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Mr. Shunsaku Tamiya fan meeting and autograph session in Bangkok, Thailand

Many happy faces of Tamiya fans and nice signed kits. 🙂

Source and more photos: Tamiya Thailand Facebook Fanpage

Tamiya Japan Recruitment of the 77th Pachi Contest work

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 will gather. Particularly greatly appreciated works with new products. Please blow new breeze with your idea full of ideas, click hard. The application deadline is effective on the day of September 1, 2017 (Friday) . We look forward to your application.

Please choose from two departments
Scene photography department

Please photograph the scenery work like a real battlefield picture and apply. Military miniature series, world figure series, other Tamiya scale model combined photo is OK.
Work Photo Category

Appeal photos and make painting techniques for vehicles and dolls. It can be a work made according to the instruction manual of the kit, or a work with remodeling added. You can also use the work photographs incorporated in the scenic table.

Bonuses (planned)   * Each will be chosen from the scene photography department, work photography department.

Gold Award 50,000 yen prize 1 each
Silver Award Prize 30,000 yen 2 each
Copper Award Prize 20,000 yen 2 each
Model Art Prize Prize 20,000 yen 2 each
Good work Prize 10,000 yen Each 6 people
Junior Prize Prize 10,000 yen 2 each
Special prize Prize 10,000 yen 1 each

  • The Junior Prize is selected from those who are under 15 years of age and have not joined gold, silver, copper, honorable mention.
  • Special awards are chosen from among unique works, especially elaborate works, unique works.
  • We will send a pamphlet of “Pachi Contest 77” to everyone who posted the work.

Application Requirements
■ Applicable products

  • Please apply by using mainly 1/35 military miniature series, 1/48 military miniature series, 1/16 world figure series, 1/25 tank series mainly.
  • 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.
  • Products made by other companies’ vehicles and accessories are mainly used, and works in which Tamiya products are only partially visible are not accepted.
■ Types of pictures

  • Pictures can be color or black and white. Please apply for color in 2L 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.
■ Application method

  • Please tape each piece of work cards on the back of the photo one by one .
  • 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 it easy to remodel.
  • Works are limited to unpublished works.
  • We will not return the photo, so please be forewarned.
    ⇒ Work card (PDF)
■ Review

  • Tamiya news editing room
■ Announcement of winning

  • Tamiya News November issue magazine, Tamiya website, monthly model art magazine.
  • We will notify winners by letter.
  • Winning works will be posted in the patch contest pamphlet.
Application deadline

  • September 1, 2017 (Friday) ※ postmarked effective
■ Destination of the work

  • Tamiya “Pachi Contest” staff, Co., Ltd. 3-7, Onegahara Suruga-ku, Shizuoka City Shizuoka Prefecture 422-8610
  • For inquiries about entry, please go to Tamiya news editing room. TEL 054-286-5105
  • ※ Personal information you applied for the purpose of using in a patch contest.
  • We will not provide it to third part without prior consent except under laws and regulations.

Tamiya Corporation company profile updated

The fun of hobby is common to the world, Tamiya is familiar to many fans in the world as well as Japan, as a model top brand, we deliver rich time. In addition, Tamiya Group is expanding its activities worldwide, including new product development, production and event development.

Tamiya Corporation
Foundation May 8, 1946
Establishment March 24, 1984
Representative Director and Chairman and Representative Director Shunsaku Tamiya
Representative Director Vice President Nozomi Kunihiro
Managing Director Sone Satoshi
Capital 50 million yen
Number of employees 333 (January 2017)
Settlement period March 31
Bank Shizuku Shinkin Bank Ikeda Branch, Suruga Bank Shizuoka East Branch, Resona Bank Hamamatsu Branch,
Shizuoka Shinkin Bank Oshuka Branch, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Shizuoka Branch, Shizuoka Bank Ikeda Branch
Business content Plastic Model, Radio Control Model, Craft Kit,
Related Products Manufacture and Sales
Head office location  Shizuoka City Suruga Ward 3-7 Inguawara
〒 422 – 8610 Telephone 054-286-5105 (Representative)

Tamiya Co., Ltd. Chairman and Chairman, Representative Director Shunsaku Tamiya
December 1934 Birth
Waseda University Graduated from law school
April 1958 Joined Tamiya Shoji Joint Stock Company
May 1977 Inaugural CEO Tamiya Model President and Representative Director
March 1984 Tamiya Representative Director and President assumed office
June 1995 Inauguration of Tamiya Scholarship Committee Chairperson
June 2008 Tamiya Representative Director and Chairman
August 2017 Tamiya Representative Director Chairman and Representative Director and President assumed office
His book “Tamiya model work” (Nesco / Bungei)

Interview with Tamiya Plastic Model Factory Shimbashi Store Manager Mr. Hidemiya Takamichi

Hobby Industry Inside 25th: Tamiya Plastic Model Factory “Shimbashi Store’s Current Model of Model Hobby”

Japanese source: Akiba Research Institute

What kind of image will come to mind when listening to Tokyo · Shimbashi? Shiodome city center of a skyscraper office building, New Shinbashi building which leaves the scent of Showa …… It is the city of business, a town of a businessman, whether facing to the left or facing left.
“Tamiya Plastic Model Factory Shimbashi Store” a few minutes walk from Shimbashi Station is a calm and stylish shop facing the red brick street with little traffic volume. The first floor is a plastic model, the ground floor is an RC car and a mini 4WD, and the second floor is a multipurpose event space.
I think that there are many middle-aged and elderly people in the customer base, and I also see the elementary school students who were taken by their mothers. Anyway, why is there a model shop in Shimbashi? I talked to the store manager Mr. Hidemiya Takamichi.

