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702 RACEWAY Tamiya Championship Series regional race announcement

Tamiya USA - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 17:22

This is a quick announcement. The upcoming 702 Raceway TCS race in Las Vegas, Nevada will be using the NEW Tamiya “RIDE” SC-33M spec pre-mount tires for the M-chassis class for their event. We have run out of the Tamiya S-Grip Radial tire at the moment and cannot supply 702 Raceway the Tamiya S-Grip Radial at this time. Re-Stock is not expected until after the 702-TCS race weekend. Luckily, we do have the tire that we have been intending to use at this year’s TCS Nationals Finals. 702 Raceway has been supplied with this tire and it is to be the SPEC TIRE for their event. We apologize for the short notice, but we feel you will enjoy the added performance the RIDE tire provides Tamiya’s M-Chassis cars. They perform very well and have long wear characteristics.

Note: These tires will only be available for purchase at 702 Raceway. They are not available for sale on our website at this time. RC M-CHASSIS PRE-GLUED Tires 60Mm Ride Sc-33M 2Pcs

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Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach 2019 - Wrap Up

Tamiya USA - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 12:28

For over 42 years, the Long Beach Grand Prix has been held seaside in Long Beach, California. It draws hundreds of thousands of people over the 3-day period - the roar or massive V8 engines, the high-pitched whistle of the turbos and the sounds of screeching tires - all a huge draw to racing fans.

Tamiya has be a part of this unique Southern California event for the past 11 years, demo'ing products and educating many future hobbyists with both RC and Mini 4WD.

This year was no different! With many of our current products on display, attendees had a chance to get up close and personal with their favorite Tamiya products; RC cars, Mini 4WD, educational items and plastic model kits.

In addition, Brookhurst Hobbies and Pacific Coast Hobbies were both in attendance, selling product right at the show!

But wait - there's more! This year we had a special guest in the booth - Mr. Tamiya himself flew in from Japan to attend the event! He arrived at the race on Sunday and took the time to hang out, chat with with spectators and even sign some Tamiya product!! How cool is that!??

For those that weren't there, we've got a lot of photos to show you - booth shots, Mini 4WD, RC stuff and even some real cars! They've been separated to make them a little easier to see; just scroll down and check them out!

Booth Pictures

Brookhurst Hobbies / Pacific Coast Hobbies

Mini 4WD

Radio Control

Real Cars

And, of course, it's not all work - we have to have a little fun when we hit the events! A big thanks to our Addecco friends for stopping by and joining in on the fun!

Until next year...

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Scale Model Podcast Ep. 18

Scale Model Podcast - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 20:32
Welcome to the Scale Model Podcast. In this podcast, we aim to entertain, inform, and promote the hobby of scale model kit building with interviews, reviews, and news about the hobby. The Scale Model Podcast currently is recorded biweekly and is available where your favorite podcasts are found including iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher as […]
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OTB 50 *Special Episode* Balancing your hobby with your relationships

On the Bench Podcast - Sat, 04/13/2019 - 21:32

In this Special Episode Dave and Ian are joined by Martin Reid and Michelle Goldfinch  to discuss balancing your hobby with your relationships.  We have had a large number of emails about this topic so we have decided to do a one off special on the subject.  While this episode does not follow our usual format we hope that you will find it interesting and informative.  For those of you who, like me, are blessed with the perfect modelling partner, this might not be the episode that you are expecting, but let me reassure you that this special episode is a “one off”.

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OTB 49: Modern Aussie Armour

On the Bench Podcast - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 08:29

In this Episode Dave, Ian and Julian are joined by Troy to talk modern Aussie Armour……what kits to buy what paint to use and where to go for reference material.

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Legal Brushless Motors for the 2019 TCS Events

Tamiya USA - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 17:52

To make finding them easier, we've created this post to highlight the 3 Reedy Brushless Motors legal for the GT1, GT2, M-Chassis and PRO-Spec classes.

