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Tamiya products won the model of the year awards from German model magazine Modell Fan

The selection result of 2017 model (model of the year) elected by the German scale model magazine “Modell Fan” was announced at the Nürnberg Spielwaren Messe venue. From the new model released in Germany in 2017, 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 Messerschmitt Bf 109 G – 6” “1/6 Honda CRF 1000 L Africa Twin” was awarded.

Modell des Jahres: Tamiya among the awards again!
German magazine Modell Fan has announced its Modell des Jahres (Models of the Year) at Spielware nmesse! Tamiya is delighted that our 1/48 Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6 and 1/6 Honda CRF 1000 L Africa Twin models were both honored with awards, which are chosen by the magazine’s staff and readership.

Tamiya Mini 4WD provisional regulation changes announced

Tamiya hereby announces changes to the regulations for Tamiya Official Mini 4WD races in Japan, which are provisionally to be in force for 2018 New Year and Spring races.

■Mini F Series Regulations ■

In order to keep Tamiya’s Mini 4WD race competitions fun, exciting, and fair, we have developed a set of competition regulations. All participants of official Mini 4WD race events are required to abide by these regulations.

Mini 4WD races are not just about being the fastest, it’s also about using your head and having good set-up techniques. Not only do you challenge other racers, but you challenge yourself too. By remembering the spirit of fair play, you can learn how to race honorably and with good manners. Therefore, we hope that every Mini 4WD fan will abide by these regulations.

※Latest changes (December 2017): Section 3: Machine Measuring System
★The limit on the number of rollers (was previously 6) has been removed.
★The limits on positioning of rotating mass dampers have been removed.
Please note that these special rules will provisionally apply to 2018 New Year and Spring races only. An announcement about their continuation or otherwise will be made at a later date.


1. Usable Machine Types

Only Mini 4WD REV, Mini 4WD PRO, Racing Mini 4WD, Super Mini 4WD, Fully-Cowled Mini 4WD, Aero Mini 4WD, Mighty Mini 4WD, R/C Mini 4WD, and Truckin’ Mini 4WD machines are permitted. Further restrictions on machine types may be possible depending on the race event or race class.

2. Machine Assembly

All machines must be four-wheel drive. Modifications that result in rear-wheel or front-wheel drive are prohibited. Bodies should have stickers applied or be painted, and must be securely attached to the chassis. Please be warned that bodies which are particularly small, or those which it is difficult to check are painted or have stickers applied, may be prohibited. Home-made bodies are prohibited. All machines must go through car inspection and machines that do not pass inspection cannot participate in the race. As a general rule, machines must be assembled by the racer. Some exceptions may be applied. Please ask Race Officials.

3. Machine Measuring System

All machines must have a 4WD setup and will be subject to the same measuring system as shown below.

Maximum Car Width: Under 105mm
Overall Car Height: Under 70mm
Overall Car Length: Under 165mm
Minimum Ground Clearance: At least 1mm
Minimum Car Weight (including batteries and motor): At least 90g
Front and Rear Tires: Diameter: 22-35mm, Width: 8-26mm (Note that tires must be attached.)
Rollers: There is no limit on the amount of rollers that can be used.
(★Effective for 2018 New Year & Spring races)
Mass Dampers: The installation positions of rotating mass dampers are no longer limited.
(★Effective for 2018 New Year & Spring races)

When adding parts to the bumpers, side guards or the chassis, please note the zone restrictions below.
※Definition of Bumpers – For MS chassis, the bumper is the section on the Front or Rear Unit not including the Bumperless Unit. On other chassis, bumpers are the sections forward and rearward of the front and rear gearboxes respectively.
※Definition of Side Guards – Parts that extend from the sides of the chassis between the front and rear tires.

Parts which extend around the outside of the wheels to completely frame the chassis are not allowed.
Parts attached to the front bumper cannot extend past the line of the front axle.
Parts attached to the rear bumper cannot extend past the line of the rear axle.
Parts attached to the side guards must remain within the lines shown: (back edge of Front Tire & front edge of Rear Tire)
Chassis: Extension parts which are attached to the chassis itself are subject to the same zone restrictions as similar parts attached to the bumpers or side guards.

