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Tamiya 63303 “Tamiya Model Work” book written by Shunsaku Tamiya

From wooden models to plastic models, RC models and mini 4WD, Tamiya Models’ Work, which describes the path taken by Tamiya Models through numerous interesting episodes, is now available in a paperback edition of a reasonable size and price. In addition to the contents of the long-selling hardcover edition, the book also contains secret stories about the development of aircraft models, waterlines and F1 models, as well as a large number of valuable photographs. (A paperback and e-book edition are now available.)


Chapter 1: A happy encounter with wooden models
This is how I met models. Is that the inverted gull-shaped wing?

Chapter 2: Turning to plastic modelling in tears
The first model “Battleship Musashi” suffered a huge deficit and made me hungry.

Chapter 3: The Mold is the Life of Plastic Models
The arrogant mould maker, but we have no choice but to endure. Why? The rapid decline of the slot car boom

Chapter 4: Research is the basis of model making
The Aberdeen Tank Museum: a series of discoveries ●The Tamiya Hall completed at the Bovington Museum ●Participation in the restoration of the “Seiran” at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum ●Flying to Israel to cover Soviet tanks ●Covering snow at the Patton Museum at seven degrees below zero ●The wonderful staff who will never be forgotten ●The rival is “Air”! Fix Magazine”? The first issue of “Tamiya News” ●The launch of “Soldier Dolls” greatly expanded modeling expression ●”Pose before two frames”, a secret of Yasuo Otsuka ●Modelling the Schwimmwgen, a famous supporting character on the battlefield ●The joy of dioramas is to weave stories ●Why are tank models so popular ●The birth of unique water lines ●Take Ueda Meeting Hachiro-san

Chapter 5: Going all out is the world of the hobby
The only way is to buy a real Porsche 911 and take it apart ●Former accounting department employee who developed a “quiet RC car” ●Electric RC cars are developed through education that respects employee autonomy Tamiya’s RC cars kick up sand in California. Solar-powered cars – The face of Tamiya in the world, created by F1

Chapter 6: 18 Years of Mini 4WD with its peaks and valleys
The first Mini 4WD failed to win the hearts and minds of children ●The Mini-4WD developed as the younger brother of the Wild Wheelis ●Let’s completely change the design to the speed type ●Children are geniuses at modification and inventors ●Popularity plummets! The Mini 4WD boom is back with a full cowl ●Ingenuity and determination are the real appeal of Mini 4WD racing ●Tamiya’s “Seriousness” is packed into the Mini 4WD.

Last Chapter: A Foreigner’s View of Tamiya Models
Memories of Shunsaku Tamiya Towards Tamiya’s 21st Century

Commentary by Richard Koo (Economist, Nomura Research Institute)

Shunsaku Tamiya, Bunshun Bunko
An e-book version of The Work of Tamiya is also available. Please use the electronic version, which can be easily read on a variety of devices. (Contents are the same as the paperback version.)
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Masami Hirosaka visiting the Tamiya Plamodel Factory Shimbashi store with 20,000 yen

There are Japanese & English subtitles (with Japanese & English subtitles) Legend Masami also urgently participates in the popular category “U20000 Challenge Class” of the G-Force Cup to be held on June 12th! Legend Masami heading to Tamiya Plamodel Factory Shimbashi store to buy a car for racing ✨ What does Legend Masami choose under the shackles of 20,000 yen or less! ?? Introducing the shopping process with the cooperation of Tamiya Corporation. Legend Masami also urgently participates in the popular category “U20000 Challenge Class” of the G-Force Cup to be held on June 12th! Legend Masami heading to Tamiya Plamodel Factory Shimbashi store to buy a car for racing. What does Legend Masami choose in the shackles of less than 20,000 yen! ?? Introducing the shopping process with the cooperation of TAMIYA Inc. U20000 What is an off-road class? The car body is manufactured at a list price of 20,000 yen or less (excluding tax) including the chassis kit, body / wing, optional parts, tire wheels, etc. It is a class that competes with a car body manufactured within a limited budget. What is the U20000 Off-road Class? The car body, including the chassis kit, body / wing, optional parts, tire wheels, etc.,
Source: G-FORCE Hobby

Exhibition of Tamiya “Until a plastic model is made”

Article and photos from Takahito Nakamura
The peak of the “Shizuoka Hobby Show” is the Tamiya model. Every time, I had the biggest booth at the back of the North Building. This time, there was a must-see exhibition for fans at the Tamiya booth, “Until a plastic model is made.”

Beginning with planning interviews, we explain in order how the plastic model is completed through the processes of design, mold making, and molding, showing the process. A larger injection molding machine was installed to demonstrate how the plastic model was actually made, and at least on the trader’s day, it was distributed to those who were looking at the completed plastic model.

The latest ones are designed using 3D-CAD, but in an era when there wasn’t such a thing, it was far more handy than it is now to make details from the design drawings and make a wooden pattern from them. It is a valuable exhibition that shows that the model was completed by such work.

In addition, the Tamiya model is open to the history museum of the head office during the hobby show (until May 15th). In addition to historic Tamiya products, you can see real F1 exhibits such as Lotus and Tyrrell with 6 wheels. If you have time, I definitely want to go there.
Source in Japanese language: Response

Mr. Shunsaku Tamiya: “The 60th Shizuoka Hobby Show has already exceeded its capacity for the first time in three years”

Mr. Shunsaku Tamiya, Chairman of Shizuoka Model Teaching Material Cooperative

The “60th Shizuoka Hobby Show” sponsored by the Shizuoka Model Teaching Materials Cooperative opened on May 11th at Twin Messe Shizuoka. The dates are: Contractor invitation date: May 11-12, elementary, junior high and high school students invitation date: May 13, open house date: May 14-15, free admission. In addition, “advance application” on the website is required for the entire period to take measures against the new corona, and the reception has already been closed from May 14th to 15th, which is the open day, because the capacity has been reached. The Shizuoka Hobby Show was be canceled in 2020, and will be held only on the trader invitation day in 2021. It will be held for the first time in 3 years including the public day.

On the first day of the event, Shunsaku Tamiya, the chairman of the Shizuoka Model Teaching Materials Cooperative, attended the press conference. Mr. Tamiya said that he was “happy” for the first time in three years, and said, “Last year, I did it only on the trader’s day without opening to the public, and after all the sales performance is higher than before Corona. It’s better to do it”, he emphasized the importance of real events.
Source in Japanese language: Car Watch

Tamiya supporting the Shizuoka stamp rally to visit plastic monuments

Shizuoka supporting the stamp rally to visit plastic monuments and bridging the plastic model presentation.

The Shizuoka Branch acted as a bridge between the I Love Shizuoka Council and the Shizuoka Model and Teaching Material Cooperative in presenting 1,000 plastic models and other gifts for the stamp rally to visit plastic monuments.
Source in Japanese language: NTT West