How about popping some mad wheelies with an rc tractor this winter? That sounds exactly like something the BSRC Bash Crew could get into. Tamiya has a Kumamon Edition RC Tractor that would be perfect for wild wheelie action. It comes in both kit and RTR form and even has Japanese mascot Kumamon behind the steering wheel. If you watch the video below it looks like Kumamon is having a serious good time cruising around his local bash spot.
The Kumamon tractor comes on a Tamiya WR-02G chassis and has a part number of #58601. You can hit up This Link to check out more cool items over on the official Tamiya USA website.
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Recently announced from Tamiya is their Raybrig Honda NSX Concept-GT car. This 1/10th scale features a highly detailed NSX Concept-GT body like the one used in the full scale ’14 Japanese Super GT Series. Under the hood is a shaft driven 4wd TB-04 chassis. The TB-04 comes with sealed gear differentials, double wishbone suspension, and horizontally mounted inboard front shocks. This NSX is a real looker and you can hit up This Link to check out the official Tamiya USA website.
There are scale realism people, then there are people looking for something wild. The new Dual Ridge buggy from Tamiya definitely falls into the wild category.
The futuristic looking Dual Ridge is a 4wd buggy based off the long running Tamiya TT-02 platform. It’s a kit so you get the experience of building it yourself, while long travel oil shocks and 4wd help it conquer some serious off-road terrain.
The part number is #58596, it is street priced at $189, and they are expected to hit hobby shops in late October. Click Here to get more details over on the official Tamiya website.
Those of you who remember the old Super Champ will instantly recognize the “new” Tamiya Fighting Buggy. The Super Champ was produced from ’79-’82 and was known for its scale realism and wild rear suspension (mono-shock with huge oil bottle). For those of you that missed it the first time around, Tamiya is re-issuing it in all its glory. The new version will sport some upgrades, but will also retain many of its original features like FRP frame, reinforced plastic body, and die-cast a-arms.
The Fighting Buggy has a part number of #84389 and is scheduled for an October release date. For more details check out This Link over on the Tamiya Japan website.
For 20 years I’ve been meaning to build a Tamiya Lunch Box (street priced around $114, part #58347) but alas, procrastination is a terrible mistress. When I was younger I never had the cash. As I got older I never had the time. Well ok, that’s not entirely true. I’ve always just decided to throw my duckets at more pressing…dare I say “modern” projects. I’ve put it off no more. A local monster truck club is about to run a class of retro monsters so that was all the excuse I needed. Before talking about how it turned out, let’s set the mood with this old school (circa 1987-ish) promotional video for the Lunchie:
Ah yes, the beach footage, smooth guitar solos and hilariously localized voice over set the mood nicely. Yes, now I too can “enjoy the feeling of those car crushing events and mud bog races so popular in America”. Click the “Read More” below to see if the ‘Box truly rocks.
The Tamiya Hornet has been on the market a very long time, 30 years in fact, and over all those years it has brought many people into our fine hobby. The latest Hornet is a Limited Edition Black Metallic version. This Hornet is much the same as previous versions, but comes with a pre-cut/pre-painted black metallic polycarbonate body and wing, and also comes with black wheels. The latest Hornet is also a kit, something many old-school hobbyists are looking for.
#84383 is the part number, it should have a street price of $145, and you can expect a July release date. Get full details at This Link over on Tamiya’s official website.
For all you Japanese Super GT fans, Tamiya has announced their new Eneos Sustina Lexus RC F. This very scale realistic on-road machine sits on Tamiya’s TB-04 shaft driven 4wd platform. New sealed gear diffs allow for tuning via lighter or heavier diff oils, while its IFS horizontally mounted front shocks maintain a low profile allowing for a more realistic body shape.
The Tamiya has a part number of #58595, its street price should be right around $350, and you can expect to start seeing them hit hobby shops in late July. For complete details simply click This Link to visit Tamiya’s website.
