Category Archives: Vintage

Upcoming Tamiya Vintage RC Car Museum 1976-1992 Book

We are excited to see a new Japanese book being released for classic Tamiya RC cars:

Tamiya’s RC car that every men in their 40s and 60s knows, such as Grasshopper, Hornet, Mighty Frog. Among them, summarize and explain the Tamiya made RC car from 1970 to 1992 when RC was a big boom in one volume. In addition to product photos, valuable box art (box picture) will also be posted and it will be content with high material quality. Besides that, valuable data of the time, peripheral equipment, interviews and columns of stakeholders are included, it is nostalgic for those who know that time, and it will be the contents that you can know the history for those who recently liked RC.

Flashback Friday – Tamiya at Shizuoka Hobby Show 1965

While waiting for the Tamiya Fair 2018 start in few hours, a lovely nostalgic photo from the past:

The Shizuoka Hobby Show has been held since 1965. The first photo was held at Shizuoka City which made the residence of the Tokugawa Yoshinobu official at the name of the producer trade fair. One piece feels a long history of the hobby show
Source: Shizuoka prefecture Twitter account

New manga with classic Tamiya RC

First episode: Reunion with the Buggy Champ


“Elite Yankee Saburo” “Bancho Association” Dr. Shuji Abe became 40 years old, and the story begins by having the radio controlled car that was longing for a boy again.
If you read it you will want to control the radio!
Coverage for coverage / TAMIYA’s real radio control experience!
This is a story of 40 men fierce fighting and rebirth!
https://mangacross.jp/comics/rc/1

Radio Control Magazine Classic 2 special issue


Finally old car fan-Long-awaited Mook Second Bullet,”Radio Control Magazine Classic 2″ will be on sale! From The 1970s to 90s, we have introduced the name of the machine and name items that have been popular in the world. It’s perfect for the save version too! Especially the ichi special DVD of the appendix! The machine of those who participated in the ” Classic meeting ” hosted in this magazine is also included in ” that ” former name driver, and an interview that tells us about that time. In the gp edition, a member who created Japan whirlwind in the Geneva tournament in 1979, in the ep edition, a member of the 1th Japan championship komazawa tournament, with a hot talk. I hope you enjoy it. The release date will be on October 30th at the National Bookstore, Amazon!


Source: RCmagazine

60 Years Plastic Models Special Exhibition at All Japan Model Hobby Show 2018

Looking back on the history of domestic model history in the real thing “60 years seen in a plastic model”

It is 60 years since 1958 this year. Report on the nostalgic plastic model exhibition section

Author: Teruya Inamoto

One part of the “58th All Japan Model Hobby Show” held at Tokyo Big Sight from September 28th to 30th is an exhibition “60 Years as seen in a Plastic Model” commemorating the 60th anniversary of the release of the domestic plastic model A corner was set up.

In the corner, the packages of popular plastic models released from domestic manufacturers in the past 60 years are displayed divided into age and category. There should be many visitors who are excited about the sight that nostalgic box paintings are lining up with Zurari. And inside the corner, we set up “Mashiro OS model model shop” modeled on “OS model” that actually existed in the 1950s, and exhibited a plastic model that could not be exhibited in the case. In this article I took most of the plastic models on display and added a column for each corner so I hope you will enjoy the atmosphere.

1 “From tree to resin era: high growth period and plastic model”

 1960 to 1970 ‘s where Japan was in a high growth period. Starting with the release of the “Nuclear Submarine Nautilus” made by Marsan in 1958, each company releases everything around us as a plastic model. Not only the scale models such as tanks and cars but also the various models such as buildings, household appliances, animals and insects, interiors, etc. Plastic models not focused on categories are fun just looking at it. Also, due to the colorization of television broadcasting and the launch of boy’s manga magazines, children’s characters and appearance mechanisms are also on the market.

2 “Evolving scale model – Enriching the hobby world”

 The variety model lineup is popular among scale models such as military-related vehicles such as ships, aircraft and tanks developed from Nautilus of Marsan and cars developed from the car boom since the 1960’s.

