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Tamiya Special Racing Buggy and the Terminator movie

Tamiya radio control gearbox has been diverted (right and left) to the most distinguished name “gobcha meka” at the head of the end skeleton. The one owned by T – STUDIO is a 21st – century version (some old specifications must be obtained one day …) with some specification changes. Because many Japanese parts made of plastic parts have been diverted inside, so also on occasion.

What makes movie props fun is that these ready-made items are diverted. Twenty years of hardship to identify this part …. I found out that it is still available in home country, and ordered in large quantities. Until now, we have made our own by guessing the dimensions, but at last this “finally the same spec as authentic” comes true. A world of complete self-satisfaction.

Parts that should originally play the core of radio control, parts that should play an important role of tank …. In the early 1980s, they might have felt “It was not born to be used like this” at the beginning of Hollywood’s studio in the head and chest of the terminator. However, it gains “another existence value” and it is now proud as a part of the symbol of masterpiece movies [complete]

The basic silhouette is handmade by clay, but ready-made items are being diverted in detail parts where sharpness is required

Source: T-STUDIO Hatanaka Makoto @ Twitter

Tamiya booth videos from the Nuremberg Spielwarenmesse Toy Fair 2019

Presented items list

R/C Models
1/14 R/C Volvo FH16 Globetrotter 750 6×4 Timber Truck
1/10 R/C Audi quattro Rallye A2 (TT-02)
1/10 R/C Volkswagen Type 2 (T1) (M-06)
1/10 R/C Citroën 2CV Rally (M-05Ra)
1/10 R/C Tyrrell P34 Six Wheeler 1977 Monaco GP Special Edition (Painted Body)
1/10 R/C Ford Mustang GT4 (TT-02)
1/10 R/C M-07R Chassis Kit
1/10 R/C DT-03 Chassis Black Edition w/Racing Fighter Body
1/16 R/C U.S. Airborne Tank M551 Sheridan (Tentative)
1/14 R/C Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3363 6×4 ClassicSpace (Light Gun Metal Edition)
1/8 R/C Dual Rider (Assembly Kit) (T3-01)
1/10 R/C Toyota 4×4 Pick-Up Mountain Rider
1/10 R/C HKS Nissan Skyline GT-R Gr.A (TT-01 Type-E)
1/10 R/C TOYOTA GAZOO Racing TS050 Hybrid (F103GT)
1/10 R/C Comical Hornet (WR-02CB)
1/12 R/C Lunch Box “Red Edition”
Aluminum Shift Servo Horn [TROP]
LED Light for MFC (φ3 / Red / 1,100mm) [TROP]
LED Light for MFC (φ3 / White / 1,100mm) [TROP]
LED Light for MFC (φ3 / Yellow / 1,100mm) (2pcs.) [TROP]
φ5.5×0.5mm POM Spacer (4pcs.) [OP]
T3-01 One-Piece Rear Axle Shaft Set [OP]
Rally Block Tires (Soft/2pcs.) [OP]
Aluminum Servo Step Screws (4pcs.) [OP]
Aluminum Hi-Torque Servo Saver Cap [OP]
Multipurpose Driver Figure [OP]
TT-02 Adjustable Upper Arm Set [OP]
TT-02 Oil Gear Differential Unit [OP]

Scale Models
1/24 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing TS050 Hybrid
1/12 Honda Monkey 125
1/35 British Tank Destroyer M10 IIC Achilles
1/72 Messerschmitt Bf109 G-6
1/24 Ford GT
1/24 Lancia Stratos Turbo (Silver Color Plated)
1/6 Dax Honda Export 70
1/48 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I
1/35 U.S. Airborne Tank M551 Sheridan (Vietnam War)
1/35 U.S. M551 Sheridan Photo-Etched Parts & Metal Gun Barrel Set
1/35 U.S. MCI Cartons (Vietnam War)
1/35 German Tank Destroyer Marder III M “Normandy Front”
1/35 U.S. M3 Tank Lee
1/35 British Army Medium Tank M3 Grant Mk I
1/35 German Army Tank Crew
1/35 German Army Infantry
1/35 German Schwimmwagen
1/35 WWII U.S. Tank Crew
1/35 British 6-Pounder Anti-Tank Gun
1/48 Japan Ground Self Defense Force Type 16 Maneuver Combat Vehicle
1/48 German Heavy Tractor SS-100 & 88mm Gun Flak37 Set

