Tamiya Corporation

Tamiya Corporation is a Japanese manufacturer of plastic model kits, radio controlled cars, battery- and solar-powered educational models, sailboat models, acrylic model paints, and various modelling tools and supplies. The company was founded by Shunsaku Tamiya in Shizuoka, Japan in 1958. The company has gained a reputation among hobbyists of producing models of outstanding quality and accurate scale detail.

Product lines

Radio-controlled cars

  • The Sand Scorcher and Rough Rider, released in 1979 and credited as the first radio controlled cars to feature a proper off-road suspension.
  • The original Blackfoot monster truck kit and its variations, first released in 1986 and credited with much of the hobby's growth.
  • 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. The Clodbuster virtually spawned an aftermarket industry of its own which catered to those who wished to modify their models.
  • The TXT-1 1/10 scale radio control monster truck released in 2002. This truck, which is still in production, was designed as a factory response to aftermarket Clodbuster upgrades. Cantillever suspension, four wheel drive, and multilink suspension allow for the massive axle articulation featured in third party kits such as the Clodzilla series. The new truck dispensed with the Clod's four wheel steering, although the TXT includes provisions for making this upgrade. Tamiya engineers attended actual USHRA monster truck events in order to improve the scale appearance of the TXT and duplicate full-size suspension designs.
  • The 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 camper shell and interior detail. The aluminum frame, suspension, drive axle and steering were patterned after their full-sized counterparts. This complex and expensive model has since become one of the most collectable of all Tamiya R/C's.
  • The TRF414 radio controlled car; holder of the 2002-04 1/10th scale touring car world champion title.
  • The TRF415, holder of the 2005 1/10th scale radio controlled touring car world champion title.
  • The Hornet, a radio controlled buggy first released in 1984. It would go on to become one of the most popular R/C kits of all time and has recently been re-released.

Radio-controlled trucks and trailers

Tamiya is also known to make scale 1/14 radio controlled trucks, these are exceptions left, all build-it-yourself kits. Compared to the Scale 1/16 Wedico trucks, the 1/14 rigs are better copy's of the real rigs, as Tamiya uses ABS body shells instead of the alloy and sheet metal Wedico uses. Resulting a better detailing and scale "look" . The current truck range are the following rigs:

  • King Hauler
  • Globeliner
  • Mercedes 1838LS
  • Mercedes 1850L
  • Volvo FH12 globetrotter
  • Ford Aeromax
  • Knight Hauler
  • this list does not contain any special chrome versions, made in limited edition

The truck range also includes some trailers:

  • Flatbed trailer
  • Box trailer
  • Tank trailer (liquid transport)
  • Pole trailer (wood/tree transport)

The German division/importer also brought out a trailer of there own, a semi-low loader. But, to be fully correct, it is not 100% Tamiya, as it is not from Tamiya Japan.

Radio-controlled tanks (1/16 scale)

Tamiya's radio controlled tanks have options such as sound, light and optional parts to depict different variants.

  • M4 Sherman 105mm
  • Leopard A4
  • Flakpanzer Gepard
  • German Tiger II, Production Turret
  • German Tiger II - Porsche Turret
  • Tiger I Early Production
  • M26 Pershing
  • Leopard 2A6

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.

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

  • The "Military Miniatures" (MM) series of military vehicle scale models, which established 1/35 scale as the worldwide standard for the military vehicle genre.
  • Their line of static model aircraft, mostly of 1/48th scale, are widely considered to be state-of-the-art. Most of their 1/72 scale aircraft, however, are repackaged Italeri kits. Tamiya is also one of the few manufacturers of 1/100th scale aircraft.

Facilities

Tamiya has several large regional divisions, notably in the Aliso Viejo, California home of "Tamiya USA," the North, Central and South American branch responsible for many of the company's racing developments. Tamiya USA also features a world-class racing facility which is the site of several world championship events. An assembly plant is located in the Philippines and Germany is the home of "Tamiya Europe's" operations.


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An assembly plant is located in the Philippines and Germany is the home of "Tamiya Europe's" operations. Maasai tribes are also said to believe that Tanzanite is the stone of birth because of its blue colour, and they give tanzanite to their wives when they have their first children. Tamiya USA also features a world-class racing facility which is the site of several world championship events. Whether this is true or not is debatable. Tamiya has several large regional divisions, notably in the Aliso Viejo, California home of "Tamiya USA," the North, Central and South American branch responsible for many of the company's racing developments. Maasai tribesman discovered Tanzanite in 1967, supposedly after lightening struck and caused a bush fire which heated the raw brown zoisite into the vivid blue-purple. 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. Some members of the industry fear the ban will set a precedent, leading Tanzania to ban the export of all raw gem material, including the country's production of tsavorite, diamond and ruby.

