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. These trucks have also been known to clock up more than 300,000 miles with regular maintenance. Tamiya USA also features a world-class racing facility which is the site of several world championship events. Amazingly, although it was now suffering from severe structural (there was already significant body corrosion when it was purchased) and fire damage, the truck was still running after being repaired only with typical tools and equipment that would be found in a car's toolbox, such as spanners (wrenches), motor oil and a monkey wrench. 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. This was only compounded when on the third series (programme five) of the revamped BBC motoring show Top Gear, a 13-year old Toyota Hi-Lux with 190,000 miles on the clock, was subjected to a number of extraordinary survival tests, which included driving it into a tree, tying it up to a jetty and letting it be washed out to sea by the incoming tide, dropping a caravan on it, setting the cab on fire, and placing it at the top of a 240-foot block of flats that was subsequently destroyed by a controlled demolition. 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. The Toyota Hi-Lux has gained a reputation for exceptional sturdiness and reliability, even during sustained heavy use.

Tamiya's radio controlled tanks have options such as sound, light and optional parts to depict different variants. Engines (markets):. But, to be fully correct, it is not 100% Tamiya, as it is not from Tamiya Japan. This new version won the Canadian Car of the Year Best New Pick-up award and was Motor Trend magazine's Truck of the Year for 2005. The German division/importer also brought out a trailer of there own, a semi-low loader. The Tacoma/Hi-Lux was updated in 2005. The truck range also includes some trailers:. Engines:.

The current truck range are the following rigs:. It was also restyled in 2001 when a new double cab (crew cab) option was added, and a flashy S-Runner was offered as well. Resulting a better detailing and scale "look" . The Tacoma was restyled in 1998 when the front fascia and the frame were the primary changes as well as the addition of new badging. 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. All versions now featured coil springs in front with a live axle and leaf springs in back. Tamiya is also known to make scale 1/14 radio controlled trucks, these are exceptions left, all build-it-yourself kits. This, the ninth generation of compact pickup trucks from Toyota, was radically updated, with a new frame and body, new suspension, and new engines.

. The origins of its name are supposedly unknown... The company has gained a reputation among hobbyists of producing models of outstanding quality and accurate scale detail. Part-way through 1995, Toyota introduced the new Tacoma in the United States. The company was founded by Shunsaku Tamiya in Shizuoka, Japan in 1958. Engines:. 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. Production began at the NUMMI plant in Fremont, California in 1991.

Tamiya is also one of the few manufacturers of 1/100th scale aircraft. The V6 Xtracab SR5 earned Motor Trend magazine's Truck of the Year award that year. Most of their 1/72 scale aircraft, however, are repackaged Italeri kits. The next redesign, in 1989, saw a longer-wheelbase option, 122 in (309.9 cm) versus 103 in (261.6 cm) for the regular wheelbase. Their line of static model aircraft, mostly of 1/48th scale, are widely considered to be state-of-the-art. Engines:. The "Military Miniatures" (MM) series of military vehicle scale models, which established 1/35 scale as the worldwide standard for the military vehicle genre. A V6 engine was introduced in 1988.

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. The solid front axle was swapped out for an independent front suspension/ torsion bar setup in the 4x4 model in 1986, and optional automatic locking front hubs and an electronic transfer case was added as well. Leopard 2A6. The next year saw the introduction of an optional fuel injected engine, the 22R-E, and a turbocharged option, the 22R-TE. M26 Pershing. The big news for the 1984 redesign was the introduction of the Xtracab two-row extended cab option. Tiger I Early Production. Research and development work on the Trekker lead to the development of the Toyota 4Runner (called the Toyota Surf outside North America), which was released in 1984.

German Tiger II - Porsche Turret. There were at least 1,500 Trekkers and a much smaller, unknown number of the other two models sold in North America. German Tiger II, Production Turret. All 3 employed the Toyota Hi-Lux 4x4 RV cab and chassis, and an all-fiberglass rear section. Flakpanzer Gepard. The vehicles which resulted from this collaboration were the Toyota Trekker, Toyota Wolverine, and the Toyota Blazer. Leopard A4. Toyota was attempting to enter the SUV market.

M4 Sherman 105mm. The 1981 model year saw a vehicle development deal between Toyota and Winnebago (primarily) and two other aftermarket customizers. Pole trailer (wood/tree transport). Engine:. Tank trailer (liquid transport). It used solid axles and leaf springs front and rear and skid plates to protect the transfer case and fuel tank. Box trailer. Another important addition was the a four wheel drive model.

Flatbed trailer. This time, the SR5 package included an updated torsion bar suspension as well as the usual trim upgrades. this list does not contain any special chrome versions, made in limited edition. The next generation appeared in 1979. Knight Hauler. Engine:. Ford Aeromax. The Hi-Lux name was dropped in America in favor of "Truck" the next year.

Volvo FH12 globetrotter. A 5-speed manual transmission was optional. Mercedes 1850L. Larger and more luxurious in every way, the truck also introduced the 20R engine and SR5 upscale trim package. Mercedes 1838LS. The truck was radically redesigned in 1975. Globeliner. Engine:.

King Hauler. A 7.5 ft (2.3 m) "long bed" was optional for the first time. It would go on to become one of the most popular R/C kits of all time and has recently been re-released. A more-comfortable interior was specified along with exterior updates. The Hornet, a radio controlled buggy first released in 1984. In the middle of 1972, the 1973 Hi-Lux was released. The TRF415, holder of the 2005 1/10th scale radio controlled touring car world champion title. Engine:.