 In the early days, there were many things that used a motor to turn propellers and enjoy traveling, but the flow is pursued with realism such as appearance and detail while emphasizing the model and model of the actual machine , And the kit that moves with the motor hides the shadow.

 In 1968, a soldier doll of 1/35 scale was released from Tamiya, and from that time on, the military model of the same scale was named “Military Miniature Series” and it has been established as a popular series until now.

3 “From the dawn to the present, the source of power to support the market”

 The character model plastic which is the main stream of the current plastic model market starts penetrating to the market in a stroke, starting with the kit form of “Ultraman” and “Thunderbird” of the 1960s. In addition, original model such as “Robodachi” of 1975 which Mr. Sato Ozawa of the cartoonist designed, “SF 3. D ORIGINAL” ~ “Maschinen Krieger” leading to kitization from serial series of magazines is enriched.

 And, after Bandai’s “Mecha Collection” series of “Space Battleship Yamato”, etc., the appearance mechanism of “Mobile Suit Gundam” released in 1980 became a plastic model, “Gundamu” also became a social phenomenon, and the series continues until now , The kit was also reprinted in parallel, it became a hobby that can be enjoyed with parents and children 2 generations.


Source in Japanese language: GAME Watch

Flashback Friday – 50th anniversary of Tamiya 1/35 Military Miniature Series

In September 2018 “Tamiya 1/35 Military Miniature Series” celebrated its 50th anniversary. A century since the German tank soldier set released in September 1968.

Tamiya Mini 4WD History 2018

■ Tamiya Mini four wheel drive History 2018
■ Venue: Matsuzakaya Shizuoka shop 8 floor large exhibition space (Shizuoka Aoi-ku)
■ held Period: September 12, 2018 (Wednesday) to September 17 (Mon)
■ Organizer: Tamiyami 4/4 History Executive Committee
■ Planning and Production: Tamiyami 4th Dimension History Executive Committee
※ Free viewing

“Mini 4WD” exceeding 35 years 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 , The official circuit of 5 lanes used at the convention is also set up at the venue!
Besides, it is a venue where adults and children can enjoy, such as sales of event limited mini 4WD and a workshop (fee) that can be produced on the spot.
Please enjoy the world of Mini 4WD which continues to be loved beyond the times by your family. ”

Information on limited items of goods

· Keenhawk jr. Clear purple SP (MA chassis) 1,188 yen (tax included)
· Night lage jr. Clear blue SP (MA chassis) 1,188 yen (tax included)
[Information on events preceding products]
· Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 HYBRID (MA chassis) (Polycabody) 1,404 yen (tax included)

There are a limited number of items in the item.Please forgive me when sold out.In addition, for popular items, purchase quantity of one person We will limit it.In addition, please understand that the item etc. we are announcing may be subject to change.

Youth with Tamiya Mini 4WD and innovation of next-generation supercomputer automobile design

Original source in Japanese language Sankei News

By making full use of the next generation supercomputer, it may become possible to design cars that could not be thought of with human brains (Illustration · Masako Nishiguchi, Providing vehicle shape data · Suzuki)


When I was an elementary school student, I loved to play with a mini 4WD small motor car model. At that time, the mini 4WD was prevalent among elementary school students, and many children knew the concept of strength, weight reduction, aerodynamics etc. of the vehicle structure thanks to the mini 4WD.

After that, I became a college student, became interested in structural analysis. Structural analysis is to investigate the internal forces and deformations that occur when a structure receives a force from the outside. For example, structural analysis by computer is indispensable in order to improve the comfort of riding by reducing the shaking of the car, or to reduce the fuel consumption while maintaining the strength.

And currently, I am studying the method of structural analysis that can fully utilize the computing capacity of supercomputer (supercomputer) while collaborating with automobile industry. Currently it is difficult to fully utilize the computing capacity of the next-generation supercomputer such as the post “Kyo (Kei)” for the mainstream structural analysis method in the world. However, if we can fully exploit the computing capacity of the next-generation supercomputer, structural analysis that was impossible until now can be realized.

