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New Tamiya Products at the 60th Shizuoka Hobby Show

Fri, 05/13/2022 - 13:27

The 60th Shizuoka Hobby Show is going on right now in Shizuoka, Japan. As with every year, we have all of our new releases on display in our booth - everything from scale models, RC products Mini 4WD and Educational products!

Below is a video from the event (in Japanese) as well as a large gallery of photos. Enjoy!

Categories: Scale Models

Shizuoka Hobby Show 2022

Thu, 05/12/2022 - 17:46

The 2022 Shizuoka Hobby Show is taking place on May 11-15, 2022. We all can’t be there, but our associates in Japan have put together this cool booth video tour! Take a look at what we’re showing! Shizuoka Hobby Show Tamiya Booth Video Tour

Categories: Scale Models

SprueFest 2022 Model Contest - Gallery

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 12:41

SprueFest 2022 was over the April 23/24 weekend and was a huge success. There were quite a few different classes to judge with a ton of entrants in each.

Tamiya was once again a sponsor of the event with us judging 3 of the Best of classes - Best Tamiya Automotive Model Kit, Best Tamiya Military Model Kit and Best Tamiya Out of the Box Model Kit

We've put together a collage of images from the show - planes, cars and dioramas. Enjoy!

Categories: Scale Models

NEW R/C Product Announcement

Fri, 04/01/2022 - 13:23

Tamiya is proud to announce the release of the Toyota GR Supra GT500 as a 1/10 R/C model assembly kit based on the TT-02 chassis. The GR Supra GT500 was developed in accordance with GT500 class regulations as a replacement for the LEXUS LC500 which flourished in three seasons from 2017 to 2019. With the streamlined car design of the roadgoing GR Supra, this racing car features a carbon monocoque frame, dedicated aerodynamic components and transmission, plus a 2,000cc inline 4-cylinder direct injection turbo-charged engine “RI4AG.”

Expect to see this new and exciting race car kit, at your favorite dealer outlet, beginning on July 29!

Categories: Scale Models

New TAMIYA product announcements are coming!

Mon, 01/31/2022 - 14:36

New TAMIYA product announcements are coming!

On February 2nd 2022 @ 5:00pm (Tokyo Time), Tamiya Inc. will be unveiling NEW products set to be released later in the year. New product release announcement include; New R/C kits, Static Models, Mini4WD, and Craft and Educational kits. There are a few surprises in store for everyone! For the complete unveiling, make sure to follow this link! New Release Website

Categories: Scale Models

2022 Tamiya Championship Series Schedule!

Mon, 01/17/2022 - 12:23

2022 is under way, and we have a new Tamiya Championship Series schedule to announce! Entries for the first race will be live soon!

We are very excited to get a complete R/C racing schedule compared to recent years. We can’t wait to see you all back at the races!

For more information about Tamiya’s radio control car racing, make sure to read all about it here. ABOUT TCS

February 20 180 Raceway 164 Carroll Island Rd. Middle River, MD 21220

March 13 180 Raceway 164 Carroll Island Rd. Middle River, MD 21220 REPLACING SCALE SPEED cancelled event!

March 27 Cal Raceway 2190 N Canal St, Orange, CA 92865

March 26-27 Hobbytown USA/Hobbyplex 10020 Scott Circle Omaha, NE 68122

April 9 Larry's Performance Hobbies 48825 Van Dyke Rd. Shelby Charter Township, MI 48317

April 16-17 702 Raceway 6875 Speedway Blvd. #U103 Las Vegas, NV 89115

May 14 Revelation Raceway 4871 E State St, Ontario, CA 91762

May TBD Access Hobbies 1365 W 1st St, Springfield, OH 45504

May 22 RC Madness 101 North St, Enfield, CT 06082

May TBD 360 Raceway

June 25 Big Dog RC 428 Stoneboro Lateral Rd. Stoneboro, PA 16153 NEW HOST TRACK!

July 31 Broadway Hobbies 7600 212th St SW, Edmonds, WA 98026

August TBD Brownies Hobbies @ Jackson RC NJ 2 Solar Ave Jackson, New Jersey 08527

September 17-18 TCS Finals Hobbytown USA/Hobbyplex 10020 Scott Circle Omaha, NE 68122

Categories: Scale Models

Tamiya 2021 New Releases Recap!

Thu, 12/16/2021 - 12:00

2021 was a great year for new Tamiya product releases! Let’s take a look back at 2021, and revisit those exciting NEW releases you may have missed back when we first announced them.

