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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

Creator of Mini 4WD – The future of plastic models interview with the president of Tamiya

Author: Akira Kobayashi, ITmedia

What do you think of when you hear the word plastic model? From Showa to the early Heisei period, plastic models were essential items for boys. There will be many people who are excited about Zero Battle, Yamato, Mini 4WD and Gundam. Recently, however, there are few stores selling plastic models in the town, and I do not hear that it is popular among children. Is the content called plastic model already outdated?

I wanted to know that and visited the “58th Shizuoka Hobby Show” held in Shizuoka City from May 8th to 11th. The Shizuoka Model Teaching Material Association is the host of the “Shizuoka Hobby Show”, which is said to be the world’s largest plastic model and radio equipment control model trade fair. Mr. Toshisaku Tamiya (84), who is the president of the union and president of Tamiya Co., Ltd., responded to a solo interview with ITmedia Business Online on May 10.

President Tamiya, the parent of the Mini 4WD, has been leading the Japanese plastic model industry, which is highly regarded in the world, from its inception. The Mini 4WD is currently popular not only in Japan but also in Southeast Asia and other countries. We asked President Tamiya to talk about the current status of plastic models and the future of plastic models in Japan that has reached the era of retiring.

Tamiya Shunsaku (born 1934, Shizuoka City). After graduating from Waseda University for 58 years, he joined Tamiya Trading Company, which is run by his father. I am involved in planning and designing wooden models, but in the crisis of the inflow of plastic models from the West, I made a major transition from wooden models to plastic model models. The company has been exhibiting for the first time at the Nuremberg International Toy Fair, where toy manufacturers from around the world gather in 1982, and has been exhibiting for 51 consecutive years since the flagship of Quality World. Efforts have been made to improve model quality control and the Tamiya brand, including instructing the establishment of a customer service department at an early stage. In addition, illustrator representative of the times such as Shigeru Komatsuzaki, Ueha Hachiro, and Yoshiyuki Takahara was appointed. The box drawing that is the face of the plastic model was developed beyond the role of package decoration, and a painting style called box art was established. Shizuoka model teaching materials cooperative president since 1994. The Shizuoka Hobby Show is held every May, contributing to regional revitalization. He has concurrently served as Chairman and President of Tamiya since 17 years. In his book, “The work of the Tamiya model” “The people who made the Tamiya model: The legendary plastic toy shop” (Bunharu Bunko)

70% of children have no plamo experience! ?
― First of all, I will serve as the president of the teaching materials cooperative. It seems that elementary and middle school students and high school students were invited as a new attempt at this hobby show.

It is a plastic model that was once referred to as passing rituals for boys, but it is said that children today have not even touched more than 70% have made it. If so, I invited to a hobby show, saw it all, and thought that I would like to get in touch with it, I planned. This is a proposal of Governor Kawahira of Shizuoka Prefecture.

When Governor Kawakatsu first saw it at the 2018 Hobby Show, he said, “Mr. Tamiya, I have to show it to my students.” However, the space was too small and it was difficult to call students and students in crowded venues, so I decided to extend the session and make an invitation date. It will cost money to extend the session, but the prefecture also supported me.

As a result, I think it was a great success to invite elementary and junior high school students and high school students. I showed how plastic models are made, what raw materials are, how they are injection molded, and how they are assembled and played. The children have already turned their eyes and are eating into plastic models. We’re sorry. It’s been a few years for children to be surrounded by plastic models (laughs). The teachers who led were also looking forward to it.

After all, the invitation date was only one day of May 8th, but 5200 elementary, junior high, and high school students from Shizuoka prefecture gathered. I hope this will continue from next year.

― In recent years, with the spread of the Internet and SNS, such trade fairs have decreased, but the Shizuoka Hobby Show has been a success.

