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Upcoming Tamiya new kit


petesy
04-14-2015, 09:51 AM
Apparently they are on a roll with the classic car subjects and will release the Toyota AA.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=815857575172563&set=pcb.1565898860365799&type=1&theater

MPWR
04-14-2015, 08:45 PM
Seems like a strange one for Tamiya. Have they ever done a prewar 1/24 car? :confused:

Aoshima or Fujimi maybe?

petesy
04-14-2015, 10:04 PM
They already did the 1/35 Toyota AB. It wouldn't be too hard for them to scale it up for the AA.

generationx
04-15-2015, 01:00 AM
I'll put my flame-suit on now, but...

What a dull subject.

NewTom
04-15-2015, 08:12 AM
I'll put my flame-suit on now, but...

What a dull subject.

Well.... Actually this car was Toyota's very first passenger car!
Back than (in 1936) the company was still called TOYODA and the price of that car was 3350 yen.... funnily the upcoming model car's price is 3600 yen :)

I think it's a very interesting subject and I'm looking forward to build one! :biggrin:

RonCla
04-15-2015, 08:12 AM
Its certainly a change of direction from the recent 300SL.

http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r589/Roncla/1936_Toyoda_Model_AA_03-2_zpsdbxul6jz.jpg (http://s1173.photobucket.com/user/Roncla/media/1936_Toyoda_Model_AA_03-2_zpsdbxul6jz.jpg.html)

ZoomZoomMX-5
04-15-2015, 10:59 AM
Oh good, a new boring kit that I'm not at all inclined to purchase! :lol:

Looks like a Japanese take on the Chrysler Airflow (another boring subject..:wink:)

I found this on Google:

http://www.japanesenostalgiccar.com/images/Misc/aa_mystery_comparison_side.jpg

I tell you, all cars today look the same.

This has been said...forever :sunglasse

nugundam93
04-15-2015, 12:26 PM
I'll put my flame-suit on now, but...

What a dull subject.

ditto. wish tamiya made more superGT cars. or even rally raid ones.

willimo
04-15-2015, 08:28 PM
Yeah, it won't be in my pile either. But it's neat. I would bet it will sell like crazy in Japan though. A lot of historical significance though probably not a lot of room to modify prototypically since these were pretty rare and quite expensive when new.

That said, it WOULD make a neat hotrod since it wouldn't look like anything else on the table...

hirofkd
04-16-2015, 12:12 AM
Even to Japanese modelers, the item choice is questionable. It could be a joint project between Tamiya and Toyota, because the item can be sold at museums and events. Or, Tamiya may be testing the waters in Europe with the SL Gullwing and in Japan with the AA.

Still, an LFA-sourced V10 hot rod may not be a bad idea.

lovegt40
04-16-2015, 05:06 AM
wish they will make some british classics in the future..

BVC500
04-16-2015, 10:57 AM
wish they will make some british classics in the future..

or classic Ferraris...a safe business decision.

SmokeyR67
04-16-2015, 05:37 PM
or classic Ferraris...a safe business decision.

Apart from licensing fees :(

MPWR
04-23-2015, 12:55 PM
I'm astonished! :eek:

If HLJ is to be believed (http://www.hlj.com/product/TAM24339/Aut), it will be released this summer.

They'll sell dozens, I'm sure. :dunno:

Marianitem
04-24-2015, 05:30 PM
I know Tamiya makes models for worldwide modelers and not just for me, but... I was really expecting the latest Super GT GT500 class updates. Looks to me that Honda HSV-010, and the newest generation NSX/R35/RC-F are still missing, and Tamiya used to cover Japan GT since who knows when.
The 300SL still looks like a great historical subject worldwide.

stevenoble
04-25-2015, 03:04 AM
Not my thing. I think Tamiya has really lost it's way in recent years. What's happened to their rally and sportscar series..?? Not many new releases there for a long time. F1, well that's all but dead. Give me some Group B classics like an Audi S1 or the Lancia Delta S4. At least Aoshima/Beemax are releasing the
stuff I like. New Celica TA64 and Nissan 240RS are already announced..

mattbacon
04-25-2015, 07:18 AM
I suspect F1's not so popular in Tamiya's home market, and who'd want to negotiate all the deals with F1 teams and sponsors to reproduce their cars? The lifetime's also pretty limited -- who wants to be building the 2013 season car? It's not as if today's F1 cars are particularly "timeless classics," unlike a Lotus 25, 49 or 72, a Mclaren MP4 or Tyrell P34, which you might want to build today. Global interest in rallying has fallen off a cliff, so again, you're looking at old goldies...

And anyway, it's not as if Tamiya has ever really HAD a "way". They make stuff that they like, with their main eye on the Japanese domestic market. This is the company, after all, that released a Fieseler Storch as their "landmark 100th 1/48 aircraft kit"...and added an obscure French WW2 tank to their bestselling Panzers. I'm not complaining, mind, just saying that high-profile sure-fire best-sellers aren't always top of their agenda.

The AA is probably the equivalent for the Japanese market of an Austin 7 (Revell released a BMW Dixi), or an original Mini, or a 2CV or Traction Avant. There are a zillion (well, half a zillion) car kits on 1999.co.jp that are primarily for the domestic market -- cars that never made it to Europe in any form, or the few that did which weren't big sellers. I'm glad -- it means I can buy a kit of an Isuzu 117 or Mazda Cosmo (and have done) -- but they probably only sell 10 of them a year to Europe, if that!

bestest,
M.

lovegt40
04-25-2015, 08:08 AM
or classic Ferraris...a safe business decision.


true, and they could also pay the fees like revell and fujimi do.
No matter, if final result is stunning like gullwing mercedes.

petesy
04-28-2015, 09:59 AM
When Tamiya made at least two new F-1 kits a year the Japanese economy was at its height. Interest in F-1 in Japan was at its peak, with Japanese companies paying the way for Japanese drivers into F-1. Tamiya themselves were involved with Team Lotus, even after they were having financial troubles in the early 90's.

The Japanese economic bubble had long since burst, the money had dried up, and interest in F-1 in Japan had all but vanished. I doubt we will see a lot of new F-1 kits from Tamiya.

Marianitem
04-28-2015, 10:56 AM
When Tamiya made at least two new F-1 kits a year the Japanese economy was at its height. Interest in F-1 in Japan was at its peak, with Japanese companies paying the way for Japanese drivers into F-1. Tamiya themselves were involved with Team Lotus, even after they were having financial troubles in the early 90's.

The Japanese economic bubble had long since burst, the money had dried up, and interest in F-1 in Japan had all but vanished. I doubt we will see a lot of new F-1 kits from Tamiya.

Do you think this is also related to Super GT new gen cars?

petesy
04-28-2015, 12:08 PM
Tamiya is actually still releasing the latest Super GT subjects. They just find it far more profitable to make 1/10 bodies for generic R/C chassis than investing in 1/24 scale detailed model kits.

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