Source: Tamiya UK
Release date 1957/09
Sale price on ¥ 400
Really the first time in a while, the “amazing” mail arrived at the laboratory in March 2001 was a trigger.
“Nice to meet you .HP I saw it … It was fun …. (… …) … (…) … … because there are RC tanks in our house so I will send you a picture for a while …” “Er !! Oh, Arushi tank !?” As it scrolls surprisingly there certainly is not there a color image of the phantom “RC tank”! ! Although this kit was confirmed as an advertisement of a Japanese model newspaper, there was no actual thing in the Tamiya historical center in Shizuoka, and it was a thing that had become a visionary kit. It is needless to say that our laboratory assistant hurriedly answered. “Ms. akasata of Shizuoka” san sent me an e-mail. To my surprise it was the assistant and classmate. It is said that when I was in junior high school second grader (I wonder if it was in 1976) I purchased the neighborhood ‘s cake shop and cockroach who was trying to throw it away at the time of stocktaking at \ 100! “The publication of the image sent this time is OK. I am very much appreciated because I can share the excitement or excitement I felt when seeing this HP for the first time with various people,” I am pleased with the warm words, with you guys Let’s share the excitement! Thank you very much, “akasata in Shizuoka”.
Let ‘s take a quick look at the box. The picture of the box top is like an American M26 Pershing tank. “Medium-sized tank” which had been released two years agoConsidering that the box top photo of M4A3E8 Sherman was also consistent. Although two characters of RC written on the front part of the car body are dazzling, it is the letter “remote control actual application No. 28301” that draws more attention than that. The assistant knew the catch phrase of “The revolutionary product of the model world! It is the definitive version of the car body” that can be steered freely freely in the advertisement of the Japanese model newspaper, but what kind of remote control of the mechanism , But it was a mystery as to why it became a “real application”, but this time gloriously thawed.
As you open the box, you can see that the tank itself is the same thing as the “medium-sized tank” that was released two years ago. And the remote control system of interest. . . Since I use one motor, I can understand until forward and backward, but I do not know the direction change freedom. It was a completely new idea of pulling a wire and floating one side of the car body with a seesaw-type lever. This wire and the power cord are in the blue plastic pipe. It is easy to understand, but it was exactly Columbus egg. You can also see the statement “Join the thread like figure as you can easily operate” on the ring-shaped tip of the wire in the remote control box.
It was still five years ago until the release of 1/35 Panther Tank (remote control), the remote control tank of the first plastic model of Tamiya.
By Davey G. Johnson
If Baja California resembles a dog’s hind leg, then Ensenada would lie near the top rear of its thigh, while La Paz finds itself nestled in a crook at the top of its toes. In 1967, a motley crew of dudes set off down the peninsula in search of glory and bragging rights. There wasn’t much in the way of cash involved; the level of danger was high, the chance of mechanical failure, very high. Twenty-seven hours and 38 minutes after leaving Ensenada, Vic Wilson and Ted Mangels crossed the finish line in La Paz in a Meyers Manx, having covered 950 filthy miles in the little Volkswagen-powered buggy.
Then, as now, a variety of vehicles contested the race, which began as the NORRA Mexican 1000 Rally and morphed along the way into the SCORE Baja 1000. Modern off-road racing vehicles have been divided into classes, and the most rudimentary of them all are the Class 11 cars. Stock-bodied air-cooled VW Beetles running a 1600-cc engine that could’ve been just as easily built in the late Sixties as it could be today, Class 11s are slow, violent, a hoot, and an enduring testament to the fundamental toughness of Ferry Porsche’s basic design. They can, at least, utilize the independent rear suspension introduced by Volkswagen at the end of the 1960s. The Class 9 cars make do with the old-school swing axle.
More obvious than the swing axle, however, is the 9’s bodywork. There isn’t a whole lot of it, and it shaves about 1000 pounds compared with the weight of a Class 11 machine. There’s a lid over your head that also happens to serve as the door, some flat pieces attached to the tube frame, and well, that’s about it. A near stock Bug suspension is bolted to the front, and a tight little gearbox sits in front of a 1600 built to the same restrictions as a Class 11. In the car I was to drive, there was a total of eight inches of suspension travel out back—four compression, four rebound—and the ride is even more violent than that of a Class 11. On the upside, the light weight means that it has a tendency to skip along the tops of whoops. And out on the 10-mile course laid out for us by Cody Jeffers of Mojave Off-Road Racing Enthusiasts, if there weren’t rocks, there were whoops. Sometimes there were rocky whoops.