Aside from the invitation day of the newly established elementary, junior high, and high school students, two days of the four days of the exhibition period will be the business meeting for agents and retailers, and the next two days will be open to general customers. This time the number of visitors will be over 80,000. The Spielwaren Messe, which is held every year in Nuremberg, Germany, is famous as an international trade fair for plastic models. However, this is an international toy trade fair, and some of them show plastic models, so the Shizuoka Hobby Show may be the largest in the world as a trade show limited to plastic models and radio control.

In the past, trade shows of plastic models were held in the United States and the United Kingdom, but have already disappeared. I have been in the United States since I was 31 years old, but plastic model makers themselves are gone in the United States.

Tamiya has been exhibiting at Spielwaren Messe for 51 years, but in recent years the number of companies exhibiting at the Messe itself has decreased and the exhibition period has become shorter. Tamiya is the largest at the plastic model booth, but I can not deny the feeling that the Messe itself is in a recession.

Declining Plamo trade fair
― Why is the trade show decreasing?

Although it is influenced by the Internet, I think it is because the organizers of the trade fair lack the wisdom. It is necessary to have a high entrance fee and a device to call more people, and I think it is necessary to reconsider the significance of the Messe itself.

Plastic models are said to have been reduced in retail stores in recent years and mail orders have increased, but I think that there is a desire for customers to want to see and touch the real thing. For that purpose, a fair will be necessary.

In addition, during the business meeting of the hobby show, Tamiya has a lot of retailers coming to Tamiya’s head office to hold a party in the hall. Being able to hear the raw voices of retailers who can not usually touch it is worthwhile to replace it.

― I hear that many customers from overseas are visiting.

This year, buyers from around 20 countries around the world visited the hobby show. Originally, we were eagerly coming from Southeast Asian countries such as Singapore, Taiwan, Korea, Indonesia, etc. Recently, it looks like negotiations from Germany, the US, France, the UK, etc. All the buyers who have visited say “It’s really good to come.” When I come to the Shizuoka Hobby Show, I think I have something to gain. The “something” is different depending on the person. The Shizuoka Hobby Show is becoming the “World Hobby Show”.

Recently I feel that in the euro area only countries with strong economies survive. In the Netherlands, Belgium, and Greece, as well as in Spain, we have no business partners. All agencies have gone. It means that globalization is progressing so much among plastic model industry. I think it is a failure of globalism. The euro area is different in culture and language, so it will be difficult for all countries to survive.

Heisei is “the time when we lost the game”
― I heard that there is a joint exhibition where plastic model fans from all over Japan bring their works with us as another attraction of the Shizuoka Hobby Show.

This is an event that began 30 years ago, but using a part of the exhibition hall, modelers will exhibit their own plastic models in a circle. This year, about 10,000 works were exhibited in the 293 circle. The good thing about this exhibition is that it is not a contest, but everyone is able to create and exhibit the works they want to make. This exhibition is also an international event, with more and more circles participating from overseas. I’m very passionate.

― I saw the venue, but it did show a big excitement indeed. Until now, Showa, Heisei and plastic models have been essential items for children, but what do you think plastic models are going to be in a new era called Reiwa.

I can not say how big things will happen in the future plastic model, but I said even in the greetings of the beginning of the year, “Heisei is a time when I lost the game”. The second half of Heisei was losing the game.

I think I want plastic model to beat the game by all means in the era of regal. Certainly the game is interesting. But the plastic model has an analog that is not in the game, which is a great attraction. As I always say, I think that Japanese manufacturing starts with plastic models.

Today’s children said that more than 70% had never made plastic models, but by making plastic models, they know the correct usage of cutters and drivers and acquire the ability to read assembly instructions properly . And above all, by making plastic models, you can know the real thing, “Oh, I’m getting rid of four wheels,” and “Automobiles are like this.”

We want you to know that you have learned the basics of manufacturing by making the most analog plastic models. It’s an analog plastic model that competes with virtual games.

