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Tamiya Mini 4WD “High Speed ​​Colors – A new sense circuit created with Sony”


“New sensation circuit” for mini 4WD with sound, light and image will appear in Shibuya on February 13

Author: Toshiya Koketsu @DAYS
Sony, with the cooperation of Tamiya, will start a new sense of racing activity “High Speed ​​Colors-A new sense circuit created with Sony-” at the Sony Square Shibuya project from February 13th.

The New Sensation Circuit is a new entertainment experience that colors the mini 4WD running at high speed with Sony’s high-speed vision sensing technology and sound, light, and video. First, the participants select the main color, sub-color, and circuit effects to be mapped to the body of the mini 4WD. The colors and images that are projected will change depending on the design and direction selected, so that the participants themselves can be creators and create the direction.

First, when the Mini 4WD starts running, the body design selected by the participants is mapped to the body. After that, a retro game style stage appeared on the circuit. When a coin appears on the course and the mini 4WD gets through it, a sound is heard, and when a DJ turntable appears on the course and the mini 4WD passes, a sound like scratching sounds. Furthermore, as the mini 4WD progresses, the sound and production are linked together, such as the body turning into an insect in the middle and a huge “eye” appearing. Then, the stage changes to a stage like the near future of science fiction movies, and a light beam comes out from the body of the mini 4WD and appears as a trajectory on the course. Finally, the stage changes to a stage like a different space with various elements. The Mini 4WD cuts the finish line of the race and finishes.

The productions inside and outside these courses were co-created with the creative group “PERIMETRON” led by King Gnu leader Yuki Tsuneda. Producer of PERIMETRON, Shotaro Nishioka, produced the project, two-person creative unit Margt was in charge of direction and design, and Yuhei Kobe was in charge of CG production. The music is made by 20-year-old artist Dr. Pay.

The new sensation circuit allows two people to experience each race. Since there are 180 patterns, you can enjoy it as many times as you want. Participants will also be presented with a mini 4WD with a custom-designed design and an original video of the powerful race.

Source in Japanese language: Response.20th

Tamiya scale models and RC cars winning again the Model Awards of the year by German model magazines

The results of the 2020 “Model of the Year” selection, selected by the German scale model magazine “Modell Fan”, were announced at the “Spielwaren Messe” venue. This award will be selected from among the new models announced in Germany in 2019, and the best models of each genre will be selected by reader votes of “Modell Fan” magazine and a selection committee by editorial staff. This time, “1/48 Lockheed P-38F/G Lightning” and “1/12 Honda Monkey 125” were awarded. “Modell-Fahrzeug,” a miniature model magazine specializing in a wide range of scale models, RCs, diecasts, slot cars, etc. of cars and motorcycles, selected for the 2019 model award the “1/10 RC Volkswagen Type 2 (T1)”, “1/14 RC Volvo FH16 Globetrotter 750 6×4 Timber Truck” and “1/10 RC Citroen 2CV Rally”. Furthermore, we won “Premium Brand 2019 (Best Brand of the Year)” as Tamiya.

Awards Roll in for Tamiya!
The results of the 2020 Modell des Jahres (Model of the Year) have been announced by German magazine Modell Fan at Spielwarenmesse! Tamiya is delighted to report that our 1/48 Lockheed® P-38® F/G Lightning® and 1/12 Honda Monkey 125 were both honored with the awards, chosen by the magazine’s staff and readership.This
great news follows German scale and RC auto model magazine Modell-Fahrzeug recognizing no less than three Tamiya models in the 2019 Modell-Fahrzeug des Jahres awards : 1/10 RC Volkswagen Type 2 (T1) (M-06 Chassis), 1/14 RC Volvo FH16 Globetrotter 750 6×4 Timber Truck and 1/10 RC Citroën 2CV Rally (M-05Ra Chassis). Tamiya itself was honored with the Premium Brand award.

Upcoming February 2020 Radio Control Magazine with a Tamiya Black Special


Latest issue of radio control magazine has arrived from camilizers to the editorial department!