The recently announced Tamiya Lowride Pumpkin is a kit that comes with an old school truck body riding on their M-06 chassis. While it might not be high tech, it certainly gives builders a solid platform to build something wild off of. Also, its huge front bumper looks like it is ready for demo-derby right out of the box.
The part number for the LP is #58594, it is street priced at $175, and they are expected to start hitting hobby shops in August. Hit up This Link for its official page on Tamiya’s website.
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There seems to be a never ending stream of high-end 2wd race buggies hitting the market, the latest is the Tamiya TRF201XM. The TRF201XM kit not only comes standard with a mid-motor conversion, but also comes with more goodies to make it extra trick.
* Includes ball and gear diffs
* Redesigned chassis, motor plate, and suspension mounts
* New carbon fiber rear shock tower
* Big bore oil shocks
* Comes as a kit that includes the body and wing
The part number for the new Tamiya buggy is #42277, it has a retail price of only $1053, and they are slated for a June release. You can find more details at This Link over on the official Tamiya website.
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Some of you long time hobbyists might recognize this truck from the 1980′s when it was called the Mountaineer, but it has just been re-release from Tamiya and is now called the Toyota Mountain Rider. While it looks a lot like the original, it has received some upgrades to make it more durable. A new 3 speed transmission and axles highlight the changes, while it retains the scale realism of the original.
* Black metal ladder frame chassis
* Body is molded from ABS plastic
* Die-cast transmission with planetary gears
* Clutch mechanisms has been refined for smoother gear changes
* 3-speed where 1st gear = 4WD, 2nd & 3rd gears = Rear Wheel Drive
* Aluminum axle housings with differential gears
* Differentials can be locked
The part number for the Mountain Rider is #84386, it has an MSRP of just $1167, and they are set to release this July. For additional information hit up This Link over on the Tamiya website.
The crew over at Tamiya have a new vehicle for the crawling crowd called the Rock Socker. The Rock Socker is a kit that uses a modified Stadium Blitzer body mounted on a Tamiya CR-01 chassis. With 4wd, 4-link suspension, and solid axles, it should be able to crawl over some gnarly terrain.
The Rock Socker has a part number of #58592, a retail price of $530, and you can Click Here to check out its page over on the Tamiya website.
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One of the latest kits from Tamiya is a ’71 Renault Alpine A110 Rally Car. This car was famous for taking up all three spots on the podium at the 1971 Monte Carlo Rally, now you can own a very detailed rc version. The Renault comes on Tamiya’s M0-6 platform which is rear wheel drive with the battery running front to rear. Some of its other features and specifications include-
* Gear differential
* Fully independent double wishbone suspension
* Plastic friction shocks
* Clear polycarbonate body
* TBLE-02S ESC inlcuded
* Includes plastic bushings
* Plastic bathtub chassis
* Adjustable wheelbase- 210mm, 225mm and 239mm
* Gear Ratio 5.8:1
The Tamiya Renault has a part number of #58591, a street price of $175, and they are expected to start hitting hobby shops in late May. For more information visit This Link over on the official Tamiya website.
Tamiya has announced an updated version of their TRF511 buggy called the TRF503. The 503 is a high-end 1/10th scale 4wd buggy loaded with carbon fiber and is designed to run with the best of the best.
* 4 wheel belt drive
* Sealed oil filled gear diffs
* Bell-crank steering
* Big Bore oil-filled aluminum shocks
* Includes clear Polycarbonate body
* 7.5mm longer carbon fiber chassis
* Includes shielded ball bearings
* Motor has been moved 10.5mm forward and 5mm towards the centerline
* New single-piece aluminum center pulley
* Lightweight aluminum upper and lower bulkheads
* Aluminum suspension plate is now angled at 14 degrees
* Shock mounting positions have been raised 2mm in the front
* Universal shafts are secured with ring connectors
The part number for the TRF503 is #42275 and it carries a pretty incredible MSRP of $1205. The street price is expected to be in the $800 range and you can get more information over on the official TRF503 Tamiya page.
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