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Dr. Kaneko Tatsuya’s “brush painting” technique lecture video from Tamiya Plastic Model Factory

May 21, 2017 (Sunday) Tamiya Plastic Model Factory Published at Shimbashi Store

0:02:05 Let’s imagine the completed shape!
0:06:03 How to choose colors, how to find. I will make my own recipe.
0:10:05 Select “Gray”
0:20:10 Preparation before painting. Assemble it to this point.
0:25:20 Leave the base of MM to “Halred”!
0:34:30 Advantages of Tamiya color (acrylic paint)
0:39:00 “Orientation” of brush carrying is also important
1:00:55 The rolling wheel is a toothpick
1:04:30 Leaning color is diluted
1:07:35 Various usable “Sponge brush”
1:19:25 There is no failure in the tank model!
1:22:20 End of first half
1:22:35 Track base color + Sumi putting paint is easy and real
1:29:00 What is “model reality”?
1:33:20 I use it for a scale model as well! The item for sweets decoration
1:36:10 The decal does not cut off!
1:47:35 Concentrate here! Highlights that increase the three-dimensional effect
2:06:11 “Sumi putting” work tightening the finish
2:22:40 completion!

Painting which influences the finish of the plastic model. “Although it was good until it was assembled it failed with coloring …” “I think that it is necessary to have air brush, special tool, difficult technique to paint well …” etc, I think that there are also many people who suffer from painting I will. So we invited Mr. Tatsuya Kaneko who is active as a promoter, and explained techniques of “painting brush” using Tamiya color, which can be handled easily by beginners. We will release a number of know-how that can be easily practiced from basic to applied, such as how to paint demonstrations and colors, with subject matter of military model. The interestingness of brush painting, various expression methods widens the enjoyment of model making!

2017 Tobu Tamiya Modeler’s Contest Work Wanted

The model is hot this summer too!
Signs event of Modeler ‘s Gallery Hosting
We are looking for your masterpiece to blow away the heat!

Tobu Department Store Ikebukuro store opened its 55th anniversary! We will hold the Tamiya Modelers Gallery this year too. We are also looking for works of signboard event “Tobu Tamiya Modelers Contest”. From the car model Military miniature, air craft, mini 4WD, sweet decoration etc. Tamiya contest attracts a wide range not bound by genre. People who saw this year are also waiting for astonishing works.
Check the past of contest winners ■ | ■2015■ | ■2016■

☆ We have prepared each awards which we will choose from our own perspective such as Tobu Prize, Tamiya Prize, Wax Solving Award and each cooperating publisher award. Please come and join us. I am waiting for your masterpiece not to be defeated by summer heat.

For details please see ” Request for application (PDF) “.

■ Work acceptance Application reception
Saturday, July 8 – July 17 (Monday, congratulation) 10:00 ~ 19:00 (There are no holidays during the period)
Strict observance of application notice, Tobu Department Store Ikebukuro store Please bring your work directly to the 8F Func. Special Counter “Tobu Tamiya Modelers Contest”. ※ You can not accept by mailing etc.

■ Exhibition
Modelers’ Gallery Venue : Tobu Department Store Ikebukuro Store · Main Building 8F Festival
Duration: July 26 (Thu) – August 1 (Tue) Opening Hours * The last day is closed at 17:00

■ Awards Ceremony
7 Tuesday 29th (Sat) Tamiya
Modelers’ Gallery Venue : Tobu Department Store Ikebukuro Store · Main Building 8F Faction Hall
(For those who won the prize, we will contact you in advance.)

■ Inquiries about products and work applications
Tamiya “Tobu Tamiya Modeler’s Contest” Section
TEL 054-281-2866

■ Inquiries for work acceptance Tobu
Department Store Ikebukuro store
Tel 03-5951-8664 Telephone reception hours: 10:00 ~ 18:30

Some creative Tamiya Tumbling Bull customised creations

Look at Tamiya’s tumbling bull, if you think “a bit different …”
let’s make it yourself.
In this corner, we will recruit such self-made tumbling bulls (for short).

Tan 01 Issue Manpei 370Z (Chiba)
Scratch the body based on Ogoro.
The neck of the doll is spring mount and reduces the damage when falling.
A hole in the front is an aerodynamic device that uses the suction effect by internal negative pressure.
Hmm! It is unanimous and big fool certified.

Tan 02 Isakin (Chiba)
manager himself w I tried making it because it is interesting . The title is “GeeBee Wheel” body based on Coca – Cola 2.0 scratch interwoven with Pepsi NEX etc. Its original coke bottle shape optimizes the air flow to the aero device (rear fender?). W type 3 cylinder 4000 cc engine demonstrates intense low speed torque

Tan 03 Issue Pikachu @ majorbangp (Ibaraki Prefecture)
It was pretty nice to be hikurini ! The title is “Grand Prix” Wheel “Racer”
Motif is a pre-war Grand Prix racer “Bugatti T 35”
Body is based on Shochu PET 4.0, a front grill reproduced with a knitted pattern on a black styrene board bought at a 100 yen shop Installation.
It is said that it shows merciless cornering because of light weight & super low center of gravity.
Something that is something body mountless is also squid!