Key R/C New Items 2021

RC 2020 Ford GT Mk II

RC Landfreeder Quadtrack

RC Mercedes-Benz Unimog 406

RC Wild One Off-Roader Blockhead Motors

RC Super Avante

RC TA08 PRO Chassis Kit

Key Scale Model Releases 2021

McDonnell F-4B Phantom II

Grumman F-14A Tomcat Late Model Carrier Launch Set

McLaren Senna

1989 Sauber-Mercedes C9

Nissan Fairlady 240ZG

German Tank Panzer IV Ausf.G

Categories: Scale Models

Tamiya Championship Series Rules UPDATE for 2021/22

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 18:00

The Tamiya Championship Series rules and regulations have received a fresh update. The update applies for the remainder of the races in 2021 and for the races coming up in 2022. Here’s a quick overview of the changes.

  1. The format of the rules has been split into articles similar to how Formula One formats theirs. The new document format helps keep track of specifics, more easily.
  2. We are sticking with the REEDY FT (Fixed Timing) motors for 2022. These low-cost motors continue to make things easier for all concerned.
  3. Participants in the Pro-Spec class may now use a polycarbonate replacement/option wing for any of the legal body sets allowed in the class. We did this as we know the stock ABS plastic wings are harder to replace. The wing allowed is the wing that most closely matches the stock look of the wings found on the Mercedes, Ford and Porsche bodies, allowed in the class. See PDF in the TCS Rules section for specifics.
  4. Sourcing the M-Chasses RIDE pre-mount tires has taken longer than expected. Until re-stock is fulfilled, we have added our two new m-chassis radial tires. Specifics on these tires are found in the rules. If you still have RIDE pre-mounts in your arsenal, you may still use them. The racers at the recent Hobbyplex event found the new Tamiya tires to be on par with the RIDE pre-mounts.

The updated rules can be found here: Tamiya Championship Series rules.

Categories: Scale Models

New Super Avante on the all-new TD4 Chassis

Fri, 06/25/2021 - 02:38

Tamiya is delighted to announce a brand new 1/10 R/C 4WD off-road buggy model. It employs the newly designed TD4 chassis and a stylish body produced by Kota Nezu, who has contributed to a number of popular Tamiya products.

About the model

  • This is a 1/10 R/C assembly kit.
  • Length: 338mm, height: 124mm, width: 246mm. Wheelbase: 283mm.
  • The eye-catching polycarbonate body (inspired by Tamiya classic, Avante) is designed by Japanese designer Kota Nezu of znug design.
  • Newly designed shaft-driven 4WD chassis based on the one-piece monocoque frame features the same ball differentials for front and rear, and features a longitudinal battery pack position in the center and a midship transverse motor for optimum balance and improved performance.
  • The TD4 chassis also employs an front inboard suspension layout which eliminates the need for a front damper stay and offers slim, low-profile form.
  • The four wheel double wishbone suspension system uses CVA oil dampers for superlative performance.
  • Features full ball bearings.
  • Two link rods and crank arm transmit movement of the left-side servo to the three-piece steering arm setup.
  • Turnbuckle shafts for use with upper arms facilitate camber angle adjustment.
  • Star dish wheels are paired with square spike tires which offer superlative grip off-road.
  • Choose between high and low type wing stays to adjust the downforce depending on the road surface.
  • Comes with a driver figure for extra realism, and high-torque servo saver.
Categories: Scale Models

TCS Race #267 Race Results – Cal Raceway – California

Tue, 06/15/2021 - 12:26

We are back to racing!!!!!

Tamiya Championship Series Race #267 just wrapped up with it being held at Cal Raceway in Orange, California. We had a whopping 15 heats with every Tamiya class being well supported! Here's what the entries looked like:

GT Novice Spec: 14 entries GT-Pro Spec: 8 entries Formula 1: 13 entries Euro Truck: 31 entries Mini: 19 entries GT-E: 7 entries GT-2: 19 entries GT-1: 9 entries

With the normal 2 rounds of qualifying and single mains, the event rolled off quickly and easily with the trophy presentation rounding out at around 5:30-ish.