Class 9s have another interesting tendency: They’ll basically high-side themselves. Motorcyclists know the high side and fear it. On a bike, it happens when the rear wheel starts to slide out from underneath the rider, gets traction, and then the suspension quickly compresses and unloads, throwing the rider from the motorcycle as if he’s been launched by a trebuchet. Wonderfully, a Class 9 buggy is capable of a similar feat. In sketchy sections under too much power, the car gets a disconcerting side-to-side oscillation going. If it gets wild enough, one side of the suspension quickly loads, then unloads itself. Combine this with the light weight of the thing (somewhere in the neighborhood of 1500 pounds dry), and it’s easy to see how it could potentially end up on its roof.
After watching my performance in the Class 11 car, which basically consisted of pushing it as hard as I could and hoping for the best, Cody Jeffers took me aside and kindly and calmly suggested that such tactics wouldn’t work in the 9. As he was doing so, a fellow journalist rolled in, lamenting the yellow little car and finally, in a fit of dusty exasperation, exclaiming, “Just bury me in it.” Another had become disenchanted after stalling it in a wash. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I did, however, reach into the bag on the back of my motorcycle and pull out a pair of Alpinestars SMX-1 summer riding gloves, figuring the thin palms would do a decent job of approximating driving gloves, given the steering kickback the others had complained about.
I clambered up on the wheel, onto the fuel cell located between the seat and the engine, and down through the roof. I fiddled with the five-point harness while Cody hooked up my radio and plugged the fresh-air blower system into my helmet. Racing clutch to the floor, I fired up the old flat-four and putzed out of the pits.
It felt a little bit like that first live performance with a new band. You’ve practiced, you’ve screwed up, you’ve practiced a bit more, and now you’re on a stage with nothing but wit and skill to guide you. But letting a crowd down is one thing. Hanging upside down from a racing harness while the guy whose buggy you’ve rolled comes to extract you is another.
The first stretch of the course saw me bounding down a straight path. The wheel bucked and kicked, but with a little hand pressure to keep it on line, the car tracked true while desert scrub whipped by on either side. A right turn, and I was up into the rocks and whoops. Baseball-sized rocks could be driven over; basketball-sized rocks were to be avoided. My breathing went shallow, and I couldn’t seem to make it any deeper until I aced a section at speed and involuntarily Wooo!ed in delight. After that, the breaths came normally. Apparently, if you need to kick-start your lungs in the desert, impersonating a twentysomething female hepped up on pumpkin spice lattes and Fireball whiskey does the trick.
The technique for dealing with whoops is as follows: punch the gas up the micro-hillock to lift the front; let off to let the car float down the other side. In practice, the technique has you tapping the throttle almost like a mid-tempo kick drum. I got a little too aggressive, and the car started the side-to-side oscillation Cody had warned me about. I gently backed out of the throttle, let the car calm down, and dug back in. Later, I mentioned to an off-road racer friend that taming the car and getting back into a rhythm made me feel like a hero but that I didn’t know whether that was because I was a newbie. She replied, “No, I totally do.” Knowing that it’s a lasting feeling makes me want more.
Our course was marked by black arrows marked on blaze-orange placards, and while I’d been around the track as a passenger and a driver in the Class 11 machine and then suffered through an exhibition lap in a Class 5 Unlimited Bug—a tube-chassis Beetle powered by a hogged-out flat-four capable of more than 80 mph in this terrain—I didn’t have it entirely memorized. I missed a turn, came to a stop in front of a sizable creosote bush, thought that I didn’t want to deal with finding reverse in the tight transmission, then realized, “Hey! I’m in a freakin’ buggy!” and just drove over the poor plant to get back on course.