Backstage of the “Mini 4WD” birth First of all “do not fly without sounding”

― From here, I will speak as president of model maker Tamiya. Domestic plastic models reached the 60th anniversary in 18 years. Speaking of Tamiya, the MM series tanks, the 1/350 battleship Yamato, and the zero battle of 1/32 are strong, but I hear that the mini 4WD series currently occupies a large part. The Mini 4WD and the radio control also collaborated with a car company.

We also collaborate with Toyota Motor Corporation, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. and Mazda Motor Corporation. Remember the name of the car since you were a child. That is the policy of the Japanese automobile industry. Today, Toyota’s car is on display, but I think it would be nice if it helped me to leave the cars of young people.

The toy is complete, but as I mentioned earlier, the plastic model is assembled by hand. If you make a plastic model, you can also imagine the structure of the car.

― In terms of business, the part that mini 4WD occupies is growing.

Certainly, the genre of scale models such as tanks and planes is quite difficult now. But cars are doing well. The Mini 4WD is not a scale model, but a motorized four-wheel drive. Although some designs are deformed from the actual vehicle, most are fictitious designs. Run it on the course and compete for speed.

The first kit of the Mini 4WD was made more than 30 years ago. At that time, there was a four wheel drive boom in the actual car. Audi quattro became a topic, and a magazine specializing in four wheel drive also appeared. I thought, “This is the age of 4WD,” and I thought about the mini 4WD in terms of making a “running 4WD model” that is cheap for children as well.

At the time there were four-wheeled products in the radio controlled car, but the children were too expensive to get out of their way. Because only 10,000 yen or more and 20,000 yen or more were all included in the transmitter alone. That’s why everyone was watching with their fingers. Therefore, the mini 4WD was made by thinking “What is the 4WD that children can afford?” Originally Tamiya had a track record of making slot racing cars around the Showa 40 and selling them around the world, so it was a hand to make a model of a running car.

― You targeted children.

However, when I actually sold it, it did not ring and did not fly. I can not sell enough to be disappointed. I received advice from a famous animator J. Otsuka Yasuo (editorial note: animator who also worked on “Lupin III”) and I made a comical mini 4 wheel drive, but this was also a small hit.

After trial and error, I specialized in speed and sold explosively. There was a collaboration with Shogakkan’s “Corokoro Comic”, but I realized that what children are looking for is speed. So I made a dedicated course and started to have a competition. Then the children devise a lot to speed up. Make the body cover as thin and light as possible, or make the chassis heavier so that stability is achieved at the corners. I thought the child was a play genius. So the big boom came over the end of the Showa era and two times of about 6 and 7 years of Heisei.

In Southeast Asia ‘Dash!
― I remember that well. The children who played with the mini 4WD at that time are now fathers in their 30s and 40s.

The father is doing mini 4WD with the child again. It is now only about this mini-shikakeri that father teaches manufacturing to children. Besides, recently, it is said that mother and daughter are together and they enjoy mini 4WD with family. I am glad to see the whole family coming to the competition.

The Mini 4WD has gone through a few booms and is now in a stable period. The main customers are from elementary school students to fathers in their 30s and 40s. Tamiya holds an All-Japan Championship called “Japan Cup” every year as a mini 4WD competition, but in addition to that, it is carrying out mini 4WD events in cooperation with large shopping malls, electronics retailers and car dealers. You It may be because it is judged that it is an excellent event that gathers children.

Mini 4WD is also strong overseas. Southeast Asia ‘Dash! Some of the animes on the 4th Series have been aired and are popular in Indonesia, Hong Kong, etc. Recently, offers from New Zealand and the United States have come. It is a feeling that the Mini 4WD is taking over the world.

“The ideal teaching materials” programming robot
― This time, I saw an exhibition of “programming robots” for children who learn programming through manufacturing. This is a new attempt.

As you can see from the name Shizuoka Model Teaching Material Association, originally, for the manufacturer of Shizuoka, model teaching materials have been used since ancient times. Tamiya has also been working on a series of educational materials for children called the “Fun Crafting Series”. Solar cars and centipede robots are still selling hit products.

