TAMIYA: Spray-Work Painting Stand Set
December 23, 2003
of thinking of creative ways to hold parts while airbrushing or spray
painting? I think we've all tried clothespins, tape, etc. in an effort to
securely hold during painting. Well, Tamiya has a terrific looking painting
stand designed to securely hold large parts like car bodies and small parts so
they won't get blown away while airbrushing. Comes with a removable turntable
and several clamps for holding parts.
The stand is available in Japan now,
costs only ¥1,500, and the product number is 74522. Check Tamiya's product
page for more...
TAMIYA: 1/6 Honda CB1100R to be re-issued
December 8, 2003
on Tamiya Big Scale motorcycles will be delighted to hear that Tamiya will be
re-issuing the 1/6 Honda CB1100R, kit #16022.
The CBR1100R will be available
on January 28, 2004 and will be ¥8,800 in Japan. (1/12 boxart shown)
SWASH DESIGN: Have some gorgeous looking 1:35 motorcycles
November 22, 2003
picked up my TMMI #101 today and noticed the
amazing looking 1:35 motorcycle kits by Swash-Design
of Japan. They have a Triumph 3H. Triumph 3HW, Zündapp K500, Zündapp
K800, and a Steib Sidecar.
Kit are multimedia and contain resin, diecast,
machined, and photo etched parts.
TAMIYA: More info on the new Honda PONS RC211V
November 18, 2003
time Tamiya will be offering the Honda RC211V in Team Honda PONS '03 colours.
This team has Camel sponsorship logos which will obviously not be
provided with the kit. But, aftermarket decal companies always offer decal
sheets to add these forbidden markings.
This new kit, #14095, will be ¥2,500. The kit should now be available in
More details about the kits at Tamiya's
TIP: Disposable Paint Mixing Cups
November 3, 2003
you buy drink containers with plastic screw caps, wash and save the caps after
you've emptied your 600ml or 2l bottle of Coca-Cola, etc. The caps make
great little disposable paint mixing cups when you need to thin some paint for
HOW TO: VW Schwimmwagen Diorama
October 31, 2003
not motorcycle modelling related, I thought those thinking of displaying their
motorcycle model in a diorama might be interested in how my first diorama
modelling effort went.
Dioramas can be quite intimidating at first glance, but like most things
that appear difficult, its really just a matter of jumping the psychological
barrier and actually giving it a try. Just try something modest for your first
Here are the details of how I built the 1:35 Gone
Zündapp KS750 detail set from Royal Models
October 25, 2003
you like adding details to your military motorcycles, you'll be pleased with the
new Royal Models detail set #293 for Italeri's 1/35 Zündapp KS750 w/Sidecar
(kit #317) or Tamiya's solo kit (#35023).
The kit includes a large sheet of photo etched (PE) parts that include wheel
spokes, resin tires, resin machine gun, and other resin parts. The kits has a
SRP of €27.00.
Tamiya, please STOP the insanity!!
October 8, 2003
Over the last couple of years, the price of each new Tamiya release arriving in
Canada never fails to shock
devote Tamiya modellers and others. At a recent model club meeting, everyone was
talking about the price of the new Tamiya 1:20 Williams BMW FW24. Would you
believe $64.99Cdn + tax in
most local hobby shops and has a suggested retail price of $74.99. Far exceeding
even the Tamiya America SRP of $44US ($58Cdn).
Here are some more examples of the insane pricing these days:
|14092 Repsol RC211V
||¥2200 = $26.40
|14093 Hayabusa X-1
||¥2800 = $33.60
|20055 BMW FW24
||¥2900 = $34.80
|24260 Ferrari Enzo
||¥2800 = $33.60
|61088 Dornier Do335B-2
||¥3200 = $38.40
|61090 P-47D Thunderbolt
||¥2500 = $30.00
- $ figures are Canadian and ¥1,000 = $12
- Toronto, Canada price includes GST & PST on street price. Will be more
if a shop is using SRP.
- If ordered from Japan price includes shipping for
ONE kit, GST & PST and $5 Revenue Canada fee. Keep in mind that that's
for ONE kit, there would be additional savings if an order
contained several kits.
In my personal opinion, if I can order ONE kit from Japan paying full MSRP,
pay shipping, pay taxes and pay a Revenue Canada a $5.00 fee and STILL save
money, the Tamiya distribution channel is broken and at the brink of being
I don't know what the cause of skyrocketing prices is, but it has nothing to
do with currency exchange. Three years ago ¥1,000 cost $14Cdn and today its
just $12. And three years ago, a ¥2,000 GP500 bike kit only cost $33.00 and not
the $50.00 these days.
Unfortunately for Tamiya, local prices has definitely affected the spending
habits of myself and close friends. Not too mention discouraging potential new
modellers from buying a Tamiya kit. I used to buy two or three
Tamiya kits per week, but the recent pricing trend has virtually stopped my
Tamiya kit purchases. Especially impulse and duplicate purchases. The last bike kit I bought
was #14087 back in 2001, and even that was ordered from Japan. All I can say is
thank goodness for Japanese mail
Tamiya Japan, surely you must have noticed a decline in the number of static
kits being ordered by Borgfeldt Canada over the last two or three years. No?