Mini 4WD Koala Racer
Dancing Divine Doll (MA Chassis)
Lord Guile (FM-A Chassis)
Razorback (FM-A Chassis)
Mach Frame (FM-A Chassis)
Copperfang (FM-A Chassis)
Hexagonite (MA Chassis)
Geo Glider (FM-A Chassis)
Black Saber Premium (Super-II Chassis)
Mach-Bullet Metallic Special (AR Chassis)
Mini 4WD Pig Racer GT
HG Lightweight 19mm Aluminum Ball-Race Rollers (Ringless/Gun Metal)
HG Carbon Rear Roller Stay for Super X Chassis (1.5mm)
HG Carbon Wide Rear Plate (for AR Chassis) (1.5mm)
FM-A Fluorescent-Color Chassis Set (Green)
Fully Cowled Mini 4WD 25th Anniv. White Tires & Black Plated Wheels
Low Friction Large Dia. Arched Tires (Maroon, 2pcs.)
Aluminum Spacer Set
(12/6.7/6/3/1.5mm, 2pcs. each) (Black)
DCR-01/02 Customizing Stickers
DCR-02 Body Parts Set (Light Smoke)
Super XX Fluorescent-Color Chassis Set (Orange/Yellow)
Reinforced Gear Cover (for MS Chassis) Pink
Mini 4WD Station

Tools & Paints
Fine Engraving Blade 0.4mm
Fine Engraving Needle 20°
Tamiya Cutting Mat a (A4 Size/Blue)
LP-61 Metallic gray
LP-62 Titanium gold
LP-63 Titanium silver
Air Control Valve II
Quick Hose Joint
Quick Hose Joint Plugs (2pcs.)
Tamiya Fine Lapping Film #8000 (3pcs.)
Chain-Program Robot
Twist Crawler (2-Channel Remote Control)
Amphibious Vehicle Set (Blue & Yellow)
Pulley (L) Set (Metallic Gray)
Ladder-Chain (Blue, Yellow) & Sprocket (White) Set

Official Tamiya product videos of Comical Hornet, Dual Rider (T3-01) & Volvo FH16 Globetrotter 750 6×4 Timber Truck

R/C models don’t come much more legendary than The Hornet, one of Tamiya’s signature 2WD models and the 1984 release which started the off-road buggy boom. The Hornet legend continues now with the Comical Hornet, which features a stylish body and exciting chassis that offers hours of driving fun. The WR-02CB chassis is a fun rear-wheel drive unit with wide tread, a longitudinal battery pack position, and even depictions of rear exhausts. Give it maximum acceleration to perform exciting wheelies!

The Dual Rider has a futuristic body shape with prominent overarching canopy, and was designed by Takayuki Yamazaki. It is molded in lightweight polycarbonate. The included driver figure offers numerous arm positions and headgear options, while separately sold LEDs can be used for the headlight. The 3-wheel T3-01 chassis front section houses R/C equipment and battery, and the rear section holds the integrated gearbox and motor.

Volvo is a renowned actor in the global commercial vehicle market, with one of their flagship brands being the FH Series that underwent a full model change in 2012. This R/C model assembly kit recreates the 750hp 16.1-liter turbocharged inline-6 engine FH16 Globetrotter 750 6×4 timber truck from that range. The model has a realistic body, and a chassis featuring numerous metal parts. Gear changes are also possible via transmitter controls. Length: 733mm, width: 194mm, height: 306mm.

Tamiya RC Car Grand Prix Vol. 26 video report

Tamiya RC Car Grand Prix was held at the tourist attraction “MEGA WEB Toyota City Showcase” in Odaiba.
Junior Grand Prix and Junior Buggy Grand Prix for the elementary and junior high school students.
Women’s Grand Prix for women’s driver.
Parent-Child Dancing Rider participating in a pair of junior high school students and parents and newly held one Yanris WRC One Make Race My Yaris WRC.
The players who participated enjoyed a good time.
More infos and photos can be enjoyed here.

