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. Many teams go through a life-cycle of stages, identified by Bruce Tuckman as: forming, storming, norming, performing and adjourning. Tamiya USA also features a world-class racing facility which is the site of several world championship events. A team used only for a defined period of time often becomes known as a project team. 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. Teams can sub-divide into sub-teams according to need. 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. Many businesses build their competitive edge on the capabilities and efficiencies of virtual teams.

Tamiya's radio controlled tanks have options such as sound, light and optional parts to depict different variants. Work projects can be completed by spreading the workload among long-distance players. But, to be fully correct, it is not 100% Tamiya, as it is not from Tamiya Japan. Research can be performed using input from the best minds around the world. The German division/importer also brought out a trailer of there own, a semi-low loader. This allows teams to be formed of players otherwise unavailable. The truck range also includes some trailers:. Virtual teaming is made possible with technology tools, especially the internet.

The current truck range are the following rigs:. A Virtual team consists of members joined electronically, with nominal in-person contact. Resulting a better detailing and scale "look" . In this way, setting up a team allegedly facilitates the creation, tracking and assignment of a group of people based on the project in hand. 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. Members of a team usually belong to different groups, but receive assignment to activities for the same project, thereby allowing outsiders to view them as a single unit. Tamiya is also known to make scale 1/14 radio controlled trucks, these are exceptions left, all build-it-yourself kits. Managers use teams for grouping people based on a common function.

. Compare the more structured/skilled concept of a crew, and the advantages of formal and informal partnerships. The company has gained a reputation among hobbyists of producing models of outstanding quality and accurate scale detail. Still others believe in the effectiveness of teams, but also see them as dangerous because of the potential for exploiting workers — in that team effectiveness can rely on peer pressure and peer surveillance. The company was founded by Shunsaku Tamiya in Shizuoka, Japan in 1958. Others see it as a panacea that finally realizes the human relations movement's desire to integrate what that movement perceives as best for workers and as best for managers. 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. Some see "team" as a four-letter word: overused and under-useful.

Tamiya is also one of the few manufacturers of 1/100th scale aircraft. Differing opinions exist on the efficacy of this new management fad. Most of their 1/72 scale aircraft, however, are repackaged Italeri kits. Theorists in business in the late 20th century popularized the concept of constructing teams. Their line of static model aircraft, mostly of 1/48th scale, are widely considered to be state-of-the-art. Transport logistics executives can select teams of horses, dogs or oxen for the purpose of conveying goods. The "Military Miniatures" (MM) series of military vehicle scale models, which established 1/35 scale as the worldwide standard for the military vehicle genre. Thus teams of sports players can form (and re-form) to practice their craft.

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. A group in itself does not necessarily constitute a team. Leopard 2A6. A team comprises any group of people or animals linked in a common purpose. 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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