TAMIYA, Tamiya is regarded as the worlds' finest model hobby manufacturer and a
leader in radio control (R/C RC) cars, trucks and tanks.
When it comes right down to it,
Tamiya's main goal is to offer the world the most rewarding modeling experience
possible. Grasping the various parts, assembling, and finally painting a finely
crafted model is truly a special and rare experience in today's modern world.
Tamiya feels that this hands-on experience is invaluable. So whether it's our
careful attention to quality, or our commitment to ease-of-assembly, we are
always striving to create truly fulfilling ways to spend one's time.
Since its start with educational wooden models in 1948, Tamiya has unswervingly
striven to be "First in Quality Around the World". This refers not only to
quality with respect to products, but also to our dedication to the hobby
industry as a whole. From the planning, design, mold construction, molding, and
packaging to the various forms of graphic design found on the packaging,
assembly manuals, etc., Tamiya's in-house manufacturing process allows for
attention to detail indispensable for the pursuit of hobby excellence
The phrase "Tamiya Standard" has come to be used among modeling enthusiasts the
world over to describe the high level of quality unique to Tamiya. In fact,
Tamiya's scale models possess such intricate detail that they are often
described by modeling connoisseurs as "museum items". This stalwart commitment
to total quality has launched Tamiya to the forefront of the world's hobby
industry, and continues to promise an exciting future
In Radio Control, Tamiya has produced the highest quality
models in Nitro or electric, scales range from 1/8 up to 1/24, including the
World best Radio Control war Military Tanks and the incredible line of 1/14
Trucks and trailers as well as 1/8 and 1/10 on road and off road cars and
We invite you to spend some time in the review of our database
for Tamiya products as well as all the links we provide with interesting and
detailed information for your Hobby.
Radio Control, Nitro &
Electric, Ready to run (RTR) or Kits
(For plastic static models please scroll down the page.)
Road Nitro Gas Ready to Run (RTR)
These RTR Nitro vehicles come equipped with all you need
except fuel and batteries.
Professionally assembled at Factory in scales 1:8 and 1:10, off road trucks and
Road Electric Ready to Run (RTR)
These RTR Electric vehicles come
equipped with all you need except batteries.
Professionally assembled at Factory in scales 1:8 and 1:10, off road trucks and
buggies. (requires battery and charger only)
Road Electric Kits (require assembly)
Requires assembly and paint.
Easy to follow instructions for assembly. Can be upgraded while assembling with
hop-ups. Motors and speed controllers included. Requires Radios, batteries,
paint and battery chargers.
Road Nitro Gas Kits (require assembly)
Requires assembly and paint.
Easy to follow instructions for assembly. Can be upgraded while assembling with
hop-ups. Motors included. Requires Radios, batteries, paint and nitro gas.
Road Electric Ready to Run (RTR)
These RTR Electric vehicles come
equipped with all you need except batteries.
Professionally assembled at Factory in scale 1:10 and 1/12, on road trucks and
sport cars. (requires battery and charger only)
Road Electric Kits (require assembly)
Requires assembly and paint.
Easy to follow instructions for assembly. Can be upgraded while assembling with
hop-ups. Motors and speed controllers included. Requires Radios, batteries,
paint and battery chargers.
Tanks 1/35 scale
Highly detailed models in scale 1/35 to be
assembled. Includes radio control systems. Batteries not included. Full
forward/reverse, right/left movement and 360 degrees rotational turret.
Tanks 1/16 scale
You can be a modeler or a R/C nut, we've got the tanks for you!
Our current 1/16 scale models can be equipped with battle systems. You can set
up mock battles with 2+ tanks and have your own scale ware in the comfort of
Trucks & Trailers 1/14 scale
Giant eighteen wheel trailer trucks, known as "Rigs", are to be
seen on the highways of continents worldwide every day. Now these massive and
powerful vehicles are offered as electric powered, ready to assemble radio
controlled models, in a series by Tamiya. Excellent full size scale effects are
achieved which demonstrate the current state of the art in construction as well
as realism in R/C models. In addition to the truck itself, semi-trailers, sound
and lighting options are available for your enjoyment.
RC 1/16 scale little Gear Kit
"Little Gear". Smaller than traditional 1/10 scale,
the inner mechanics remain uncompromised in this powerful 1/18 scale little
chassis. Requires motor, radio system and batteries.
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Static models Plastic kits, Die cast,
Accessories & Spare Parts, Paints & Paint accessories, Military non RC
(some models might have motors for movement but not radio controlled)
Big Scale Motorcycles
the dynamic excitement of big scale modeling. Each 1/6 scale cycle kit is
a precise duplication of the actual motorcycle down to the last nut and
bolt. Finely detailed engines, delicate spoke wheels, semi-pneumatic
tires, operating coil spring suspensions, and gleaming chrome finished,
varnished, and metal parts...all play a part in creating unparalleled
Big Scale Racing Cars
These 1/12 scale racing machines are
highly recommended for the modeler who not only appreciates precise
detailing but enjoys a challenge. This series consists of models featuring
accurately reproduced suspension system, realistic engine detailing and
1/12 & 1/16
motorcycles in this series are crafted to exact scale and in unbelievable
detail. The scale size is perfect for collecting the complete series as
they do not take up much space. Suitable for the advanced as well as the
newcomer to the hobby, these accurate miniatures average in size to about
17cm in length. From jumping and racing riders to all-out competition
racers are available in this series.
Big Tank Series
Large scale realism can be enjoyed with this
1/16 scale series. Tank models equipped with coil spring damped suspension
and separately molded tracks for maximum realism. For building realistic
dioramas, 1/16 World Figure series is also available. The Tiger I and the
King Tiger Tanks can move via motor and gearbox.
World Figure Series
Tamiya has brought forth a new dimension in
figure modeling with their 1/16 scale "World Figure Series". Rendered in
about 120mm tall, these figures boast natural posture and lifelike facial
expression, which provide the utmost realism. Clothing and equipment are
also accurately reproduced after thorough research. Display your painting
prowess on these masterpiece model figures.
Grand Prix Collection
This scale joins the ranks, as these 1/20th race
cars prove a perfect size. Each kit stresses keen interior detailing and
precise engine reproduction. The kits were intended for beginner,
intermediate and advanced modeler
Tamiya brings a new dimension to finished models
with the introduction of the "Collector's Club" die-cast scale model
series. The main component of these precision replicas are of die-cast
metal. They are hand crafted, painted and decorated, bringing out the
ultimate in detail while providing that weighty feeling experienced in
die-cast models. Chassis components use engineering plastics to reproduce
a crisp finish. The "Collector's Club" models will be a proud part of any
collection of fine automotive models.