Mr. Shunsaku Tamiya looks back “Why was the Mini 4WD popular in the age of video game”

Mr. Shunsaku Tamiya

Heisei* 30 years marked the 60th anniversary of the birth of a domestic plastic model. Plastic model was born in 1945, I joined the “Tamiya Shoji jointly-owned company” (Shizuoka city) my father developed in that year. Shizuoka was originally a land of wood industry, and my father’s company was also making wood-based models for teaching materials, and models of warships and tanks. At that time the model was a wooden model. However, around the time he entered the company, the domestic plastic model began to be released, and it was a big boom in a blink of an eye. Unlike the previous wooden model, the plastic model does not require Kanna and fleas, it is completed by separating the parts from the frame called runner and attaching it with adhesive. Easy to make for children. Reproducibility of detail and real feeling were precise things not found in the wooden model.

The first hit was Panther Tank

Instantly the wooden model can not be sold and we have decided to switch to a plastic model maker. However, it was not so easy to create a plastic model that is supported by children. We repeatedly failed and released Panther Tank of German tank in the New Year of Showa** 37. The model of this tank runs well on a futon or a sandbox with a motor. We finally got confidence that we will be doing as a plastic model manufacturer as well. This “to run with a motor” may be called the origin of Tamiya.

After that, following tanks, I made various models such as zero fighting and Yamato. “Tamiya’s kit is wonderful” received high praise from home and abroad. Particularly noteworthy from overseas was the 1/12 precision scale model of Honda F1 released in 1964. But in the Showa 50’s when video games began to spread, children began to see games that can be enjoyed simply by pressing buttons, and the plastic model departed. So, once again, I repeated planning meetings inside the company to make a plastic model that even elementary school students can return to the origin and enjoy. It is around the end of Showa era.

Reason why Mini 4WD got used to children

And it was a mini 4WD that was completed. The mini 4WD is a simple model with a motorized four-wheel drive car model that runs with AA batteries built in. This also repeatedly trial and error, it became accepted by children several years later. Children feel great joy in running on motor with what they made with their own hands. And I was very interested in being able to compete among children.

To make a mini 4WD, all the basic work processes such as cutting, shaving, opening a hole are included. As children make mini 4WD, we will master how to use tools such as cutters, drivers and drills. There is also a process that is not in the instruction manual, such as thinking and remodeling by myself, increasing the performance.

The first boom of Mini 4WD was around Heisei** 2 from the end of the Showa era. Next time a big wave came from 1996 to 1998. Recently it has become a series that can be sold steadily at all times. Because it is also prevalent in countries in Southeast Asia.

At our company, we are holding a mini 4WD racing competition as much as we can say weekly. When going there, children try to think for themselves and try to run as fast as 0.1 seconds. Sometimes there are ideas that adults can not think of. I think that children are a genius of play again after all.

At that time we come to the venue with family members and we often see parents who are tune up. We thought that we developed a mini 4WD in that we sold it to children, but adults are also crazy about it. It was evolved into a thing to play with family as a matter of fact. This was a fresh discovery. Such pleasures are making the analog plastic model (= mini 4WD) popular in the digital age.

Solar car purchased by Dr. Hawking

Aside from the mini 4WD, the solar car that the employee in 1991 figured out was also talked about a while ago. It was the world’s first model car running on solar power. In this year alone it became a big hit product to sell 200,000 sets, and received various awards. In addition, I was very happy when Dr. Hawking who visited Japan at the academic year in the year when he was told that he bought this solar car at the Tiannihodo in Ginza. This made us realize the possibilities as a teaching material of the plastic model. As in the case of former wooden model, may not it be possible to have a teaching material set of plastic model for children. With that kind of thought we released a work series.

This is prepared with various gears, battery boxes, remote control boxes, plus plastic boards, plaques, etc., in order to let children shape ideas inspired by their heads. By combining these, you can make remote control robots to move solar cars, arms, walking robots that respond to sounds, and so on. Thanks to you, employees may be called to school business trips and teach. In 1990, we taught the work using mini 4WD at the royal school of Saudi Arabia.

Meaning to make analog things in the digital age

In 2007 we made a cam program robot. Although this is a robot that moves with the built-in motor, you can move it as you want by inserting a bar programmed by yourself in the center of the torso. As you develop the program bar, you will gain logical thinking and creativity. It is unknown how this robot evolves, but at the next stage it may get stuck with PCs and foundations.

In this digital era, children will learn various things and grow by making plastic models including analog mini 4WD. A plastic model is indispensable for Japan’s tradition of manufacturing. Tamiya will continue to support the children from now on.

Source in Japanese language: Bunshun Japan
* Heisei period
** Shōwa period