Let's take a look at the winners from all the categories:

Top 3 Winners

GT Novice Spec

  1. Darren Huang
  2. Aaliyah Burnam
  3. Jack Ramsey

GT-Pro Spec

  1. Jerry Holsti
  2. Wendra Poedjorahardjo
  3. Carlos Duarte

Formula 1

  1. Mike Rydwell
  2. Carlos Duarte
  3. Brian Ruvalcaba

Euro Truck

  1. Izzy Suarez
  2. Kevin Burnam
  3. Craig Hammon (not pictured)

Mini

  1. Jason Smith
  2. Jason Huang
  3. Chris Widado

GT-E

  1. Orlando Sherman
  2. Phillip Enriquez
  3. Rajan Monteiro

GT-2

  1. Matt Allen
  2. Mike Rydwell
  3. Brian Ruvalcaba

GT-1

  1. Edgar Fiallos
  2. Matt Allen
  3. Danny Hua

A short concensus confirmed everyone had an amazing time and wants another TCS event at Cal Raceway again this year - we'll keep everyone posted when we get the dates established!

A big thank you to Mike Rywell of Cal Raceway & Exotek for being an amazing host, and to Edgar Fiallos, Calvin Simmons, and Christian Lopez for running an efficient tech are!

Most of all, we'd like to thank all the particants, especially to all the young kids, and young adults who are new to our fun hobby!

A full picture gallery can be found here: TCS Race #267 Photo Gallery

Full race results, including every qualifying round may be found here: RC SCORING PRO

Categories: Scale Models

Dxn Sakura Cup Mini 4WD 2021 Points Series - Sponsored by Tamiya

Wed, 03/24/2021 - 11:49

The Dxn Sakura Cup is a Tamiya Mini 4WD point series of races that consists of a total of 5 races held between March through May, 2021. Of the 5 races, 3 will be scored in the Series, allowing competitive drivers to miss 2 races and still be in contention for the win.

To comply with current Pandemic restrictions, Dxn is also using a AM/PM Session system. This helps reduce the number or racers in the shop at one time while still allowing everyone a chance to run.

Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned racer, we welcome Mini 4WD enthusiasts of all skill levels and ages. Let’s have fun racing Tamiya Mini 4WD!

All 5 races will be held at Dxn Provisions in Arcadia Ca using the following schedule:
Round 1 - March 27th
Round 2 - April 10th
Round 3 - April 24th
Round 4 - May 8th
Round 5 - May 22nd

Please see the extended rules as well as more info on points, AM/PM Sessions, Proxy Racing and Scheduling on the Dxn Provisions site: https://dxnprovisions.com/dxn-sakura-cup-rules-and-regulations/

Dxn Provisions
215 S. 1st Ave
Arcadia, California 91006
P: (626) 538-7350
W: www.dxnprovisions.com/

Categories: Scale Models

New TA08 PRO Introduction Video

Mon, 03/15/2021 - 17:11

We have a new product introdcution video featuring the all-new TA08 PRO 4WD racing chassis!

Categories: Scale Models

New TA08 Pro!

Fri, 03/12/2021 - 01:46

Tamiya is delighted to announce an even further hopped-up chassis in the ever-evolving TA series: the TA08 PRO! This 2 belt-driven 4WD chassis features a Stepped V design and plenty of high-performance parts, that ensure this is a seriously quick chassis that you will love to drive!

TA-08 Details Live Streaming Now!! Tamiya Inc. YouTube Channel

ABOUT THE MODEL

  • This is a 1/10 scale R/C touring car chassis kit.

  • Features Stepped-V shaped chassis which balances weight and rigidity.

  • The battery pack and servo are positioned on a slight angle (about 10 degrees) to reduce surface contact and facilitate optimum weight distribution.

  • Positioning spur gear in front of motor produces stable drivability.

  • 2 belt-driven 4WD uses TRF420 gear differentials and steel TA07 differential joint cups.

  • A-arm suspension arm gives your model a low center of gravity, enhanced with laid down dampers.

  • Camber and caster angles are adjustable by turnbuckle shafts and lower arm spacers respectively.

  • Comes with Super Short Big Bore size shock dampers.

  • Universal shafts and full bearings give efficient drive.

  • Rotating body mounts by 180 degrees switches between standard and 2mm advanced body positions.

Detailed information will be released on the Tamiya Inc. Youtube channel "Tamiya RC Live'' on Sunday March 14 (Japan Time-Saturday evening US time), with additional information on our Tamiya USA homepage on Sunday evening March 14. Please stay tuned!

