Category Archives: Vintage

1980s Tamiya style video of Tamiya 58695 Wild One Blockhead Motors




Grown up gazing at the legendary Tamiya VHS videos in our local hobby shops, we just love such.

Creative Director : Jun Watanabe
Director : Naruhiro Imaizumi
Director of photography : Masashi Sasaki
Producer : Kenji Yamamoto
Production manager : Ken Endo
Production : Rooftop
Account executive : Toshiya Aoki
Editor : Kohei Hashimoto
Music : BAKU (KAIKOO)
Guitar : Jun Watanabe
Mixer : Kota Jibiki
Assistant Mixer : Yutaka Futakawa
Post-production : Qtec
Narrator : Bill Sullivan
Manager : Ayako Sugisaki (MT Globe)

Tamiya RC Live – High-tech lecture special “How to build the main parts of Super Avante!” and Tamiya RC History (19)



The main parts of the new shaft drive 4WD buggy “Super Avante” to be released in November will be explained, such as “Ball Diff” and “Aeration Big Bore Damper”.
Tamiya Maezumi (a.k.a. “Paicen”) shows you the fully optioned Super Avante in action! Also explains how to adjust the optional parts “TD4 Slipper Clutch Set” which is released at the same time!
In Tamiya RC History (19), we take a close look at the machines released in 1988 and 1989! “In Tamiya RC History (19), we take a close look at the machines released in 1988 and 1989, including the Scorcher, Vanquish, Mad Blaster and Fire Dragon.
Cast
Tamiya Satoshi Maezumi, Riku Sunahara, Takayuki Kono

Tamiya RC Live – Fall Winter 2021 RC New Products, Tamiya Dragon 4 Brothers Showdown, Tamiya RC History (18)



The new Tamiya RC products to be released in autumn/winter 2021 will be shown live.
Super Avante, Wild One Off-roader BHM, Mighty Frog Mini, Saint Dragon, Toyota GR86, Subaru BRZ, 1992 Audi V8 Touring, Track Unit Conversion
Tamiya RC Dragon 4 brothers “Super Storm Dragon”, “Fire Dragon”, “Thunder Dragon” and “Saint Dragon” will be running against each other. Tamiya Maezumi, Kono and Sunahara will show you the best of their performance!
In Tamiya RC History (18), the off-road models released in 1988, Sonic Fighter, Thunder Dragon 4WD, Grasshopper II and Avante, will be featured.
Cast
Tamiya Satoshi Maezumi, Riku Sunahara, Takayuki Kono

Tamiya RC Live – Introduction of optional parts for Super Avante and Tamiya RC Film Festival (2), Tamiya RC History (17)



We will introduce the optional parts that can be used for the new shaft drive 4WD buggy “Super Avante” which will be released in November. Tamiya Maezumi (a.k.a. “Paicen”) explains about the new optional parts which will be released at the same time as the kit, as well as the recommended parts which are now on sale to improve the driving performance!
The announcement of the excellent work of RC movie contest “#Tamiya RC movie festival (Twitter)” on Twitter (2) will be delivered. Tamiya Sunahara (a.k.a. “Rikkun”), who is also in charge of Tamiya RC driving movies, will introduce the points of RC movies!
In Tamiya RC History (17), we take a close look at the machine released in 1987! “In Tamiya R/C History (17), we will take a close look at the machines released in 1987, including the Lotus Honda 99T, the Williams FW-11B Honda F1, and the Midnight Pumpkin.

Cast
Tamiya Satoshi Maezumi, Riku Sunahara, Akihiro Ohata

Tamiya RC Live – Introduction of new RC products for autumn/winter 2021, announcement of Tamiya RC film festival excellent work (1) & Tamiya RC history (16)



We will introduce the details of new Tamiya RC products which will be released in autumn and winter of 2021.
Products to be introduced
Super Avante, Wild One Offroader BHM, Mighty Frog Mini, Toyota GR86, Subaru BRZ, 1992 Audi V8 Touring, Saint Dragon
The announcement of the excellent work of the RC movie contest “#Tamiya RC movie festival (Twitter)” on Twitter (1) will be delivered. Don’t miss the rich variation of RC movies!
Tamiya RC History (16) features the off-road models “Clodbuster”, “Super Sabre” and “Thunder Shot” which were released in 1987.