Another 1:12 RC211V coming from Tamiya
October 8, 2003
The latest GP1 release will be the 2003 Team Honda Pons Camel RC211V. Like
previous rides with tobacco sponsorship, the bike will be provided with
non-tobacco race markings. No doubt aftermarket decal companies will offer
alternative decal sheets. The kit, #14095, will be available in Japan on November
18th and will have a MSRP of ¥2,500. So, it looks like ¥2,500 is the new price
point for GP bike kits.
Scratch built motorcycles
September 27, 2003
For those of you who have ever wondered if you should attempt scratch building
your favourite motorcycle, then you should check out the amazing 1:6 motorcycles
and bicycles at Motoscala
Tarragó for some inspiration.
TRON 2.0 Computer Game
September 7, 2003
so this isn't modelling related. But, if you love the Light Cycles in the
1982 Movie TRON as I do, then you'll love this new PC game. I downloaded
the demo (203MB!!) to give it a try and I must say it definitely deserves E3's Best
of Show awards that it earned.
Here are some screenshots and a description of the the Light
For everything you want to know about the TRON 2.0 game, visit the official
Release date for Tamiya's Telefonica Movistar RC211V
August 26, 2003
The kit will be release on September 10th in Japan and will have a MSRP of
¥2,500. Not sure if that jump in price from ¥2,200 is because its Kato's ride
or if this is the new normal price to expect with future GP bike kits. With the
¥2,200 Repsol RC211V selling for $50CAD + tax in most Toronto shops, I'm afraid
to think what that extra ¥300 will do to the price of the Telefonica Movistar
kit in Canada, $60CAD + tax??
For more information and photos, see Tamiya's
Japanese product page...
Model Graphix releases GP Racing Reference
August 25, 2003
new book called Moto GP & GP500 Racers from Model Graphix has 128
pages of full colour detail photos for GP racers from the 2001 thru 2003 seasons
and some black & white coverage of earlier bikes. Although I have not seen
the book myself, its getting high praise on the MotorcycleModelling
group from those that have already bought a copy. The book costs ¥3,000 in
Japan and is currently available. Although produced in Japan, portions of the
book have been translated into English.
I'm not sure how widely available the book will be outside of Japan, but it
can be order from Japanese on-line mail order sites such as Hobby
Link Japan and Rainbow
Recent Aoshima releases
August 19, 2003
Catching up on the Aoshima releases. There are latest releases :
|1:12 Naked Bike Series
||Honda Monkey Custom
||¥800, Sept '03
||Honda Gorilla Custom
||¥800, Sept '03
|1:12 Performance Machine
||¥2,000, July '03
||Kawasaki 750RS ZII Kai
||¥2,000, July '03
August 16, 2003
approximately 4:10pm and I'm sitting at the PC typing some emails after just
getting home from running some errands. I notice that the room got darker and
then about a second later got very bright. At first I though a cloud passed in
front of the sun, but it was a clear day. Then it happened again, but I noticed
that it was actually the light bulb and not outside at all.
I figured the power might go out, so I log on to my ISP to send my email,
just in case. Too late... Just as I connect the power goes out and the UPS
starts beeping. I shut down the PC and then go find
out what has happened...
Tamiya to re-issue the 1:12 Yamaha RZ250 and RZ350 kits
August 10, 2003
The Yamaha RZ250 (#14002) and Yamaha RZ350 (#14004) will be re-issued in Japan on
August 27, 2003 and cost ¥1,300 each.
re-issue page for other kits being re-issued.
Tamiya to release Daijiro Kato's RC211V
August 2, 2003
The reference to another RC211V kit (#14094) had been removed from the Tamiya
web site shortly after Kato's horrific accident at Suzuka this Spring that took
Everyone wondered whether the kit was permanently cancelled or just delayed.
A lot of modellers hoped for the latter as they wanted to build Kato's
Telefonica MoviStar bike as a tribute to him. Thankfully, it would appear that
both Tamiya and the Telefonica MoviStar Team had similar thoughts and the kit
(#14094) well indeed be released this September.
More info at Tamiya's preview
For the timid motor sports modeller
June 24, 2003
something different, Tamiya will also be offering the new 1:12 Honda Repsol
RC211V as a "Finished Model" in their new Masterwork
Collection. This will come pre-painted and almost 100% assembled. All that
is left to do, if you wish, is to install the lower fairing.
Some modellers will be disappointed with such an item, but models with
complex decals of motor sports subject can be intimidating for beginning and
even experienced modellers. So, it will be a good alternative for those who like
the new RC211V, but fear the complex painting and decaling required to assemble
kit #14092. If this sells well, I wouldn't be surprised to see some of the
earlier GP500 bikes, like the '98 PONS MoviStar, also be added to the Masterwork
The Masterwork Honda Repsol RC211V will cost 7,200yen and will be released on
July 16th in Japan. More info at Tamiya's product
Tamiya to delay second RC211V release?