They are:

293 Reedy Sonic 540-FT Fixed-Timing 17.5T Competition Brushless Motor https://www.teamassociated.com/parts/details/293-ASC293-reedy_sonic_540-ft_fixed-timing_17_5_competition_brushless_motor/

294 Reedy Sonic 540-FT Fixed-Timing 13.5T Competition Brushless Motor https://www.teamassociated.com/parts/details/294-ASC294-reedy_sonic_540-ft_fixed-timing_13_5_competition_brushless_motor/

297 Reedy Sonic 540-FT Fixed-Timing 21.5T Competition Brushless Motor https://www.teamassociated.com/parts/details/297-ASC297-reedy_sonic_540-ft_fixed-timing_21_5_competition_brushless_motor/

These can be purchased directly from Reedy (http://reedypower.com/) or from any local hobby shop that carries the Reedy brand.

Tuning Rotors
Per the TCS Rules:
Tuning Rotors are legal in classes where a specific “spec” motor is not used. However, the tuning rotor must be one that is readily available by the manufacture that makes the legal motor you are using (no hybrids) and must not exceed 12.5mm in diameter. This is the same rule that ROAR uses for its 17.5 and 13.5 motor rules. 13mm rotors are not legal for TCS nor are MOD rotors. Mod rotors or mod tuning rotors are not legal for TCS. In addition, you may not create a hybrid motor using one manufactures rotor or stack and another manufacture can etc. The motor you are using must be built per the specification that came out of the manufactures box.

GT-1 & GT-2 Spec Motor Turn Matrix)

TCS Event 2019 GT-1 Motor Rules GT-2 Motor Rules RC Car World New Jersey 17.5T Motor 21.5T Motor Hobbytown USA/Hobbyplex Nebraska 17.5T Motor 21.5T Motor 180 Raceway Maryland 17.5T Motor 21.5T Motor Revelation Raceway California 13.5T Motor 17.5T Motor Windy City RC Illinois 13.5T Motor 21.5T Motor 702 Raceway Las Vegas 13.5T Motor 17.5T Motor Access Hobbies Ohio 17.5T Motor 21.5T Motor RC Madness Connecticut 17.5T Motor 21.5T Motor TQ RC Raceway California 17.5T Motor 21.5T Motor Hobbytown USA Fresno, California 13.5T Motor 17.5T Motor Galaxy Hobby Lynnwood, Washington 17.5T Motor 21.5T Motor Brownies Hobbies @ Jackson RC New Jersey 17.5T Motor 21.5T Motor Hobbytown USA/Hobbyplex NE (TCS Finals) 17.5T Motor 21.5T Motor

To see all the rules, visit our Rules page here: 2019 TCS Rules

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Scale Model Podcast Ep. 17 – Gundam turns 40.

Scale Model Podcast - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 19:56
Welcome to Episode 17 of the Scale Model Podcast. Sponsored by Goodman Models. In this podcast, we aim to entertain, inform, and promote the hobby of scale model kit building with interviews, reviews, and news about the hobby. The Scale Model Podcast currently is recorded biweekly and is available where your favorite podcasts are found […]
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Mini 4WD Race at Pacific Coast Hobbies - 4/7/2019

Tamiya USA - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 18:25

Pacific Coast Hobbies is running another one of their Mini 4WD races this Sunday, April 7th!

Track opens at 11am, first race starts at 2pm.

Tamiya Mini 4WD Racing is fun for the whole family - boys, girls, parents and grandparents alike! These Mini 4WD kits range from $12-$20 and take about an hour to build. Throw in a pair of AA batteries and you're ready to compete!

We offer stock, out-of-the-box racing for kids and modified classes for the more experienced racers!

Maybe we'll see you there!

Pacific Coast Hobbies 1747 Pacific Coast Highway Lomita, CA 90717 1.866.882.1878

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OTB 48: The in's and out's of Model Clubs

On the Bench Podcast - Wed, 03/27/2019 - 07:14

In this Episode Dave, Ian and Julian are joined by Martin Reid to talk about Model clubs……how to get the best out of your club, how to find one in your area and if you don’t have one near you, how to set one up.