The TRF414 radio controlled car; holder of the 2002-04 1/10th scale touring car world champion title. A 4-speed manual transmission was standard. This complex and expensive model has since become one of the most collectable of all Tamiya R/C's. It used a typical truck setup of A-arms and coil springs in front and a live axle with leaf springs in back. The aluminum frame, suspension, drive axle and steering were patterned after their full-sized counterparts. The only body style was a regular cab short bed and all were rear wheel drive. 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 Hi-Lux name was coined in 1969, but it was a highly-luxurious vehicle only when compared to the Stout.

The Bruiser 1/10th scale radio controlled pickup truck. Engine:. Tamiya engineers attended actual USHRA monster truck events in order to improve the scale appearance of the TXT and duplicate full-size suspension designs. It was larger than the similar Datsun and Mazda compact trucks, and looked like a Chevrolet C/K. The new truck dispensed with the Clod's four wheel steering, although the TXT includes provisions for making this upgrade. Toyota entered the American market with the 1964 introduction of the Stout. Cantillever suspension, four wheel drive, and multilink suspension allow for the massive axle articulation featured in third party kits such as the Clodzilla series. Engine:.

This truck, which is still in production, was designed as a factory response to aftermarket Clodbuster upgrades. This was the true ancestor of the Hi-Lux, and remained in production from 1947 through 1963. The TXT-1 1/10 scale radio control monster truck released in 2002. After World War II, Toyota returned with a compact pickup truck, the Toyopet Model SB. The Clodbuster virtually spawned an aftermarket industry of its own which catered to those who wished to modify their models. It shared many components with the company's A1 car, and was a 1.5 ton stake-bed commercial truck. 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 Toyota pickup was the 1935 G1.

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.
. The product lines for the US and elsewhere diverged at that point and in many cases on a year for year basis the vehicles sold in the US only resemble the true Hi-Lux, with major mechanical/chassis differences. Please note, as the Hi-Lux name was dropped in the US in 1976, any details listed here purporting to relate to the Hi-Lux from that date may not be entirely correct when applied the the vehicle which continues to be marketed by Toyota as the Hi-Lux throughout the rest of the world.

One popular option package, SR5, also became synonymous with the truck, even though it was used on other Toyota models as well. In the United States, the Hi-Lux name was retired in 1976 in favor of Truck or Compact Truck, and this name was replaced by Tacoma in 1995. The Hi-Lux name was adopted as a replacement for the Stout in 1969, and remains in use worldwide. The Toyota Hi-Lux is a compact pickup truck built and marketed by the Toyota Motor Corporation.

2005 4.0 L gasoline VVT-i DOHC V6, 238 hp - 245 hp (Australia, South Africa, USA). 2005 3.0 L diesel D-4D DOHC I4, 163 hp (Asia, South Africa, South America). 2005 2.7 L gasoline VVT-i DOHC I4, 164 hp (Australia, South Africa, USA). 2005 2.5 L diesel D-4D DOHC I4, 102 hp - 120 hp (Asia, Europe, South Africa, South America).

2005 2.0 L gasoline VVT-i DOHC I4 (South Africa). 1995-2004 3.4 L 5VZ-FE 24-valve DOHC V6, 190 hp (142 kW). 1995-2004 2.7 L (2693 cc) 3RZ-E 16-valve DOHC I4, 150 hp (112 kW) (4x4). 1995-2004 2.4 L (2438 cc) 2RZ-E 16-valve DOHC I4, 142 hp (106 kW) (4x2).

1989 - 3.0 L 3VZ-E V6, 150 hp (112 kW). 1989-1988 - 2.4 L (2366 cc) 22R-E SOHC FI I4, 105 hp (78 kW) at 4800 RPM and 137 ft.lbf (185 Nm) at 2800 RPM. 1988 - 3.0 L 3VZ-E V6, 150 hp (112 kW). 1985-1987 - 2.4 L (2366 cc) 22R-TE SOHC FI turbo I4, 135 hp (101 kW) at 4800 RPM and 173 ft.lbf (234 Nm) at 2800 RPM.

1985-1988 - 2.4 L (2366 cc) 22R-E SOHC FI I4, 105 hp (78 kW) at 4800 RPM and 137 ft.lbf (185 Nm) at 2800 RPM. 1984-1986 2.2 L L Diesel I4, 62 hp (46.2 kW) at 4200 RPM and 93 ft.lbf (126 Nm) (SR5 long bed only). 1984-1988 - 2.4 L (2366 cc) 22R SOHC I4, 96 hp (72 kW) at 4800 RPM and 129 ft.lbf (174 Nm) at 2800 RPM. 1981-1983 2.2 L L Diesel I4, 62 hp (46.2 kW) at 4200 RPM and 93 ft.lbf (126 Nm) (SR5 long bed only).

1981-1983 - 2.4 L (2366 cc) 22R SOHC I4, 96 hp (72 kW) at 4800 RPM and 129 ft.lbf (174 Nm) at 2800 RPM. 1979-1980 - 2.0 L (2189 cc) 20R SOHC I4, 96 hp (72 kW). 1975-1978 - 2.2 L (2189 cc) 20R SOHC I4, 96 hp (72 kW). 1973-1974 - 2.0 L (1968 cc) 18R SOHC I4, 108 hp (81 kW).

1972 - 2.0 L (1968 cc) 18R SOHC I4, 108 hp (81 kW). 1970-1971 - 1.9 L (1858 cc) 8R SOHC I4, 97 hp (72 kW). 1969 - 1.9 L (1897 cc) 3R I4, 85 hp (63 kW). 1964-1968 - 1.9 L (1897 cc) 3R I4, 85 hp (63 kW).

995 cc I4, 27 hp (20 kW).

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