Places where you can “see again” with models you could not buy when you were a child

── Is “Tamiya Plastic Model Factory Shimbashi Store” directly owned by Tamiya?

Takamichi is not it, it is not directly owned store, it is operated by a subsidiary of Tamiya. As a Tamiya employee, I am on a side trip to our shop. “Tamiya Plastic Model Factory Torresa Yokohama Store” also operates with another merchant who borrowed a shop name from our shop. Of course, we exchanged information with each other, and we cooperated and boosted the shop.

── Who decided to bring out a model specialty shop to Shimbashi?

Takamichi It is president Masayuki Tamiya who passed away in May this year. I also worked at some model shops, but when I heard that Shinbashi will bring a shop, I was surprised as “What? After all, it was because there was an image of a town office worker. However, president Masaaki intends that “It is meaningless to have an antenna shop at a place where Tamiya is recognized, where model culture is already rooted”. Tamiya is reminded of those who used to make a model of Tamiya once again. Or, I have heard the name of Tamiya, but I would like to approach those who do not recognize clearly. That was the concept. On the opening day the first day, I immediately understood the intention of the president. The customer who entered said “Wow, nostalgic!” It was a word I heard for the first time when I worked at a model shop.
Because those who come to model shops are those who are making models as they are progressing and will come to the store with the aim of “I came to buy ○ ○ today.” However, those who came on our open day say “Nostalgic”. Masayuki Shimbun’s aim was “Shimbashi was the place where you can catch the model’s return group again,” again.

── Interior of the store is also chic for adults.

Takamichi That’s right, we focus more on getting the model to be seen sooner than to have it bought. I would like to open the box for my hand and feel the goods including the smell. So, we are exhibiting dioramas produced by famous modeler, and displaying the actual car in the shop and “watching” before launching the motorcycle plastic model. If you come here, Tamiya products are lined up all along, but it is a stance that you do not mind if you check and see, then you can buy it at a different store or mail order ……

── The customers who said “nostalgic” after entering the store were those who used to make plastic models, right?

Takamichi That’s right. The product groups of Tamiya were divided tightly according to age, mini 4WD is around the late 20s and 30s. RC (radio control) car from 30’s to the mid-40’s mid-range. People in their 40s ~ 70s and 80s are those who are making scale kits and plastic models. What you say when you come to the Shimbashi store is “old-fashioned”, it is a 30 to 70 generation.
Another factor that derives the word “nostalgic” is that the Tamiya product at that time is still being sold in active service. There are subtle mold modifications and prices are going up a little, but box art at the time (box painting) remains as it is sold as the current product. “I could not buy it in the past but now I can buy it if I have a bit of drinking” – It may not be the location of Shimbashi that I notice it.

“Mother’s understanding” will change the model environment?

── I want to narrow down the story to the plastic model, but are the scale models such as tanks, fighter planes, ships, cars and motorbikes sold now?

Takamichi Yes, it is on sale. There was a time when it was said that “Scale models can not be sold” for a while, but in fact the scale model has few “waves”. There is no “mountain” that it started to sell at a stretch, but there is no “valley” that sales have dropped sharply. It has been gradually rising for the last ten years.

── Does the same person keep on making it all the time?

Takamichi Scale model has a strong tendency, but the direction of the wind has changed slightly in the past 3 years. That’s because the young generation is returning to the scale model. When I listen to the students who come to the shop in uniform shape, I am interested in the scale model as a character object through animation such as “Girls & Panzer”.

── The influence of “Girls & Panzer” is still strong.

Takamichi Yes, it is very strong. “Girls & Panzer” does not mean that the tank deforms to become a robot. The setting is not real but it seems to be a secret of popularity, maintaining the shape of a real tank as it is boring. Regarding the scale model, though it is the main 40 to 70 generations, it gradually gets permeated to the younger generation gradually.
As another big change, the mother’s understanding power is spreading very much. For the mother generation, the mini 4WD, RC car “is small, the elder brother was doing”, “There was popular at school”, more to say, “Someone who was playing by myself” came. As an environment to enjoy the model, the point that “Mother understands” is greatly different. It seems that you can not say so loudly, “About clearing after playing.”

── Regarding Mini 4WD, we are organizing events for people over the age of 18 from 19:30 on weekdays.