We also look at whats new in the modelling world as well as discussing the new Gotha from Wingnut Wings.

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TCS Race #248 Results - Windy City RC - Arlington Heights, IL

Tamiya USA - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 13:29

The 5th TCS Regional race was held at Windy City RC in Arlington Heights, IL on March 23rd. Attendance was great, having over 60 drivers competing in all the major TCS classes for the top spot on the podium.

All the classes were represented at TCS Race #248; 6 Spec Novice drivers, 7 Pro Spec drivers, 25 GT2 drivers (a C main!), 26 Euro Truck drivers (another C main!), 20 M-Chassis (Mini) drivers, 16 F1 drivers and 16 GT1 drivers!

A fantastic turnout as drivers are prepping for the finals which will be held on another black-carpet track - Hobbytown Hobbyplex in Omaha NE.

Guys (and gals) are looking fast ... it's going to be a great finals! Congrats to the winners.

Click the link below for a full list of qualifying and main results from the race:
TCS Race #248 Results

Gallery of Photos

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Scale Model Podcast Ep. 16 – Off to HeritageCon

Scale Model Podcast - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 19:54
Welcome to Episode 16 of the Scale Model Podcast. Sponsored by Goodman Models. In this podcast, we aim to entertain, inform, and promote the hobby of scale model kit building with interviews, reviews, and news about the hobby. The Scale Model Podcast currently is recorded biweekly and is available where your favorite podcasts are found […]
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OTB 47: Lets just chat about nothing but Models!

On the Bench Podcast - Wed, 03/13/2019 - 07:50

In this Episode Dave, Ian and Julian are joined by Chris Dowsett to talk about nothing……thats' right no subject this week just a chat about whatever ticks our fancy so long as it is model and model related.

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Limited Edition Military kits with photo-etched parts

Tamiya USA - Sat, 03/09/2019 - 13:17

Tamiya’s 1/35 scale model military kits offer great detail and accuracy right out of the box. Thanks to highly-detailed photo-etched parts from Aber a few of Tamiya’s kits can be taken to the next level. For a limited time you can get a few limited-edition kits that include Aber photo-etch detail parts at a great savings!

See the kits on sale!

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Dxn Sakura Cup 2019 Finals!

Tamiya USA - Tue, 03/05/2019 - 14:03

The Dxn Sakura Cup 2019 FINALS track is up and ready for practice beginning today! Come by this week to practice before this Saturday’s race. We will be open today at 6:30pm. Try your Mini 4WD out on what is probably our largest course yet!

Dxn’s giant 5-lane course layout is a duplicate of Tamiya Mini4WD 2019 Spring Grand Prix, which only happens in Japan. This means Dxn is the only place in North America where you can run the same track layout! There are plenty of special track features that were created in house here at Dxn just for this race! Race on the same style track as the top racers in Japan do, only here at Dxn.

Please remember that our 5-Lane track protocol will be strictly enforced. This means that cars will be required to have no protrusions that will harm the track surface. Countersunk screws required for all cars where screw heads would contact the track, even Box Tuned and Tuned Classes. All screw heads on the topside need to be covered as well.⁣⁣

5-Lane Track Fees: ⁣⁣
- Weekdays $10 / Weekends $15 for all day track use⁣⁣
- Monthly Membership: $35 / unlimited track use and 5% off store purchases

Race Info: ⁣⁣
- Saturday, March 9, 2019⁣
- Classes: Box Stock, Box Tuned, Tuned and Open.⁣
- Registration starts at 11:00am⁣⁣
- Racing starts at 12:00pm⁣⁣
- Entry fee per car: $10⁣ ⁣⁣

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Scale Model Podcast Ep. 15

Scale Model Podcast - Mon, 03/04/2019 - 19:48
Welcome to Episode 15 of the Scale Model Podcast. Sponsored by Goodman Models. In this podcast, we aim to entertain, inform, and promote the hobby of scale model kit building with interviews, reviews, and news about the hobby. The Scale Model Podcast currently is recorded biweekly and is available where your favorite podcasts are found […]
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Tamiya T3-01 Dual Rider Rally Build

Tamiya USA - Fri, 03/01/2019 - 18:06

Ever since the T3-01 trike has been released, I've had this crazy notion to build something different with it - something fun, exciting and out-of-the-box.

