Free trial drive of upcoming Tamiya Lunchbox Mini at Tamiya RC Car Festival in MEGA WEB (6/1, 6/2)

Tamiya RC Car Festival Held on MEGA WEB!

We will hold an event “Tamiya RC Car Festival” that you can enjoy by touching, riding, and operating Tamiya RC cars at the theme park “MEGA WEB (Mega Web)” in Odaiba, Tokyo. Experience travel event for the electric RC car “Trial !! Tamiya RC”, “trailer riding experience corner” where you can ride on a large RC trailer, experience travel party for the Tamiya latest RC car “Triple Wheel Series Dancing Rider”, comical style It is an event that you can enjoy the RC Hobby of Tamiya, such as the driving experience of “Comical Grasshopper & Hornet” where you can enjoy driving and the experience traveling of the new product “Lunch Box Mini” that will be announced at the Shizuoka Hobby Show. The popular “Mini 4WD Workshop” (charged) will also be held simultaneously. Please come by all means.

Tamiya 57409 Lunch Box Mini SW-01 Chassis

Fun Points of RC Car Festival Compact RC “Lunch Box Mini” Let’s Experience the Run!
Held a free trial run of a compact RC car that can be run with four AA batteries scheduled to be released in July. Affordable speed and easy operation make it easy for women and small children.
● Holding hours: 11:00 to 18:00 (Free of charge)

First coloured photo of Tamiya 57409 Lunch Box Mini SW-01 Chassis

Tamiya 57409 Lunch Box Mini SW-01 Chassis

This is a compact, maneuverable, and above all super-fun addition to the world of Tamiya wheelie models! It’s a familiar face, too, as the legendary Tamiya Lunch Box has been shrunk down to 1/24 scale.

The classic shrunken Lunch Box body sits on top of the 4WD SW-01 chassis.

SWD-01 chassis key features:
• The steering uses 1-piece upper arms for a tight turning circle and the body leans to help suppress tumbles. It can be converted into a 4-wheel steering setup with separately sold Item 54898 SW-01 Upper Arm Connectors.
• The body is attached to the body mounts using magnets for quick attachment.
• The Type 370 motor is located right in the center of the SW-01 chassis, in a gear-driven 4WD setup with a gear ratio of 21.875:1.
• 1/24 scale R/C model assembly kit. Length: 190mm, width: 146mm, height: 140mm.
• The famous Lunch Box body is molded in lightweight and durable polycarbonate and is pre-painted.
• The body leans in the direction in which the model steers, achieving remarkably tight turning circles.
• Responsive 4WD.
• Strut style suspension.
• Can be used with standard size servos and R/C equipment despite its compact nature.
• Big, tread patterned tires give superb traction and add to the overall cartoonish look of the Lunchbox Mini.
• Dish type wheels.
• Compatible with Tamiya LF Battery LF1100-6.6V Racing Pack (M-Size) as a power source.
• Aftermarket battery note: Battery pack size must be under 66x36x15mm in size.
• 370-type size motor included.
• Requires: 2-Channel Radio, standard size servo, 7.2-7.4volt battery pack & compatible charger.
• Compatible with: item 51610 RC T301 Battery Case for use with 4 AA batteries if desired.

First photos of some new Tamiya Hop Up parts

54877 T3-01 Aluminum Motor Mount

74 year old painter, why draw more elaborately than a camera

Author: Shinpei Wakamatsu

A special vehicle poster created by the Tokyo Metropolitan Transportation Bureau. At first glance it looks like a photo, but it is actually a hand-drawn illustration. The author is Atsumi Onishi (74), a leader in plastic model box art. We asked Mr. Onishi, who told us, “I thought about the meaning of being asked” not with photos or CG but with illustrations “.

A poster of an “electrical inspection vehicle” that checks the overhead wires that supply electricity. Mr. Onishi drew
Source: Tokyo Metropolitan Transportation Bureau provided

The real thing of “electric inspection vehicle”
Source: Tokyo Metropolitan Transportation Bureau provided

All three posters

A poster of “PROJECT TOEI” published in the Toei subway station etc. It is a part of the plan to send out the city’s transportation system. Three posters numbered as “022” representing the 22nd bullet have been posted since March 18th. What is drawn are all special vehicles operating mainly in the middle of the night. A “rail trimmer” that grinds the head of a rail with a grinding wheel that rotates at high speed. “Electric locomotive E5000” for towing vehicles on the Oedo Line. “Electric inspection vehicle” that checks the overhead wire that supplies electricity. These vehicles drawn in detail. Just looking at the package seems to be a photo.