When I was 10 years old, there was nothing in the world I wanted more than a Tamiya Fox R/C buggy. So I scrimped and I saved for the better part of a year, bought the car the day after Christmas 1986, spent the rest of my school break building it, and then had to wait eight more months until I had enough money to purchase a radio, battery, and charger. In short, the 1/10-scale buggy was one of the prized possessions of my childhood. Eventually, I put a ’67 GTO body on it, because I am from the Central Valley. At one point, tearing up a hill in the Mojave Desert, I had a thought: “I’m in the Fox! I’m the little plastic dude I painted 31 years ago!”
I knew the hill with the jump at the top was coming soon. The smooth face of the serious rise in front of me looked like it. I was about 90 percent sure it was the jump. Perhaps foolishly judging that 90 percent is the better percentage of valor, I committed. Cody’d warned me to get out of the throttle if I left the ground. Hammer down, the small yellow buggy bounded up the hill, crested the rise, and caught sweet, sweet air. Right foot up, stuck the landing, back into the power, and on toward the last bit of the course. Tearing toward the pits, there were a couple of nature-made drainage ditches to be aware of, not easily visible in the desert sun. In the interest of avoiding calamity, I dialed back the pace.
Into the pits, engine off. I’d been so occupied out on the course I hadn’t realized just how stupendous the whole experience had been. It was akin to the night Bob Mould invited me onstage to sing “Makes No Sense at All” because he’d blown his voice out. After the song ended, I stepped off the stage and just stood there with my hand over my mouth. A guy smiled and said to his date, “He just realized what he just did.”
Power- and weight-wise, a Class 9 car isn’t that far off a loaded up Harley-Davidson tourer, yet the experience is like riding a four-wheeled dirt bike. Throttle-induced weight transfer rules the day, steering inputs alone are largely suggestions, getting a buggy around the course requires merging with both the machinery and the landscape. Eyes down the course, foot in the gas, make the thing skitter and dance across the terrain instead of plowing through it. I was geeked; I hadn’t been so utterly thrilled in a vehicle in a very long time. It beat lapping Daytona in a Ferrari 488, or ripping around New Jersey Motorsports Park on a Yamaha YZF-R6. Cody unfastened the roof hatch, and I clambered out gracelessly, fairly well pummeled after 40 miles around the course during the afternoon. Jeffers allowed that most of the people who drive Class 11s are in their teens and early twenties. I’m 41. I asked anyway. “Cody, how much does one of these things cost?”
“About six grand.” “Don’t tell me that. I can afford that!”
The 2017 Baja 1000 starts in Ensenada on November 14. I won’t be there, but, man, am I ever dreaming dreams of Class 9 glory.
Source: Car and Driver
During the 1/10-scale, off-road RC boom of the 1980s, toymaker Tamiya’s bread and butter came from the demand for such memorable machines as the Frog, Grasshopper, Fox, Hornet, and Blackfoot; but the company also sold more mechanically advanced radio-controlled cars, like its all-wheel-drive Porsche 959 replica and, of course, the Toyota Hilux–based Bruiser, a metal-framed beast with a leaf-spring suspension and a three-speed gearbox. In a fit of nostalgia, Toyota commissioned a full-size replica of the radio-controlled pickup based on its current Hilux offering.
American kids weren’t the only ones who went nuts for Tamiya’s plastic models and radio-controlled cars, buggies, and trucks during the Reagan administration. The youth in Thatcherite Britain had quite a soft spot for the things, too. While the Hilux moniker has long ago fallen into disuse in the USA—its role now filled by the Tacoma—British ’Yota enthusiasts still do their four-wheeling Hilux style. And in a goofy genius move, Toyota cribbed cues from the Bruiser that was introduced in 1985, upsized them, and applied them to the modern truck. To wit, the thing features a to-scale antenna pole mounted in the bed, wound in a loose spiral with cable, just as an RC car’s receiver wire would be wrapped around the little car’s aerial rod.
Also mounted in the bed is a replica of the Bruiser’s utilitarian on/off switch. Other, accents, however, are a bit more in the realm of smoke and mirrors. Unable to source and unwilling to fabricate rear-window louvers for the modern Hilux, the backlight makes do with a vinyl appliqué. And while the full-size Bruiser sports a correct double-tube rear bumper, the front wears only a tubular bull bar, while white stripes on the bumper evoke the rest of the toy truck’s front-end treatment.