This time of year, the color of the image of the celebration, such as red and white, is this time of the year, but the first feature of the February issue is ” Tamiya’s black,” Don’t miss the special RC Car & items that appeal to the blowdryer and premium!

It looks like it’s going to be colder and colder, so I highly recommend the appendix neck wor! I would be very happy if I could have been a family matching fashion item! Please come and have a fun new year’s holiday in the February issue of January 4th!

Source and more: Radio Control Magazine

“Tamiya’s Mae-chan” Tomoyuki Maeda appears in “The Man of Showa 50” magazine – see the video message

Editorial department Matsuzaki / Editorial member Boyaki

Hello, this is Matsuzaki of the editorial department! A message video from the people who appeared in the magazine of the brother magazine “Showa 50-year-old”, which was launched last month, was released on YouTube again, following Dr. Murashimbo of the other day!

The first mini 4WD boom started in 1987! The Mini 4WD, which was born as a mascot version of an RC car, began with the thought of President Tosaku Tamiya (at that time) to make a kit that could be assembled and enjoyed easily by elementary school students. To talk about the mini 4WD boom that happened around the 1975 male generation, which was about the upper grades of elementary school at that time, it is absolutely indispensable to Mr. Yasuyuki Maeda, “mamiya no mae-chan”. Talking to Mae-chan, who appeared in “Korokoro Comic” magazine and served as a moderator while working for Tamiya RC Car Grand Prix, which was broadcast on TV Tokyo. I was able to ask. There should be many people who were crazy at the time! Let’s think about that time!

It seems that it is said to be the third mini 4WD boom now, but it is probably the 1975 male generation who was an elementary school student at the time of the 80’s boom. After this interview, I received a message from Mae-chan for a man who became an adult in 1975. Please take a look!

Source in Japanese language: Showa 40 years man magazine

President Mr. Shunsaku Tamiya talking about behind the scenes of the birth of the Mini 4WD

Chairman Tamiya Shunsaku Tamiya, the creator of the Mini 4WD. / Hyungwon Kim

By freewriter Noboru Kobayashi

“Right now, the relationship with automobile manufacturers is very good. 2018 , Fuji Speedway conducted by the Toyota of GAZOO Racing FE STI in VAL, RC (radio control) cars and mini four wheel drive experience of the corner prepared. We have also held our events at the showrooms in Mazda and Honda, and the new model is ready to be released at almost the same time as it is released, providing data before the actual vehicle is available.”

ToshimasaTamiya , President of Tamiya , the biggest plastic model manufacturer , talked about the relationship with the car manufacturer.

Before more than 60 years from now, toy manufacturers Marsan of the first domestic plastic model was released that the line-up in the, Nissan Motor Co. of small passenger cars “Datsun 1000 people to know that that contained the” less. This is, of course, the first kit in which a domestic car is made into a plastic model.

Many car kits have also been released in the advanced countries of plastic models , the United States and the United Kingdom . Overseas products released from Level , Aurora , Renwall, Pyro, Airfix, Frog, etc. were listed at the department store ‘s toy store , but were said to have been Takatsuki flowers for children. Exactly the second half of the 20th century was an era of motorisation.

Plastic model on the market, the automobile that the item is tanks and fighter because it is familiar, unlike such as, beginners have been the easy to take in hand. “Haveing a plastic model gave a lot of people the desire to have”. Let’s follow the history of automobiles in plastic models.

● Was conquering the market slot car single curve over-time

There were several automobile booms in the plastic model market . The first of which is a “slot car” boom was. In a game where a model car runs on a course with a slot and competes for the order of arrival , the slot is an electric circuit, and electric power is obtained with a current collecting brush provided on the guide on the car body side, and the motor runs It is structured. The user accelerates and decelerates with the controller in his hand . It can be said that this structure is the same as the railway model .

