Upcoming Tamiya products – Autumn 2021

12691 1/12 Suzuki GSX-RR`20 Front Fork Set
14139 1/12 Team Suzuki ECSTAR GSX-RR `20
24042 Nissan Fairlady 300ZX 2 Seater

58696 Super Avante TD4
58695 Wild One Off-Roader Blockhead Motors
58699 1992 Audi V8 Touring (TT-02)
58702 Subaru BRZ (ZD8) (TT-02)
47459 Saint Dragon 4WD (2021)
22031 TD4 Slipper Clutch Set
The Frog Mini (GB-01S)

Track Unit Sets (2pcs.)

Tamiya official international release list October 2021

R/C Models
58696  1/10 R/C Super Avante (TD4)
47465  1/10 R/C Mercedes-Benz Unimog 406 Series U900 (Blue-Gray Painted Body) (CC-02)
22009  Touring Car Ground Clearance Gauge
56714  R/C TamTech-Gear Grasshopper Mini (GB-01S)
22010  TamTech-Gear GB-01S Full Ball Bearing Set
22011  TamTech-Gear GB-01S CVA Damper Set (4pcs.)
22012  TamTech-Gear GB-01S Setting Spring Set
22013  TamTech-Gear GB-01S Wheel Collar (Blue) & Bolt Set
22014  TamTech-Gear GB-01S Aluminum Wheel Hubs (Blue/2pcs.)
22017  TamTech-Gear GB-01S 2.6x29mm Aluminum Turnbuckle Shafts (Blue/6pcs.)
22018  TamTech-Gear GB-01S SC Tires (Front)
22019  TamTech-Gear GB-01S SC Tires (Rear)
22020  TamTech-Gear GB-01S Bumper Set
22021  TamTech-Gear GB-01S 05 Module Hard Coated Aluminum Pinion Gear (16T)
22022  TamTech-Gear GB-01S 05 Module Hard Coated Aluminum Pinion Gear (18T)

Static Models
37029  1/35 Semovente M42 da75/34 German Army
21171  1/12 Honda CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADE SP (Black) (Finished Model)

69578  Japan Cup Junior Circuit Curve Section Set (Blue/Red, 4pcs. each)
69579  Japan Cup Junior Circuit Lane Change & Extension Set (White)

Tools & Paints
74163  Mini 4WD Cleaning Brush (w/Sticker Applicator)
87212  Micro Nozzles for Tamiya CA Cement (2.5mm, 10pcs.)

The Hotshot 4WD makes a new appearance – In a comical way – Building the Tamiya 58685 Comical Hotshot GF-01CB

After we were so enthusiastic about the first Tamiya 4WD comical model, the “Comical Avante GF-01CB”, it was almost natural to take a closer look at the new “Comical Hotshot”. For us, the “Comical Avante” is one of the most beautiful models in the Comical series, along with the “Comical Grasshopper”. The original Hotshot, the first Tamiya 4WD buggy ever, is of course more than predestined as a template for the “Comical Series”. Especially due to the narrow and flat design of the original classic buggy. As with the Avante, we also customized and tuned the Hotshot a bit, according to our ideas. We stayed original with the body, as it is pre-painted red in the kit, as was previously the case with the Avante. But an unpainted body set is now available from Tamiya, and comes with No. 51657.With this, you can also create your own paint scheme.

Normally we use the excellent Tamiya GF-01 54670 dampers for these fun models. But they are blue anodized, and not really a good match. And in my opinion, the original red CVA dampers are optically not that perfect. That’s why I chose the virtually identical Tamiya 54541 CC-01 Hop Up damper set this time. The golden aluminum shock caps make them a perfect match for the bright red of the Hotshot. I´m still not totally happy with the colour of the standard wheels. But that´s complaining on a very high level. A gold plated wheel would be perfect here.

Unfortunately there is no driver figure included with the “Comical Hotshot” kit. Under the relatively narrow Hotshot body there is actually very little space for it. In a supplement, Tamiya explains how you can at least accommodate the head of the beautiful 54864 driver figure which was created by “pdc designworks”. With the help of a Lexan bracket. Of course we followed this suggestion, and with it there comes a lot more “life” into our little racer. Oh, and one more thing we left out on “Comical Avante”. LED lights on the front of the bumper and on the body. And of course also red taillights. Looks great, and so realistic.