To pay lip service to the Tamiya truck’s monstrous stance, Toyota went to Arctic Trucks for their AT35 conversion, which includes Fox shocks and a set of 17-inch wheels shod with 305/80 BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/As. Unlike the original, which the hapless builder had to prep and paint on the outside (unlike the less detailed paint-on-the-inside Lexan bodies so many RC cars wear), Toyota went with a Diamond Blue Metallic vinyl wrap wearing the Bruiser’s livery. It did, however, make use of a domed gel to replicate an era-correct embossed Toyota tailgate. Rather than an electric motor, the full-size Bruiser carries a 2.4-liter diesel engine to do its saintly rock-clambering, forest-bashing duty. Is it nerdy? Absolutely. Is it fun? For certains. Does our demand for ’80s-style Tamiyayota accuracy have us looking wistfully at the reissued Bruiser kit? You bet your charging boar it does.
|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.|
From time to time we´re presenting some builds, mostly of Tamiya’s great range of re-releases. Today, we will show you the Top Force buggy which is Tamiya’s 100th RC Kit (1991) and was first re-released in 2006.
Now Tamiya did it again. The Top Force (2017) is back to show his potential.
The so called “Vintage Racing” scene becomes more and more popular. And it’s good to see other manufacturers following Tamiya re-releasing their classic cars from back in the 80´s and 90´s.
The Top Force, and especially the later released Top Force Evolution was Tamiya´s answer for the very popular off road racing scene in the early 90’s. It’s based on the classic Manta Ray chassis (which itself is based on the TA01/TA02 touring cars), but comes with a double deck FRP chassis and damper stays, ball diffs, steel prop shaft, Lexan undercowl and universal shafts for the front end. The body looks like a big wing, which gives the Top Force a very aerodynamic and aggressive look.
But that’s history. How good is the new/old Top Force ? Building the kit was a joy. We built the kit with a full set of ball bearings, a classic Tamiya aluminum motor mount (the original plastic one was always a weak spot) and the “Tamiya Top Force 2017 High Capacity Damper Set” No. 47358 (which is especially released for the Top Force 2017 kit). These dampers are of very good quality. They work extremely smooth, and look excellent too. On some of the photos, you see the car with Tamiya DF-03 wheels and modern racing tires. A perfect set up for the vintage racing scene.
As a regular reader, you may know that we lik alternate paintschemes. The Top Force is no exception here. This time, our choice felt for the relatively new Tamiya PS-63 Bright Gun Metal. We like it a lot, and it suits the colour of the Tamiya High Cap dampers very well.
Join vintage racing ! May the force be with you.
Information about the event
■ Tamiya Mini 4th Dimension History 2017
■ Venue: Izumi Parktown Tapio (Sendai City)
■ Duration: October 13 (Friday) to October 29 (Sun) in 2017
■ Organized by: Kawakami Shimpo, Sendai Broadcasting
■ Planning Production : Tamiyami 4th History Executive Committee
※ Free viewing
“This year” Mini 4WD “celebrating its 35th anniversary since birth.
We will exhibit Tamiya’s “history and now” that has created “fun to make” on the concept, easy to understand for beginners.
A corner introducing the history of 30 years of the nationwide convention of the largest certified competition “Mini 4WD Japan Cup” and a powerful full-scale exhibition with 220 successive Mini 4WDs, a development confidential story of Tamiya · Tamiya chairman who must be a fan , 1/1 size real car version “Aero Avante” also appeared!
Besides, it is a venue for adults to children to enjoy, such as a photo spot where pictures can be taken on the podium at the “Draw a Dream Mini 4WD!” Corner drawing an ideal mini 4WD.
Please enjoy the world of Mini 4WD which continues to be loved beyond the times by your family.
Another volume, “RC Magazine Classis” is out! 40 – 50’s RC fan plenty of famous cars and famous aircraft that come close to the hearts of older people. The front page if you are a long-time radio magazine fan was drawn by “Terry Saahara painter”. Just during the vintage boom there will be something that is attracted to fans of the young generation. Autumn’s long night enjoyed “autumn of reading” with this one book at leisure! It is on sale at the bookstore nationwide on 16th October, even on Amazon!