This slot car thing was born in the UK, 1950 exploded in the United States of the West Coast over the 1960s from Daimatsu hit , and in Japan is said to have entered the 63 (Showa 38) around.

“Running plastic model” was called slot single car, plastic model manufacturer , wholesaler, Mabuchi Motor (at that time, small size can be mounted on the car model motor is Mabuchi overwhelming share had) involvement, and large-scale market pioneering was done. Courses have been created at amusement parks and bowling alleys and trading companies have also entered. The actual game is 30 yen to run for about 10 minutes once 50 yen in long, is in its rate thing of car rental also included charges.

Single car is real sports car which was to reduce the vinegar scale is 1/24 the mainstream. On the other hand, a home circuit that can be played at home was also released, and 1/32, which is a little smaller, was released. 8-shape of the plastic of the course and the car is set has become. The home circuit was priced at nearly 15,000 yen at that time, but sold like Christmas and New Year.

Of course Marsan, Tamiya , Imai, Hasegawa , the Japanese at the time, such as Nichimo plastic modelmakers unanimously also, the slot thing entered the car.

● Crime incidents on children occur frequently Boom ends in just one year

And kind regards of Japan’s boom would have ceased in just more than a year. This is because there were frequent incidents involving crimes, such as the child who went to the racetrack was in depression, and PTA and schools prohibited entry and exit. With the sudden drop in the boom , some manufacturers went bankrupt due to problems of over investment and bad inventory.

On the other hand, by developing high-quality products that can be used overseas, such as Tamiya ‘s Jaguar D type , some domestic manufacturers have succeeded in developing overseas sales channels as domestic consumption declined . Tamiya’s President Shunsaku Tamiya looks back on that time and says:

“Slot car ting will get quickly ended in the domestic, but Tamiya is to develop products that stuck to thoroughly driving performance, it is also being evaluated in foreign countries.

1965 was released in September Lotus 30 for ball bearings adopted, by attaching the suspension of grayed, overwhelming speed has been achieved, the stability. In 1966, I went to a retail store in New York ‘s Long Island , but I couldn’t keep up with the fact that “Japanese kits are not good”.

However, Germany in Tamiya of the slot car said is not selling the car. Where we didn’t know at all, a Swiss wholesaler bought it and sold it in Europe. At that time, it was 360 yen per dollar, so Tamiya’s kit was very popular because it was cheap and fast.”

It may be too little to say, the Japanese automobile is, before the actual vehicle plastic model I wonder who is that was not evaluated in the world.

● The milestone of automobile plastic model “Honda F1”

Slot car over-time to the domestic seemed on whether stagnated in the termination of plastic model kit that surround the big topic in the industry was released. It is 1/12 “Honda F1 RA 273” of Tamiya released in 67 (Showa 42). This can be run with a motor mounted, but the basic is a precision model for viewing. Thoroughly made interviewed the actual vehicle, rubber tire capital of the Red faithfully reproduced down to, was able enough was also surprised Soichiro Honda said.

Although I can now not be considered, F1 has a low awareness in Japan at that time, but say that there were many, such as wholesalers that do not sell even if the kit of the F1, Tamiya was at that time in, the British agency president Richard – cons there was a strong recommendation from Mr. Tamiya and it was commercialized. The kit 120 was an expensive price at that time of 0 yen, ready-to-10,000 set Uriageru the hit became a commodity.

This kit is 68 years, Tamiya is first in the world’s largest Germany – Nuremberg in the featured product at the time of participating in Toy Fair, called the great response to foreign buyers. This can be said to have triggered Tamiya ‘s leading position in the F1 boom that began in the 1980s.

● Super car boom that became a social phenomenon

Car of the plastic model of do not forget, the 75 (1975) year in the series began, “Circuit Wolf” ( Shueisha stemming from the) super car boom would be. Satoshi Ikezawa draw this cartoon is the hero of Fubuki Yuya is Lotus – Europe riding, public roads and circuit in the rival of Lamborghini, Countach, such as, a variety of super car that confrontation with the storyies.