Poster of “Electric locomotive E5000” for towing Oedo Line vehicles. Mr. Onishi drew
Source: Tokyo Metropolitan Transportation Bureau provided

The real thing of “Electric locomotive E5000”
Source: Tokyo Metropolitan Transportation Bureau provided

Mr. Atsumi Onishi

The artist who drew these vehicles is Atsumi Onishi.
After joining Tamiya, he worked as the company’s first illustrator. Even now, I am working on many box arts.
In addition to the military genre, he also worked on packages such as the popular “Miller 4” “Emperer” (the first generation), which made a big hit, as well as working on the “White Package” that drew precise illustrations of tanks and planes on a white background.
The person in charge of the Tokyo Metropolitan Transportation Bureau explains the reason why I asked Mr. Onishi for illustrations of special vehicles.
“I came to Mr. Onishi on the condition that he was actually drawing a lot of plastic model illustrations and technical illustrations, and still an illustrator who is still drawing with hand drawing.”

Box art of the Mini 4WD “Emperor” (the first generation). Mr. Onishi drew

Box art of plastic model drawn by Onishi

Why “work vehicle”?

I would like people of all ages to look at “work vehicles” that you do not normally see.  For that purpose, he chose not to take photographs but to select illustrations that can make the object appear more symbolically through elaborate illustrations.
Request illustrations by specifying 3 vehicles selected by the difference in function from the Transportation Bureau side.
Onishi asked Mr. Onishi to show “not just drawing a vehicle, but an illustration like a scene where a vehicle is working”, and was carefully interviewed to see the actual vehicle and interview the site staff. It seems so.

A poster for a rail-removing car that cuts the head of the rail with a high-speed rotating grindstone. Mr. Onishi drew
Source: Tokyo Metropolitan Transportation Bureau provided

The real thing of “rail cutting car”
Source: Tokyo Metropolitan Transportation Bureau provided

Interviewing in advance

Mr. Onishi looks back on what happened during the interview.
“I actually took a picture by having the pantograph moved, etc. I am drawing and knowing that” I am troubled here “in advance, so it’s about an hour,” Onishi thought It was such a thing.
“Photos do not take much time, CGs are more detailed. What is the meaning requested in the illustrations? What do I need?”

Even though it is real like a photo, it is drawn to the part which is not reflected in the photo
Source: Tokyo Metropolitan Transportation Bureau provided

Even though it is real like a photo, it is drawn to the part which is not reflected in the photo
Source: Tokyo Metropolitan Transportation Bureau provided

More than usual

The answer that Mr. Onishi gave was “Don’t be smart, draw more honestly than usual, and have them see where they can not be seen”.
Even the part which becomes a shadow even if it takes a picture with a photograph or is crushed is elaborately.
The switches on the back of the driver’s seat, the cables around the wheels, and the letters written on the parts were also reproduced.
Even though it is real like a photograph, it draws to the part which is not reflected in a photograph. These three posters were completed in this way.
“I feel that it’s hard to draw by hand, but I felt that people involved in the railway were taking a lot of time running through coverage of the subway. I’m happy. ”

Source in Japanese language: withnews

Why does Tamiya Mini 4WD continues to be popular? Why is there high support for over several decades across generations?

The first mini four-wheel drive that appeared in 1982. It is a long life hobby that reaches the 37th year in 2019. Why does this make people so addicted?

A toy that gets hooked with two AA batteries

There is a regular boom in children’s play, and the trend is getting obsolete. Under such circumstances, the toy that is addicted to many children for about 37 years from its first appearance is the “Mini 4WD.”

Beyond the real world, the mini 4WD has also appeared in manga many times. At that time, children who were children grew up to be adults, and the “Mini 4WD World” has been passed on from parents to children. Why is it getting popular after overcoming the epidemic?

The first Tamiya Mini 4WD “Ford Ranger 4×4” and “Chevrolet Pickup 4×4”

Even now, in addition to serializing in a number of manga, the Mini 4WD, which is held in numerous competitions throughout the country, is the “Ford Ranger 4 × 4” released by Tamiya, Inc. in 1982 and the “Chevrolet Pickup 4 The history starts from × 4.

At that time, Ford and Chevrolet pickup trucks were popular models and appeared as the first mini-four-wheel drive featuring a four-wheeled runnability. Then, in 1987 the theme of the mini 4WD manga ‘Dash! Shikichiro] (Tokuda Zaurus / Shogakkan) has started serialization and will gradually gain popularity as it is animated in 1989.

At the same time, we held the “Japan Cup”, a national tournament for mini 4WD, and promoted it in various ways including the appearance of the original character “mini 4 fighter”, but the end of the animation and mini 4WD With the growth of the main layers of the first mini 4WD boom comes to an end.

After that, the manga “Batsunichi Brothers Let’s & Go !!” (Tetsuhiro Kotatsu / Shogakukan), whose serialization began in the middle of the 1990s, reignited again and became popular again nationwide. This is the second boom of the Mini 4WD.

