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#1 MSwiss

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Posted 09 October 2019 - 11:52 AM

For fans of Tamiya products, do a search on Facebook using the title of this thread, and prepare to have your mind blown.

I assumed they were a huge company, but to sustain the type of display they have, they must be doing an incredible amount of business every year.

PS: It has to be the longest post I've ever seen on Facebook.


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Posted 09 October 2019 - 03:10 PM

They had a warehouse facility in SoCal with arguably one of the best R/C raceways. The track was closed last year.


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Posted 09 October 2019 - 04:14 PM

Here's a link, if you'd rather not search.
 
Tamiya Corporation headquarters visit


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Posted 09 October 2019 - 04:18 PM

Would be interested but must pass - don't do Facebook.


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Posted 09 October 2019 - 04:29 PM

Would that more people would understand that, Alan.

 

There are two videos on YouTube that may duplicate this content, but for some reason I can't get YouTube to load so I can snag the links right now. I'll try again later after the evening activities here at Hershey.


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Posted 09 October 2019 - 04:51 PM

For three years in the 1990s, I lived only a few train station stops away from Tamiya HQ. I got to live out many childhood dreams there, before they removed the asphalt road course.

I was a novelty as the gaijin that showed up at the track a few times a month and received an amazing experience


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Posted 09 October 2019 - 05:03 PM

Such fabulous detail on the plastic model molds, I would hate to have to make one of them.
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Posted 09 October 2019 - 05:44 PM

See here:

 

 

 

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Posted 09 October 2019 - 07:34 PM

Thanks, Bill.


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Posted 15 November 2019 - 03:16 PM

in one of the slot car photos in Andre's Facebook post, in the bottom left corner of the photo is some type of race set. Anyone know what that is?


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Posted 16 November 2019 - 08:53 AM

Not Tamiya but related:

 

Through the 80s and 90s I spent a fair amount of time in Tokyo on business. My favorite hotel, the Capitol Tokyu, was an invigorating walk away from the Ginza district.

 

While I cannot recall the name, there was, on one of the corners in the district a hobby shop. In a way was reminiscent of the long departed Polks Hobbies in New York – a narrow multistory building.

 

Each floor was a feast for the eyes and a banquet for the imagination. There were slot cars, RC cars, plastic models and an unbelievable assortment of brass model locomotives. I only made one purchase there, a beautifully built boiler to be used with miniature stationary steam engines.

 

It has been more than 30 years since I visited the shop and I have no idea if it still exists.


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Posted 16 November 2019 - 10:39 AM

in one of the slot car photos in Andre's Facebook post, in the bottom left corner of the photo is some type of race set. Anyone know what that is?

Hi, could you share the photo that has the race set? I could not find it. Thanks Mark

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Posted 16 November 2019 - 01:20 PM

in one of the slot car photos in Andre's Facebook post, in the bottom left corner of the photo is some type of race set. Anyone know what that is?

If it looks like each lane is separated by a wall, it is a 4WD track.

Very popular with the Asian culture.

Battery powered, with horizontal wheels to help the cars zip between the walls.

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Posted 16 November 2019 - 03:08 PM

Such fabulous detail on the plastic model molds, I would hate to have to make one of them.

Oooohh, I think it would be pretty cool to be able to work on such nice tooling.

Most of that fine detail is produced by spark erosion (EDM - Electrical Discharge Machines), and/or CNC milling.

In some of the tooling photos you can see some copper coloured pieces that are elkonite electrodes for burning the detail into the mould inserts.

:huh:


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