The cartoon gave an eye on, at that time , Tokyo of Edogawa there was Nitto science in Komatsugawa, cartoon “serializing the Weekly Shonen Jump in” comics take the license of the use, the package Ikezawa to Satoshi of the illustrations and title logo put It was.

First “was released in Ferrari Dino special rate” is a big hit, Nitto science one after another supercar to launch the 1/28 kit of. The kit was motorized and sold explosively at its peak, so it was difficult to arrange the motor . Nitto science is a total of 29 points supercar released, both “Circuit Wolf of” illustrations also there it was, logo, none more than 100,000 of the large hit became.

Other manufacturers also title logo but such can not be used, a variety of scan scale many in the super car was released.

● RC car boom and Mini 4WD

Super carboom about the same 1976 (Showa 51) years and, Tamiya is the first electric radiocontrol car (RC car) “Porsche to launch a 934 Turbo RSR”. A further two years after the RC of off-road car, 1/12 XR311 Combat buggy announced. This was a big hit , especially on the west coast of the United States, because it could be driven even on sand.

On the other hand, the RC car is lightly priced at nearly 20,000 yen if a transmitter, receiver, etc. are added to the body. Then, it is hard for children to buy with their own money. It was the Mini 4WD that Tamiya thought about whether it could make a plastic model of a car that could be easily played at a lower price. The concept is four-wheel drive , and the amount of money that children can take out. The assembly was to be as simple as possible so that elementary school students could make it.

The first kit 82 (1982) July, RC even the popular Ford Ranger 4 × 4 and the Chevrolet Pick-up at two points of the 4 × 4, was what one was also model the actual vehicle. Both AA batteries 2 and small motor built-in, old slot single or car, it is impossible to output adjustment by hand as RC. The price was 500 yen at that time. Although it was a new product expected by Tamiya , it was difficult to sell at first.

Through trial and error, had arrived is, the scan of the real car kale rather than a reduction, more children may be a fictional be accepted, comical and attractive body design it to, off- road to focus on running properties such as rather than focusing on speed , it was about improving the game.

Then, it was Hot Shot Jr. that became the first of Racer Mini 4WD that was released in 1986 (Showa 61). This modeled on the appearance of a Hot Shot, an RC car that became popular in April 1985 . When this hot shot Jr. was introduced at a department store event , it quickly became a hot topic among children, and coupled with the start of serialization of manga by “Korokoro Comic” at that time, it became a big hit. From the end of Showa to Heisei, the Mini 4WD became a social phenomenon.

● Boiling of F1 boom

When the Mini 4WD was a big boom centered on elementary school students , F1 was popular in a little older generation. 67 years, Tamiya is Honda at the time, which was launched the F1, F1, which has not been very well known in Japan, through the nearly 20-year boom. Opportunity is 87 (Showa 62) years, Suzuka Circuit the first F1 Japan held at the Grand Pre Fuji TV was to have been broadcast. Satoru Nakajima is hero next, F1 magazine has been launched one after another. In response to this boom , plastic model makers also released F1 kits.

Among them, Tamiya was ahead. The 1/20 Williams FW-11 Honda was released in anticipation of the popularity of F1 the previous year . This kit has been devised to reduce the number of parts to make it easier for new fans . Continued Satoru Nakajima ride of the Lotus – Honda and 99T, Ayrton Senna of McLaren – HondaMP4 / 4 also been released, a large hit became. Other manufacturers also entered the market one after another, and the market was crowded.

● New minicar appearance

Around the F1 boom , a big change came in the world of minicars. The minicar was a complete model of an automobile , and was completely different from the plastic model . Originally, die-cast made of miniature cars in overseas World War II in the old toy-model there from before, after the war match boxes and Corgi foreign products, such as have been imported. Domestic minicar 59 (1959) year to Asahi toy is the first to model a pet is that it has released under the name of, 58 (1958) grade rare domestic plastic model was a product having substantially the same history and.