After that, with the various effects such as the end of animation, the growth of children, and the play of other genres as well as the first boom, popularity has fallen and the second mini 4WD boom will end again around 2000. Since 2000, although the popularity has fallen, the mini 4WD genre has been established by the holding of official tournaments and various activities at various places, and supported by some fans.

In around 2010, the third mini 4WD boom will be the result of major layers that were enthusiastic at the time of the 1st and 2nd returning to the Mini 4WD again and reselling products from that time etc. It’s coming.

Around this time, we will establish a business model as a “Mini 4WD to be enjoyed by parents and children,” such as showing the children’s interest in the Mini 4WD in addition to the main group at that time.

In addition, the sales strategy targeting the father of the company return seems to be successful by opening Tamiya’s official shop “Tamiya plastic model factory Shimbashi” in 2008 near Shimbashi station in Tokyo.

The Mini 4 Fighter explains about the still popular “Mini 4WD” as follows.

About Mini 4WD that children and adults can enjoy

It is a racing hobby with a total length of about 15 cm that incorporates two AA batteries and one motor. With a limitless possibilities within a small size, such as customization with upgraded parts to pursue driving performance and a contest expressing individuality, as of April 2019, we have sold approximately 180 million units in total. You are

More than 300 types of Mini 4WD and more than 400 types of upgraded parts have appeared in 37 years from the first Mini 4WD in 1982 to 2019, and a steady walk with customers of Mini 4WD users as Long Life Hobby I have repeated it.

About the secret of the popularity

Communication that talks about Mini 4WD on SNS through the Internet and smartphones is increasing regardless of the country or age. In addition to sharing and exchanging the fun of Mini 4WD, many users and communities that host and host races can now be seen.

Among them, the contents and scales are diverse, from small-scale ones such as “manufacturing workshops” to large-scale race events such as hundreds, and they show miniaturities different from official competitions. The way to enjoy 4WD is even more widespread.

In addition to making announcements of such events on Tamiya’s official website and official application, we are supporting by renting the tournament banner. In addition, we hold event hosted by mini-shikashi station of permanent store of circuit with approximately 500 stores in the whole country and hold thing more than 2,000 times a year when we put thing of Tamiya sponsors together. By making contact with local dealers and customers, we are activating the Mini 4WD.

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Mini 4WDi supports the popularity of traditional toy-only children’s toys, which have evolved into community tools that involve adults.

From the mere “play” in pursuit of speed, “miniaturism 4 mini” that “connected fun” also became an element of the play triggered by various aspects. In the future, there will be a “mini 4WD app” that can be enjoyed on smartphones, and there may be an arrival of the fourth boom.

Source in Japanese language: Kuruma News

New Mini 4WD Smartphone Game by Tamiya x CoroCoro Aniki x Bandai Namco

Bandai Namco Entertainment Co., Ltd. (April 9, 2019) today announced the production of a smartphone game application based on the racing hobby “Mini 4WD” released by Tamiya.

This was revealed today at the “Mini 4WD Media Meeting 2019” held in Tokyo . Under the supervision of Tamiya and “Colo Koro Aniki” editorial department , it is said that it is under active development aiming at “the fastest mini 4 wheel drive application to give to all mini 4 racers” .
The part of the Mini 4WD that appears in the game is that the real thing is being read as the real thing is read by the 3D scanner and the SE (sound effect) such as the running sound has the actual sound recorded Is listed as a focus point. Specifically, please check the slides listed below.

Also, a gameplay movie has been released.
You can check the machine settings and race patterns, so don’t miss it.


State at the time of 3D scan and SE recording

Parts images

Hereafter, the contents of the maker announcement are posted as it is

Bandai Namco Entertainment announces production of “Mini 4WD” game application
at “Mini 4WD Media Meeting 2019”!

Bandai Namco Entertainment Co., Ltd. is a racing hobby “Mini 4WD” with a total length of about 15 cm currently on sale from Tamiya Co., Ltd. at “Mini 4WD Media Meeting 2019” held at the Tamiya Plastic Model Factory Shinbashi store on April 9 Announced the creation of a new game application for App Store / Google play.

The state of production announcement at “Mini 4WD Media Meeting 2019” is here!

Scene presented at “Mini 4WD Media Meeting 2019”.
This work is currently under intense development, aiming for the fastest mini 4WD application to be given to all mini 4 racers in this powerful team under the full supervision of Tamiya Kokoro Koro Aniki editorial department.

Attention points of the announced app!

In the announcement, we introduced the attention points of the app under development.
Mini 4WD parts scan the real thing with 3D scanner, SE such as running sound is recording the actual sound and pursues the realism!
Both race and machine setting aim for a realistic mini 4WD experience!

The latest app video under development is also released!

In addition, we also released the latest app video under development.
In the video, from the machine setting to the race, part of the app play is released! This is still open so please take a look!

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