Scale Models

Fix the Body Movement on the 58668 Volkswagon Type 2

Tamiya USA - Wed, 01/15/2020 - 11:16

The Volkswagon Type 2 bus is a fun little ride. It is based off the M06 chassis and uses long posts to mount the body. Because of this, the body tends to move around a bit when the bus is driving.

In this article, we show you how to replace the small stock foam bumper with a much larger one. This helps keep the body stable while you're crusing around with your VW Bus!

Things you'll need:
1. 58668 Tamiya Volkswagon Bus. Obviously.
2. 54819 Urethane Bumper XL
3. Hobby Knife with a new blade. Please be careful while using this - it can cut through fingers as easily as it does the foam.
3. Sharpie. Used to mark the holes in the new foam bumper.
4. Phillips-head screwdriver.

Ok, on to the install.

Step 1 The first step is to remove the body and compare bumpers. You can definitely see the size difference in the two foam pieces.

Step 2 Remove the 3 screws in the upper bumper mount.

Step 3 Flip your M06 over and remove the 2 screws on the bottom of the bumper mount.

Step 4 While not completely necessary, it does make it a little easier if you remove the screws on both of the lower shock mounts.

Step 5 Carefully pull the bulkhead apart and slip the small foam bumper out.

Step 6 Place the small foam bumper on top of the large one as shown. Using your Sharpie, slip it through the holes to mark the lower bumper.

Step 7 Remove the small foam bumper and you'll be left with two marked holes!

Step 8 Using your hobby knife, carefully cut out the holes that you marked. When complete, carefully trace the contour of the small bumper into the large one, removing the foam material.

Step 9 Your bumpers should look similar to this.

Step 10 Install the large foam bumper in the same way you removed the small one. No need to re-install the screws yet; we'll get to that in a bit. This is just to test fit the bumper. You can see that it sticks out quite a bit; we're going to fix that right now.

Step 11 There are multiple ways to complete the next part, but one of the easiest we found was to press the body against the bumper (when it was mounted, like in Step 10).

Step 12 Once removed, the body left a slight indentation on the foam, giving us a nice, shaped curve. This was a good starting point for material removal.

BE CAREFUL!!! While you could just simply eyeball it, cutting to much off will result in a body that continues to wobble when you drive. Start by cutting off a small amount, test fit, then trim off more if needed. This will ensure that your foam bumper is only as small as it needs to be while still retaining enough foam to prevent body wobble.

Step 13 Here's a look at our first cut. We're not to worried about it being perfect just yet, we just want to make sure it's creates a nice, tight fit.

Step 14 After a couple test fits, we found this to be just about right. Screws were re-installed to give it one last final test fit.

Step 15 With the body back on, you can see our cut was pretty tight. We even massaged it a bit to leave room for the cosmetic front bumper mounts.

At this point, you're all done. That is, of course, if you're happy with the way things are. We took some extra time to clean up the front bumper with a Dremel, making it look factory fresh!

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OTB 71: Adding bits to your kits

On the Bench Podcast - Wed, 01/15/2020 - 00:56

G'day Benchers!  Welcome to our latest episode of “On the bench” for. We have our usual listener mailbag along with whats new in the modelling world. In this episode we are going to be talking about adding bits to your kits, from saving bits of sprue to copper wires and plastic card.

 

Don’t forget to checkout our new show sponsor Scale Modellers Supply and their great range of SMS Paints.

 

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Scale Model Podcast EP. 37 Brett Green – Dream Job and More

Scale Model Podcast - Wed, 01/08/2020 - 11:46
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 favourite podcasts are found including iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher as […]
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OTB: Hello 2020!

On the Bench Podcast - Wed, 01/01/2020 - 04:54

G'day Benchers!  Welcome to our first episode of “On the bench” for 2020. We have our usual listener mailbag along with whats new in the modelling world. In this episode we are going to be looking forward to see what we what to achieve in 2020 as well as what new kits we would like to see!

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Scale Model Podcast Ep 36 A year in review

Scale Model Podcast - Tue, 12/24/2019 - 17:03
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 favourite podcasts are found including iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher as […]
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Christmas 2019 Facebook Giveaway

Tamiya USA - Mon, 12/16/2019 - 16:54

Everyone knows Santa has a cool sleigh, so we thought we'd give away a sleigh of our own in the form of this killer Ford SVT F-150 Lightning!

This bright red beauty was an original photo truck, tucked away in the Tamiya vault and collecting dust. We feel it's time for it to find a new home and Christmas is the perfect time to do so.

It is item number 58481, a TT-01E variant that features a 4WD shaft-driven setup, large foam front bumper, double-wishbone suspension and 540-style brushed motor. Satin-finish 5-spoke wheels are wrapped in realistic-looking treaded tires, all topped off with a pre-painted (and stickered) Ford SVT F-150 Lighting body.

This truck is discontinued and comes as is. It will require some additional parts to complete.

Giveaway Starts: Wednesday, 12/18/2019 at 9:00am PST
Giveaway Ends: Monday, 12/23/2019 at 9:00am PST

To have a chance to win this ride, you'll need to qualify by completing a couple steps.

1. First, Read the Rules. Super important first step - as always.
2. Next, head over to the Tamiya Facebook page and like it.
3. While you're there, add the hashtags "tamiyasleighgiveaway" and "Christmasgiveaway (#tamiyasleighgiveaway / #Christmasgiveaway). Then comment, letting us know what type of RC you'd like Santa to bring you - other than, of course, a chance at this Ford SVT!