70 (1970) is a year Tommy is minicar launched, Tomica gained popularity as. However, from the late 1980s, apart from die-cast cars for children, not only die-casts for enthusiasts, but also precision minicars using resin (resin material) and metal parts will appear.

These minicar is Tomica unlike such as 1/12 to 1/18 -scale very precise degree is high in, more than lightly even 10,000 yen price it is a finished product. Same scan scale of plastic model but significantly higher when compared, such as, the finished product is there a demand that enters the hand, one time plastic model of the car was also what was said that it would be take away the market.

At present, plastic model makers also sell finished products, and some of them are acting as import agents for miniature cars for enthusiasts .

● Mini four-wheel drive, unprecedented boom

In 1994, Tamiya introduced the “Full Cowl Mini 4WD” as a new series to the Mini 4WD that has been obscured by popularity . Already four wheel drive mini from those of the format is that the scale of the original vehicle, fictitious body design was supposed to further promote it, up to that formula type from, tire the cover of the full cowl that design has evolved into.

The full cowl type of mini four-wheel drive is a child “from our brackets to obtain the support high and good”. A new series of comics “ Bakuso Brothers Let’s & Go! !The popularity of” the Mini 4WDboom has started again. In 1996, the Mini 4WD boom reached its peak.

Regarding the success of this mini 4WD , Shunsaku Tamiya said, “Children still like to run. They try to make various modifications and try to run as fast as possible. The plastic model elements are condensed.”

● The future of automobile plastic models

2019 58th Shizuoka Hobby Show Looking at the automobile of plastic model various manufacturers had elaborate plans. For example, at the Tamiya booth, the actual Toyota GR Supra and the new plastic model GAZOO Racing TS050 were exhibited at the same time. Of course, a mini 4WD and RC car course was also installed.

The Aoshima also “Mitsubishi Stallion exhibited vehicle of Gr.A ’87”, further new car series The snap kit of the series had was PR. This is a new kit that does not require painting and does not require adhesives.

Once the airplane plastic model Stephen the name in to the Hasegawa also, recently the 80’s from the 90’s 1/24 scan was popular over the kale the launch of domestic cars are gaining in popularity. At the venue, a 1/24 kit of Toyota Starlet EP71 Turbo S released in 1988 was exhibited.

Finally, I asked Mr. Shunsaku Tamiya about the relationship between plastic models and automobile manufacturers .

And referred to “still declining birthrate Toka youth of the car away, automobile manufacturers also on the side of the I think there is a sense of crisis. Want exposed to the car from time to time as small as possible, that sort of thing, for example, showrooms in mini four-wheel drive events and RC car of the contest will’re connected to.

You may have a Mini 4WD in the wake that wants children to come to the showroom to learn the name of the car. The Mini 4WD used to have a wave of boom, but now it is selling very stably. It is in one Southeast Asian countries, Malaysia and Indonesia , Taiwan, Hong Kong, such as the Korean mini four wheel drive and that is becoming an important market, the domestic automobile manufacturers, I think it’s because is followed by a good relationship with”.

Source in Japanese language: NicoNico News

Interview with Mr. Yamamoto about Tamiya paints


Interview by Yuka Nakamae / Hideyuki Sanada

The official shop ” Tamiya Plastic Model Factory Shimbashi ” has about 6,000 items of plastic models, RC cars, Mini 4WD, as well as paint, tools, tools, etc., lined up in a row.

We asked Mr. Yamamoto, who is in charge of public relations, for a story.

– After all, is the customer mainly male?

Mr. Yamamoto I agree. Model fans still have many men, but tools and paints seem to be used in various crafts in many cases, and the lineup that is friendly to women, such as the “Tamiya Decoration Series”, is also expanding.

– Speaking of “Tamiya’s tools”, the image of “paint” was strong, but I was surprised at the wide selection. It is a spot that is unbearable for those who like manufacturing.