Sports Car Series
This Series presents the opportunity to enjoy
the building of popular cars at your leisure. Racing cars and prominent
sports cars are precisely reproduced. The interiors are accurate and
realistic. Although the cars in this series are easy to build, great
realism can be obtained. Motorized provide extra enjoyment of figure o
turn or zigzag running. As an introduction to building car models or for
the entertainment of building a collection, this series is highly
1/32 scale aircraft are now available with all
the details you would expect from such large models. Sharp detailing of
engine, instrument panel, seat and other cockpit parts. Many metal parts
are utilized to make the finished product, not only beautiful, but sturdy
as well. Some models also have accurately replicated movable parts. A6M5
Zero Fighter Real Action Sound Set provides a wide range of enjoyment such
as light illumination and propeller rotation linked with engine sound.
Military Miniature Series
This is a continuing series in exact 1/35 scale
kits of World
War II vehicles and post war armor, plus figures in many poses from armies
all over the world. Ideal for the constructing of diorama and shaded box
art, all of these military miniature models are exact in detail, down to
the facial expressions on the soldiers themselves. Working from the full
sized vehicles, the designers measured every facet of the vehicles for the
most accurate model that can be produced, and thousands of photographs
were utilized in verifying the many variations of the different types.
These models are truly museum replicas and are, in fact, used by many
famous museums around the world to depict history to the viewing public.
With 1/48 scale widely recognized as the
standard scale for aviation models, this series helps to add extra realism
to your aviation dioramas. The Kubelwagen, first in the series, is as
detailed as its 1/35 Military Miniature Series counterpart while easy to
assemble. Figures included with kit add to realistic atmosphere.
Aircraft in 1/48 scale... big enough to hold on
to... big enough to see all the details. Big enough for novice as well as
professional modeler to build, enjoy and display. The series itself
contains planes of the world. The accuracy in detailing is there. Parts
simplified for ease of assembly. All with decals and history and easy to
follow instructions. Series includes seaplanes, fighters, interceptors and
Propeller Action Series
With the inclusion of the switch less
"Touch-Dash" motor and motor mount, the propellers of these realistic
models begin to rotate by finger touch. The motor requires separately
available R6/AA/UM3 alkaline battery. Kit comes with display base, which
can be modified to your custom requirements.
War Bird Collection
Enjoy the beautiful form of the world's
airplanes. Distinctive features of WWII masterpieces, modern jets and
helicopters are realistically reproduced. 1/72 scale is ideal for
collecting in great numbers. You can gain a
unique understanding of world's jet fighters, Allied and Axis WWII
fighters. Here is a window to the world of historical aviation.
This magnificent scale takes us sailing into a
new category of big ships. which are large enough to take advantage of
excellent detailing, but still small enough to be displayed sensibly. Our
precise reproduction will give you enormous
An interesting modeling concept is at
work in these Water Line Series ships. Each kit depicts warships of
various nations as they appeared during WWII. What is of special
significance, is that as their name Water Line implies, the models are of
the portion above the waterline. Therefore, they can be placed on a flat
surface and appear as they would on the ocean, with the draught portion
omitted. What's more, 1/700 scale permits collecting great numbers of them
and using relatively little space. With over 100 ships in the series, it
is perhaps the largest collection of its kind in the world.
and FINISHED models RC inclusive
As society becomes more and more fast paced,
there are those times when you just don't have
the time to assemble the models you would like to. You want to admire the
detail of the vehicles you love, maybe you would like to do some touch-up
work, but nothing out on the market, not even die-cast models, is precise
enough to satisfy your passion for authenticity. Well, that is until now.
Tamiya promises to satisfy with the Masterwork Collection Series. Hand
crafted to precision and touch-up friendly, this series promises to be a
hit amongst beginner and expert modelers alike.
Due the large selection on
Paints and accessories, we ask you to pick from the next page that best suits your search.
Tamiya Paints & Paint accessories
Complete range of paints and accessories for
painting your models.
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Tamiya Corporation ShizuokaHead Office The company was founded in 1946 as a
sawmill and lumber company by Yoshio Tamiya, which it was then known as Tamiya
Shoji & Co. in Oshika, Shizuoka City, two years later, as with the high
availability of wood, Tamiya organized a wooden model department is within the
lumber company, forming the foundation of the company
** Product lines
** Radio-controlled vehicles
** Cars (1/12 scale)
The first radio controlled car to be released by Tamiya was a Porsche 934 in
1976 . Its body was based upon an existing 1/12 scale static kit that Tamiya had
already been manufacturing, so the effect was that of a traditional static model
kit with the added ability to be radio controlled - something Tamiya
acknowledged, as all of their early kit boxes carried the wording "suitable for
radio control". The Porsche 934 was a massive hit - selling over 100,000 units
in its first year. The potential market for easy to assemble electric radio
controlled model cars was clear, and the 934 and was soon followed up by a kit
of the Porsche 935.
Lamborghini Countach LP500S (CS), the eighth car to be released by the Tamiya
(58008). Although released previously (58005), this model is the first to use
the Competition Special tag, meaning that it is a hoped-up version of the
standard version for skilled drivers. The difference is early models came
equipped with the more powerful RS540 unit as opposed to the standard RS380S as
well as sponge/duplo tires, which was later adopted by competition cars of that
size as opposed to rubber as well as the thicker chassis with different cast
Can Am Lola RM1, based on the T333 that Jacky Ickx used to win the reformatted
Can Am series in 1979 . This was Tamiya's further foray into building
competition cars, hence the RM (Racing Master) tag that appeared on the box, the
first of the seven cars. The car did feature a few groundbreaking innovations
that became common in other RC cars, these were the introduction of the Mabuchi
Black RS-540SD, the first hop-up RC motor, fully adjustable flex/tweak chassis,
including adjustable castor & Ackerman, bulletproof ball raced sealed rear diff,
overenginered sophisticated steeples MSC with micro switch with braking, to use
the BEC radio gear and to come fully ball raced.. It was the first Tamiya car
to be use a polycarbonate body shell, rather than the heavier and fragile molded
ABS of the previous cars. This was soon followed by the release of the Datsun
280ZX RM Mk2, driven by Paul Newman to win the SCCA CP title. A narrower
redesigned version of the RM chassis with the same axle/drive train/steering
components as the RM1, but minus MSC, diff, bearings, Black Motor; all which can
be fitted in as an option.
