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Digest video of the “Can you build a radio control?” book release commemoration talk show event



Episode 1 / Manga Cross] Can you build a radio control? ⇒ https://mangacross.jp/comics/rc/1
Information for book ⇒ https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4253238092/
Akita Shoten’s web comic service “Manga Cross” ⇒ https://mangacross.jp/
Experience story told by manga artist Shuji Abe who had a radio control car that he had admired as a boy. The popular essay manga published in Akita Shoten’s web magazine “Manga Cross” has finally been made into a book! In commemoration of this, a talk show by the author, Hideshi Abe, was held. We will talk about the live voice of RC fans. In addition, Mr. Kayuki Yamazaki (pdc_designworks representative), who also designs Tamiya RC cars and mini 4WD, welcomed guests and made the talk show lively. This is a summary of the talks by Prof. Hideshi Abe from the talk show event held at the Tamiya Fair special stage on Sunday, November 17, 2019. © Shuji Abe (Akita Shoten)

“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

Loading the legendary Tyrrell P34 from the Tamiya Museum for the upcoming Suzuka Circuit Sound of Engine event



Sources and more: Suzuka Circuit & Tamiya INC Twitter

A classic renewed – The Tamiya Lunch Box Mini SW-01

Tamiya does not stop to surprise us with innovative products. And we like that very much. The best example for this constant line of news is the Lunch Box Mini SW-01. A really remarkable model that proves that you can have a lot of fun even with small and beautiful looking RC models. Following the success of the T3-01 chassis (Dancing Rider / Dual Rider), Tamiya now continues with a small scale vehicle on four wheels. For this purpose, a classic was reinterpreted. The Lunch Box, a true Tamiya classic we all love. And that surprisingly with 4WD drive. As already known from the T3-01 chassis, the design of the SW-01 is very simple. Even the body is already pre-painted in the familiar yellow, and only needs to be decorated with the well know Lunch Box stickers. As already known from the T3-01, a type 370 engine is also used in the new SW-01 Lunch Box. Also, steering servo and ESC can be used in standard size. No special components are needed. A big advantage. We choose a small Lipo capable Hobbywing ESC, combined with compact size Softcase 3000mAh Lipo for a very long run times.
The new Tamiya Lunch Box Mini offers pure driving pleasure. As known from the T3-01, the vehicle literally lays in the corners. And we also strongly recommend to install the 54898 “Connector Set”, available as a Hop Up part. In order to make the car even more manoeuvrable, the car can be steered even during wheelies.
During the building of our car, all standard plastic bushes were exchanged against ball bearings. A complete set for the SW-01 is already available from Tamiya as Hop Up part number 54900.
We are very happy about this great new chassis. By the way, an unpainted bodyset will soon be available as a Hop Up part, to realize your own creative paintjobs. We will do so. Enjoy the new Tamiya Lunch Box Mini, a new Tamiya classic. Don´t miss it !

 

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

Flashback Friday – 60 year old Tamiya Mokei 1/200 Deluxe Musashi

Release date: 1959/05
Release price: ¥ 3800

The research theme to decorate the end of the 20th century is 1/200 “Deluxe Musashi” where Tamiya built one metal-shaped tower as a wooden model maker.

Released in May 1959. It will be half a year after Marssan’s domestic first plastic model “SSN-571 Nautilus” is released in December 1983. Along with this wooden “Deluxe Musashi”, Nichimo’s first plastic model “I No. Submarine” (¥ 100) is listed in the advertisement at that time. It is a very interesting advertisement considering the plastic model Yamato, the leader of the new material, and the plastic model Yamato confrontation just after one year.

In the early 1930s, Tamiya released a large number of large warships, tanks, railroads, and other wooden models, and in particular, Musashi released various scales as flagships. As I mentioned earlier, I can even see that commitment as a counter-measure taken with the modelization of “Senkan Yamato”. As of 1955, 5 types, 7 types at the stage of this 1/200 “Deluxe Musashi”. And since the ship is rebuilt on each scale with the “Super Series” made of hollow-type integral molding, the number exceeds 10 types.

Let’s look at the kit. The sense of heavy weight is natural, and it is 6.5 kg and it is powerful enough. When you open the box, you will be overwhelmed by the main turret parts that jump in first, and then you will be surprised to see the wooden parts that make up the hull. A solid material envelope is also included, and the “General layout”, “Sized parts diagram”, and “Assembly illustration” are included respectively. In particular, the “general layout” is just a “drawing”, and this alone has a divine beauty. The hull is made by layering the front and the rear to the left and right, and the middle part is pasted to the left and right, and the lumber is passed sideways in the middle to become hollow. Even just assembling up to this point requires considerable skill, and it is an adult model. Unlike plastic models, parts no. The part number is the actual combination according to the “sizing of full size parts”. If you look at the “assembly diagram”, it is exactly the same as the assembly instructions of the latter model of plastic model, so it will be re-recognized how our generation has benefited. Since painting still starts from the groundwork making to this, considerable preparation is necessary. Considering the total length of 1m31cm, it is also difficult to decorate in the current housing circumstances.

TKK’s No. In the 2-axis propulsion using 5 motor (!) Or TKK65 motor, the center 2 distributes in gear to 4 axes because No. No. 4 motor is used and the screws on both sides are no. It is a 3 motor system that uses 2 motors respectively. The amount of dry batteries is an incredible number and is written as 12 to 24. It is originally a wooden model, so it will not sink, but it is an order of magnitude too. It is also noteworthy that a parts claim card is attached from this era.

Is there anyone who made this kit? There is an unanswered answer to the question. The finished product is on display at the other Tamiya history museum in Shizuoka. When I first saw it, I thought it would be a detail-up version of the plastic model because of the good quality of the work (this expression itself is a sloppy to the solid group), but when I looked closely, I was surprised twice. This finished product has been firmly mounted on “Tamiya model all work 3” and will be reproduced here (Mr. Nesco, forgive me for the end of the 20th century …). Everyone, please taste the wonderful technology of your predecessor.

In addition, the image of the kit of this 1/200 “Deluxe Musashi” has received cooperation from “Mr. Kitagawa”, thank you for being the last. I will introduce only the last name according to the request of the person, but I would like to express my gratitude again. Thank you very much.


Source in Japanese language