Takamichi It is, so to speak, it is “a place of club activities” where people going to the company can play before drinking. There is also a mini 4WD event on Saturdays and Sundays, but from a salaried worker, some people say “I do not want to appear on Shinbashi until Saturday and Sunday” (laugh). It is popular enough to wait for cancellation, so we plan to increase the number of events for Mini 4WD on weekdays night.

Where model fans can talk about dreams

── Is that the scale model and the mini 4WD are the two pillars?  Another

Takamichi The RC car is very exciting. It may seem surprising, but girls often play with their fathers on RC cars.

── Does the girl play with the RC car?

Takamichi Yeah, girls in elementary school age are very good at controlling the RC car. Even in the plastic model, women can paint well, do not they? The shimbashi store actually has many female visitors. To that background, Sho Kurono of Visual Band · Golden Bomber actively wears Tamiya ‘s T – shirt and the recognition has spread to the women’ s group. Johnny ‘s male idols also seem to be talking about on radio, etc, with many people of Mini 4WD and RC car generation.

── The idea of ​​”a model is a man’s hobby” is getting old.

Takamichi Lady comes, it will be gorgeous, the image will also be good, and as our shop is a welcome.

── Do you have all the tools and materials released from Tamiya at the store?

Takamichi Yes, Tamiya products are all 6000 items, all gathered. Besides that, we are selling repair parts as customer parts. Originally it is a part that customers have to order individually, but if our shop, we can buy it without waiting. Plastic model, mini 4WD, RC car, not all say, but since you are ordering fragile parts in advance, you can buy it on the way home from the company. Besides that, air brush parts etc are prepared.

── Do you sell decals for plastic models as well?

Takamichi Yes, the decal is a selling item product. Military fans who want a mark of another unit that can not be reproduced by the decal that is included in the kit will be bought.

── Are there any requests from customers?

Takamichi Yes, we have received a lot of requests. For example, I want a permanent circuit for the RC car, I want a workshop that can make a plastic model, I want you to drink alcohol here (laugh).

── It is a unique request of a place called Shinbashi (laugh).

Takamichi ”You want a space to drink while looking at the finished product of the plastic model,” you seriously told me. There seems to be a mini 4WD bar in the vicinity of Kanto, but the plastic model is probably less. Finishing the work, doing a drink with a group, it is a dream time for model fans to talk about various things in front of a plastic model. Even if it is an impossible task, you are enjoying it as a place to tell a dream.

(Coverage / sentence / Keisuke Hirota)

Shizuoka was a holy place of Plamo! Is it? Go to Shizuoka Hobby Square GO!

Hello! Rurubu NEWS editorial department. Suddenly, what do you imagine Shizuoka when you say everyone? Speaking of Shizuoka, although it is a famous city of Tokugawa Ieyasu, I often go through the Shinkansen “Nozomi” but I think there are many people who have never got off. But in the city of such Shizuoka, the spots of attention are now being thrilled! Is it? (C) Sobu / Sunrise
I participated in the press tour that took place on July 5 (Wednesday), and have thoroughly investigated its charm. We will deliver it in all four series so please enjoy it!

The first thing I went down to Shizuoka station was “Shizuoka Hobby Square”

I arrive at Shizuoka station about 1 hour from the Tokyo station on the Shinkansen “Hikari”.

I walked a little on the passage leading to the “South Exit” on the Shinkansen side …

Shizuoka Hobby Square is on the 3rd floor of this building.

A large panel and Gundam

Shizuoka Hobby Square is a facility launched in 2011 as the information dissemination base of “model world capital · Shizuoka”, a number of exhibits of Shizuoka model history and the latest models of each manufacturer. A large panel welcomes you as you enter inside.

Behind that, Harley and Suzuki ‘s bikes that catch the eye! This is not Plamo but a real motorcycle.

In the press tour, Mr. Yamada of the staff leader was able to hear the history of the deep plastic model. What is Japan’s first plastic model was a complete copy of American products …. By the way, here Hobby Square is one minute walk from Shizuoka station, which means that there are many customers like us who usually visit during the empty time after boarding the Shinkansen. (C) Sobu / Sunrise

At the entrance of Hobby Square, along with Gundam, a large Zaku Plamo is also settled. (C) Sobu / Sunrise

Finally to the exhibition room

Next to this is the panel of long-model model history chronology, how the beginning is “the first year of culture (1804)”. A lot of woodworkers and lacquerware craftsmen were gathered from all over the country to build a new shrine of the shrine “Shizuoka Asama Shrine” in Yukari Tokugawa this year. Their culture of traditional crafts takes root in the land of Shizuoka, and it will develop into a model industry.

Age has come down, 1938, 1938, school construction movement of model aircraft occurs to raise the warfare. As a result, demand for model airplanes has increased, model makers based in Shizuoka such as Qingdao model airplane (commonly called Aoshima, now Qingdao Bunka Temple Co.) will expand in scale. Hasegawa shop (present Hasegawa) and Tamiya Shoji joint venture company (present Tamiya) etc have been founded at the same time after the war by the war, but these manufacturers have passed the era, even now, even when the model material is replaced with plastic, The name comes out as the top manufacturer in the industry.