Tornado RM. Mk3, released two years after the first RM model, leading to a
upsurge in a market for the 1/12th scale pan racers, which by then, many
companies including Associated, Schumacher, Delta, Kyosho, ABC became involved
in the market. As a result, Tamiya totally redesign the RM's pan chassis, by
reducing its weight through leaving out some of the less-used items that was
offered in the RM1. Other adjustments is that the RM3 can accept the 7.2V stick
packs and a updated adjustable mechanical speed controller known as the
SuperChamp MSC; The RM3's steering arrangement had returned to the simpler setup
with adjustable caster. The body shape would become common with RC cars
through the decade. Tamiya's further evolution with the RM5/6 (Porsche 956 and
Toyota 84C) would be another all new design featuring a stiffening top plate and
a floating rear pod with a single spring.
The Porsche 959. Released in 1986 , it was a 1/12th scale radio-controlled
replica of the car that won the 1986 Paris Dakar Rally, and was one of the most
complex and highly detailed R/C model kits ever made. It was soon followed by
the Toyota Celica Gr.B, a replica of the Safari Rally winner, which shared the
same chassis as the Porsche 959 but included a number of upgrades such as a
third differential in the centre of the car, and a much needed front anti-roll
bar, making it an even more complex kit.
** Cars (1/10 scale)
Williams FW07 (CS), although not the first F1 car to be released as well as
being the second to use the CS (Competition Special) banner, further changes
would be made with the release of the F1 car. As well as having the standard
equipment found on all CS models, main chassis is single deck FRP rather than
single deck aluminum of early versions, the motor mount is a lighter pressed
alloy one instead of heavy cast alloy as well as the front uprights are nylon
instead of alloy and rear motor pod of stamped metal plate instead of cast
The Sand Scorcher and Rough Rider, released in 1979 and credited as the first
radio controlled cars to feature off-road suspension. They were extremely true
to scale, and featured suspension systems similar to that of the real Volkswagen
Beetle, along with water proof-boxes to hold radio equipment. The Sand Scorcher
and Rough Rider (along with the Ford F150 Ranger XLT and Super Champ) all shared
many chassis components, and came to be known as the SRB's (Special Racing
Buggies) and are highly desirable for collectors.
The Super Champ, released in 1982 , was the only Tamiya model to include a
feature called F.F.P.D.S. (Free Floating Progressive Dampening System). This
consisted of an on board oil bottle to constantly supply oil to a large rear
shock absorber, which helped maintain both pressure and lubrication in the shock
through hard use. Though adding weight to the car, it worked well, and Tamiya
even registered a patent for the system.
The Wild Willy, released in 1982. This was a Jeep with a detailed, hard plastic
body and a short wheelbase, making it capable of wheelies and other stunts. Its
sealed electronics box also enabled it to traverse water without damage. It
marked a new concept in R/C modeling, and was very popular among both R/C and
Jeep enthusiasts, for both its fun and realism. Like many vintage Tamiya models,
good condition examples are now considered extremely collectible, and mint in
box (unbuilt) examples can fetch almost US $1000. Further, the original Wild
Willy kit was revised in 1985 to give it a slightly longer wheelbase, so the
earlier, shorter wheelbase version is quite hard to find. Wild Willy 2 has also
been released 2000, utilizing pre-assembled Wild Dagger's gear box, and tires
from Lunch Box, but otherwise whole new mechanical design. Wild Willy 2 retained
the Jeep body with only a few minor difference, such as horizontal front grill
slits, instead of vertical slits of the original. And there has even been a
metallic edition of Wild Willy 2. The Frog, a two wheel drive off-road radio
controlled buggy released in 1983 , that was both fast and much lighter than its
predecessors, and marked a new balance between the use of metal and plastic
components. The Frog was very popular, and also marked the beginning of Tamiya's
use of animal themes to draw inspiration for its vehicle designs and colors - an
idea that proved extremely popular and which was continued through a number of
kits. The chassis of the Frog was used for the basis of the Tamiya Subaru Brat
and Black Foot. The Frog kit was also re-released in 2005 , though with a few
alterations such as more reliable dog bone type universal shafts, and an
inclusion of Electronic Speed Controller.
The Grasshopper, a two wheel drive off-road radio controlled buggy released
in 1984 that was very rugged and featured a simple construction that made it
Tamiya's most affordable buggy. It featured a bathtub chassis holding a simple
rigid axle in the rear and single wishbone front suspensions in the front. Its
380 sized motor meant it was among Tamiya's slower models at the time, though
its lighter ABS plastic bathtub chassis helped put its speed only a little
behind that of the earlier, heavier Special Racing Buggies. It was also much
more economical on batteries, and overall it was the ideal off-roader for the
first time hobbyist, which made it very popular. The Grasshopper kit was
re-released in 2005, with a few alterations.
The Hornet, a two wheel drive off-road radio controlled buggy first released
in 1984 which was quite fast and rugged. It shared most components with the
Grasshopper, though it was faster and lighter due to polycarbonate (lexan) body.
It would go on to become one of the most popular R/C kits of all time, and was
re-released in December 2004 with a few alterations. There was also a sequel,
the Super Hornet, which was released in 1994 and has now been discontinued,
though as of 2006 Tamiya still manufactures it exclusively for the Australian
The Hotshot. Tamiya's first four wheel drive off-road buggy which was
released in 1985. It broke new ground for Tamiya and also the hobby in general,
and was the car to beat in 1/10th scale buggy racing when it was released. It
featured 4 wheel independent double wishbone suspension, a very unique
mono-spring suspension that used only two springs for the entire 4 wheels. For
its time, the car was light, rugged and upgradeable. In the years that followed,
parts of the Hotshot were evolved and reused in several other 4WD buggy models,
including the Hotshot 2 which was identical aside from simpler direct rear
suspension, the Boomerang, the Super Sabre, and Tamiya's 10th Anniversary car,
the Bigwig. In 2007, Hotshot was re-released. Electronic Speed Controller is
included instead of mechanical speed controller; body has a metal patch to
function as a heat sink to dissipate heat from ESC; dog-bone shafts are
simplified, hexa bolt and hexa cup universal for connecting front and rear gear
boxes are discarded and simpler dog-bone shaft is adapted. Because of ESC,
original heat sinks for resistors for the mechanical speed controller are no
longer necessary, but included as dummies as they are unique to Hotshot. Other
parts/designs are identical: bump steer, front wishbones rubbing inside of front
wheels, front spring's attachment point to lower wishbones being weak, all
remains as minor problems of Hotshot.