※There are no rules for parts which pass above or within the outside edges of the tires.
※There are no rules for mounting rollers, etc. to the body as long as they are above the level of the wheel axles. If they extend below this line, they will be subject to the same limits as parts which are attached to side guards.

4. Motor

Machines may use the kit-included normal motor, Rev-Tuned Motor, Torque-Tuned Motor, Atomic-Tuned Motor, Sprint-Dash Motor, Power-Dash Motor, Hyper-Dash 2 Motor, Hyper Mini Motor, Light-Dash Motor, Hyper-Dash 3 Motor, Rev-Tuned 2 Motor, Torque-Tuned 2 Motor and Atomic-Tuned 2 Motor. Mini 4WD PRO machines may only use the kit-included normal motor or motors designed for use with the Mini 4WD PRO series.
Depending on the race event, other Tamiya motors may be permitted.
For speed-limited race events or classes, if your speed exceeds the allowed limit, even the above motors may not be installed.
Disassembling the motor to change the number of coils and other such illegal modifications are prohibited.
If there are indications that the motor cap has been detached, it will be judged as being illegally modified.

5. Batteries
Only Tamiya-branded R6/AA/UM3 batteries are permitted. R/C Mini 4WD cars and TR-1 chassis cars may use alkaline batteries only. If the battery appears to be damaged in any way, they will not be accepted for safety reasons. Please note that some events may have different rules regarding which types or brands of batteries can be used.

6. Modifications

Please follow the guidelines below when modifying your car. Also note that for modifications not listed, race officials will have the final absolute authority to grant or deny their use.

  1. Chassis modifications are limited to cutting away plastic material or cutting holes out of the stock chassis. Homemade chassis and homemade parts are prohibited.
  2. Parts used for modification are limited to Tamiya Mini 4WD, R/C Mini 4WD, and Dangun Racer parts only.
  3. Part modifications are limited to cutting away the material or making holes in the stock part.

[NOTE] Original part shape must be clearly identifiable.
In the following cases, it will be considered that the original part shape is not identifiable:
※Modifications to the part shape on carbon plates, FRP plates or metal parts (including modifications to shaft or pin shape).
In the following cases, it will be considered that the original part shape is identifiable:
※Modifications to parts that keep the original part shape, such as simply cutting away the material, or enlarging or adding parts attachment holes.
※Opening holes or painting on the top side of the rollers.
※Modifying or cutting tire material (changing the material properties of the tire surface is prohibited. Combining different sizes or materials of tires is allowed. However, please make sure that they do not fall apart during running).
※Using motor parts is allowed (motor disassembly is not recommended).

4. Gear modifications are limited to making holes or shaving away material to reduce weight and installing ball bearings. All running gears must be installed according to the set gear ratios.
5. Only kit-included battery terminals or Grade-Up Part battery terminals, installed according to the instruction manuals, may be used. Soldering or double-plated terminals are prohibited.
6.Modifications that cause physical harm to the track, cause injury to any person, or release grease and/or other substances onto the track are all prohibited.
7. Modifications to the tire’s shape are allowed if they comply with the Car Measuring System outlined above. However, changing the material properties of the tire surface (including, but not limited to, applying glue or other substances to the tire surface) are prohibited.

【 2 】 Race Courses
For courses which satisfy the below specifications and are sanctioned by Tamiya, times recorded during races will be officially recognized. All times recorded on original courses that do not meet these requirements will be considered unofficial.

Individual Lane Width: 115mm (measured on a straight section)
Course Wall Height: 50mm (measured from road surface)
Adjusting the height and lane width of lane change sections, bank turn sections, etc. for smoother racing operations is permitted.

【 3 】 For Competitions at Official Race Courses
The start of the race will be indicated by a signal from a Tamiya race official or a starting signal system. Racers will switch on their cars, hold them in the air with one hand, and drop them vertically into their assigned lane at the start signal. Throwing or pushing the car forward is prohibited.
A racer will immediately retire from a race if their car leaves the track, flips over, jumps into another lane, or if their car’s body detaches during the race.
If race officials determine that a racer’s car is blocking the progress of faster machines, the racer will be required to retire.
A car’s race is completed when it reaches the finish line.
Qualifying and Final positions are determined by either the race finishing order or Time Attack time.