Well, as you go through the exhibition room … exhibits of each manufacturer’s plastic models are slurry. Looking at each manufacturer, you will see the difference in fields of specialty for each company.

Aoshima of “Materials”

The official company name is “Aoshima called” Aoshima Bunka Kaika. ” Since I started making model airplanes for teaching materials, the lineup of exhibits somehow has a lot of teaching materials.

For example, this 4D VISION animal dissection model. The skeleton of the dinosaur is vivid ….

On the other hand, the figure of this ship is on sale in recent years. There is also a plastic model of various ship in the lineup.

Bandai of “Gundam Model”

It is Gundam that I can not exclude it as a genre of a plastic model. Bandai manufactures the Gundam model since its launch, and places its manufacturing base “Bandai Hobby Center” in Shizuoka City. (C) Sobu / Sunrise

Speaking of “red and blue star marks” Tamiya

Even those who have never made Plamo, this mark that may have been seen by Tamiya. The red star on the left is “passion” The blue star on the right side represents “precision”, and it boasts the industry’s most precise precision.

Also a mini 4WD course in the hall!

A fine course of Mini 4WD which can play for a fee is set up in the hall. Why do not you bring the original mini 4WD and enjoy the competition? Incidentally there seems to be a trial event to make mini 4WD, so people who have never touched it will definitely have a challenge at this opportunity!

Details: Shizuoka Hobby Square
The trip is still going on
Well, this time we delivered the state of “Shizuoka Hobby Square”. Since press tours are still going on, check out other articles by all means!

Source of the original Japanese article:

“MISK Foundation” and Tamiya Co., Ltd. signed a memorandum of understanding

The “MiSK Foundation” (Riyadh) established by Prince Muhammad Bin Salman of Saudi Arabia is an educational institution that cultivates international creativity to digital content creators on June 29, “Digital Hollywood University (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) and a comprehensive maker of plastic models / models “Tamiya” (Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefecture), a memorandum of understanding (MOU).

Mr. Muhammad Bin Salman crown Prince Mr. Muhammad Bin Salman established in 2011 as a non-profit organization where young people in the country create innovation and creativity of “business · literature · culture · science · technology”.
The foundation has worked with partnerships with Western organizations such as Harvard University, Cisco, UNESCO, Siemens, and so on.

Mr. Badr Al-Azerkel, secretary general of the “Mike Foundation” who came to Japan on a memorandum with “Digital Hollywood University” and “Tamiya Co., Inc.” said, “The Misc Foundation provides Saudi youth with various fields through global partnership I would like to take the initiative and learn the world’s most advanced knowledge and technology.The Memorandum with this two organizations is a start in Japan and we will continue to collaborate with several organizations further in the future. And I would like young people cultivated by the project to be the foundation of the Saudi economy which does not rely on oil in the future.”

Founded in 1994, President and CEO Takeshi Yoshimura, president and CEO of Digital Hollywood Co., Ltd., “Digital Hollywood Co., Ltd., which operates Digital Hollywood University, says,” Our university is a digital content and digital communication in Asia I have been truly honored to be able to contribute to the development of the entertainment and content industry in Saudi Arabia by setting up education field and fostering human resources who can contribute to the future.It is to carry out CG experience classes on site as a start We will accept foreign students from Saudi Arabia in the future and we will develop human resources who will be united with Saudi Arabia and support the content industry.”

“Tamiya Co., Ltd.”, which develops, manufactures and sells models and plastic models globally, was founded in 1946. Mr. Tamaki Tamiya, Chairman and Representative Director Shunsaku Tamiya said, “His Highness Prince Muhammad Bin Salman of Saudi Arabia is focusing on” manufacturing “and young people’s capabilities, introducing Japan’s” Monozukuri program ” As part of the project, I was honored to be working with Tamiya’s educational program very much this time.The company wishes for children who are responsible for the next generation of Saudi Arabia to spread this program We will continue preparations for full-scale operation in the future. ”

Mr. Bukhari Isam, CEO of “Manga Productions, Inc.”, a subsidiary of the Misques Foundation, said, “The coordination with the Japanese side has advanced with this visit and the direction of development such as animation production and video game as a joint project between Japan and Saudi Arabia I have come to see it. ”

Misk Foundation URL:

Source of Japanese article: PRTIMES

Tamiya Modelers Gallery 2017

July 27 – August 1, 2017 at Tobu Department Store Ikebukuro 8F Faction Hall (1 to 3)
10 am – 8 pm, on the last day admission until 5 pm FREE

Nostalgic past revived , Model making that can express the future as expected. The Tamiya Modeler’s Gallery will be held this year as well, an exhibition filled with the charm of the making hobby that anyone can go through once. The attention of this time is the actual car exhibition of Tyrell P34, the only 6-wheel machine F1 history. For older fans, it will be a great item to make time travel in the 1970s. Of course, it displays scale model, mini 4WD and RC model together. Experience events such as Mini 4WD workshop classroom and sweets decoration production will also be carried out. It is an exhibition full of fun to watch, play, shop and forget time.

