pachi Contest” to all those who posted the work.
Gold medal ■: 1 person each  prize 50,000 yen
■ Silver Award: 2 each  prize 30,000 yen
■ Bronze Award: 2 each  prize 20,000 yen
■ Model Art Prize: 2 each  prize 20,000 yen
■ Honorable mention: 6 each  winning prize 10,000 yen
■ Junior Prize: 2 each  winning prize 10,000 yen / From among those who did not enter gold, silver, copper, honorable mention under 15 years old
■ Special Prize: From each of 1 person  prize 10,000 yen / unique work, particularly elaborate work, unique work etc.

We will send a pachinko of “Pachi Contest” to all those who posted the work.

Past winning works

2017 (77th) | 2016 (76th)