Tamiya's radio controlled tanks have options such as sound, light and optional parts to depict different variants. This is a serious situation for the city of Jaipur, as one-third of its annual gem exports are of tanzanite. But, to be fully correct, it is not 100% Tamiya, as it is not from Tamiya Japan. This ban will be phased in over the next two years, until which time only stones over 0.5 grams are affected. The German division/importer also brought out a trailer of there own, a semi-low loader. The ban has been rationalized as an attempt to spur development of local processing facilities, thereby boosting the economy and recouping profits. The truck range also includes some trailers:. In June of 2003, the Tanzanian government introduced legislation banning the export of unprocessed tanzanite to India (like many gemstones, most tanzanite is cut in Jaipur).

The current truck range are the following rigs:. The mining of tanzanite nets the Tanzanian government approximately USD $20 million annually, the finished gems later being sold mostly on the US market for sales totaling approximately USD $500 million annually. Resulting a better detailing and scale "look" . Tanzanite's present-day popularity as a gemstone is largely thanks to Tiffany's marketing campaigns. Compared to the Scale 1/16 Wedico trucks, the 1/14 rigs are better copy's of the real rigs, as Tamiya uses ABS body shells instead of the alloy and sheet metal Wedico uses. This was thought necessary in order to make the stone marketable to the public: the name has since stuck as a varietal designation. Tamiya is also known to make scale 1/14 radio controlled trucks, these are exceptions left, all build-it-yourself kits. shortly after the gem's discovery, an obvious allusion to its country of origin.

. The name tanzanite was a trade name coined by Tiffany & Co. The company has gained a reputation among hobbyists of producing models of outstanding quality and accurate scale detail. However, most tanzanite is subjected to artificial heat treatment to improve its colour: this significantly subdues its trichroism. The company was founded by Shunsaku Tamiya in Shizuoka, Japan in 1958. Tanzanite is noted for its remarkably strong trichroism, appearing alternately sapphire blue, violet, and sage-green depending on crystal orientation. Tamiya Corporation is a Japanese manufacturer of plastic model kits, radio controlled cars, battery- and solar-powered educational models, sailboat models, acrylic model paints, and various modelling tools and supplies. It is a popular and valuable gemstone when cut, although its durability is somewhat lacking.

Tamiya is also one of the few manufacturers of 1/100th scale aircraft. Tanzanite is the blue/purple variety of the mineral zoisite discovered in the Meralani Hills of northern Tanzania in 1967, near the city of Arusha. Most of their 1/72 scale aircraft, however, are repackaged Italeri kits. Their line of static model aircraft, mostly of 1/48th scale, are widely considered to be state-of-the-art. The "Military Miniatures" (MM) series of military vehicle scale models, which established 1/35 scale as the worldwide standard for the military vehicle genre.

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. Leopard 2A6. M26 Pershing. Tiger I Early Production.

German Tiger II - Porsche Turret. German Tiger II, Production Turret. Flakpanzer Gepard. Leopard A4.

M4 Sherman 105mm. Pole trailer (wood/tree transport). Tank trailer (liquid transport). Box trailer.

Flatbed trailer. this list does not contain any special chrome versions, made in limited edition. Knight Hauler. Ford Aeromax.

Volvo FH12 globetrotter. Mercedes 1850L. Mercedes 1838LS. Globeliner.

King Hauler. It would go on to become one of the most popular R/C kits of all time and has recently been re-released. The Hornet, a radio controlled buggy first released in 1984. The TRF415, holder of the 2005 1/10th scale radio controlled touring car world champion title.

The TRF414 radio controlled car; holder of the 2002-04 1/10th scale touring car world champion title. This complex and expensive model has since become one of the most collectable of all Tamiya R/C's. The aluminum frame, suspension, drive axle and steering were patterned after their full-sized counterparts. 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 camper shell and interior detail.

The Bruiser 1/10th scale radio controlled pickup truck. Tamiya engineers attended actual USHRA monster truck events in order to improve the scale appearance of the TXT and duplicate full-size suspension designs. The new truck dispensed with the Clod's four wheel steering, although the TXT includes provisions for making this upgrade. Cantillever suspension, four wheel drive, and multilink suspension allow for the massive axle articulation featured in third party kits such as the Clodzilla series.

This truck, which is still in production, was designed as a factory response to aftermarket Clodbuster upgrades. The TXT-1 1/10 scale radio control monster truck released in 2002. The Clodbuster virtually spawned an aftermarket industry of its own which catered to those who wished to modify their models. 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.

The original Blackfoot monster truck kit and its variations, first released in 1986 and credited with much of the hobby's growth. The Sand Scorcher and Rough Rider, released in 1979 and credited as the first radio controlled cars to feature a proper off-road suspension.

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