That being said, I'll be taking our new 57407 Dual Rider T3-01 Trike, adding a slew of our new option parts and giving it a very different look. Here's what's on the bench at the moment to start the build:

57407 Tamiya Dual Rider Trike
54832 Tamiya T3-01 Rear Wide Pin Spike Tires
54833 Tamiya T3-01 Wheels for Rear Wide Pin Spike Tires
54834 Tamiya T3-01 Full Ball Bearing Set
54836 Tamiya T3-01 Front Caramel Block Tire
54838 Tamiya T3-01 Steering Spring Set
54839 Tamiya T3-01 Front Spring Set
54840 Tamiya T3-01 Rear Spring Set
54842 Tamiya T3-01 Aluminum Front Axle Shaft
54843 Tamiya T3-01 Aluminum Swing Shaft
54857 Tamiya T3-01 One-Piece Rear Axle Shaft Set
54858 Tamiya T3-01 Aluminum Servo Horn
54859 Tamiya T3-01 FRP Support Arm

Since this project is starting from the ground up, there's a good chance the parts list will change. I'll have a final parts list at the end of the build but, for now, this is what I'm going with.

Stay tuned...

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Tamiya TT-02RR Manual Addendum

Tamiya USA - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 11:32

There has been a correction to the Tamiya TT-02 RR instruction manual. Some of you brought up the problem where the suspension balls on the new adjustable camber links were falling out. Tamiya Inc. has discovered the manual had people installing the balls in the wrong direction.

Please see the updated manual on the Tamiya USA TT-02 RR product page. Click the RED download manual button for the updated manual!

https://www.tamiyausa.com/shop/110-4wd-shaft-drive-road-tt/rc-tt-02rr-chassis-kit/

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TCS Race at Revelation Raceway - Rain Re-Schedule

Tamiya USA - Wed, 02/27/2019 - 15:49

Due to the high likelihood of rain on Saturday March 2nd and 3rd, Revelation Raceway and Tamiya America think it’s best to re-schedule the event to Saturday April 6th.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but we want to ensure that Revelation Raceway have the most fun and successful inaugural TCS regional race possible. We look forward to a dry and fun event on April 6th!!

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TCS Race #246 Results - 180 Raceway - Middle River MD

Tamiya USA - Wed, 02/27/2019 - 13:27

180 Raceway was the host to TCS Regional Race #246. Located in Middle River MD, this indoor carpet track saw 98 entries pack the place for some serious rugtop racing!

All the main TCS classes were full; F1, M-Chassis, TCS Spec, GT-1, GT-2 and Pro-Spec. Euro Truck, however, was by the far the popular class, having 30 drivers to form an A-, B- and C-Main!

We've posted the full results - you can download them by clicking the PDF icon below.

Gallery of Photos

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TCS Race #245 Concours Winners - Hobbytown USA/Hobbyplex - Omaha NE

Tamiya USA - Wed, 02/27/2019 - 11:38

One of the best parts about the TCS series is the Concours event. Drivers take a lot of pride in the detail work on their rides, so much so that it sometimes makes it impossible to choose a winner. At Race #245 in Omaha, NE, these 4 drivers put in that extra effort and walked away with the Concours win. Let's take a quick look at their prize-winning rides!

Euro Truck: Kenneth Mckinney
Tamiya 58661 Buggyra Racing Fat Fox

GT: Jonah Gallant
Tamiya 47326 TT-02R Chassis Kit
Tamiya 24345 Mercedes AMG GT3

M-Chassis: Kevin Lesac
Tamiya 58647 M-07 Concept Chassis Kit
Tamiya 47369 Mazda 2 Body Set

F1: Jim Hungate
Tamiya 58431 F104 Pro w/Body

Concours Winning Rides

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