This programming robot was designed in line with the need for programming education in elementary schools from 2020. The latest one is equipped with a microcomputer board for education, and can be controlled and operated from a PC. I think this robot is an ideal teaching material that you can learn programming while having fun. The kit that Tamiya has recently released is a little expensive at around 10,000 yen, but contains an electronic board. I do not know how much it sells, but has received high praise from overseas buyers.

― When listening to the story like this, the direction of the new plastic model can be seen in a vague manner.

As I said earlier, I think that the Japanese manufacturing tradition starts with making plastic models. Mini 4WD is used in school classes in Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, etc. However, in Japan, unfortunately, it is said that things from certain manufacturers can not be used for classes.

The plastic model also helps children’s education and fosters imagination. At the same time, I will teach you the basics of manufacturing and cutting, scraping, and assembling. I will do my best to offer new plastic models in a new era. I would like to make Dewa “the age of plastic model counterattack”.

What image do you want?
― Lastly, Tamiya, who has many unique talented employees, what kind of people are you looking for now?

It doesn’t matter at all which school you are out of. Anyway people who like models and plastic models are good. Recently, people who have changed jobs from other companies such as automobile companies are also active.

I often say to new employees that “I can quit as soon as Tamiya gets tired”. Because if you don’t think that job is interesting, you can not do a good job after all. Right?

I don’t care about my academic background, but I would like to get a university if I can. Education is helpful when teaching your subordinates. General education subjects I studied at university are still useful. Natural science theory. University is not just about taking credits. After all study is good.

Author profile
Noboru Kobayashi
Freelance writer, editor. Born in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1957. After graduating from university, worked at a publisher. “The work of the Tamiya model” (paperback edition, Shunsaku Tamiya), “The Legendary Plamoya” (the paperback edition, Shunsaku Tamiya), “The Japan plastic model 亡” (Hiroshi Ida), “The 50th History of the Japanese plastic model” (Japan) Involved in editing the plastic model industrial cooperative edition), “Shizuoka model whole history” (Shizuoka model teaching material cooperative edition). A recent book is “Nippon plastic model sixty-year history” (Munharu Shinsho).

Source in Japanese language: ITmedia

Photos and contents of Tamiya Vintage RC Car Museum 2 book



A sequel to the popular “TAMIYA Vintage RC Car Museum” is now available.

This time, the Tamiya RC cars, which appeared in 1992-2000, are covered almost entirely (some models are not listed).
As in the last time, all photos are taken down.
In addition, all box art of the machine which appears this time.
It has become a highly informative document that shows the history of Tamiya-made touring cars, which has become a major boom in the 1990s.
It is hoped that you can feel the “toring car enthusiastic era” Ibuki that shows the enthusiasm as if it was scorchingly heated from the various machines listed in this book, at circuits around the country.

※ “Jordan 191 (F101)” released in November 1991, which could not be posted on the previous “TAMIYA Vintage RC Car Museum”, is now available.

In addition, “McLaren MP / 4 Honda (F102)” published in the previous work has been ommited.