The Tamiya Bruiser 1/10th scale radio controlled pickup truck. Released in
1985 , it had a working three-speed transmission which could be shifted via
radio control, a high-torque RS-750SH motor and ultra-realistic Toyota Hilux
body with sleeper cab and interior detail. The steel frame, leaf suspension,
front and rear axle and steering were patterned after their full-sized
counterparts. This complex model has since become one of the most collectible of
all Tamiya R/C's. It featured mechanically shiftable 3speed transmission, using
3rd channel. It would run 4x4 in the lowest gear, and 2nd, 3rd gears would be in
rear wheel drive only. No other RC car or truck of the time offered shiftable
mechanical transmission, making it highly realistic.
The original Blackfoot monster truck kit and its variations, first released in
1986 and credited with much of the hobby's growth. The Blackfoot line included
the original Blackfoot, Super Blackfoot, and King Blackfoot, all sharing the
same ORV space frame chassis first used in Frog, but featuring improvements over
the previous model. The Blackfoot Extreme used the chassis from the Wild Dagger,
departing from the tradition of using Frog's space frame chassis.
Vanessa's Lunchbox, actually a 1/12th scale kit due it's monster truck design
and short wheelbase, was released in 1987. It made use of the strong
Grasshopper/Hornet gearbox and had an exceptionally detailed hard body shell of
a van. It was a 'fun' vehicle, having poor stability and performing long
wheelies. This also made it one of the more popular models, and was re-released
in 2005 with only minor modifications.
Midnight Pumpkin is a sister truck that uses same exact chassis, gear box,
suspension and tires. In early 2006 metallic version was released.
The Clodbuster 1/10th scale radio-controlled monster truck released in 1987 as
the first Tamiya R/C monster truck with two drive motors, four-wheel drive and
four-wheel steering. Each of the front and rear axles were identical, and the
motor is attached to the axle itself, making it a very simple design. This
simple design very easily allowed the axle to be used in modified vehicles. The
Clodbuster virtually spawned an aftermarket industry of its own which catered to
those who wished to modify their models to "crawlers," specialized vehicles
designed to climb steep and rugged surfaces. The Clod Buster has remained
popular since its introduction, recently birthing the Super Clod Buster. The
Clod Buster was also released with a detailed semi truck body, as the Bullhead.
The Clod Buster still has a large aftermarket following, with many companies
designing parts for rock crawling as well as trailer pulling and racing. The
main reason for its use is its ultra-strong gearboxes.
The Avante. A car specifically designed to return Tamiya to the forefront of
racing in 1988 . All new and to this day virtually unique, it featured an FRP
chassis, aluminum components everywhere and almost limitless adjustments.
Unfortunately, as it turned out, it was somewhat over engineered. The car was
too heavy, too fragile, dynamically inept, and uncompetitive. However it's still
a highly desirable model to a Tamiya collector because of the unique and
uncompromising engineering that went in to it.
The Egress is the follow-up to the Avante, with material that was advanced at
the time, unlike the Avante, it has simplified suspension and longer wheelbase
arrangement that was seen in Vanquish/Avante2001; Avante drive train is carried
forward except with balldiffs F/R and one-way bearing in the middle. Like the
Avente, it was a no expense is spared car, even it came with Platinum hi-cap
dampers as well as full set of blue-rubber-sealed bearings, graphite chassis
plates and towers, alloy hardware and titanium screws.
The Astute was Tamiya's first attempt to build a serious 2WD competition car,
the car came equipped everything that was needed to make the car competitive
including ball diff, ball-raced gearbox, oil-filled dampers at each corner,
front anti-roll bar and all adjustable suspension geometry. They also took the
unusual step of installing metal bushes in all suspension pivot points which
reduces the amount of slop in the suspension due to flexing and slows down the
rate of wear in these joints. Although amazingly adjustable this did add extra
weight and complexity and it may be for these reasons that it was never very
widely used on the racing scene although Jamie Booth did win the European
championship in 1991 with a modified and simplified Astute with parts from
Madcap. Some of his modification were later found on the Super Astute which
addressed many of the faults of the predecessor  
The Nissan Skyline GT-R Nismo, released in 1991, although not the first to be
based on the TA01 chassis which was derived from the Manta Ray off-roader (it
was the Toyota Celica GT-Four Rally) nor was the first 1/10 buggy chassis car
based on a road going car, as there had been body kits that was designed to fit
into buggies. The Skyline GT-R was credited for creating the touring car craze
during the early 90's as well for the chassis for introducing the one-make
low cost racing known as Tamiya Racing Championship 
The TR-15T was one of the first gas powered stadium trucks to be released on the
market, unfortunately the TR-15T was not a commercial success as it was hoped to
be and was discontinued quickly. Nowadays, the car is one of the more
collectable RC models, commanding over $450 in New In Box condition on eBay.
The Juggernaut was an attempt to create a true monster truck, bigger than any
attempted in RC world. It would have 4x4 and 4 wheel steering. Tire diameter was
6.5 inches and one pound each. However, it remains as one of the biggest and
very rare failure in Tamiya's history. It featured two rigid axles, but unlike
Clod Buster, two motors were located in the central gear box in tandem. From the
central gear box, two universal shafts connected to front and rear axles.
Massive weight of 4.5kg, combined with low gear ratio to provide enough torque
to move the monster, would simply destroy bevel gears in the axle in one run.
Tamiya quickly revised many parts. Notably, bevel gears in the axle would
receive reinforcements of more bearings, and lower gear ratio. Released in 1999,
Juggernaut would have received a prominent feature in 2000 Tamiya Catalog,
signaling Tamiya is back into monster trucks after some 13 years since Clod
Buster. However, due to its catastrophic failure, Juggernaut is not featured in
any of the yearly catalog at all. Instead, revised and re-colored Juggernaut 2
appears in 2001 catalog, along with Mammoth, Juggernaut 2 based Mammoth Dump
truck. Juggernaut 2 and Mammoth both retains the complex link suspension and
leaf springs that didn't allow enough articulation, giving them a very bouncy
The TXT-1 (Tamiya Extreme Truck) 1/10 scale radio control monster truck released
in 2002. Axles, gears are almost entirely identical to Juggernaut 2, with a
minor upgrade of slightly bigger diameter universal shafts. With TXT-1, Tamiya
engineers shifted attention from simply building a massive monster truck to a
very capable rock crawler. This truck, which is still in production, was
designed as a factory response to aftermarket Clodbuster upgrades. Cantilever
suspension, four wheel drive, and multi-link suspension allow for the massive
axle articulation featured in third party kits such as the Clodzilla series. The
new truck dispensed with the unreliable four wheel steering of the Juggular 1 &
2, which was done with one under-powered servo in the center of the vehicle.