【 4 】 Car Inspection
All racers must have their car inspected by race officials before the race. If any part of the car is determined to be against race regulations, the racer must make the necessary changes in order to participate in the race.
From the time the car passes the car inspection to when the race begins, the car’s settings must not be changed and no modifications can be made.
In addition to the pre-race car inspection, other car inspections may occur at any time during the race day at the race official’s discretion. If the car is found to be in violation of the race regulations at any of these inspections, the racer’s race results up to that point will be disqualified and the racer must make necessary changes in order to participate in subsequent races.
If a machine does not pass car inspection, and cannot be made race-legal, the participant can still take part in the Qualifying rounds for their own benefit, but their times will not be recorded.

【 5 】 Disqualification
If any of the following situations occur, race officials will, at their discretion, have absolute authority to disqualify any racer. Please take care to remember the common manners for a Mini 4WD race to avoid any problems.

A racer’s car is determined to have modifications that will cause physical harm to other racers, other cars, or the race track.
A racer’s car is determined to have modifications that are designed to deliberately obstruct other cars.
A racer deliberately puts grease or other substances onto the track to affect track surface conditions.
A racer is determined to have modified their car after it had passed the car inspection.
A racer is determined to have deliberately touched the track or cars to impede other racers’ race progress.
A racer does not follow the instructions of race officials or otherwise impedes the operations of the race track.
A racer has a false start, or is determined to have thrown or pushed their cars forward at the start of a race.
A racer is determined to have acted against the spirit of fair play or caused distress to other participants.

【 6 】 Race Operations
Participants may raise objections to the race officials. However, these objections must be made before the next race begins.
Race officials reserve the right to announce the use of special regulations at any time during the race.

【 7 】 Participant Restrictions
Please be aware that some races have age limitations, so it may be that some participants cannot take part in certain classes or races.
Except for endurance races, it is against regulations to have more than 2 racers using the same car.

Tamiya Center List

Tamiya Corporation

Department structure
Administration Headquarters General Affairs Department / General Affairs Section, Human Resources Section
Accounting department
Information System Department
Planning Division Planning & Development Department / Section 1, Section 2, Section 3, Section 4, Exploration Diagram Production Division,
Planning Promotion Division
Design Department / Graphic Design Division
Mold section / Mold production section, Mold control section
Sales Division Sales Department / Sales Division, Customer Service Division, Fairs Division, Tamiya Tokyo Office
International Affairs Department
location 3-7 Ingawa-hara, Suruga Ward, Shizuoka-shi 422-8610
phone 054-286-5105 (Representative)

Oka First Plant First Distribution Center

Department structure
Production Headquarters Production department
Purchasing department / purchasing department, parts management department
Quality control department
Logistics Department / First Logistics Center (Sales Headquarters)
General Affairs Department / General Affairs Section (Administration Headquarters)
location 〒 422 – 8021 Shizuoka city Shizuoka 1 – chome, Oka 63 – 20
phone 054-285-0155 (Representative)

Ikeda factory

Department structure Manufacturing Department (Production Division)
location 144-1 Ikeda Suruga ku Shizuoka-shi 422 – 8005
phone 054-262-4155

Second Distribution Center

location 915 Oshika, Suruga-ku, Shizuoka-shi 422-8021
phone 054-281-6611

Overseas corporation

Establishment May 10, 1989
location 36 Discovery, Suite 200, Irvine, CA 92618-3765 USA
Business content Sales and promotion in the United States
Establishment June 28, 1989
location Werkstr.1, 90765 Furth (Bay.), Germany
Business content Sales support and promotion of dealers in European region countries
Establishment December 9, 1993
location Room 908 B, Albion Plaza, 2-6 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Business content Cooperation company management in Asia region, procurement of materials
Establishment September 13, 1994
location Mepz ll, Basak, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, Philippines
Business content Mold manufacturing, production

Tamiya Global Distribution Network

New Tamiya Plamodel Factory Video

Stocking every Tamiya plastic model out there, the Tamiya Plamodel Factory is a pilgrimage site for fans.
You’ll find around 1,400 scale models on the ground floor, including cars, motorcycles and military vehicles, while the basement floor holds around 2,500 RC models and up to 800 mini-cars.
The place also sells tools, paint, books and a variety of original merchandise.
The Modeler’s Square on the second floor is an event space for new product announcements, races, workshops and much more.