Mr. Yamamoto All of them are tools for enjoying model work, but it is also very nice as Tamiya to be able to use it widely for those who are making things.

The company, which was founded in 1946 shortly after the end of the war, started working on model teaching materials beside the lumber industry (at that time, the Tamiya Trading Joint Stock Company). After that, they became full-scale models, but it is said that the sale of wooden models was sluggish gradually because “plastic assembly models = plastic models” said to have been born in the United Kingdom began to be imported from overseas.

However, for Tamiya, who has been making wooden models since its inception, it was not an easy task to throw them away and hand out the development of expensive plastic models that are manufactured in completely different ways.

Mr. Yamamoto Still, we started to manufacture plastic models from the 1960s. In Japan, fans began to increase as new hobbies, and compared to wooden models made by shaving wood, plastic models manufactured using molds were still very elaborate in detail.

– I also received that sophistication. Tamiya has also begun selling “plastic models”.

Mr. Yamamoto I agree. We began to sell plastic assembly models such as warships and tanks, and at the same time we expanded our tools. At first, I released spray paint to paint the plastic model of the tank.

Mr. Yamamoto Spray is suitable for painting the whole with the same color, but since it is not possible to paint the details, the next step was to sell enamel-type paints that brushed in bottles. Since the beginning of the 80’s, water-soluble acrylic paints have also joined the group.

– Is the variation of color gradually increasing once?

Mr. Yamamoto That’s right. At first, the colors of military colors and racing cars for painting tanks were mostly. Where there is no perfect color, there is a “color mixing instruction”. For example, “If you mix XF-1 and XF-7 in a ratio of 2: 3, it will become pink.” Things like the formula of mathematics are in a row.

– It is hard to have to mix it by yourself.

Mr. Yamamoto The color often changes depending on the person, and there were many voices saying “I want a special color”, and toning the color “all this color” to match the timing to release the plastic model I came to offer.

– Is there anything involved in the development of the paint itself, such as blending?

Mr. Yamamoto Models are developed in-house, but tools and paints are made by specialized manufacturers. Of course, as “Tamiya specifications”, our development staff are also involved in making a model suitable for making plastic models and models. Even with a single paint, development takes time and effort.

– What is your hardship?

Mr. Yamamoto Color is very difficult. For example, even if you say, for example, “a fighter during World War II”, the new real thing of that time does not exist of course. Things in the museum are being restored, and even if there are photos from that time, they are monochrome, and I don’t know the exact color.

– Well, that’s true …. The idea did not go well. In such a case, how is it defined and reproduced?

Mr. Yamamoto We can only collect documents and materials and look for “Perhaps this color was not like this …”. For example, in Germany, etc., since the color standard of industrial products has been firmly from old times, things like color chips and color swatches remain well understood. Sometimes I refer to something like that.

– Well, that’s where the national character comes out.

Mr. Yamamoto That’s right. Another difficulty is that even if it reproduces the exact same color as the real thing, it is not necessarily the case if it is painted on a 1/72 scale model and it looks like the real thing.

– If it is 1/72 size, it also needs to be a figure pulled out from a very long distance.

Mr. Yamamoto That’s right, it’s also important to do toning based on “reality as a model”. There are other cases where special toning is performed. For example, there is a model of Mazda’s “Roadster” car. This car has a very complex painting, a silver layer on the primer, a red layer, a clear layer … and technology to control the reflection. I am It is deep because it is colored over many layers. Depending on how the light is hit, it looks different red. Therefore, we can not say the same thing as the real thing, but developed a spray paint called “Pure Metallic Red” that reproduced the atmosphere. If you are not satisfied with that, I think that it will become an even closer image if you can overpaint and polish “Clear” as an overcoat.

– Again, I feel the depth of toning and coloring.

Mr. Yamamoto Although it is not written in the manual, if it is combined with this, it will become this color? It is also one of the pleasures of plastic model production to image it.

– Such, Tamiya full of feelings for plastic models, began to be sold the line of “fake sweets” and “sweets decoration”, what was the opportunity?