Tan 04 Ponchi Ario (Yamanashi Prefecture)
Poncini received a self-directed submission from Professor ! It’s been a while ago!
I put a plastic bottle on the tumbling bull and tried it like a towing tractor.
In addition, I also tried up a cargo trailer, but
when turning, the front wheel of the front car and the front wheel of the car hits and it will not bend well (LOL)
Congratulations on the Tamigra Condée prize!
Premonition ♪ I think the self-made body will be popular ♪

Tan 05 BAKA # 283 Ao Piyo (Gunma)
With a propeller. It is a long post.
I tried to make such a body using a soy sauce plastic bottle.
The propeller turns in the wind ~ ♪
Happy Tamigra Condale!
It is an unexpected material with soy sauce pet. The pilot doll is also nice.

Source and more: Wild Willy 2 Maniax

RC WORLD No. 258 (June issue) featuring several classic Tamiya cars

The cover page is TAMIYA ‘s Mercedes Benz 190E “Divers s Art”.

Besides that, there is also content that tastes a little old Tamiya tooling car to a drift car.

It’s a popular serial series “Satoshi with TRF Setting Advice”, but the machine that Mr. Sumi Sumi picked up this month is … … THE BIGWIG (2017) !!!

Introduction of Tamiya’s old model which was very popular with oversized issue 256.
Will introduce it by age from this month.
This month is the edition of 1970!

RC WORLD 258 full of planning content (June issue)
880 yen (tax included), May 2 national bookstore is released at once!
Source and more: RC World Blog

Incredible Full-Size Tamiya Bruiser Video

We see RC cars modeled after full-size vehicles all the time. But a full-size vehicle modeled after an RC car? That’s something you DON’T see too often! Case in point, this beautiful “Tamiya Bruiser” that was on display at RCX. we’d say it’s “full size,” but it’s more accurate to say it’s “10:1 scale,” since it’s ten times bigger than the Tamiya model!
Source: Air AgeMedia Youtube Channel

History repeating – Building the Tamiya Bigwig 2017

It´s 1986, the worldwide RC-Car Boom is near on the top. To commemorate 10 years of Tamiya R/C Models, Tamiya releases a very special offroad buggy, the Bigwig. Not a normal car for it´s time. One the technical side, it wasn´t a very revolutionary buggy, like the later released Avante. The car was based on the common Hotshot, Boomerang like drivetrain, but was equipped with the legendary Tamiya Mabuchi RX-540VZ Technigold Motor, well known from the Tamiya Porsche 959 Paris Dakar, which was powered by a special 8,4V Gold Power Pack.

Anyway the Bigwig is a very special buggy in Tamiya´s R/C Car history. Because of it´s unique “one big wing” design by famed japanese designer Mr. Takuya Yura, president of the Mooncraft Company, well known for his racing car designs.

The very unique “Wing” look of the Bigwig is based on special high powered buggies which were custom made for the legendary “Pikes Peak” race in America.

After 30 years, the Bigwig is back again. What are the differences on the new Bigwig 2017 ? Not very much. The stickers were changed a little bit, as on most of the Tamiya classic re-release cars. Which can also be an advantage. The “Mooncraft” Logo on the rear wing of the Bigwig 2017 looks way better than the one on the original release in our opinion.The “new” model comes with full ball bearings, the original 80´s kit wasn´t completely ballraced. The RX-540VZ Technigold motor was changed for a special labeled Tamiya GT-Tuned Motor (like it was used for the Avante and Super Hotshot re-releases too). That´s it.

Let´s build the new Bigwig !

Car and body completed !


The result !

It was a pleasure working one the Bigwig 2017. It´s such a cool thing to build a classic Tamiya buggy. For most of the Tamiya re-releases we really like to do alternative paint-schemes on these cars. A real challenge in case of the Bigwig. Because most of the cars were built in boxart scheme. In the past and also today. The boxart scheme is great and really iconic. And it´s not really easy to find colours which suits the red, orange, yellow Bigwig stripes well. But we tried it. And we are very happy with the result. Enjoy !


The 16th Tamiya World Modelers Works, Competition Results and Ceremony

The Super Kids Land Headquarters Tamiya World Modelers’ Contest where fun works gather every year was held in Osaka. Entry works are much higher than the previous one, 130 points! It became an impressive contest where works are lined up narrowly, and the unique work group of more than usual annoyed a lot of judging staff. One of the reasons for the increase in the number of works this time, I think that there were many people who sent with friends acquaintance. Please enjoy the contest with your colleagues next time as well.

Sources (in Japanese language) and more: Tamiya, INC Homepage and Tamiya Plamodel Factoy Blog