Category Archives: Vintage

Tamiya Top Force (2017) – may the force be with you

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.

Photos from Tamiya Mini 4WD History 2017 event at Izumi Park Town Tapio (Sendai City)

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.

Japanese RC Magazine issue featuring classic Tamiya RC cars


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!
Source: RCmagazine

Tamiya Mini 4WD 35th anniversary commemorative event 10/13 (Friday) ~ 10/29 (Sunday) held in Sendai


Tapio 9th anniversary birth place “Kiitos Festival 2017” held!

Tapio will celebrate its ninth anniversary this month. “Kiitos” is the meaning of “Thank you” in the word of Finland which is the roots of Tapio. Kiitos Festival holding the gratitude of daily gratitude, this year we will introduce the manufacturing of the model brand ‘TAMIYA’ top brand.

TAMIYA MINI 4WD HISTORY 2017
Enjoying “Making”, History Exhibition of Manufacturing

Duration: 10/13 (Friday) to 29 (Sunday) 10: 00 ~ 20: 00
Venue: South Campus 1st Floor North Court
Host: Kawakami Shimpo, Sendai Broadcast
Planning and Production: Tamiya Mini 4th Dimension History Executive Committee
※ Free viewing

“Mini 4WD” celebrating its 35th anniversary since its birth this year. We will exhibit Tamiya’s “history and now” that has created “fun to make” on the concept, easy to understand for beginners.

The largest mini 4WD official recognition national competition “Japan Cup” The corner introducing the history of 30 years and the powerful full-scale exhibition with 220 successive Mini 4WDs, the development story of Tamiya · Tamiya chairman who must be a fan , 1/1 size real car version “Aero Avante” also appeared!

Real car version “Aero Avante”

In addition, it is a venue that you can enjoy from adults to children, such as a photo spot where you can take pictures on the podium at the “Draw a Mini 4WD in a Dream!” Corner drawing an ideal mini 4WD.

Please enjoy the world of Mini 4WD which continues to be loved beyond the times by your family.

Sell ​​Tamiya products! “TAMIYA MARKET” Open for a limited time

Duration: 10/13 (Friday) to 29 (Sunday) 10: 00 ~ 20: 00
Venue: South Building 2F Special Site Venue

Special shop lineup of various items of Tamiya such as mini 4WD, radio controlled, clothing, Limited open! Also selling limited items! Please look forward to it ♪

Mini 4WD & Radio Control Course Appears!

Duration: 10/13 (Friday) to 29 (Sunday)
Venue: South Building 2F Special Site
* Reservation unnecessary, free use

Mini 4WD and RC run course appears! You can test-run freely on your own machine.
There is also a free rental machine, so beginners are also welcome to try out.

※ 10/21 (Sat), 22 (Sunday), 29 (Sunday) will be held for “Mini 4WD TAPIO CUP”, the running course of the radio control will be paused.

Tapio 9th Anniversary Birthday Memorial Convention “Mini 4WD TAPIO CUP” is held!

Schedule: October 21 (Sat), 22 (Sunday), 29 (Sunday)
Venue: 2nd Floor, South Building Drive Course in the Special Venue

Holding the Mini 4WD to commemorate the 9th anniversary of Tapio’s birthday festival. Luxury prizes are also given to winners of the race!
→ Click here for details!

Enjoy the Tamiya RC car!

Schedule: October 28 (Saturday)
Venue: South Building 2F Floor Travel Course
※ Special Participation Free

RC car fan must-see! We will demonstrate driving by Tamiya RC car staff, experience driving etc.
※ We will inform you of details such as time etc. at a later date.

“Suites Decoration” workshop

Period: 10/13 (Friday) ~ 29 (Sunday) 10: 00 ~ 20: 00
Venue: South Coast 1st Floor Center Court
Participation Fee: 400yen
* Reservation unnecessary, as soon as each day runs out Exit

“Tamiya Decoration Series” Held a workshop that can produce real and cute popular sweets decoration! You can take home the finished product ♪

MAAGO Special Project “Let’s be a Little Artist”

Duration: 10/13 (Friday) to 29 (Sunday)
Venue: South Coast 1st Floor Center Court
※ Participation Free

paintings drawn in Tapio are the only artworks in the world!
Opening drawing room for children. The designer tailors the work of those elected by lottery from the paintings drawn at the venue, and gifts at a later date!
※ The selected works will be shipped after exhibition in the Tapio Museum.
→ Click here for official homepage of little artist

Special projects are also held at each store!

During the birthday festival, we will implement a special birthday festival at each store.
Details will be released on 10/13 (Friday). ♪ Please enjoy shopping full of benefits and benefits ♪

Mr. Shunsaku Tamiya fan meeting and autograph session in Bangkok, Thailand


Many happy faces of Tamiya fans and nice signed kits. 🙂


Source and more photos: Tamiya Thailand Facebook Fanpage