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The Frog

Tamiya has published the box art of the forth coming Comical The Frog. First introduced in 1983, the 2WD racing buggy Frog made a huge splash with its eye-catching design and high performance running. After the Grasshopper and the Hornet, this model is also making a comeback in the Comical line-up.

The chassis used is the WR-02CB with independent suspension, oil dampers, CVA shafts, polycarbonate body shell with pilot, TBLE-02S ESC (electronic speed control) capable of running sensor brushless motors and brushed motors alike (21.5 Turn BL motor limit and 23 Turn brushed motor limit).

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Tamiya: Lunch Box Mini

At the beginning of August Tamiya will start delivering the 1/24th Scale Lunch Box Mini to hobby stores around the World. This super fun off-roader is build on the brand new SW-01 chassis.

The Lunch Box Mini is capable of 4-wheel steering using separately sold Upper Arm Connectors (that allow you to steer with all four wheels on the ground and also steer while doing wheelies) and now we can watch the official promo video!

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TAMIYA: BBC MicroBit ROBOT Crawler

TAMIYA is a little bit late in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) educational kits game but at the end the Japanese company decided to step in and create the new Programming Robot Series. The first model, Microcomputer Robot Crawler, is going to be released on July 20th and includes a BBC micro:bit board (it controls the model when it is finished, and can even be modified with your own unique program).

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Comical Lunch Box Mini

This August Tamiya will begin the distribution of the 1/24th Scale Comical Lunch Box Mini kit on the all-new SW-01 chassis. The model is compact, maneuverable, and above all super-fun addition to the world of Tamiya wheelie models. It’s a familiar face, too, as the legendary Tamiya Lunch Box has been shrunk down to 1/24 scale.

The classic shrunken Lunch Box body sits on top of the 4WD SW-01 chassis. It is capable of 4-wheel steering using separately sold Upper Arm Connectors that not only allows you to steer with all four wheels on the ground, but it also allows the vehicle to steer while doing wheelies.

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Subaru Brat
After the announcement of April, Tamiya is start distributing a new Blue Edition version of the Subaru Brat. The model is a re-release of the 1983 kit with updated mechanics and electronics. The kit contains two bodies, one made of ABS plastic for display and one in transparent polycarbonate to drive.

The chassis features 4-wheel independent suspension system with front double wishbones and rear trailing arms. The rear suspension in particular has been updated with the diaphragm type oil dampers and coil springs.

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I’m Jun Watanabe, and from now on, I’ll be writing this column for Hobby Media. I’m a designer currently living in Japan. If you’re an avid Tamiya fan, you may already know my name. I designed an RC car called “Hornet by Jun Watanabe”, released by Tamiya in 2012. It’s Tamiya’s classic Hornet design, adorned with an unforgettable polka-dot pattern and a devilish purple and pink flare. Of course, there is a reason I designed Tamiya’s classic Hornet with such an intense colour pattern—but I’ll save that story for later.

The design of that Tamiya Hornet was a one-time project, but I have other ongoing works with Tamiya, including a collaborative line of t-shirts, nylon jackets, and bags. Although it’s not often—about once a year—I continue to work on exclusive designs for Tamiya.

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Tamiya Mazda 3

Between the models Tamiya has show during the Shizuoka Hobby Show we find a new version of the TT-02 Shaft-Driven 4WD Chassis with a red lower deck and a polycarbonate body replica of the Mazda 3 2019.

Tamiya Mazda 3

The TT-02 chassis has a longitudinal layout with the battery on the left and the motor on the right, to give excellent stability. In addition, it features identical left and right suspension arms and uprights for easy of assembly.

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