Otherwise, we have relied on the tried and tested parts that we have already used in our „Comical Avante. A complete list can be found at the end of this report. As expected, the little red racer drives just wonderfully. And with a little practice, all kinds of stunts and tricks are no problem. There is hardly a Tamiya RC model that is more fun.
We are already looking forward to the next comical model. Our team would love to see a “Comical Subaru Brat”. Let´s go Tamiya. Make it happen!

This is a list of genuine Tamiya Hop Up parts, we´ve used on this car:
54924 GF-01 Ball Bearing Set
50808 TG10 Long Wheel Axle
53509 Hard Flourine Coated 0.6 Aluminum Pinion (20T/F201)
54541 CC-01 Aluminum Oil Damper 4PCS
53974 TRF 501 Front Spring Set
54588 GF-01 Aluminum Steering Arm
54586 Lightweight Gear Shaft 5x50mm For GF-01 WR-02 WT-01
51000 Servo Saver Hi Torque Type (Black)
54473 Aluminum Wheelie Roller Set for WR-02 WR-02G
54587 Aluminum Servo Stay WR-02/GF-01

How to make your own polycarbonate body video – example Tamiya Comical Celica GF-01CB

I tried to make it like a factory tour how the comical Celica body made by Otsukai Chaly was made.
This time, the VR character (self-made avatar) Suzu-chan explains.
Large Celica is vacuum formed by making a wooden pattern from 3D CAD.
It is a full scratch build body (self-made body).
Dedicated mirrors, grilles and hubcaps are made of elaborate chemical wood.
Source: おつかいchaly

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!
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!
Tamiya Satoshi Maezumi, Riku Sunahara, Takayuki Kono

A clever scheme built in time lapse – Tamiya Lancia Stratos Dragon

Click on the link to watch the build video in YouTube.

This is a time lapse build of a custom Tamiya Super Storm Dragon adapted into a Lancia Stratos Rally buggy concept. At the end of the video I show the complete results. Of the Tamiya Grasshopper chassis, the Super Storm Dragon (SSD) body in it’s box art form is my least favorite—but I’m sure it’s relevant and admirable to fans of the ‘80s Japanese manga/anime RC series where the Storm Dragon originated from. I also feel the body is too long for the chassis but perhaps that was the intent. It’s probably supposed to represent a slender mythological Eastern Asian dragon but all I can see is Falkor from the Neverending Story. However, I do like the greenhouse (windshield). Whenever I see it one thing comes to mind—the Lancia Stratos HF from the 1970s.

I wonder if the illustrators of the SSD got inspiration from the Stratos, if they did I wouldn’t be surprised. The Italian Stratos came out in the ‘70s and was purely developed and designed for the World Rally Championship. Designed at Bertone by Marcello Gandini (he also did the Lamborghini Miura and Countach, Ferrari Dino 308 GT4, and De Tomaso Pantera to name a few). Timeline wise, the SSD came out in the early ‘80s and that Stratos’ greenhouse was already an iconic thing. I always thought if an SSD fell on my lap I would frankenstein it into a buggy version of the Stratos. And so over a year ago I came across an SSD on sale for about $86 USD and I couldn’t pass it up.

I didn’t want to slap stickers and call it a day. I wanted to at least have a little effort in translating it. The SSD body was trimmed and shortened (the Stratos has a relatively short body/wheelbase). I wanted to stay within the rally Stratos color palette and that also meant a careful selection of the parts and electronics color.