Tamiya Modelers Gallery Event Information Introduction

“Tobu Tamiya Modeler’s Contest” Work Exhibited
Model Fan The Tobu Tamiya Modeler’s Contest, which is a remarkable feature . Entry works including scene works, single works, sweets decoration etc. will be on display. Pleasantly devised, please look carefully at the painting and remodeling techniques carefully finished up to the detail. Also, on 29th July (Saturday) we will also present awards ceremony for contest winners inside the hall.
■ Tobu Tamiya Modelers Contest Awards Ceremony: Saturday, July 29 (Sat) from 1 pm

The last “Tobu Modelers Contest” prize-winning work

Tyrell P34 Six Wheeler actual vehicle exhibition
F1 The unique layout of six-wheeled vehicles for the first time in history is still adequate. In 1976 of Debut Year, he won third place in the team ranking and also appeared in Japan’s first Formula One Grand Prix held at Fuji Speedway the same year. This year Tamiya modeled Tyrell P34 for just 40 years. I will exhibit the actual car of Tyrell P34 held by Tamiya in this memorial year.

Koji Ishizaka and his colleagues
will exhibit the works of everyone of the model club “Rokugan” where Mr. Koji Ishizaka, an actor mini gallery acting as chairman, will serve as president. As the name of the party is known from “presbyopia” as you know, everyone is a senior modeler. However, it is only a masterpiece that casually shows how the model is being produced while enjoying it.

July 30 (Sun), Mini 4WD Junior Challenge in TOBU held!
On the official 5-lane course in the hall, on 30th July (Sunday) we will conduct an official competition for elementary school fourth grader – junior high school grader
→ Click here for details

It is held every day!
At the special circuit in the Mini 4WD event competition, we hold a popular Mini 4WD competition everyday. (Except Sunday) In addition to the competition which anyone can participate three times a day, we will also race only “DCR – 01 (DECLOS – 01)”. In addition to selling kit and parts, we also prepared a pit space for convenient assembly and setting.
■ Mini 4WD competition
held 4 times a day (excluding 7/29, 8/1)
Race start time
● 11:00 ~ ● 13:30 ~ ● DCR – 01 (DECLOS – 01) Limited Race 16:00 ~ ● 18:30 ~
※ First come first served 90 people (No entry fee)
※ The reception will start 30 minutes before each race starts.
* Only DCR-01 (DECLOS-01) limited race can participate in vehicles equipped with DCR-01 (DECLOS-01) body.
※ Because of the awards ceremony on 7/29 (Saturday), there are no times of 11:00, 13:30.
※ Because there is no closing time at 17 o’clock on the final day 8/1 (Tuesday), there are no times at 16:00 and 18:30.

Mini 4WD Workshop
Mini 4WD Workshop (fee) will be held every day. Staff will carefully advise things that you do not know about assembly.
■ 7/29 (Saturday) · 7/30 (Sunday) is held 4 times a day (Production required time 60 minutes)
* We will distribute numbered tickets from 12:00 a.m. the first time in each morning.
10:30 ~ ● 13:00 ~ ● 15:00 ~ ● 17:00 ~
■ weekdays 10:00 ~ 18:00 ※ last day 8/1 is 10:00 ~ 15:00
※ fully occupied at the time There are times when you wait.
【Participation fee】 972 yen (tax included / with running batteries)
【Use kit】 18637 Festa Jaune, 18638 Tri Gale, 18639 Abilista selected one.

Sweets decoration production experience
Miniature sweets “Sweets Decoration” made from clay which is gaining popularity mainly among women. On July 30th (Sun) we will hold a production experience (charged). Please challenge us to make cute candy accessories. (Works can not be eaten) ※ Advance reservation is required.
■ 7/30 (Sunday) “Jam cookie charm”
held nine times (Production required time 30 minutes)
● 10:30 ~ ● 11:10 ~ ● 12:50 ~ ● 13:30 ~ ● 14:10 ~ ● 14:50 ~ 15:30 ~ ● 16:10 ~ ● 16:50 ~
※ First come first served 10 people
【participation fee】 324 yen (tax included / material cost included)
Cooperation: Pastel Suites

Suites Decoration production experience application method
■ From July 20th (Thursday) we will accept your participation by phone. Please note that the reception will be closed as soon as you become a participating capacity.
※ Participation Application / Inquiries: TEL 03-5951-8664 (11: 00 ~ 18: 00)
Tamiya Modeler’s Gallery Contact: Takeshi (Bunma) · Sato

Beginner’s big welcome! RC car experience corner
At the RC experience corner, we hold a hands-on event that enables us to experience the pleasure of maneuvering, including a demonstration of a powerful RC trailer and RC tank every day. Of course it is a beginner’s big welcome. Please also join us for the first time for children and women at RC.