Tamiya RC Live – Live broadcast of Tamiya’s new RC car, TA08PRO high-tech course and Tamiya RC History (15)



The world’s first live broadcast of Tamiya’s new RC cars will be held. “The world’s first live coverage of Tamiya’s new RC cars, including the Super Avante and Wild One Off-roader Block Head Motors (Youtube)! The Super Avante MS (Paisen spec) may also make an appearance?
TA08PRO high-tech lecture will be delivered by Takayuki Kono, who was involved in the development and test driver of TA08PRO, together with the driving scene of TA08PRO Kono specification.
The Tamiya RC History features a close-up of the off-road models introduced in 1987. Stryker, Hot Shot II 4WD and Lunch Box will be featured!
Cast
Tamiya Satoshi Maezumi, Riku Sunahara, Takayuki Kono

Tamiya RC Live – Introduction of new RC products to be released in September, Tamiya RC history (14)



We will introduce the details of the new Tamiya RC products which will be shipped in September. Tamiya RC History will introduce the new products which will be shipped in September.
The Tamiya RC History section introduces the models released in 1986. Blackfoot, Porsche 959, Toyota Celica Gr.B and Monster Beetle will be introduced!
In addition to the Tamiya R/C running live, Tamiya Maezumi (known as “Paisen”), Tamiya Sunahara (known as “Rikkun”), and TRF (Tamiya Racing Factory) driver Kono Kono will also be in attendance. Tamiya Maezumi, who is known as “Paicen”, Tamiya Sunahara, who is known as “Rikkun”, and TRF (Tamiya Racing Factory) Kono will be running mini races.
We will also bring you the progress of the #Tamiya RC Film Festival (Twitter) and the secret “Rikku’s Summer Memories” video!
Cast
Tamiya Satoshi Maezumi, Riku Sunahara, Takayuki Kono

Tamiya (Classic) Off Road Racing at its peak – The Top Force Evo. (2021)


When the Tamiya Top Force Evolution came onto the market in 1992, it was a practically unattainable model for me, as well as for many other young Tamiya fans, due to the high price.
At the time, my hard-saved money was just enough to buy a Tamiya Astute, which I really loved back then.

The “normal” Top Force was a good car, although it actually got by with relatively very common TA-01 technology. As a good driver with a well built “Top Force”, you definately had a chance, also in higher class races. But the “Top Force Evolution” went one better in all areas. Carbon plate chassis, Ball differentials front and rear, universal joint shafts for front and rear, steel cardan shaft, a full set of ball bearings, and last but not least the fantastic aluminum dampers, which are still absolutely competitive today.

Tamiya has the Top Force Evolution revised very carefully. The character of the car is still the same. The universal joint shafts were replaced by more modern CVD shafts. The shock towers, for example, are now also made of carbon. In the 90s these were still made of FRP. And I almost forgot one thing. The body and spoiler comes already cut out and pre-painted in Tamiya PS-23 “Gun Metal”, which is still the original colour code.

The Evo. comes with standard Tamiya ESC and 540 brushed motor. We have equipped our Top Force Evo. with a modern sensor-controlled brushless system, a low profile and fast digital steering servo, and an aluminum motor mount. The construction of the “new” Top Force Evo. was a real pleasure. Hardly any other car has given me more pleasure building it in recent years. It is the perfect car for the increasingly popular vintage racing. When fitting more modern 2.2 wheels and tires, the Evo. is ready for your local race track.

Some words about the look and design of the whole car. The „One Big Wing“ look of the Top Force is still a stunner, and you can call it a real milestone in Tamiya´s classic buggy designs. Wing and body are aerodynamically one piece. The whole car looks so sleek, flat and fast. Tamiya made no compromises here.

All in all, thank you Tamiya for this wonderful new re-release. We are looking forward to the release of the upcoming Super Avante TD4 and “Blockhead” Wild One Offroader. With the “Blockhead” Wild One, really a dream comes true. Also many thanks to Tamico and Dickie-Tamiya, for providing us with the Top Force Evo. Kit.

Tamiya RC Live – New RC model announcement and TC-01 one-make challenge report & Tamiya RC history



NEW RC model announcement and TC-01 one-make challenge report & Tamiya RC history!
・ Details of the NEW RC model will be unveiled for the first time!
・ We will deliver the pattern of “TC-01 One Make Challenge” scheduled to be held at Tamiya Kakegawa Circuit on August 8th (Sun). This will be the first one-make big race for the Formula E chassis!
・ Tamiya staff Sunahara, also known as “Rick-kun,” will participate in the Formula E class, and Tamiya Maezumi, also known as “Paisen,” will participate in the TS050 Sprint class. We will report on the qualifying and final races.
・ Tamiya RC History is a close-up of the off-road model that appeared in 1986. Super Shots, Falcons and Boomerangs will be presented!

Tamiya RC Live – Introduction of Tamiya Off-Road Meeting held in August and Tamiya RC History



Introduction of Tamiya Off-Road Meeting held in August and Tamiya RC History! -We will deliver the pattern of “Off-Road Meeting” held at Tamiya Kakegawa Circuit on August 1st (Sun). Introducing “Comical 4WD”, “Comical 2WD”, “Classic Buggy”, “Off-Road 2WD”, “Off-Road 4WD”! ・ Introducing the model released in 1985 in Tamiya RC History. Racing Master Mk.6 and Road Wizard will be released !! ・ Additional information on “Tamtech Gear Glass Hopper Mini” and “Super Avante” introduced at RC Live!
Appearance: Tamiya Satoshi Maezumi, Riku Sunahara