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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Tamiya's radio controlled tanks have options such as sound, light and optional parts to depict different variants. This first stage of currency, where metals were used to represent stored value, and symbols to represent commodities, formed the basis of trade in the Fertile Crescent for over 1500 years. But, to be fully correct, it is not 100% Tamiya, as it is not from Tamiya Japan. Currency was introduced as a standardized money to facilitate a wider exchange of goods and services. The German division/importer also brought out a trailer of there own, a semi-low loader. [1]. The truck range also includes some trailers:. In Mexico under Montezuma cocoa beans were money.

The current truck range are the following rigs:. In medieval Iraq, bread was used as an early form of money. Resulting a better detailing and scale "look" . This is called commodity money and includes any commonly-available commodity that has intrinsic value; historical examples include pigs, rare seashells, whale's teeth, and (often) cattle. 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. The first instances of money were objects with intrinsic value. Tamiya is also known to make scale 1/14 radio controlled trucks, these are exceptions left, all build-it-yourself kits. Main article: History of money.

. Free trade advanced further in the late 20th century and early 2000s:. The company has gained a reputation among hobbyists of producing models of outstanding quality and accurate scale detail. In 1947, 23 countries agreed to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade to promote free trade. The company was founded by Shunsaku Tamiya in Shizuoka, Japan in 1958. These organizations became operational in 1946 after enough countries ratified the agreement. 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 set up rules and institutions to regulate the international political economy: the International Monetary Fund and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (later divided into the World Bank and Bank for International Settlements).

Tamiya is also one of the few manufacturers of 1/100th scale aircraft. During the war, in 1944, 44 countries signed the Bretton Woods Agreement, intended to prevent national trade barriers, to avoid depressions. Most of their 1/72 scale aircraft, however, are repackaged Italeri kits. The lack of free trade was considered by many as a principal cause of the depression, and World War II. Their line of static model aircraft, mostly of 1/48th scale, are widely considered to be state-of-the-art. During this period, there was a great drop in trade and other economic indicators. 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 Great Depression was a major economic recession that ran from 1929 to 1941.

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. This became the policy in many countries attempting to industrialize and out-compete English exporters. Leopard 2A6. This was followed within a few years by the infant industry scenario developed by Mill anticipated New Trade Theory by promoting the theory that government had the "duty" to protect young industries, although only for a time necessary for them to develop full capacity. M26 Pershing. This was taken as evidence against the universal doctrine of free trade, as it was believed that more of the economic surplus of trade would accrue to a country following reciprocal, rather than completely free, trade policies. Tiger I Early Production. Ricardo and others had suggested this earlier.

German Tiger II - Porsche Turret. John Stuart Mill proved that a country with monopoly pricing power on the international market could manipulate the terms of trade through maintaining tariffs, and that the response to this might be reciprocity in trade policy. German Tiger II, Production Turret. That is, the calculation made was whether it was in any particular country's self-interest to open its borders to imports. Flakpanzer Gepard. The ascendancy of free trade was primarily based on national advantage in the mid 19th century. Leopard A4. In Principles of Political Economy and Taxation Ricardo advanced the doctrine still considered the most counterintuitive in economics:.

M4 Sherman 105mm. In 1817, David Ricardo, James Mill and Robert Torrens showed that free trade might benefit the industrially weak as well as the strong, in the famous theory of comparative advantage. Pole trailer (wood/tree transport). In 1799, the Dutch East India Company, formerly the world's largest company, became bankrupt, partly due to the rise of competitive free trade. Tank trailer (liquid transport). Smith said that he considered all rationalizations of import and export controls "dupery", which hurt the trading nation at the expense of specific industries. Box trailer. Since the division of labour was restricted by the size of the market, he said that countries having access to larger markets would be able to divide labour more efficiently and thereby become more productive.

Flatbed trailer. It criticised Mercantilism, and argued that economic specialization could benefit nations just as much as firms. this list does not contain any special chrome versions, made in limited edition. In 1776, Adam Smith published the paper An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. Knight Hauler. Trade in the East Indies was dominated by Portugal in the 16th century, the Netherlands in the 17th century, and the British in the 18th century. Ford Aeromax. In the 16th century, Holland was the centre of free trade, imposing no exchange controls, and advocating the free movement of goods.