Opening hours
Weekdays 12noon-10pm
Sat, Sun & hols 10am-6pm

4-7-2 Shinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Toyo Kaiji Bldg 6


Produced by Splash Film

Updated Tamiya History 1946-2017

May 1946 Established Tamiya Shoji joint stock company in Shizuoka City Shizuka for the purpose of processing and selling of general building materials.
April 1948 A woodworking department is newly established focusing on the promising wooden model. Work on manufacturing and selling model teaching materials is also provided.
June 1953 Eliminate the manufacturing and sales division of general building materials. Started as a wooden model specialized manufacturer.
May 1960 As the first all plastic model assembly kit, 1/800 Battleship Yamato is released.
January 1962 Launched the first No. 1/35 Panther Tank of the motorized plastic model tank.
December 1962 Established Tamiya Plastic Industry Co., Ltd. to make the plastic molding division independent.
January 1967 Published model information magazine Tamiya News No. 1.
January 1968 First exhibition at the world’s largest toy fair, Nuremberg International Toy Fair in Germany (now Spielewalen Messe). By raising 1/12 Honda F – 1, we will raise the evaluation as Tamiya of precision scale and plastic model.
August 1969 Changed the company name to Tamiya model as Tamiya Plastic Industry Co., Ltd. Enhance mold section and molding section.
August 1973 Tamamiya Shoji (Shiga) headquarters building and set factory in Shizuoka City Oshika 628 are completed with 4 stories of reinforced concrete, with a scale of 4500 m².
November 1976 Founder chairman · late era Yoshio Tamimiya Isao 5th etc. It is made into Ruiho.
November 1976 1/12 electric radio control car · Porsche 934 turbo released.
May 1977 Shunsui Tamiya is appointed President and CEO Tamiya Model Co., Ltd.
November 1977 Tamamiya Shoji (Fund) Three-story building and 5,460 m² distribution center are completed in the premises.
October 1978 Tamiya circuit is completed in the adjoining Tamiya Shoji.
October 1978 Established Tamiya Plastic Co., Ltd. with expansion of plastic molding sector.
May 1980 The first exhibition of Tamiya · Modellers Gallery held by Tamiya was held at Tokyo · Tokyu Hands Shibuya store.
December 1980 The Tamiya model new building (headquarter main building) Co., Ltd. is completed in the scale of 6 stories, 7,000 m² on the 3-7 in the shrine of Shizuoka city.
July 1982 The mini 4WD that will be a big hit series later began with Ford Ranger 4 x 4 as the first work.
March 1984 Tamiya Corporation was established with the expansion of business by Tamiya Shoji Co., Ltd. Toshiaki Tamiya is appointed President and Representative Director.
Tamiya Co., Ltd. will inherit all the work of Tamiya Shoji until then.
November 1985 Tamiya Plastics Co., Ltd. Ikeda plant started operation.
November 1988 Tamiya Group Founder / Chairman, Yoshio Tamiya, Yozo. (Age of 83 years old)
April 1989 The headquarter building 2 (East Building) headquartered in the Tamiya model headquarters building is completed on the scale of 8 floors above ground and 8,500 m 2 above the basement level.
May 1989 Established Tamiya America in Los Angeles as a local office to expand sales in the USA.
September 1989 Establishment of Tamiya Europe GMBH in Germany · Neuss as sales base ahead of EC integration.
April 1990 The Tamiya second distribution center was completed in Shizuoka City Oshika 915, completed on the scale of 4 stories, 5,317 square meters.
July 1990 Tamiya Hall opens at the Bobington tank museum in England.
December 1990 Integration of Tamiya Co., Ltd. business of Tajima model planning and development etc.
July 1992 Tamiya America’s head office building completed in Orange County, California, Aliso Viejo.
December 1993 Established Tamiya Hong Kong.
September 1994 Established Tamiya Philippines in Cebu Mactan Island special export processing zone in the Philippines.
June 1995 Tamiya scholarship association founded foundation, succeeding Yoshio Tamiya’s wish.
December 1995 The cumulative number of production of mini 4WD series has reached 100 million.
May 1996 Tamiya R & D Center in Kakegawa City in Shizuoka Prefecture Tamiya R & D Center Kakegawa and the Tamiya Kakegawa Circuit is the world’s largest scale with a site area of ​​about 7,000 m² and a total course length of 320 m.
December 1996 Tamiya Europe GMBH moved to Fürth, Germany.
April 1997 In the Philippines, a scholarship system was established for students enrolled at both the University of San Carlos and the University of the Philippines.
November 2000 The 1st Tamiya fair was held at Twin Messe Shizuoka / South Building.
March 2005 Received the 1st Design · Excellent Companies Award from the Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization.
June 2006 Tamiya Tokyo office opened in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.
June 2007 Tamiya America moved from Aliso Viejo, California, to Irvine, California.
June 2008 Tamiya Masayuki Senior Managing Executive Officer is appointed President and Representative Director of Tamiya Corporation. Toshiaki Tamiya President is Chairman and Representative Director.
September 2008 “Tamiya Plastic Model Factory Shimbashi Store” of the official shop opens in Tokyo · Shimbashi.
Moved the Tamiya Tokyo office to the same place.
October 2008 Constructed off-road course for RC car and authentic rock crawling field within Tamiya Kakegawa circuit.
April 2012 The Tamiya Scholarship Society has moved from a foundation corporation to a public benefit foundation corporation.
April 2015 “1/1 mini 4WD actual vehicle development project” started. “1/1 Mini 4WD Aero Avante” is released for the first time in October.
June 2016 Tamiya Kakegawa circuit renewed as an all weather circuit.
June 2016 Following the Kumamoto earthquake “Ganbare! Sell Kumamoto Mini 4WD (Kumamon version)”. Donation the entire profit to Kumamoto Prefecture.
February 2017 The world’s largest toy fair, the 68th Spielwalen Messe held in Germany. Tamiya is 50th anniversary of exhibition.
May 2017 Representative Director and President, Masayuki Tamiya, Yozora. (Age of 59)
August 2017 Tamiya Representative Director Chairman Toshiaki Tamiya concurrently serves as President.