That's it! We'll shuffle through the answers on Monday, December 23rd and find one we like best. We will then contact that person about receiving the F-150 Lightning!

As always, good luck to everyone and have a great holiday season!

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OTB 69: The year in review.

On the Bench Podcast - Mon, 12/16/2019 - 06:11

G'day Benchers!  Welcome to our latest episode of on the bench. We have our usual listener mailbag along with whats new in the modelling world. In this episode we are going to be looking back on the year that has been and what a year it was….so many new kits announced, purchased and built as well as the fantastic support we have had from you, our loyal listeners!

Don’t forget to checkout our new show sponsor Scale Modellers Supply and their great range of SMS Paints. 

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Scale Model Podcast Ep – 35 Mike Baskette

Scale Model Podcast - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 20:23
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 favourite podcasts are found including iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher as […]
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Tamiya USA Annual Inventory Online Shop Closure!

Tamiya USA - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 14:40

Announcement:

The Tamiya USA online shopping CART will be shut down from December 23, 2019 and re-opening on January 8, 2020. Tamiya USA will be conducting its annual inventory during this time. The CART will close promptly at 12:00 NOON PST. Any order not completed by then will not be processed.

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OTB 68: From wargaming to modelling.

On the Bench Podcast - Wed, 12/04/2019 - 06:46

G'day Benchers!  Welcome to our latest episode, and we have our usual listener mailbag, whats new in the modelling world as well as our special guest Peter Mellor to talk about the crossover of wargaming to modelling.

 

Don’t forget to checkout our new show sponsor Scale Modellers Supply and their great range of SMS Paints.

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Black Friday & Holiday Sale!

Tamiya USA - Fri, 11/29/2019 - 02:41

Beginning Friday, November 29th Tamiya America’s Black Friday Sale begins on select R/C kit and Ready-To-Run radio control vehicles in addition to select Air Brush items. Check out the items on sale below!

42326 RC TA07 MS Chassis Kit

42336 RC TRF Setting Board

42337 RC TRF Trolley Pit Bag

46617 RC RTR Toyota Celica GT-FOUR

46620 RC RTR Subaru BRZ

46621 RC RTR Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

46623 RC RTR Ferrari 458 Challenge

46625 RC RTR Subaru XV

46630 RC RTR Petronas TOM's RC F

46631 RC RTR Motul Autech GT-R

46632 RC RTR Raikiri GT

47420 RC Volkswagen Type 2 (T1) Finished Body

57407 RC Dual Rider Trike

57741 RC RTR Hornet

57754 RC RTR Suzuki Swift Super 1600

57835 RC RTR Suzuki Jimny Wheelie

57853 RC RTR Farm King Wheelie

57864 RC RTR Holiday Buggy

57874 RC RTR Porsche 911 Carrera RSR

57877 RC RTR Toyota FJ Cruiser

57880 RC RTR Toyota Land Cruiser 40

57881 RC RTR Buggy Kumamon Version

57885 RC RTR Buggy Kumamon Version

57888 RC RTR Suzuki Jimny (JB23)

57890 RC RTR Heavy Dump Truck

57891 RC RTR Mazda Roadster

57894 RC RTR Honda City Turbo

57897 RC RTR Plasma Edge II

58549 RC Agrios 4x4 Monster Truck

58653 RC 1/18 King Yellow 6x6

58657 RC Land Rover Defender 90 CC-01

58658 RC TB-05 PRO Chassis Kit

58660 RC Dynahead 6x6

58662 RC Comical Grasshopper

58663 RC Toyota Hilux Extra Cab

58664 RC Ford Mustang GT4

58666 RC Comical Hornet

58672 RC Monster Beetle Trail

74514 Spray-Work HG Airbrush Super Fine

74519 Spray-Work HG Single Air Brush

74520 Spray-Work Basic Compressor w/Airbrush

74532 Spray-Work HG Airbrush III

74537 Spray-Work HG Airbrush w/Integrated Cup

74548 For Air Compressor

74555 Airbrush Filter For Air Compressor

74559 Spray-Work Air Compressor Adv.

74801 Airbrush SX

74802 Sparmax Airbrush SX 0.5D

84135 RC RTR Alfa Romeo MiTo Black

84136 RC RTR Alfa Romeo MiTo Silver

84356 RC RTR F2012

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Scale Model Podcast EP 34 – Wacky For WingNuts

Scale Model Podcast - Tue, 11/26/2019 - 20:12
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 favourite podcasts are found including iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher as […]
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OTB 67: From the stash

On the Bench Podcast - Tue, 11/19/2019 - 12:00

G'day Benchers!  Unfortunately I've been called away to assist with fires in New South Wales so we are not able to bring you our usual show. But fear not I’ve dug deep into our “stash” to bring you the interview with Richard Alexander from Wingnut Wings.  We will be back with our regular programming in a fortnight so in the meantime enjoy and stay safe.

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What it's Like to Drive the debis Mercedes 190E DTM

Tamiya USA - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 13:51

There's a good chance that, at some point, we've all wondered what it would be like to drive the full size version of our favorite Tamiya car.

Here's a short video of the guys over at The Drive piloting the debis Mercedes 190 E DTM car around the Hockenheim circuit! It is a museum piece so I'm sure he didn't get to completely air it out, but I bet the experience was like none other!

Enjoy!

58656 Mercedes Benz 190E debis DTM
https://www.tamiyausa.com/blog/what-its-drive-debis-mercedes-190e-dtm/

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Scale Model Podcast Ep. 33 – Aaron Skinner

Scale Model Podcast - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 20:37
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 favourite podcasts are found including iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher as […]
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