Volvo FH12 globetrotter. Spices brought to Europe from distant lands were some of the most valuable commodities for their weight, sometimes rivaling gold. Mercedes 1850L. The spice trade was of major economic importance and helped spur the Age of Exploration. Mercedes 1838LS. Vasco da Gama started the Spice trade in 1498. Globeliner. The Hanseatic League was an alliance of trading cities that maintained a trade monopoly over most of Northern Europe and the Baltic, between the 13th and 17th centuries.

King Hauler. Vikings sailed to Western Europe, while Varangians to Russia. It would go on to become one of the most popular R/C kits of all time and has recently been re-released. From the 8th to the 11th century, the Vikings and Varangians traded as they sailed from and to Scandinavia. The Hornet, a radio controlled buggy first released in 1984. For instance, Radhanites were a medieval guild or group (the precise meaning of the word is lost to history) of Jewish merchants who traded between the Christians in Europe and the Muslims of the Near East. The TRF415, holder of the 2005 1/10th scale radio controlled touring car world champion title. Nevertheless some trade did occur.

The TRF414 radio controlled car; holder of the 2002-04 1/10th scale touring car world champion title. The fall of the Roman empire, and the succeeding Dark Ages brought instability to Western Europe and a near collapse of the trade network. This complex and expensive model has since become one of the most collectable of all Tamiya R/C's. Their widespread empire produced a stable and secure transportation network that enabled the shipment of trade goods without fear of significant piracy. The aluminum frame, suspension, drive axle and steering were patterned after their full-sized counterparts. Roman commerce allowed their empire to flourish and endure. 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. From the beginning of Greek civilization until the fall of the Roman empire in the 5th century, a financially lucrative trade brought valuable spice to Europe from the far east, including China.

The Bruiser 1/10th scale radio controlled pickup truck. For this purpose they established trade colonies the Greeks called emporia. 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 Phoenicians were noted sea traders, travelling across the Mediterranean Sea, and as far north as Britain for sources of tin to manufacture bronze. The new truck dispensed with the Clod's four wheel steering, although the TXT includes provisions for making this upgrade. Long-range trade routes first appeared in the 3rd millennium BCE, when Sumerians in Mesopotamia traded with the Harappan civilization of the Indus Valley. Cantillever suspension, four wheel drive, and multilink suspension allow for the massive axle articulation featured in third party kits such as the Clodzilla series. Materials used for creating jewelry were traded with Egypt since 3000 BCE.

This truck, which is still in production, was designed as a factory response to aftermarket Clodbuster upgrades. There is evidence of the exchange of obsidian and flint during the stone age. The TXT-1 1/10 scale radio control monster truck released in 2002. Trade is believed to have taken place throughout much of recorded human history. The Clodbuster virtually spawned an aftermarket industry of its own which catered to those who wished to modify their models. Peter Watson dates the history of long-distance commerce from circa 150,000 years ago.[1]. 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. Trading was the main facility of prehistoric people, who bartered goods and services from each other.

The original Blackfoot monster truck kit and its variations, first released in 1986 and credited with much of the hobby's growth. Trade originated with the start of communication in prehistoric time. The Sand Scorcher and Rough Rider, released in 1979 and credited as the first radio controlled cars to feature a proper off-road suspension. . As such, trade at market prices between locations benefits both locations. Trade exists between regions because different regions have a comparative advantage in the production of some tradable commodity, or because different regions' size allows for the benefits of mass production.

Due to specialization and division of labor, most people concentrate on a small aspect of production, trading for other products. Trade exists for many reasons. Trade between two traders is called bilateral trade, while trade between more than two traders is called multilateral trade. The invention of money (and later credit, paper money and non-physical money) greatly simplified and promoted trade.

As a result, buying can be separated from selling, or earning. Modern traders instead generally negotiate through a medium of exchange, such as money. The original form of trade was barter, the direct exchange of goods and services. A mechanism that allows trade is called a market.

Trade is also called commerce. Trade is the voluntary exchange of goods, services, or both. As of mid-2005, there is a proposal for a Central American Free Trade Agreement, which would also include the United States and the Dominican Republic. January 1, 1995 World Trade Organization was created to facilitate free trade, by mandating mutual most favoured nation trading status between all signatories.

1994 The GATT Marrakech Agreement specified formation of the WTO. January 1, 1994 NAFTA took effect. 1992 European Union lifted barriers to internal trade in goods and labour.

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