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.
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:
The truck range also includes some trailers:
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.
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
Static-display scale models
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. Overseas the Celica received a small restyling, with new bumpers and headlamps, continuing its sales. Tamiya USA also features a world-class racing facility which is the site of several world championship events. However until mid-May, customers could still order one, although it was advised they took action before that time ended. 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. Exporting of the Celica ceased in July 2005. 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. This is a flawed theory, because Toyota owns Scion and is positioning the Scion tC as a successor to the Celica, as part of a greater brand positioning scheme.
Tamiya's radio controlled tanks have options such as sound, light and optional parts to depict different variants. Many attribute the 2004 loss in sales to the introduction of the cheaper Scion tC. But, to be fully correct, it is not 100% Tamiya, as it is not from Tamiya Japan. As of November 2004, just 8,216 Celicas had been sold for calendar year 2004. The German division/importer also brought out a trailer of there own, a semi-low loader.  Celica sales hit 52,406 units in 2000, but dropped sharply to 14,856 in 2003. The truck range also includes some trailers:. In July 2004, Toyota announced the Celica would be discontinued in the United States at the end of the 2005 model year because of increasing competition and lack of sales.
The current truck range are the following rigs:. In 2001, Honda released the Acura RSX for the 2002 model year with a 2.0 L 4-cylinder 200 hp engine, which competed directly with the Celica. Resulting a better detailing and scale "look" . However, the Celica enjoyed the spotlight for about a year or so, being that it was one of the few vehicles offering 100 hp/L for under $27,000 USD. 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. Unfortunately, Toyota was too late to the sport compact party. Tamiya is also known to make scale 1/14 radio controlled trucks, these are exceptions left, all build-it-yourself kits. The GT was available in both a 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic and the GT-S was available with a close-ratio 6-speed manual and a 4-speed manumatic.
. The GT-S had a more aggressive system called the VVTL-i (Variable Valve Timing with Lift and Intelligence) which would act as VVTi until 6200 rpm when the valves opened a fraction further and provided a 40 hp boost. The company has gained a reputation among hobbyists of producing models of outstanding quality and accurate scale detail. Both of these engines featured Toyota's signature VVTi (Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence) system, which continuously varied the camshaft timing. The company was founded by Shunsaku Tamiya in Shizuoka, Japan in 1958. This Celica came in two trim levels, the GT powered by a 1.8 L 4-cylinder 140 hp 1ZZ engine and the GT-S powered by a 1.8 L 4-cylinder 180 hp 2ZZ engine co-developed with Yamaha. 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 closely resembled the XYR concept with the exception of the front bumper and rear spoiler.
Tamiya is also one of the few manufacturers of 1/100th scale aircraft. In 2000, Toyota began production and sales of the 7th generation Celica. Most of their 1/72 scale aircraft, however, are repackaged Italeri kits. The XYR displayed an aggressive stance and radical styling not seen since the last Toyota sports car, the Supra. Their line of static model aircraft, mostly of 1/48th scale, are widely considered to be state-of-the-art. Also in 1999, Toyota released pictures of their next concept car, dubbed the XYR. 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 Celica was now available as a GT liftback or a GT convertible.
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. In 1999, the Celica lineup was simplified even further with the elimination of the coupe model. Leopard 2A6. All 1998 Celicas included additional standard equipment, making the Celica a better value. M26 Pershing. All Celicas (coupe, liftback and convertible) were now GT models. Tiger I Early Production. In 1998, the ST model was discontinued to simplify the Celica ordering process.
German Tiger II - Porsche Turret. For 1997, the only change in the Celica was the discontinuation of the GT coupe. German Tiger II, Production Turret. Also available were optional driving lights in the redesigned grille area (standard on GT models). Flakpanzer Gepard. The 1996 Celica received optional side skirts to improve its aerodynamic efficiency, as well as a redesigned rear spoiler. Leopard A4. At ASC, the roof was removed and a three-layer insulated and power-operated top was installed, producing a vehicle that was virtually water and windproof.
M4 Sherman 105mm. The vehicle arrived in the US as a partially assembled vehicle. Pole trailer (wood/tree transport). Built off of the GT coupe, the conversion took place in the ASC facility in Rancho Dominguez, California. Tank trailer (liquid transport). 1995 saw the introduction of the third generation convertible. Box trailer. However, the team was banned from competition for a year after the car's single victory due to turbocharger irregularities.
Flatbed trailer. The car proved to be quite competitive in the 1995 World Championship. this list does not contain any special chrome versions, made in limited edition. The 2500 homologation cars built to allow Toyota to enter the GT-Four as a Group A car in the World Rally Championship also sported extras such as all of the plumbing required to activate an anti-lag system, a water spray bar for the front heat exchanger and an extender spoiler mounted on risers. Knight Hauler. Influenced strongly by Team Toyota Europe, Toyota's factory team in the World Rally Championship, the final version of the GT-Four included improvements such as an all aluminium bonnet to save weight, four channel sports ABS, an improved CT20B turbocharger, and Super Strut Suspension. Ford Aeromax. This version was to be the most powerful Celica produced to date, producing between 240-250hp from an updated 3S-GTE motor.