Since I don’t have any off-road track in my area I knew this would run on tarmac or very abrasive surfaces. I installed a Tamiya Super Stock RZ (on-road 23T, 27k RPM) and at least had to upgrade the stock rear dampers with big bore ones (plus 500 damper oil and hard springs) and compress the front springs for a stiffer ride. The rear suspension axle mount was replaced with an aluminum one that can accommodate the beefier dampers. In addition, a longer 8mm T4 Works rear billet aluminum hanger was added with a makeshift mount/brace to lock the rear suspension in place—just like the Grasshopper’s. I feel the Grasshopper performs better on flat surfaces vs the Hornet due to the rear suspension design—the SSD has the Hornet’s. The front arms and suspension brace were upgraded to aluminum, the servo saver/steering rod was replaced with T4works aluminum servo saver and steel turnbuckles. Of course the plastic bushings were all replaced with metal ball bearings. The result is very apparent when running it. It’s quite stable, runs straight and fast, and the suspension just right (not as bouncy). A few caveats: because the front suspension is set very low and the aluminum arms/knuckles are not adjustable, it has more negative camber than I would like. That would probably be an area I would fine tune in the future. The aluminum arms creates some rattling noise as it doesn’t have a snug fit. I think adding rubber sleeves on the connection points to the chassis might solve it. To further improve handling, I need to replace the tires (didn’t have the right ones when I did a test run). And for the first time I tried a Dynamite ESC and I think it’s a tad glitchy. With some more fine tuning work, this setup can be quite a serious basher.

All this work and parts are not to just add bling. I genuinely wanted to find out what the potential of this iconic beginner chassis is. Ironically, I think it’s not worth it if you just want a simple basher (at least on tarmac/flat surfaces). If you’re going to “casually” run this on flat hard surfaces, I wouldn’t bother with this Hornet/Storm Dragon chassis. I highly recommend going a step down and getting a Grasshopper instead. I’ve built a Grasshopper for someone and tried a variety of motors in it (380, Sport Tuned 380, 540 silver can, and Torque Tuned 540) and once we got to the Torque Tuned motor, it was lively, fun, just right, and relatively precise. In fact, I love how the Torque Tuned Grasshopper drives that I can’t wait to drive it again. However, this Stratos Dragon evolution definitely has more potential.

Tamiya Super Stock RZ Motor
KO Propo KR-212FHG receiver
Dynamite DYNS2210 ESC
AGFRC B44LS low profile servo
Metal ball bearings
Robinson Racing steel pinion gear
T4 Works: aluminum servo saver, steel turnbuckles, aluminum motor mount, 8mm billet aluminum hanger, aluminum wheel star disk
YR Big Bore rear dampers
Generic rear aluminum suspension mount
Avante front bumper
M&M rear bumper
Associated rear wheels
Schumacher rear tires
You-G Japan front tires
Tamiya Black DT02 front and rear wheels
Tamiya DT02 front tires
Tamiya Dual Block rear tires
Tamiya rear hex adapter
GPM alloy parts (front arms and brace)
Custom decals

Source: Mechanic After Hours

Tamiya 92429 Thunder Shot Mk.II Waigo Hobby 45th Anniversary Special & 92430 Avante Mk.III Azure Tamiya Plamodel Factory Hong Kong Special

In order to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Waigo Hobby model Waigo Hobby and to thank customers for their support over the years, we deliberately cooperated with Tamiya to launch two mini 4WD limited products!
For the first time, the two limited products are equipped with the classic Tamiya Mini 4WD with a soft shell of carbon fiber pattern. I believe Tamiya fans will definitely feel its uniqueness!

Waigo 45th Anniversary Limited
The first limited product is “Thunder Shot Mk2 Waigo Hobby 45th Anniversary Special” (article number: 92429), with a carbon fiber patterned soft body shell and a fluorescent orange MS mid-mount chassis, plus a special TAMIYA The designed body stickers and dark blue tires are matched with a strong contrast. The rarity of its accessories is believed to be a favorite for car fans!


Tamiya China Hong Kong store limited
TAMIYA PLAMODEL FACTORY Hong Kong store limited product is “AVANTE Mk3 TAMIYA PLAMODEL FACTORY HONG KONG SPECIAL” (article number: 92430), which is designed to celebrate the opening of the TAMIYA PLAMODEL FACTORY store in Hong Kong. It also uses carbon fiber patterns. The soft shell body is equipped with a pure black MS chassis and transparent tires, plus a unique body sticker and transparent tires that show the ingenious design of the words “TAMIYA PLAMODEL FACTORY”, which is extraordinarily stylish!

Source: Tamiya HK