CONTENTS

P008 …… Lotus 107B Ford
P014 …… Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI
P020 …… Mitsubishi Pajero Metal Top Wide
P028 …… Rover Mini Cooper
P032 …… Fiat Abarth 1000TCR Berrina Corsa
P038 …… KURE Nismo GT-R
P044 …… Calsonic Skyline GT-R
P050 …… Rover Mini Cooper Racing
P056 …… Wild Willy 2
P062 …… Ferrari 360 Modena Challenge
P071 …… Jordan 191
P070 …… Bush Devil
P072 …… Williams FW 14 Renault
P074 …… Stadium Blitzer
P075 …… Mercedes Benz 190E Evolution II AMG
P076 …… Nissan R91 CP (’92 Daytona winning car)
P077 …… Super Blackfoot
P078 …… Toyota Hilux 4WD Mountain Rider
P080 …… Ford Escort RS Cosworth
P081 …… Schnitzer BMW M3 Sport Evolution
P082 …… Footwork FA13 Infinite Honda
P083 …… Concolor 4WD
P084 …… Dynastorm 2 WD
P086 …… Lancia Delta HF Integral (’92 WRC Champion Car)
P088 …… Benetton B192
P089 …… Toyota Celica GT-FOUR RC (Rally Competition) ’92 WRC Driver’s Champion Car
P090 …… Axia Skyline GT-R Gr.A
P091 …… Blitzer Beetle
P092 …… Idemitsu MOTION infinite civic
P094 …… Dyna Blaster 2 WD
P096 …… Super Hornet
P097 …… Michelin pilot Ford Escort RS Cosworth
P098 …… Castrol Celica (Toyota Celica GT-FOUR RC) (’93 Monte Carlo Rally winning car)
P099 …… Sauver C12
P100 …… Toms Levin
P101 …… Jack’s Civic (’93 All Japan Touring Car Championship Class 3 Champion Car)
P102 …… Toyota Prerunner
P103 …… Blitz Toyota Supra Gr. N
P104 …… Newman Haas K Mart Texaco Laura T93 / 00 Ford (’93 Indy Car World Series Champion Car)
P106 …… About the TOPIC 1 formula chassis
P108 …… Renault Clio Williams
P110 …… AMG Mercedes-Benz C Kura DTM · D2
P111 …… HKS Nissan Skyline GT-R Gr.A
P112 …… Jeep Wrangler
P113 …… Feller 412 T1
P114 …… Ford Mondeo BTCC
P115 …… Promarkt Zak Speed ​​AMG Mercedes C Class DTM
P116 …… Chevy S-10
P117 …… Layall Hogan Motorola Laura T94 / 00 Honda
P118 …… Castrol Nissan Primera JTCC
P119 …… Opel Calibra V6 DTM
P120 …… Calsonic Nissan Primera JTCC
P122 …… Daytona Thunder
P124 …… Isuzu mu
P126 …… M1205 Hummer
P128 …… Loctite Skyline GT-R · N1
P130 …… HKS Opel Vectra JTCC
P131 …… Dart Slasher
P132 …… Ford F-150
P133 …… Volkswagen Golf VR6
P134 …… Toyota Celica GT-FOUR
P135 …… Toyota Toms Exc. JTCC
P136 …… Nismo Clarion GT-R LM ’95 Le Mans participation car
P138 …… Alpine A110
P140 …… Ford SVT Mustang Cobra R
P141 …… Castrol Toyota Toms Supra GT
P142 …… BMW 318i STW
P143 …… Street Devil
P144 …… Taisan Porsche 911 GT2
P146 …… About the TOPIC 2 TA series
P148 …… Volkswagen Beetle
P150 …… Honda S800 Racing
P151 …… Repsol Ford Escort RS Cosworth
P152 …… Honda CR-V
P153 …… Williams Renault FW 18
P154 …… Eunos Roadster
P156 …… Audi A4 STW
P158 …… Volvo 850 BTCC
P159 …… Fighter buggy RX
P160 …… Peer Accord VTEC
P161 …… Alfa Romeo GTA
P162 …… Opel Calibra Cliff
P163 …… Martini Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI
P164 …… Jack’s Accord
P165 …… King Blackfoot
P166 …… Porsche 911 GT1
P168 …… F103 RX chassis kit
P169 …… Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI Bosch
P170 …… Honda S-MX lowdown
P171 …… Porsche Boxster
P172 …… Pia Nakajima Reinard 97D
P173 …… Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV
P174 …… Toyota Celica GT-FOUR ’97 Monte Carlo
P175 …… Mercedes Benz SLK
P176 …… Nissan R390 GT1
P178 …… Brazing Star
P179 …… Mad Bull
P180 …… Volkswagen Golf V5
P181 …… avex children’s dream infinite NSX
P182 …… Porsche 911 Carrera
P183 …… Opel Vectra STW
P184 …… Subaru Impreza WRC
P185 …… Peugeot 406 ST
P186 …… Ferrari F 310 B
P187 …… Pia Porsche 911
P188 …… Ford Escort WRC
P189 …… Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV Monte Carlo specification
P190 …… About TOPIC 3 TA03 series
P192 …… Toyota Corolla WRC
P194 …… Baja Champ
P196 …… Mobil 1 NSX
P197 …… Ford SVT F-150 Lightning
P198 …… Peugeot 306 Maxi WRC
P200 …… Pen’s oil Nismo GT-R
P201 …… Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V WRC
P202 …… Subaru Impreza WRC
P203 …… Ford Mustang Cobra R
P204 …… TA03R-TRF special chassis kit
P206 …… Toyota GT-One TS020
P208 …… Juggernaut (Ford F-350)
P210 …… Porsche 911 GT1 ’98 Le Mans winning car
P211 …… Castrol infinite NSX
P212 …… Wagon R RR
P213 …… McLaren Mercedes MP4 / 13
P214 …… Honda S2000
P216 …… Penzoil Nismo GT-R (R34)
P218 …… Toyota Altezza
P219 …… BMW M Roadster
P220 …… Ford Focus WRC
P221 …… Mercedes CLK CLK-GTR Original Taille
P222 …… TA03R-S TRF special chassis kit
P224 …… Alfa Romeo 156 Racing Italy Super Touring Car Championship Specifications
P225 …… Audi R8R
P226 …… Stadium Raider
P228 …… Toyota Celica
P229 …… Peugeot 206 WRC
P230 …… Toyota Aristo
P231 …… Blitzer Beetle Chrome Metallic Special
P232 …… Toyota GT-One TS020 ’99
P233 …… Raybrik NSX ’99
P234 …… Calsonic Skyline GT-R (R34)
P235 …… Juggernaut 2 (Ford F-350)
P236 …… Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI WRC
P238 …… F103 LM-TRF special chassis kit
P239 …… Subaru Impreza (German German Rally Championship Winner)
P240 …… Mercedes Benz CLK DTM 2000 Team D2
P241 …… Toyota bB
P242 …… TA04 PRO
P244 …… Reibrik NSX (2000 specifications)
P246 …… About the TOPIC 04 M chassis