Tamiya 70227 Cam Program Robot received the “2017 Good Design Award”

Good design, the only comprehensive design award in Japan that design is given to good things every year. Tamiya’s “Cam Program Robot Working Set” was selected for this award in 2017. Even if you are not good at programming, just plug in a cam on its own plate, you can move it as you set it, and move it according to the course you set. A small cam that is visible is a man-machine interface that mediates between people and machines, so it was evaluated as a fun material for learning programs while playing.

Good Design Award
The Good Design Award is the only comprehensive design evaluation and recommendation exercise in Japan, starting from the Good Design Product Selection System established in 1957. Today it is a worldwide design award that many companies and organizations from around the world participate in and the “G mark” which is a symbol of the Good Design Award winning is widely popular as a symbol of excellent design.
⇒ Good Design Award Web Page

Future Exhibition Information
■ Tokyo Midtown · Design Hub The 69th Exhibition Exhibition Selected – Good Design Award for 2017 Selection Selection
[Date and Time] Wednesday , October 4 – Friday 27th 11 : 00-19: 00 during the exhibition Open every day · Admission free
[Venue] Tokyo Midtown · Design Hub (Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Introduction of personal favorites and an award-winning design that will be selected by the 2017 Good Design Award Jury.
We will display the latest Good Design Award-winning design gathered by 83 judging members of domestic and overseas actively working in each field, along with comments from the judging committee in advance of the award-winning exhibition.
■ 2017 Good Design Award Winning Exhibition
[Date] November 1 (Wednesday) – 5 (Sunday)
[Venue] Tokyo Midtown (Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo)

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