Mr. Yamamoto This was an interesting thing, and before we proposed “How?”, The artists used plastic model paints, tools, etc., and used them for sweets decoration. We knew that later.

– In fact, I was also making a miniature dollhouse when I was in elementary school, and I often stole Tamiya paint from my father’s room ….

Mr. Yamamoto Oh really! (laughing). Some of our female staff also like sweets decoration. As I listened to ideas and experiences, I heard a lot of stories like that.

– Naming is good.

Mr. Yamamoto Thank you very much. You did not do difficult things, but you know that you are using it, and it is a place where you have started using devices that are easier to use. The acrylic paint “Desert Yellow” for painting tanks is “Milk tea” in the “Tamiya Decoration Series”.

– It’s the same color, but it’s a big difference (laughs).

Mr. Yamamoto Doesn’t it? What used to be an adhesive may be “It looks like a cream when used in sweets decoration”. Paint for expressing “snow” of diorama also becomes “sugar”. The paint used to “stain” the tanks will also make cookies and tarts look delicious. You can make various expressions just by changing your idea. There are many scissors, tweezers, etc. that are necessary for model work because they are accurate, accurate and stress-free. There are many other crafts that are compatible with model tools.

– Products that are exclusively for sweets have also gradually increased as they have become more sought after.

Mr. Yamamoto I think that it has become possible to provide more convenient products such as “I wanted such tools and materials!”.

– Because it is only this lineup, depending on the combination and ingenuity, it seems that you can discover as many ways of enjoying yourself as you like.

Mr. Yamamoto I agree. Every plastic model has an assembly manual, and there is a polite instruction such as “We will assemble No. 1, No. 2 …”. Of course, it is fun to make it that way, but the procedure or process is not the only correct answer. In the extreme, it is not necessary to paint. It is good if you can make the person create it, and it will be interesting if you think that it was fun. It means that we were able to provide a satisfying time.

– It’s all up to you.

Mr. Yamamoto And furthermore, let’s paint different colors, let’s change the form using plastic plates and putty … I think that it is the best taste of models and hobbies to increase the way you enjoy yourself with such ingenuity. At that time, if you have various tools, you can support the fun, I can boost.

Mr. Yamamoto I think that the children’s childhood experiences will last forever without being overwritten. Even if you fail, do not you want to offer the experience of “being done exactly as you imagined”, enjoying the process of making it? Tools and paints are really made with quality. From children to adults, I would like to make every effort to be able to be with such existence, “If the one with the Tamiya mark is attached, I can use it with confidence.”


Source in Japanese language: minne

Tamiya Mini 4WD animal driver models


Mini 4 wheel drive x animal driver, a lot of fun machines to run and decorate!
The easy-to-install Mini 4WD, which does not require adhesive, is a collection of machines with cute animal drivers. Popular characters, including Kumamon, Shirokumako, pandas, wolves, dogs, hawks, owls, pigs, cats, and relaxing koalas. In addition to the open top type with no windows, the machine style operated by the animals also has a GT type with plenty of feeling that the animal driver can be seen from the window. All animal driver dolls are assembled and painted, and they can be made and run together to be enjoyed by parents and children alike

  • Mini 4WD and Pig

    A machine with a chubby humorous pig driver. The tartan plaid pattern and the graphic of the footprints stimulate the cuteness. (Super II chassis)

  • Mini 4WD · Owl

    A machine on which an owl driver with a steady eye is riding. The finish looks like the night sky of the full moon of Halloween, but a little mysterious. (Super II chassis)

  • Mini 4WD · Hawk

    A machine with a sharp eye with a smile, and an empty king Hawk (Taka). The linear wedge shaped body is attractive because it cuts off the air and flies. (Super II chassis)

  • Mini 4WD · Dog

    A machine on which a Shiba Inu driver, a representative of a Japanese dog, rode, as well as special stickers such as “柴” and blue and yellow graphics. (Super II chassis)