For example, it is possible to investigate the mechanism of unknown phenomena such as the forces inside the vehicle body and the state of deformation by running structural analysis that reproduces a very realistic vehicle structure and running condition. This makes it easier to design cars with higher performance. It is also possible to automatically generate hundreds of design plans with supercomputers, compete each design proposal on a supercomputer, and select the best performance plan. It may be possible to design cars which human brains could not think of.

By the way, when I was an elementary school student, “Let’s Go Go Explosion Brothers! ! “Animation on the theme of mini 4WD was broadcasted, I was looking forward to every week. In the process, scenes to design the car body will emerge by competing the mini 4WD with a virtual test course reproduced on a huge computer. Coincidentally, it is similar to the image of the near future that we are aiming to realize at the next generation supercomputer.

A fictitious design technique that excited his mind when he was a child. It seems like a dream that I am growing up and studying for that realization now. There are still many issues to be solved, but I would like to continue my research to contribute to the development of automobile design technology.

 Hiroshige Nishiguchi (Noriguchi · Koji) Special researcher at the RIKEN Center for Computational Science, Visiting Fellow at the University of Yamanashi. Doctor (Engineering). In 1985, I was born in Hiroshima prefecture. Hiroshima University graduate school of engineering graduate studies doctor course Late graduation. We are conducting research on structural analysis method using supercomputer and fluid / structure unified analysis method.

Hiroshi Nishiguchi of RIKEN

Visiting the Porsche Museum in Zuffenhausen

We had the luck to recently be able to visit the Porsche museum in Zuffenhausen Germany, which belongs to the Dr.-Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG and is a unique experience for any real car, model car and even Tamiya aficionado. The current form of the museum was finalised in 2009 and it has many vehicle as well as part exhibits from the whole history of the company, which this year celebrates already 70 years, 1948-2018. As many Tamiya fans who have read the autobiography of the president of Tamiya, Mr. Shunsaku Tamiya, know, Tamiya has a very special relation to Porsche, starting in the mid 70s, where Tamiya actually purchased a Porsche 911, dismantled it and rebuilt it in order to better understand the car to release a fabulous 1/12 scale static model, on which they soon after even created their first radio control car model which was a huge sale success in Japan but also in export. Therefore, on this article we will only concentrate on museum exhibits which in a more or less similar form and version were released from Tamiya as static or R/C model kits.

Tamiya Porsche 934 RSR “Vaillant” TA-02SW – where it all began

Some day s ago, we reported about a very special model. A kit from german big Tamiya dealer Tamico to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this company.  The kit is based on the Tamiya Black Porsche 934 RSR kit, but the “black” stickers and black wing parts were changed here for the “Vaillant” parts, well known from the iconic 30th Anniversay  model No. 49400, which used a shortened TA-05 chassis. These parts were exclusively made from Tamiya  for Tamico. The kit is limited to 333 pieces. Each one is numbered.

The Porsche 934 RSR was Tamiya´s first RC Car back in the 70´s. So here we are, were it all began.

Tamiyablog had the chance to build the so called “prototype” of this very special car. This time, no alternate paintscheme. You can´t beat the Vaillant livery on a Porsche 934. Pure 70´s. There´s something about these old Porsches, and especially the old turbo 930/934 types. In one way, it looks brutal but also not agressive, in the other way, it looks like a sculpture, but not overdesigned, as you can see it on many modern cars. This car was drawn by hand. Not on a computer. And you can see this. These curves are living.

About the build.  Building a classic TA02SW chassis again was a joy, especially with the many Tamiya Hop Up parts which are included in this nice kit.

Doing the body is a challenge, and you should do it with patience. Nearly 100 stickers needs to be applied on the body. But you will rewarded with a phenomenal result, and the wide rear 30mm wheels and tires looks stunning on this car.

Enjoy !