Exhibition corner
We will show you the splendor of the model from this summer’s new product to the topical model such as a beautifully scaled scale model and a mechanical attractive RC model. In addition, you can see the masterpiece whose model fans nationwide skillfully exercised, such as the exhibition of prize modification contest winning works.

The 45th Doll Modification Contest Award-winning Work Exhibition
Doll Modification Contest is a model contest using a soldier doll of about 1/5 mile height miniature series. From a handy remodeling just changing the pose or combining accessories, artisans who will transform themselves into completely different people and characters, even ideas of fight with the fun of ideas, anyway the soldier dolls are based on Even a bad work OK! You can emphasize the movement of the doll or make you feel the story if you devise not only the doll but also the background etc on the table.
Exhibited works that were made over time with the news of the year and the person who became a hot topic. Please take a look at the achievements of winning works.

Prize- winning works of the previous “Doll Modding Contest”

Work exhibited by RC · Model Special Magazine Exhibit
RC Special magazine “RC Magazine” “RC WORLD” introduced RC machines, model magazines “Model Art”, “Hobby Japan” and “Armor Modeling” magazines Exhibited at each publisher booth. Of course we prepared a related book sales section.

Sales corner · event selling products
Look, after shopping, of course, shopping. Plastic models and RC models, original goods, as well as publications such as Tamiya news and catalogs are abundant. Event sale items and so on. Please wait for further information for details!

⇒ See Tamiya Modelers’ Gallery’s leaflet (PDF)

Tamiya Card 2017 (Japan only)

TAMIYA CARD new entrance campaign

“TAMIYA CARD” which is full of benefits and becomes a strong ally of model making. This special invitation campaign is held every time! During the period, I got a Tamiya logo sticker everyone who joined the new web, and I got a special benefit of assembled RC model by lottery. Do not miss this opportunity! ※ Campaign details (PDF) is here

■ Campaign 1
period: July 1, 2017 – Saturday, August 31 Thursday, August 31
Tamiya CARD presents 2 Tamiya logo stickers to those who newly joined TAMIYA CARD.

* We will ship two kinds from Tamiya sequentially from monochrome, transparent, gold and silver after card delivery.
※ Color can not be chosen, may differ from the photo.

■ Campaign 2
period: 1 July 2017 (Sat) to 30 September (Sat)
during the period TAMIYA CARD total amount of 10,000 yen as a single, XB Ferrari F12tdf We will give you a complete assembled model).

Member who has TAMIYA CARD. Of course, members who have joined “new entry campaign 1” will also be eligible.

· Campaign 1 will be eligible for members who joined the new web during the period.
· The target of campaign 2 is the total amount of card shopping used from July 1st to September 30th 2017, and it is the one stated in the statement of usage fee until October 2017.
· Winner’s announcement will be refunded with prize dispatch in mid-November 2017.
· Family membership card usage will be added to your membership card usage.
· Prizes may be changed due to circumstances.
· If the card is canceled at the time of shipping at the prize or if it is invalid it will be out of the gift.
· There is no duplicate winning with other similar campaigns executed by Orient Corporation at the same time.

■ Inquiries
Orient Corporation Orico Card Center
Tel 049-271-3330 (reception hours 9: 30 ~ 17: 30 days a week)

More models, like annual membership free cards
you like. · Order by phone, fax or email OK!
– Parts acquisition speedily.
· Fees are free, and even free shipping is free with over 2,000 yen.
· We have plenty of benefits including toll-free number.

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Tamiya M-07 Concept New Product Media Information Meeting at Tamiya Kakegawa Circuit

Model maker familiar with the star mark · Tamiya Co., Ltd. announces the latest model “M – 07 CONCEPT chassis kit” of the popular category “M chassis” series of 1/10 electric RC (car control) car series to June 20, 2017 Release on the day. Prior to this, Le Boran Boost Editorial Participated in “Tamiya Media Meeting M-07 CONCEPT New Product Presentation & MAZDA Championship Race Experience Meeting” held on June 16, 2017. This time, in addition to the development staff of Tamiya, we will send a pattern of M – 07 CONCEPT new product briefing, which was held with guests from Mazda Co. together.

The stage is “Tamiya Kakegawa Circuit”

The stage of this media meeting was set up in 1996 as the second sacred place of Tamiya RC car fan following “Tamiya Circuit” in Shizuoka City, with the 20th anniversary of last May as a covered The world’s largest all-weather RC car circuit “Tamiya Kakegawa Circuit” renewed.
M – 07 CONCEPT In the new product briefing, Mr. Seiwa Suzuki of the Tamiya Planning & Development Department, Mr. Sumi Sumiyuki of the sales department, Mr. Koji Noma, former director of the product headquarters and general manager of Demio, from Mazda, Mr. Masaaki Nakayama, Product Headquarters Roadster Chief and Chief Designer, participated as a guest.

