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Some extra details and bonus of the upcoming Tamiya 58664 Ford Mustang GT4

To commemorate Tamiya America’s 30th Anniversary (and honor our late founder, Mr. Masayuki Tamiya), we’ve released the Mustang GT4 modeled after the full size car meant for sports car championship racing series (like IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge).

In addition to the box markings, there is also a commemorative sticker and literature sheet included.

Inspired by the Ford Shelby GT350R-C, the Ford Mustang GT4 has been designed and engineered jointly by Ford Performance and Multimatic Motorsports to compete in sports car championship racing series globally, including the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, Pirelli World Challenge GTS/GT4, and GT4 European Series.

The Tamiya Ford GT4 faithfully captures this sleek racing car as a 1/10 scale radio control replica. The highly-detailed polycarbonate body sits atop the easy-to-build Tamiya TT-02 chassis that you can customize for added performance!

TT-02 Chassis:
The shaft-driven 4WD TT-02 chassis employs a longitudinal layout with the battery on the left and the motor on the right, to give excellent stability. In addition, it features identical left and right suspension arms and uprights for ease of assembly, plus easy-to-maintain gearboxes. It is a highly adaptable chassis, as it offers 2 different wheelbases, 2 ground clearance settings and 2 tread set-ups in addition to a range of 10 possible gear ratios. It is not short on looks either, with brake disc-shaped wheel hubs and stylish front bumper supports.

• 1/10 scale R/C model assembly kit. Length: 459mm.
• Polycarbonate body was designed with access to the actual car’s CAD data for superb accuracy. Front and rear light cases are also molded in polycarbonate.
• Wheel arches are pre-cut out for a simpler body assembly experience.
• The beginner-friendly, highly adaptable TT-02 is a versatile and easy to maintain shaft-driven 4WD chassis.
• Separately molded plastic components depict rear wing and side mirrors.
• Racy 10-spoke wheels are molded in gun metal and paired with slick tires.
• Stickers are included to create an original livery, as are masking stickers for use when painting.
• Includes Tamiya Torque Tuned Motor.
• Includes Tamiya TBLE-02S ESC (electronic speed control) Capable of running sensor brushless motors and brushed motors alike. (21.5 Turn BL motor limit) (23 Turn brushed motor limit.
• Requires: 2-Channel Radio, servo, 7.2-7.4volt battery pack & compatible charger, and Tamiya PS paint.

Source: Tamiya America, INC.

Tamiya’s scale models and RC car winning again the annual excellent model award selected by German model specialist magazine

The selection result of “Model des Jahres (model of the year)” selected by German scale model speciality magazine “Modell Fan” was announced at the “Spielwaren Messe” venue. This award is selected from among the new models released in Germany in 2018, the best models of each genre are selected by the selection committee of “Modell Fan” magazine reader vote and editorial staff. This time, “1/48 Super Marine Spitfire Mk.I” “1/35 American Airborne Tank M551 Sheridan (Vietnam War)” was awarded. In addition, 2018 excellent model award selected by miniature model speciality magazine “Modell-Fahrzeug (model vehicle)” which handles car and motorbike scale model · RC · die casting, slot car etc. widely “Model Fahrzeug des Jahres” as “1/14 electric RC Big Truck Series Mercedes · Benz Arocs 3348 6 x 4 Dump Truck “. In addition, he received “Best Brand Award” as Tamiya.

More Awards for Tamiya!
The results of the 2018 Modell des Jahres (Model of the Year) have been announced by German magazine Modell Fan has at Spielwarenmesse! Tamiya is delighted to report that our 1/48 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I and 1/35 US Airborne Tank M 551 Sheridan “Vietnam War” both both honored with the awards, chosen by the magazine Modell-Fahrzeug awarding our ground-breaking 1/14 R / C Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3348 6×4 Tipper Truck model the 2018 Modell-Fahrzeug des Jahres award, and Tamiya itself a Best Brand award.

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

Rally legend Walter Röhrl gets a Tamiya RC Lancia 037 for Christmas

It seems like it’s totally cozy in there.

Here are his translated wishes:

Dear friends, I wish you all a Merry Christmas Eve and Happy Holidays. Take your time for family or friends and enjoy these relaxing Christmas holidays. We just had some presents and our Maxi was already eating his treats. But what he likes most is the gift box. We wish you a Merry Christmas.

Our Maxi will probably stay in there for Christmas….

Source: Walter Röhrl official facebook page

Table of contents and some more details and photos of Tamiya Vintage RC Car Museum 1976-1992 Book

Porsche Turbo RSR 934 Racing which appeared in 1976. Everything started from here. This book appeared between 1976 and March 1992, 100 machines carefully selected out of 104 machines. Each machine details and box art is posted. At that time, if you are interested in RC, there are always a number of machines remaining in a corner of memory. The charm of the vintage RC car, which can not fade even now, if you can fully enjoy this book with your heart, there is no end of joy in this.
Release date: December 18, 2018
Price: 2980 yen + Tax
※ All the cars listed in this manual were taken by Tamiya currently owned.
As a result, some fades of the body and lack of parts can be seen.
Also, the parts installed may not be original.
※ The box art of Grasshoppers, Hornet, Fox, Boomerang, Bullhead will be of reprint model.