Instead, TXT would mound one servo to steer front wheels only. As an option,
rear axle can also mount a servo, allowing all 4 wheels to steer, if so desired.
Tamiya engineers attended actual USHRA monster truck events in order to improve
the scale appearance of the TXT and duplicate full-size suspension designs.
Having fixed all the "Jug's" suspension problems, and improved chassis and
steering, it remains one of the most capable crawler out of the box (assembly
The TRF414 series radio controlled cars, holder of the 2002-04 IFMAR ISTC
1/10th scale electric touring car world champion title. The TRF414 was created
in response to Tamiya customers' demands for a more adjustable and efficient
touring car than the TA03. It was the first Tamiya touring car to depart from
the previous gear-driven layouts used in the TA01/02 and TA03, instead employing
two unequal-length belts to transmit the power to all four wheels, with only one
geared step. The TRF414M2 was a popular touring car in its day, due to its low
cost relative to other cars in its class.
The TRF415, holder of the 2004-06 IFMAR ISTC 1/10th scale radio controlled
electric touring car world champion title.
The TA01/TA02 chassis series from the early-mid 1990s were sold with various
body shells. The TA01 was based on Tamiya's Manta Ray buggy, and was one of the
first kits on the market to be sold with a realistic body coupled with a
capable, easy-handling 4WD chassis. Some said it was the first RC "Touring Car."
Some of these body shells are among the most realistic and detailed lexan bodies
ever made by any manufacturer. Models worthy of note are the E30 BMW M3, W201
Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Evolution-II, Ford Escort Cosworth and the Lancia Delta
Integrale. Original versions of these models fetched high prices from collectors
until recently, when Tamiya re-released the bodies (either sold separately or
bundled with a TT-01 kit).
The TL-01/TL-01LA/TL-01B/TL-01RA chassis, from the mid-'90s to the late '90s,
was an innovative shaft-driven 4WD touring chassis with a narrow 3-piece
vertically sandwiched chassis design. Its characteristics include high
durability and low cost, making it an excellent starting car for beginners. Like
the TA01/TA02, it was released with many different rally, touring and sports car
bodies and incorporated various minor modifications throughout its production
run. Tamiya released the TL-01 with modified with long arms and buggy size
wheels to as the TL-01B, marketed as the Baja Champ and later Baja King buggies.
The TL-01 remains one of the more popular Tamiya chassis today.
The TLT-1 is a small truck of about 1/15 scale. It's a scaled down version of
TXT-1. Light weight and TXT-1 style suspension system makes it a very capable
little climber. It has quickly became widely known as one of the most versatile
RC cars for projects for scale rock crawling, a hobby that is starting to make
itself noticed by the general RC market. Like the Clod Buster, its axles are
highly desirable. Nitro Thunder is a 4x4 buggy powered by a .15 glow engine. It
utilizes a new off-road racing buggy chassis called NDF-01. Just as TNX has
shown promise in racing circuits, NDF-01 is a smaller 1/10 size off-road racer.
Use of resin tub chassis instead of aluminum, frontal impact control system that
absorbs shocks from a collision, indicate that Nitro Thunder is built with young
racers in mind, however, adjustability of suspensions, rear exhaust and full
ball bearings are features often found in models for experienced racers. Just as
Kyosho offers scaled down 1/10 buggy of their 1/8 buggies for inexperienced
racers, Nitro Thunder is Tamiya's entry into 1/10 buggy market. Nitro
Blaster is an identical buggy with different exterior. The Ford F-350 High Lift,
released in 2006, is a modernized version of the vintage 3-speed trucks, such as
Bruiser and Mountaineer. A 3-speed gearbox from tractor trailer truck series
mounts up to the steel chassis rails, with leaf springs and grease friction
dampers supporting it on modified TLT axles. The truck is finished with a
detailed hard body version of the Ford F-350, very similar to the earlier
Juggernaut's body. In a way, it is a RC Frankenstein of gear box from tractor
trailers, TLT axles and Juggernaut body, but it is also a very capable crawler
in its own right. A sister truck, with old Bruiser (Toyota Hilux) body is
released in Dec 2007, with a scale surf board as an accessory. The TA05,
released in spring 2005, is the replacement for the TRF414-derived TA04 line of
touring cars. The chassis is a clean-sheet design, featuring a twin-belt drive
train utilizing two equal-length belts, a center-mounted motor and a low
layshaft, resulting in a nearly 50/50 front/back weight distribution. The car is
very popular with touring car racers due to its ease of set-up, and its
relatively low-maintenance drive train. Tamiya marketed the TA05 with various
sports and racing car bodies, and Tamiya also recently released the TA05-IFS
(Inboard Front Suspension) along with the limited-edition TA05MS (Maezumi
Satoshi) in spring 2007. The IFS features a low-slung Vemac RD350 body in Ebbro
Team Nova's livery (which participated in the GT300 class in the 2007 JGTC), and
an inboard front suspension with pushrod-activated lay down shocks (as opposed
to standup shocks attached directly to the suspension arm), a first for a 1/10th
scale electric mainstream touring car.
** Trucks(1/8 scale)
Terra Crusher was a brand new attempt from Tamiya aimed at nitro RC trucks
market, dominated by American trucks such as T-Maxx from Traxxas. T-Maxx was a
revolutionary 4x4 truck with 3 channel radio included, 2 speed transmission with
reverse gears. Responding to the popularity of T-Maxx, Terra Crusher featured
4x4 in 2 speed transmission, as well as reverse, in 2 channel radio. Just as
Juggernaut proved to be below expectation, Terra Crusher also performed below
expectation when it was released in the summer of 2002, however not as
catastrophic as Juggernaut. It suffered under the weight of massive tires (even
heavier than Juggernaut's tires), and lack of power. But unlike Tamiya's other
Nitro trucks of the past such as TR-15 (2 wheel drive) and Mad Bison, it was a
significant step forward in off-road nitro trucks. Where as Mad Bison in 2000
was simply a 4 wheel drive on-road car with off road tires, almost every part of
Terra Crusher was built from scratch to be a winning off road glow engine
TNX proved in 2003 that Terra Crusher's basic design was a very sound one.
Mechanically, TNX is almost identical to Terra Crusher, aside from a few
upgrades, notably stronger O.S designed 1.8(3cc)glow engine and much lighter
tires. TNX quickly proved that it's a very capable racing truck by winning
TNX 5.2R is basically same as TNX, but mounts a larger 5.2cc engine, instead of
3cc engine. Larger displacement often means greater power, aside from engine,
also a few minor modifications are made to improve upon the performance of TNX.