May 2, 2003
The reference to another RC211V kit (#14094) has been removed from the Tamiya
web site. No doubt the kit was to be of the team that Daijiro Kato rode for and
was pulled out of respect after Kato's horrific accident at Suzuka. The kit may
just be delayed or it may have been cancelled entirely. Only time will tell.
Tamiya makes it official
April 25, 2003
have announced which kits will be displayed at the 42nd Shizuoka Hobby Show and
the Yoshimura Hayabusa X-1 will indeed be released sometime in June. The kit
number will be 14093 and it will cost ¥2,600 and be released on June 10, 2003
See all the 42nd
Shizuoka Hobby Show news.
Although not announced, also coming in July will be a variation of the
RC211V. The kit number will be 14094 and it will cost ¥2,200. More info
at Tamiya's product
Tamiya to issue a Yoshimura Hayabusa X-1?
April 16, 2003
of the members on the Yahoo! MotorcycleModelling
group found this interesting picture of a possible new 1:12 kit. The picture
appears to be a new release flyer. If released, it most likely will be kit
#14093 and cost around ¥2,400 to ¥2,600. Differences appear to be:
- New fairing (note differing headlights)
- New mirrors
- Tri-Oval Cyclone exhaust
Here is a link showing the specifications and some pictures of the 1:1 Yoshimura
Hopefully this wasn't an April Fool's joke!!
Tamiya to re-issue the 1:6 Honda CB750 Police Bike
April 9, 2003
(#16004) will be released in Japan on May 21, 2003 and cost ¥9,800. I can't
recall the last time this was re-issued. It may never have been re-issued. This could be a good indication that
other long out of production kits will become available as well.
re-issue page for other kits being re-issued.
A blockbuster year for motorcycle modellers?
February 14, 2003
According to GP
Model & Hobby's International Toy Fair report, it looks like motorcycle
modellers will have a lot to choose from this year. Here is what was announced:
||Honda 4 Stroke
|Italeri 1:6 (first three are
||Honda NSR500 Nastro Azzurro
||Yamaha ZYR500 2001
||Honda NSR500 2001
||Moto Guzzi V-850 California (probably the Protar kit)
|Italeri 1:9 (some Protar
||Norton Manx 500cc
||Vespa Primavera 125cc
||MV Augusta 500cc - 3 Cylinder
||Yamaha YZR 500cc
||Moto Morini 250cc
||Honda 250cc - 6 Cylinders
||BMW RS 500 Rennsport
||Gilera 500cc - 6 Cylinders
||AJS 7R 350cc
||MV Augusta F4 Serie Oro
||Ducati 998 SBK T. Bayliss '02
||Kawasaki ZX7R (Yanagawa/Lavilla)
||Ducati Monster S4
||BMW R 1200 C
||MV Augusta F4 Special Parts '02
||Ducati 75th Anniversary (Twin Box)
||Ducati Monster S4 Fogarty
||Ducati 998 Biposto '02
||Yamaha M1 '03
||Suzuki GSV-R '03
||Ducati Desmosedici '03
||Aprilia RS Cube '03
||Triumph Tiger 100
||Ducati Monster S4
||Honda RC211V Repsol
It will be interesting to see how many of the all new kits actually end up
Tamiya reveals the 1:12 Repsol Honda RC211V in full colour
February 4, 2003
Tamiya revealed the production ready RC211V today at the International
Toy Fair in Nürnberg, Germany and it looks great. Take a look at Tamiya's product
Tamiya reveal 1:12 Repsol Honda RC211V GP1 pre-production test shots
January 24, 2003
With the release of the RC211V only a month away, Tamiya is showing
pre-production test shots of the new kit and it looks great. Here is Tamiya's preview
page with photos...
Surprise 1:6 NSR500 kit from Italeri
January 18, 2003
has released a 1:6 kit of the Valentino Rossi's 2001 Honda NSR500 Nastro Azzurro
(kit #4501) and costs about £50 in the United Kingdom. Given the description of
the kit by a member of MotorcycleModelling, it appears that the kit might be an unassembled die-cast model.
It has a fairing split down the middle, a pre-painted heavy metal frame and
swing arm and the decals are self-adhesive stickers. I've seen a 1:6 die-cast
Repsol NSR500 in local stores, so I'm inclined to think that the Italeri kit the
same die-cast with Nastro Azzurro colours and markings. A photo of the built
model is at www.hisinsa.com...
Tamiya announce 1:12 Repsol Honda RC211V GP1 release date
January 10, 2003
new kit (#14092) will be released in Japan on February 25, 2003 and cost ¥2,200.
Nice to see the price remain unchanged. I half suspected it might rise to
¥2,400 since its an all new kit.