M-07 CONCEPT History of birth

Appeared in 1991, the 1/10 “Touring Car” series that has made numerous domestic and international popular sports cars and GT racing cars appear as RC cars. Stylish body and powerful driving unique to large size boasts high popularity from that time, and now it is a standard style of Tamiya’s electric R / C car. “M chassis” was born in 1994 to commercialize small cars that can not be modeled in such a touring car chassis with RC cars.

Mr. Suzuki (photo left) and Mr. Maezumi (photo right), which are also members of TRF (Tamiya Racing Factory) which is the work team of Tamiya. He is active in a wide range of activities, including fighting competitive race scenes held both in Japan and abroad, and actively providing user support and setting advice at race events such as the Tamiya Grand Prix held in various places.

For more than 20 years since the birth of “M – 01”, the first model of the “M chassis” series, this boasts a high popularity as well as a touring car as well as now, starting with the Tamiya Grand Prix Tamiya official race event has also grown as a classic-

Unlike the “touring car”, which has many core fans who like Tamiya RC cars that are the root of Tamiya, “M chassis” is the center of the user who started to be drawn by the outstanding looks and loveness, Tamiya’s Even in the official race, it has been loved for many years as a class that many people say “I want to enjoy racing” rather than compete with eyes triangle.

Each model of the “M chassis” of the succession had a relation with the cost, making low cost car making priority on ease of making was done. Also, as mentioned above, there are not so many race-oriented users, so driving performance is not pursued as much as a touring car, suspension design geometry and simplified damper In a certain sense, such as “equipped with equipment for enjoying so – so -” running was not given.

Spinning or undoing is natural as long as you roll off with a rough start when you thrust into the corner at high speed, and the user loved “M chassis” including even such a part. This may be partly in common with the psychology of those who love small cars in real cars.

However, in recent years, participants in the “M chassis” class of the Tamiya Grand Prix are increasingly racing-oriented core audiences who have raced with touring cars, and in the opposite direction RC car racing is the first time for beginner drivers It is said.

The situation where people of various levels participate in the category of “M chassis” is pleasing, while many users burn hands to the chassis which is difficult to run against the cute appearance, many people who can run well with the same cars and who can not run well It is said that the disparity of it increased.

In order to solve such a situation, the development of a new “M chassis” which enables people of all levels to run easily in the same way, from beginners to experts, became an urgent task.

Mr. Maezashi who supports users with Tamiya Grand Prix in various places also said that he heard a lot of similar stories on the scene, and “Newly developed chassis” reflects the ease of maneuverability and the setting that the user advised to the user properly It is said that the height of “reproducibility” to be added is added to the request.

Back in this way About 1 year ago, the development of M – 07 CONCEPT started.

Integrated chassis for ease of running

M – 07 The most significant change in CONCEPT is the structure of the chassis (frame).

M-07 CONCEPT in the middle of assembly. I can understand the structure of the chassis in which even the gear box is integrated.

Each model of “M chassis” so far adopted a split monocoque frame. This is because all three successive models except M – 04 made it possible to change the wheelbase in three stages, replacing or rearranging the frame, adding a separate part to be a spacer to the split part ” It was supposed to be extended.

The chassis frame of the M – 03 chassis was designed to easily extend the wheel base by attaching separate parts for extension (black parts on the right of the photo) to the divided parts.

However, making the mainframe into a divided structure has numerous adverse effects on the running of the car. In particular, the influence on the chassis rigidity is great, and in order to secure its rigidity, polycarbonate resin with high strength was adopted as the frame material of the successive “M chassis”, but adverse effects on the chassis rigidity can not be completely wiped out It is said.

The hard frame also had a bad influence on the characteristics unique to the RC car that gains grip by twisting the chassis, resulting in narrower chassis characteristics of capacity.

In addition, the chassis with a narrow capacity had a big influence on the determination of the geometry of the suspension, and in the succession “M chassis” it was necessary to set the suspension geometry so that the understeer became a strong handling.

On the day, in addition to the successive chassis from M – 01 to M – 07 CONCEPT, M – 07 CONCEPT of full option specification incorporating “Hop Up Options” which is genuine optional part of Tamiya was also exhibited, and the difference in the structure of each car I was able to confirm.

Therefore, M – 07 CONCEPT redesigned the structure of the chassis. Also adopted as a “M chassis” series for the first time a single-piece frame with even a gearbox integrated, secured high chassis rigidity by combining with the front stiffener.

The chassis rigidity is structurally secured by adding the left and right stiffener (photo right) attached as separate parts to the main chassis (front left) where the front gearbox to the rear end are integrated.

As a result, the change of the wheelbase has changed from the previous three stages to two stages, but because it became a softer material, the grip due to the torsional rigidity of the frame can be greatly earned, the capacity of the car leap It is said that it expanded in the same way.

Long span suspension

The suspension that the basic geometry hardly changed for almost 20 years, although there were some minor changes each time of model change, was greatly improved in the M – 07 CONCEPT which gained a chassis with high rigidity.

Front and rear suspension arms of a completely different design than before. Besides providing a function that can adjust the rebound stroke both in the front and the rear, equipment like the touring car is made, such as being able to easily change the rear toe angle.