Nitrage 5.2 was released in the summer of 2007. It uses the same 5.2cc engine,
other than that, the truck is redesigned around 5.2 engine. Compared to TNX,
Nitrage is simplified and refined in many respects. Overall weight has not been
changed, but chassis uses shallow tub construction, removing the necessity for
support beams from TNX. This lowers the center of gravity, and makes Nitrage
more "race ready." Double wishbone suspension of TNX is also simplified, and
refined with adjustable camber angles. 2 speed transmission is also simplified.
Due to 5.2cc engine's ample power, speed change is not necessary. Over all,
Nitrage has adopted many lessons learned from various races TNX has taken part
Tamtech, released in 1986, is a series of smaller radio controlled cars which
can be quickly assembled and driven straight out of the box, powered by a 7.2v
battery. The first two cars released was the Porsche 962, then followed shortly
by the Lancia LC2. In all seven 1/24 cars has been released, the other five was
BMW GTP, Ford Mustang Probe, Ferrari Testarossa, Porsche 961, Lamborghini
Countach 5000QV before Tamiya turned to the 1/14 F1 cars, releasing only three
(Ferrari 643, Lotus 102B and McLaren MP4/6) and one 1/18 monster truck Max
Climber before being dropped in favor of the QD ready to run cars. In 1988,
Tamiya released a scale model of the 962, using the Tamtech body, however
accurate, many model builders and enthusiasts of the Group C/IMSA GTP racer
cited the rear bulk of the engine hatch is bigger than that of the full-sized
counterpart. Much of the car's lack of real success was because of the
popularity of the large sized counterpart meant that there were very little
demand for small-scale RC cars, but later, the Tamtech cars would influence
other RC car manufacturers including Kyosho to build miniature RC cars, such as
the their own highly successful Mini-Z series and RadioShack's popular XMODS.
** RC Gliders
Tamiya offers a couple of Radio Controlled gliders. They have about 6 feet of
wingspans. Peak Spirit has a foldable propeller that could be deployed when
necessary. Alt Stream is an un-powered RC glider.
** Quick Drive
QD (Quick Drive) Series was introduced in 1988 with the Thunder Shot QD in a way
to bring the joys of RC racing to beginners and children.
** Solar powered cars
Tamiya, as well as building solar powered educational models, they also built
the first solar powered radio controlled car called the Solar Eagle SRC-6000.
** Trucks and trailers (1/14 scale)
Tamiya also produces 1/14 scale radio controlled trucks using ABS body shells
instead of the alloy and sheet metal that competitor Wedico uses on its 1/16
scale truck line. The truck motors are electric, and powerful - powerful enough
to tow an adult behind the truck on a skateboard.
Available in the current truck range are the following rigs:
King Hauler (also available in a limited chrome edition)
Mercedes-Benz 1850L (distribution truck)
Volvo FH12 Globetrotter 420
Ford Aeromax (also available in a limited chrome edition)
Knight Hauler (also available in a limited chrome edition)
Scania R470 Highline
The truck range also includes some 2 axle trailers "USA style" :
Flatbed trailer (the basic flat trailer)
Box trailer (closed cargo trailer)
Tank trailer (liquid transport)
Pole trailer (wood/tree transport)
The German division/importer (Carson) also released a 3 axel semi-low loader
trailer in this scale. Recently a tautliner (also 3 axel) is added to the list.
** Tanks (1/16 scale)
Tamiya's radio controlled tanks have options such as sound, light and optional
parts to depict different variants.
M4 Sherman 105 mm
German Tiger II, Production Turret
German Tiger II - Porsche Turret
Tiger I Early Production
M26 Pershing T26E3
German Panther G
Jagdpanther ( to be released '08 )
The Leopard A4 and Flakpanzer Gepard are no longer produced; updated versions of
the others have some technical and cosmetic innovations over the original
models. Also the non-multi function models of the Tigers and Sherman are not
The latest models (Full Option Kits) have full sound function, fire simulation
(barrel moves when fired), the latest Full Option Tank (Leopard 2A6) has an
upgrade part available, a barrel stabilizer which keeps the cannon level even
with the tank moving.
Also there is a battle function unit for sale, so you can actually fight a tank
battle with another Tamiya battle function equipped 1/16 tank.
These tanks utilize standard RC modules such as receivers, transmitters and
servos that are same as those used in RC cars, trucks, boats, airplanes and
helicopters. Tamiya's 1/16 scale RC tanks are clearly distinguishable in superb
quality from "cheap" tanks from brands like Heng Long and the likes. These
Chinese brands do however improve their looks and more and more toy versions are
being rebuilt and upgraded as full option "Tamiya-like" tanks.
** Yachts (1/20 scale)
Tamiya produced a series of 1/20 scale which are highly realistic. These
Yamaha Round the World
36 Class R/C Racing Yacht Innovator
** Track racing cars
The Mini 4WD and Dangun-Racer series, which are small (1/32nd scale),
single-motor, free-operating electric models designed to run in competition on a
special, deeply channeled track.
** Static-display scale models
While Tamiya's RC cars are well known, as many entered RC with Tamiya's cars and
trucks, Tamiya had lead static plastic models market for many decades. Recently,
Chinese makers such as Dragon (DLM) and Trumpeter are offering fierce
** Military Vehicles (1/35)
Tamiya 1:35 scale Tiger I The oldest category in Tamiya's export line has been
the "Military Miniatures" series of 1:35 scale figures and vehicles. The series
has focused on World War II military subjects though a growing minority of kits
in this line come from later periods. The collection of German vehicles is
The products are characterized by striking full color paintings on the box tops.
Tamiya molds are generally very clean and almost no flash is found on their
products. It was Tamiya themselves that established the 1/35 scale for military
models (now the accepted standard size in military modeling in general); the
scale was the result of the design of the initial kit, the motorized Tiger tank,
being designed just large enough to contain the motor assembly and battery pack.
In addition to vehicles themselves, the category includes soldiers and weapons
sets, and scenery items (e.g., brick walls, signs, barricades) for use in
Tamiya also produces an expanding line of 1/48 military vehicles, designed as a
smaller alternative to the larger 1/35 kits. Kits from this new series features
metallic chassis, which serve to add weight to the models of this smaller scale.