Categories: Scale Models

1/48 McDonnell Douglas™ F-4B Phantom II™

Tue, 03/09/2021 - 02:42

★Take a quick look at our upcoming model of the legendary Phantom II in 1/48 scale! ★Based upon extensive study of physical examples of the aircraft, it captures the F-4B in style. ★Choose open or closed canopy, plus extended or stowed fuel probe. ★Left and right sides of the one-piece horizontal stabilizer move in tandem. ★Features parts recreating missiles and drop tank, plus three marking options and two figures. ★See below for more images, including some of the parts sprues in the kit.

Categories: Scale Models

TAMIYA SPECIAL EARLY 2021 NEW PRODUCT PRESENTATION

Tue, 01/19/2021 - 21:39

Please join us for a Tamiya Early 2021 New Product Unveiling on January 24th @ 11:00 PM (U.S. Pacific Standard Time).

We are excited to be unveiling all-new and re-release products in the following Tamiya categories: Radio Control, Scale Models,Mini 4WD, Craft & Educational, and Tools.

All items announced scheduled to be available in the first quarter and half of 2021!

Website Presentation Page goes live on 1/24/21 @ 11:00 PM PST

Categories: Scale Models

Tamiya Championship Series 2021 Regional Status

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 13:13

The 2021 TCS events will be taking place this year in some fashion. That is our goal. We are looking at a slightly late start due to the ongoing lockdowns depending on the part of the country that you’re living in. We are also in the process of contacting the 2020 hosts to check on their ability and desire to host a 2021 event safely. We know that the 2020 season was piecemeal as some locations were not able to run an event and some were able to in a limited way. We’d like to thank all of you who supported those events. We understand you’re all excited to race and have fun! The support meant a lot to the host hobby stores and to us here at Tamiya America.

The TCS 2021 rules will remain the same as the 2020 rules, including the Spec Reedy Motors specified for the spec motor classes.

Finally, we will be announcing new product related to R/C at the end of January. These new products will of course be integrated into the series as they are released.

We hope everyone had a great holiday season and you’re off to a happy, healthy and good new year!

Categories: Scale Models

Tamiya Webstore Closes 12/21 through 1/13/2021 for Inventory

Tue, 12/15/2020 - 18:55

The Tamiya America website shopping cart will be closed beginning 12/21/20 @ 12:00 PM Pacific Standard Time. We are closing the cart so we may do our annual inventory. The projected re-opening is January 13, 2021. If you need to order any item from our website please make sure to do so before 12:00 noon PST on 12/21/2020.

Categories: Scale Models

RC Driver Online takes a close look at the X-SA Lunch Box

Sun, 12/06/2020 - 16:19

Our media friends over at RC Driver Online have just posted their overview of our NEW X-SA (Expert Semi-Assembled) Lunch Box. They take a deep dive into what this series is all about for new and old Tamiya RC fans alike. Take a look at the deep dive here. RC Driver Online

Categories: Scale Models

First Look: Tamiya 24355 McLaren Senna 1/24 Scale Model Kit

Tue, 12/01/2020 - 17:23

The McLaren Senna is one of the hottest hypercars to hit streets. Titled after the legendary F1 racer Ayrton Senna, this stunning ride boasts some amazing aero work to help harness the monstrous 789hp twin-turbocharged V8 engine.

We've teamed up with McLaren to bring you an amazing replica of this ride in 1/24 scale. It features a full engine and transmission, braking, interior, beautiful wheels and tires and a multi-piece body with tons of vents, scoops, wings and intakes!

We've provided the recommended tools and paints here as well as a load of detailed pictures down below.

24355 Tamiya McLaren Senna Model Kit

Recommended Tools:
87182 Tamiya Extra-Thin Cement (Quick Setting)
87038 Tamiya Extra-Thin Cement
74123 Tamiya Sharp Pointed Side Cutter
69930 Tamiya Modeler's Knife
74112 Tamiya Fine Pin Vise
42304 Tamiya Damper Piston Drill Bit Set
74003 Tamiya Angled Tweezers
74005 Tamiya Curved Scissors
74104 Tamiya Basic File Set - Smooth

Recommended Paints:
82101 Tamiya LP-1 Black
82105 Tamiya LP-5 Semi-Gloss Black
82108 Tamiya LP-8 Pure Yellow
82142 Tamiya LP-42 Mica Red
82163 Tamiya LP-63 Titanium Silver
81510 Tamiya X-10 Gunmetal
81514 Tamiya X-14 Sky Blue

Alrighty - let's take a closer look at what comes in the box!

Categories: Scale Models