Volvo FH12 globetrotter. Production of the Alltrac, or GT-Four as it was known outside the US, continued for the Japanese and Australian markets. Mercedes 1850L. Celicas also sported CFC-free air conditioning. Mercedes 1838LS. New safety equipment in the form of driver and passenger-side airbags was standard, and anti-lock brakes were available on all models. Globeliner. Celicas were available in either coupe or liftback form, with the GT sports package available only on the liftback.
King Hauler. Styling of the new Celicas was acclaimed by most publications as "Supra-esque" with four exposed headlights. It would go on to become one of the most popular R/C kits of all time and has recently been re-released. The Celica was only available in ST and GT trims in the US for the 1994 model year, but the addition of the optional "sports package" to the GT produced GT-S-like handling. The Hornet, a radio controlled buggy first released in 1984. The sixth-generation Celicas bore very little resemblance to their previous brethren. The TRF415, holder of the 2005 1/10th scale radio controlled touring car world champion title. For 1994, Toyota pulled out all the stops.
The TRF414 radio controlled car; holder of the 2002-04 1/10th scale touring car world champion title. However, in August of 1991 an earlier change was made, namely the front brake discs which where solid, were made vented. This complex and expensive model has since become one of the most collectable of all Tamiya R/C's. In 1992 Toyota facelifted the range, the changes include:. The aluminum frame, suspension, drive axle and steering were patterned after their full-sized counterparts. Special features include:. 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 special rally edition of 5000 is known as the Carlos Sainz (CS) in Europe (in honour of their famous WRC driver) and the RC in Japan.
The Bruiser 1/10th scale radio controlled pickup truck. With a 2.0 L turbocharged 3S-GTE producing 149kW (200 BHP), it was also one of the most powerful Celicas made thus far. Tamiya engineers attended actual USHRA monster truck events in order to improve the scale appearance of the TXT and duplicate full-size suspension designs. With its sport-style interior, power-operated driver's seat, and a sunroof as standard equipment, the All-Trac (known as the GT-Four outside of the United states) was the most expensive Celica yet. The new truck dispensed with the Clod's four wheel steering, although the TXT includes provisions for making this upgrade. Anti-lock brakes were available on GTS all four years and was avalible on the GT from 1992-93, as were numerous luxury items -- all of these were standard on the All-Trac model. Cantillever suspension, four wheel drive, and multilink suspension allow for the massive axle articulation featured in third party kits such as the Clodzilla series. In North America, the GT and GT-S were powered by the 2.2 L 5S-FE, while the ST sported the 1.6 L 4A-FE - all were DOHC 16-valve.
This truck, which is still in production, was designed as a factory response to aftermarket Clodbuster upgrades. The Celica received revised styling, upgraded wheels and tires, and a more powerful GT-Four (US: All-Trac). The TXT-1 1/10 scale radio control monster truck released in 2002. The fifth generation Celica was introduced in 1990. The Clodbuster virtually spawned an aftermarket industry of its own which catered to those who wished to modify their models. In some European countries these models were available instead;. 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. With full-time all wheel drive and a turbocharged version of the GT-S 2.0 L engine producing 190 hp (3S-GTE), it immediately took its place as the flagship of the Celica range, and became the official Toyota rally car for all years of production.
The original Blackfoot monster truck kit and its variations, first released in 1986 and credited with much of the hobby's growth. In 1988, Toyota introduced the "ultimate Celica", the All-Trac Turbo or GT-Four. The Sand Scorcher and Rough Rider, released in 1979 and credited as the first radio controlled cars to feature a proper off-road suspension. Front wheel drive and four-wheel independent suspension made the Celica a great all-around sports car. The GT-S was given a 135 hp version of the DOHC 2.0 L engine (3S-GE) featuring T-VIS. STs and GTs came with a SOHC 8 valve, 2.0 L, 92 hp engine (Engine Code 2S-E) from the Toyota Camry, but quickly changed to an all new DOHC 116 hp engine (3S-FE) for the 1987 model year, also shared with the Camry.
The Celica was now available in ST, GT and GT-S trim, all available as either coupe or liftback models, with the GT being offered up in a soft-top convertible coupe as well. It was an all-new vehicle with front wheel drive, a rounded, flowing body and new 2.0 L four-cylinder engines. For 1986, the Celica changed completely. Chassis code:
The GT-S included larger wheels and tires, fender flares, independent rear suspension, a sports interior including special seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob. In 1983, Toyota added the GT-S model to the Celica line to re-inject the sports image that Celica had lost as it grew larger and heavier with each subsequent model. Styling was changed considerably from previous models and power was now provided by a 2.4 L(22R-E) engine.In Australia, Toyota decided to drop the 21R-C in the celica instead of the American and Japanese 22R-E, as a result, the car only turned out a mere 67 kilowatts. 1982 saw the introduction of the third generation Celica.