In the 90s, Dragon (DLM) kits used to be generally inferior to Tamiya. However,
Dragon's quality has improved and Dragon elected to compete in the high quality
end of the market, offering photo etched parts, aluminum barrels, individual
track links, and often overwhelming number of parts; up to 500-700 parts per
tank. Dragon's recent kits are very accurate, but putting together 500 parts can
become very tedious. Tamiya, on the other hand, often offers simpler
construction in efforts to keep model building fun. Tamiya's kits often use
vinyl tracks for tracked vehicles. Another Chinese maker, Trumpeter is also
competing from lower end of the market. Trumpeter's kits offer vinyl tracks, as
well as plastic tracks molded in several pieces, such as upper part of the
tracks, and lower part of the tracks and several individual tracks in between.
Tamiya's recent inclusion of two kinds of tracks made out of different materials
suggest that Tamiya might also follow the trend. As Trumpeter's quality also
improves, Tamiya's static military lines are being pressured from both high end
and low end.
Recently Tamiya has found a niche market of smaller 1/48 scale military
miniatures. As average Japanese household is much smaller and cramped than any
other amongst developed nations, smaller kits that can be neatly put into
smaller kit boxes after assembly and stored away are proven to be more popular
by necessity. Tamiya has great experience in 1/35 scale military vehicles.
Utilizing the specs of 1/35 kits, many parts in 1/48 scale kits are simply
scaled down version of 1/35 counterpart, with a notable exception of tracks
being molded in plastic in 1/48, instead of somewhat less detailed vinyl tracks
often seen in 1/35 kits. Tamiya is putting out about 1 new kit a month for the
past 3 years, as a way to blocking entry of Chinese makers into 1/48 scale
market. Already over 30 models are available from Tamiya in 1/48 scale,
representing most of the popular tanks and vehicles. New entry into the 1/48
market would have to offer more than what Tamiya already does. HobbyBoss, yet
another Chinese maker, offers 1/48 tanks with full interior details for about
the same price.
In the traditional 1/35 scale military miniature market, Tamiya's is offering
clever innovations such as spring suspension road wheels, but these offerings
are not outstanding enough to give Tamiya the clear dominance it once had in the
static miniature market. More over, many Chinese makers offering numerous
outstanding kits every year pressures Tamiya's static 1/35 line. Tamiya still is
a giant in static miniature market. Because of the visibility, Tamiya could
highlight obscure vehicles that no other makers were willing to build. Tamiya
could drive the market better than any other maker. Sturmtiger 38cm was an
obscure vehicle, only a handful of the massive mortar tanks were built in real
life, but Tamiya made it aware to builders by introducing it to the market.
Although numerous and powerful, Char B was not a very glamorous tank, no other
major maker was willing to invest in it, but Tamiya built it. In this role of
pioneering the market, Tamiya is best suited due to high visibility in the
Tamiya 1:48 scale Brewster Buffalo Their line of static model aircraft,
primarily in 1/48 scale, are widely considered to be state-of-the-art. The
1990's release of the Spitfire, for example, was especially hailed by Model
makers for its ease of construction , and attention to detail , with the new
molds having very fine raised details .
Many of the same aircraft have been repeated in 1/72 scale to a similar standard
with a few subjects only available in this scale. Within Japan, the 1/72 scale
line includes a large number of re-badge Italeri kits, which are priced
significantly lower than Tamiya originals.
Tamiya is also one of the few manufacturers of 1/100 scale aircraft. Originally
called the Minijet Series and consisting of jet fighters plus a B-52, it was
terminated in the 1980s, but revived in 2004 renamed the Combat Jet Series.
Tamiya used to produce a few 1/32 scale kits.
In aircraft models, Tamiya offers a few clear skinned kits, showing interior
parts of aircrafts. A few motorized kits are available also. These feature
spinning props. Some kits even include sound effect modules. Also Tamiya's
aircraft kits often include metal weights that prevents aircrafts from sitting
on its tail. Compared to other kits such as Hasegawa, where the builder has to
glue in bearings or fishing line weights, Tamiya's kits are convenient. These
gimmicks and often cleverly designed simpler construction help Tamiya stay on
top of the miniature aircraft market. In this effort, Tamiya's philosophy of
best quality around the world is realized in the form of simple construction
leading to superb finish.
They produce many model cars kits, including road cars, sports racing cars,
World Rally Championship racing cars, and Formula One racing cars. Usually these
are 1/24th scale, however their Formula One kits are 1/20th scale.
A few street, racing, and F1 kits are also produced in 1/12 scale.
** Solar powered models
Tamiya has a history of making educational kits, made especially a few solar
powered models, but they have made a rare foray into licensed anime
merchandising with the Solaemon-Go, a solar powered car that was based on the
real World Solar Car competitor which is based on the popular Doraemon manga,
published by Tamiya's publishing partner, Shogakukan.
Tamiya has an extensive line of 1/12 scale street and Grand Prix racing
motorcycles. A few 1/6 scale kits have also been made.
They produce many naval ship models in 1/350 and 1/700 scale, both full and
waterline versions. Full versions offer full hulls, where as waterline versions
have flat bottom, representing only the portion seen above the waterline which
is more convenient if one were to create dioramas. The majority of the kits in
the 1/700 waterline series are WW2 Imperial Japanese Navy subjects, but there
are also kits of WW2 ships from other countries such as Germany, Britain, and
the United states. In addition, the series has a few modern vessels.
** TRF - Tamiya Racing Factory
Tamiya and their racing division TRF have evolved into one of the most
successful racing teams on the electric scene of worldwide R/C Racing over the
last few years. They are most famous for their work in the field of 1/10th scale
electric touring car racing.
At the request of many Tamiya enthusiasts, in 1999 Tamiya started work on a car
made purely for racing, to replace their aging, gear-driven TA03R-TRF and TA03F
David Jun Edition cars. The car that resulted was the TRF414X (built in very
small numbers), which evolved into the TRF414M, and then to the more popular
TRF414M2 (and the budget-oriented TA04 series), all employing the then-novel
twin-belt drive train layout, with the center lay shaft mounted above the motor.
The TRF team's reputation shot up after the 3rd IFMAR ISTC world championships
in Mogale City, South Africa, in 2002. The Thai driver Surikarn Chaidajsuriya
shocked the world by winning the world championships driving a modified Tamiya
TRF414M. The car he used was eventually released to the public as the
TRF414M-World Championship Replica, of which only 1500 were built, making it one
of the more desirable Tamiya kits from the last 5 years.