P008 …… Porsche Turbo RSR 934 Racing
P014 …… Buggy Champ
P020 …… Wild Willy (Willis M38 Jeep)
P026 …… Mighty Frog
P032 …… Grasshopper
P038 …… Hornet
P044 …… Hot shot 4WD
P050 …… Avante 4WD
P056 …… Nissan Skyline GT-R Nismo
P062 …… McLaren MP4 / 6 Honda
P070 …… Martini Porsche 935 Turbo
P072 …… Tyrell P34 Six Wheeler (six wheeled vehicle)
P074 …… XR311 Combat buggy
P076 …… Lamborghini Countach LP 500 S
P078 …… Martini Porsche 936 Turbo
P080 …… Lamborghini Cheetah
P082 …… Black Lamborghini Countach (Competition Special)
P084 …… Toyota Celica LB Turbo Gr.5
P086 …… Ferrari 312 T 3
P088 …… Ligier JS 9 Matra Special for competition)
P090 …… Martini Mk.22 Renault F2
P092 …… March 782 BMW F-2
P094 …… Sand Scorcher
P096 …… B2B racing sidecar
P100 …… RALT RT2 HART 420R
P101 …… Williams FW – 07
P102 …… JPS Lotus 79 (Special for competition)
P104 …… Can Am Lola (Racing Master Mk.1)
P106 …… Fairlady 280ZX · Racing Master Mk.2
P108 …… Holiday Buggy
P110 …… Sand Rover Dune Buggy
P112 …… VW Golf Racing Gr.2 (Competition Special)
P114 …… Renault 5 (Thunk) Turbo
P115 …… Ford F-150 Ranger XLT
P116 …… Toyota Hilux 4WD
P118 …… Honda F-2 Competition Special
P120 …… Braham BT50BMW Turbo (Competition Special)
P122 …… Tornado Racing Master Mk.3
P124 …… Ford C100 Racing Master Mk.4
P126 …… Super Champ Fighting Buggy
P128 …… Audi Quattro Rally type
P130 …… Opel Ascona 400 Rally
P131 …… Ford F-150 Ranger XLT
P132 …… Subaru Brat
P136 …… Willys Wheeler racer
P138 …… Lancia Rally
P140 …… Porsche 956 racing master Mk.5
P142 …… Fast Attack Buggy
P144 …… Toyota Hilux 4WD
P146 …… Toyota Toms 84c Racing Master Mk.6
P148 …… Newman Porsche 956 Racing Master.Mk.7
P149 …… Wild One
P150 …… Fox
P152 …… Road Wizard F-1
P154 …… Super Shot 4WD
P156 …… Boomerang 4WD
P158 …… Falcon
P160 …… Big Wig 4WD
P162 …… Black Foot
P164 …… Porsche 959 Paris – Dakar Rally Winner
P166 …… Monster Beetle
P168 …… Striker
P172 …… Hot Shot II 4 WD
P174 …… Lunch Box · Dodge Van
P176 …… Toyota Celica Gr. B
P178 …… Clod Buster
P180 …… Super Sabre
P182 …… Thunder Shot
P184 …… Lotus Honda 99T
P186 …… Williams FW-11B Honda F1
P187 …… Sonic Fighter
P188 …… Midnight Pumpkin
P190 …… Thunder Dragon 4WD
P192 …… Grasshopper II
P194 …… Terra Scorcher 4WD
P196 …… Vanquish 4WD
P198 …… Mud blaster
P200 …… Fire dragon
P204 …… Egress 4WD
P206 …… Astute 2WD
P208 …… Mad cap 2WD
P210 …… Saint Dragon 2WD
P212 …… Ferrari F189 latter term type
P214 …… Avante 2001 4WD
P216 …… Toyota Hilux Monster Racer
P218 …… Manta ray 4WD
P220 …… Mercedes Benz C-11
P222 …… Bullhead
P224 …… Tyrell 019 Ford
P226 …… Nissan 300ZX IMSA · GTO
P227 …… Jaguar XJR-12 (Daytona specifications)
P228 …… Bear Hawk 2WD
P230 …… Lotus 102B Judd
P232 …… Toyota Celica GT FOUR RAC Rally winner
P234 …… Super Astute 2WD
P236 …… Honda NSX
P237 …… Ferrari F40
P238 …… Top Force 4WD
P240 …… Mazda 787B `91 Le Mans Winner

P098 …… TOPIC 1 RC Battery Digest
P134 …… TOPIC 2 RC Motor P Ticket
P170 …… TOPIC 3 Tamiya History Hall
P202 …… TOPIC 4 Tamiya RC guidebook
P246 …… TAMIYA reprint RC car lineup
Source in Japanese language: RC World Magazine