Source: RC World Magazine

Tamiya Mini 4WD Japan Cup Memorial machines overview

A large collection of machines from previous generations! This year’s Baronbient 2019 is full of new attractions!!

In commemoration of the “Mini 4WD Japan Cup”, where hot battles are taking place all over Japan, a lot of special memorial models were born. This year, the “ Baronbient Japan Cup 2019 ”, which has been classically and elegantly organized, has been launched, replacing the racing style full of battle spirit . A wine-red bonnet with a black body and gold leaf coloring for the wheel arch. The combination with the “ HG Carbon Multi-Wide Stay (1.5 mm) J-CUP2019 ” with gold print will make it even more attractive. Launch of the “Baron Bient Japan Cup 2019” is around June 29th. Please stay tuned.

※ Products before 2018 have already been discontinued. Please note.

Video and overview of Tamiya 80s re-release buggies

80年代、90年代のタミヤRCバギーが復刻中!

1980年代のタミヤのRCバギー。実は復刻しているマシンも意外とあるんです。あなたの憧れの一台、今こそ手に入れてみませんか?復刻バギーはこちらでチェック!https://www.tamiya.com/japan/rc/tgsp/rc_revival.htmlプロポつきの完成品モデルはこちら!https://www.tamiya.com/japan/products/list.html?genre_item=201030

Gepostet von TAMIYA(タミヤ) am Donnerstag, 6. Juni 2019

RC buggy in tamiya in the 1980 s. The machine that is actually reprinted is also surprising. One of your longing, do you want to get it now?

Overview of Tamiya 80s re-release buggies (Japanese pages)