Since 2002, the TRF division has continuously been growing with an expanded team
in Japan and worldwide. In late 2002, Tamiya released their third shaft driven
car called TB Evolution III (or TB Evo3) which won the YamaYama Cup in Japan two
months later, with Satoshi Maezumi at the wheel. On the European scene, the Dane
Steen Graversen along with Surikarn Chaidajsuriya and team manager Kiyokazu
Suzuki managed to join the A-main of the big LRP Masters race in Germany, April
of 2003. Surikarn then won both the 23T stock and the Modified classes in the
Thailand International Touring Car championships (TITC), using an updated TB
Evo3. Surikarn's Evo3 was eventually released to the public as the
limited-edition TB Evo3 Surikarn Edition (SE) to commemorate the victory. It
features red anodized aluminum components, new upper arm mounts, titanium
turnbuckles and screws, delrin differential halves, a thicker 3mm carbon
chassis, and new one-way carbon gear brace. The TB Evo3 SE was eventually
replaced with the TB Evo4 in the first half of 2004. The Evo4 addressed the Evo3
owners' complaint about their car's bevel gears' durability by incorporating a
three-piece center shaft design, doing away with the Evo3's single-piece center
shaft. The Evo4 was also equipped with Tamiya's Lightweight Reversible
Suspension Set, incorporating smaller wheel bearings, stiffer material, and
reversible longer suspension arms, which allows more cornering speed and more
precise adjustment of the car's suspension characteristics.
The same year, Tamiya discovered a new young star under Tamiya's belt, a boy
named Marc Rheinard from Germany. Marc debuted at the indoor race DHI Cup of
2004 with Tamiya's new belt driven car (designed in conjunction with Tech
Racing) the TRF415. He and Steen Graversen finished 2nd and 3rd, proving the
capability of this newly designed chassis. Two months later, the Marc won the
LRP Masters in a dominating fashion, beating the world's best drivers. Things
looked good for the upcoming 4th World Championships in Florida, USA. Few
believed that Marc would actually win the world championships at an age of 17,
but he did. Tamiya brought their new and improved version of TRF415, the
TRF415MS which stands for Maezumi Satoshi, one of the car's designers and a
Tamiya factory driver. The new car had improved handling characteristics on
asphalt through the adoption of a thinner chassis and Evo4's Lightweight
Reversible suspension. Marc took pole position and won two of the three A-mains.
The other Tamiya driver in the top ten was former world champion Surikarn,
driving the TB Evo4, who finished 9th.
After the 2004 Worlds, Tamiya released the World's upgrade kit for the 415,
containing the direct center pulley (as opposed to the center one-way included
in the standard 415 and 415MS kits) and narrowed suspension mounts, further
improving the 415 handling and acceleration. In early 2005, Tamiya released an
updated version of the TB Evo4, called the TB Evo4 MS. The Evo4 MS was equipped
with one-piece aluminum bulkheads (as opposed to the Evo4's 4-piece bulkhead),
aluminum center brace and one-piece center shaft input cups (as opposed to
plastic ones in the Evo4).
In July 2005, Tamiya further updated the TRF415MS, by releasing the TRF415MSX.
Released both as a conversion kit (for older 415s) and as a complete kit, the
design featured a three-piece bulkhead for easy maintenance, lowered and
shortened upper deck that runs under the belt, and the deletion of the middle
decks, all contributing to a lower CG and increased "tweak" resistance. Marc
recently won the World's Warm-Up in April 2006 with a revised version of the
MSX, sporting a new set of lowered rear bulkheads, shock towers, and steering
mechanism. Unfortunately he only placed 4th overall in the 5th IFMAR ISTC World
Championships held in August 2006 (in Collegno, Italy), but his car was
eventually released to the public as the limited-edition, asphalt-racing
oriented TRF415MSX Marc Rheinard Edition (MRE) in August 2006. It incorporated
new alternated (having more widely-spaced teeth) pulleys, new lightweight delrin
solid front axle, new internal drive ratio (through the adoption of the new
pulleys), and the new steering mechanism. In July 2006, Tamiya released the TB
Evolution 5, their next-generation gear-driven touring car, replacing the Evo4
MS. The Evo5 does away with the Evo4's front main shaft input cup, using a CV
joint instead (but retaining a rear input cup), and also incorporates the new
short arms for the Lightweight Suspension, which further increased the cornering
speed and helped sharpen the car's turn-in. It is also equipped with a new, more
precise steering mechanism (seen also in the TRF415MSX MRE), and a lowered top
deck. In November 2006, Tamiya ceased the production of the MRE, and released
the updated TRF415MSXX. This car returned to the standard front one-way
differential (unlike the solid axle included in the MRE), and came with new,
thinner upper and lower decks (altering the chassis flex characteristics), and a
new aluminum air scoop to help cool the motor.
** Supplies and Tools
Tamiya manufactures acrylic and enamel-based modeling paints, sprays and
painting pens. Tamiya does supplies such as putty and solvent, and modeling
tools. They also provide upkeep equipment for their RC models, like grease for
the working gear boxes. Also the likes of work tables, airbrush stands and turn
tables are available.
Tamiya?s paints like all their products, are recognized as superior quality.
Tamiya recently has released a new line of "weathering" kits which allow the
user to easily and quickly give their models the impression they have been
damaged, have rusted or have been through a long service life.
Tamiya has several large regional divisions, notably in Aliso Viejo, California,
home of "Tamiya America," the North, Central and South American branch
responsible for many of the company's racing developments. Tamiya America also
features a world-class racing facility which is the site of several world
championship events. As of August 2007, the North American headquarters has
moved from Aliso Viejo, California to Irvine, California. An assembly plant is
located in the Philippines, and Germany is the home of "Tamiya Europe's"
Between 1984 to 1989, Tamiya had its own mascot called Plastic Model Moko-chan,
who has a rabbit sidekick called Rabbi-kun (プラモ Puramo) and sometimes they were
titled Moko-chan no (and) Rabbi-kun (プラモのモ子ちゃん Puramo no Miko-chan). Drawn by
manga artist Fujita Yukihisa, they usually appeared in various Japanese language
pamphlets and in comics with Japan-released Tamiya models. They would teach kids
about the various models they were building and there was even a series on how
to build them, all in a comic format as well as its only bilingual series of
leaflets titled RC Lecture By Moko Chan (モ子ちゃんRC講座), teaching children RC car
care and maintenance. Despite being out of use by Tamiya, the characters still
have a large following with devotees. In some plastic 1/35 scale tanks, there is
usually a tank crewman who gives tips on the instruction manual.
From the time when Tamiya released their Ferrari 312B 1/12 car of the early
1970s to the Peugeot 405 T16 Paris-Dakar rally car of 1989, many of their model
cars released at that time has been driven by Jacky Ickx during his professional
Academy Plastic Model Co.
Aoshima Bunka Kyozai Co.
Dragon Models Limited DML.
** See also
Bakusou Kyoudai Let's & Go!!