All newly designed suspension arms adopt the long span type which has already become commonplace in high-end touring cars, ensuring high grip.

The double wishbone type suspension is equipped with four independent oil dampers as standard equipment. It is easy to change the setting using internal oil or sold separately sold coil spring.

Oil damper which was option setting up to now was also equipped as standard, and its installation position has been redesigned greatly. Especially the front geometry improved greatly thanks to the increased capacity of the chassis. “It turns” more, given the aggressive geometry, fast cornering and manoeuvrability were said to be compatible.

Also, the point that the differences in the handling characteristics due to the difference in the wheelbase which was large until now has been reduced is also a point. It said that this made it easier to chose your favorite body without worrying about the difference in running.

Improved ease of assembly and serviceability

Besides ease of running, easy to assemble is also a major feature of M – 07 CONCEPT. Mr. Noma of Mazda who had built M-05 before, “M-05 was a monaca structure (right and left split), so assembly and maintenance were very difficult, but M-07 is easy to make I did acclaim. ”

In addition to the title of the head of the product headquarters, Ms. Noma (left of the photo) who is also representative of Mazda’s internal club, “MRF = Mazda, RC car · fan club”. He likes large models, and he is well versed in Tamiya RC cars including “M chassis”. Mr. Nakayama (right picture) that Mr. Nakayama was also in charge of development of the NA Roadster said that ND Roadster became Tamiya ‘s 1/24 Sports Car Series Plastic Model and 1/10 RC Car, as was the case with NA.

In M – 03 it was necessary to make the entire chassis unbalanced to open the gearbox (left in the photo), but in M ​​- 07 CONCEPT the access to the drive system became easier, in case of maintenance troubles or maintenance Also to be able to respond quickly (picture right).

As Mr. Noma said, the conventional “M chassis” had poor maintainability of the drive system. This point was also improved with M – 07 CONCEPT, it was possible to fully open the gearbox just by removing just 8 screws, and the maintainability of the drive system including the differential greatly improved.

M – 07 What is the run of CONCEPT?

M – 07 CONCEPT was created based on the concept that “anyone can easily run”. Mr. Maezaki said, “The conventional model was difficult to maneuver because the capacity of the chassis was small, but I was able to realize that the car capacity increased since I first ran M-07. If this is the case, I think that any level of users will be able to operate with confidence, “said Mr. Noma, who also has abundant experiences of RC cars” also, it was easy for the high side (falling) when using Demio’s body with M – 05 However, M – 07 was totally different (although the body was the same), although M – 05 is a good chassis, running with M – 07 can not go back anymore, “he also praised the run.

Mr. Noma and Mr. Nakayama who are driving M-07 CONCEPT. That facial expression is serious!

Also, Mr. Nakayama who runs the RC car for the first time in more than 30 years was also “RC car since the 6th wheel of Tyrel, I never got into the race etc, and I ran the temple premises (At that time) the transmitter was also a stick type, I could run well even with only that experience.I think that this is thanks to M – 07, it is wonderful. ”

From the veteran to the beginner, it confirmed the development concept of M – 07 CONCEPT that anyone can run easily.

RC race by Mazda sponsored also

At this briefing session, it was also announced that the “MAZDA Championship” sponsored by Mazda will be held at the “Tamiya Grand Prix All-Japan Championship” to be held every summer.

“Tamiya Grand Prix All-Japan Championship” held in Hokkaido from the north to the south to Kyushu, the nationwide venue nationwide is a national competition that appointed the representative right to the “Tamiya Grand Prix World Champion Decision Battle” to be held in Shizuoka every November.
“Tamiya Grand Prix World Champion Decision Battle” to be held in November every year is the stage that Tamiya RC car fan admires. The photo looks like last year.

From this “Tamiya Grand Prix World Champion Decision Battle” that experts who won the preliminary contests in the US, Europe and Asia regions in addition to the winners of domestic competitions are pushing ahead, many RC car · professional drivers are born , Some players have climbed to the world championship.

“MAZDA Championship” is set as one of five classes to be held at the “Tamiya Grand Prix All Japan Championship”, and the body that can be used is limited to “Mazda Roadster” or “Mazda Demio”. Because affordable things are designated for power sources such as motors and batteries, it is attractive that anyone can easily participate. Of course, entry with M – 07 CONCEPT is also possible.

“MAZDA Championship” Cap and illustration board sent to the winner. Roadster is Mr. Nakayama, Demio is handwritten by Mr. Yanagisawa who is the chief designer, each with autographs. By the way, it seems that Demio is an illustration of Tamiya ‘s RC car, not a real car, and it is drawn tightly to the body mount.

Also, it is also the appeal of this competition that Mazda will present luxury prizes only for “MAZDA Championship” to the winners at each event.
Why do not you join in the M – 07 CONCEPT by all beginners of the RC car too?

※ Detailed schedule etc. of each event can be confirmed on the Tamiya website.

Source of the Japanese article and photos: LEVOLANT BOOST