A unique one-off development of this series was a car-derived pickup, designed by Toyota's California Studio in 1977. The Camry was spun off into its own range two years later. This model was a Toyota Carina with a Celica front end. In 1980, a four-door version was announced, known as the Toyota Celica Camry.
This new generation offered more safety, power and fuel economy than previous models, and was awarded Motor Trend's "Import Car of the Year" for 1978. Power was provided by 2.2 L engines for both models. The second generation Celica was released in 1978 (production began in late 1977), and was again available in both ST and GT trim levels. (See image).
1976 Saw the addition of the liftback version, available in GT-form with a 2 litre engine. There was also a GTV version, which could even be considered a hybrid between the GT and LT versions, as it had the 2T-G engine, with a slightly cut-down interior, and didn't come with things like power windows, but they were optional. The GT model came with various upgrades like underbody spoilers, tinted windows, different bonnet flutes, power windows, air conditioning, and shared a few things with the ST - a full-length centre console and oil pressure/ammeter gauges, rather than the LT's warning lights. The 2T-G that powered the high-end GT model was a twin-cam, twin-solex carburettor 1600cc engine.
The lower-end LT was equipped with a 2T carbureted four-cylinder engine displacing 1600cc, while the ST came with a twin Solex-carburettor 2T-B engine. The Celica came out in three different versions, the LT, ST and GT. Allegedly a "cut-down" version of Toyota's supercar, the 2000GT, the Celica was a relatively affordable sports car. The first generation Celica was released to the market in 1970.
Robert Huffman won the 2003 Dash Series Championship driving one of these Celicas. These Celicas started racing in 2000 and had 6th or 7th generation bodies but a steel tube-frame race chassis and a production based V-6 engine that was not avalible in the street Celica. A less stock version of the Celica with factory backing and development was campaigned successfully by several drivers in the Goody's Dash Series. The Celica (usually the 1st through 3rd generation Rear-Wheel Drive model powered by the R series engine) is sometimes raced privately in stock car racing, usually in four-cylinder classes at the grassroots level.
Toyotas run in the NHRA Funny Car class also used Celica bodies, although besides the body, these cars do not share any resemblance to their street counterparts. 7th generation Celicas were also successfully campaigned in the NHRA Sport Compact Drag Racing series during the early 2000s. It was entered into GT300 class of the Japanese Grand Touring Championship. Team Racing Project Bandoh created a special RWD variant of the 7th generation Celica using a 3S-GTE engine.
Slightly modified versions of stock Celicas were also used as the spec car in the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race from 1976 to 2005. The team captured many class wins and the GTO Championship in 1987. In road racing, The Celica was raced by Dan Gurney's All American Racers team with factory backing in the IMSA GTU and GTO classes from 1983 to 1988. The ST185's homogolation version is called the Carlos Sainz (CS, after the driver), or RC in Japan.
They are considered a collector's item by some enthusiasts. Special editions of the GT-Four models were produced for the public in extremely limited numbers (5000) due to homogolation demands. Some time after TTE switched to the shorter Toyota Corolla. Soon after introducing the ST205 in 1995, TTE was banned for 12 months from the WRC because of cheating.
Carlos Sainz was the driver who drove to success in both the ST165 and ST185. A GT-Four Celica competed in Group A Rally racing from the mid-1980s to the late 1990s. In racing, the Celica is known for its rally racing prowess. .
Other versions include a four wheel drive turbocharged model (designated All Trac in the US or GT-Four in Japan and Europe, produced from 1988-1999), a hatchback model, and a convertible model. Through seven generations, the model has gone through many revisions and design forks, including the Toyota Celica Supra (later known as the Toyota Supra). During the FWD generations, top-model Celicas came with a turbocharger and most recently, variable valve timing. During the RWD generations, American market Celicas were powered by various versions of Toyota's SOHC 20R or 22R engines.
The most significant change between generations occurred in 1986, when the drive train was changed from rear wheel drive to front wheel drive. Through all generations, Celicas have been built around Toyota's high-performance inline-4 engines. The name is derived from the Spanish word for "heavenly" or "celestial". The Toyota Celica name has been applied to a series of popular sports cars made by the Japanese company Toyota.
a tail light redesign. a Toyota emblem on the hood; and,. 15" wheels on the GT model fitted with Dunlop 205/55VR tyres;. the ST and GT received a brand new bumper;.
wider body for the All-trac and GT-S;. uprated disc brakes (from 269 to 277mm);. a new 5S-FE, producing 100kW and 196Nm of torque;. improved gear linkage;.
new 3 way CAT system;. front and rear spring rates were increased significantly;. stiffer anti roll bar;. different bumper which is much lighter than the standard one.
different bonnet, the emphasis of which is to get rid of heat as fast as possible, (instead of scooping in air, as is the case with the standard ST185 bonnet);. a different intercooler (WTA as opposed to ATA) which TTE wanted so they could more easily tune their WRC car;.