Monthly Archives: January 2017

TRF419XWS Chassis Kit

First news on the next TRF TC (only the name and part number so far):

42311 TRF419XWS Chassis Kit

Maybe something we get to see at the Nuremberg Toyfair this week.

Source: Mokei Kagaku on Facebook

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Tamiya Nürnberg Toyfair 2017

The Nürnberg Toyfair is soon here again. Here are some new Tamiya RC releases:

47331 Mitsubishi Pajero Metaltop Wide
47348 The Grasshopper Candy Green Edition 
47349 XV-01 Chassis Kit Long Damper Spec

58645 Subaru WRX STI 24h Nürburgring (TT-02)

42309 TRF 37T Aluminum One-Way Pulley
42310 TRF 37T Aluminum Differential Pulley

54737 Matt Plated Silver Dish Wheels (26mm, +2) (4 Pcs.)
54741 1/14 On Road Racing Truck Wheels (Black) (4 Pcs.)
54742 Cross Country Tire & Spring Set (GF-01)
54746 TA07 Carbon Damper Stay Set
54748 4WD Buggy Front Dish Wheels (Yellow) (Hex Hub)
54749 Buggy Rear Dish Wheels (Yellow) (Hex Hub)
54750 Hi-Lift Matt Plated A-Parts (Gearbox)
54751 TA07 Center Shaft Bridge
54752 TT-02 Steering Upgrade Parts Set
54753 TT-02 CVA Super Mini Shock Set

Tamiya February 2017 RC Releases

With the Nürnberg Toyfair in a couple of weeks, a few more releases than has been the norm recently.

Some of these I have already posted about earlier.

84432  1/10 R/C TRF102 Chassis Kit Black Edition
58641  1/10 R/C Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X (TT-02D) Drift Spec
42307  TRF419X Upper Arm Spacers (0.5, 0.8mm)
42308  Silicone Oil Bottle Bag
54730  TRF Damper Rod Guide (Hard, 4pcs.)
54735  Mud Block Tires (CC-01) (2pcs.)
54736  Plated Medium-Narrow Mesh Wheels 4pcs. (Gold, Offset +2)
54743  TA07 Carbon Reinforced A Parts (Bulkheads)
54744  TA07 Carbon Reinforced K Parts (Stiffeners)
54745  TA07 Carbon Reinforced Lower Deck
51590  1/10 Scale R/C Mercedes-AMG GT3 Body Parts Set
47324  1/10 Scale R/C Raikiri GT Lightweight Body Parts Set
47333  TT-02 A Parts (Upright) (Blue)
47334  TT-02 A Parts (Upright) (White)
47335  TT-02 D Parts (Motor Mount) (Blue)
47336  TT-02 D Parts (Motor Mount) (White)
47337  TT-02B B Parts (Upright) (Blue)
47338  TT-02B B Parts (Upright) (White)
47339  TT-02 Lower Deck (Hard/Blue)
47340  TT-02 Lower Deck (Hard/White)
47342  TRF Special Damper Black (Hard Black Coating) 4pcs.

Also, as you might have noted (noticed it yesterday), the “message from TRF” which has been so widely criticised, is now gone from the Tamiya Inc English site….

More details on some of the February releases:

47342 TRF Special Damper Black (Hard Black Coating) 4pcs. 
February 22 release

– The classic damper set “42102 TRF damper (hard black coat)” alumite color changed from blue to black. You can enjoy tight color coordinates.
– Spring is a standard set of “familiar” Gold Spring (※ 19805676 customer-only) “to race users
– It is in the same box package as 42102.
Applicable products: General purpose goods

42307 TRF419X Upper Arm Spacers (0.5, 0.8mm)
February 8 release

– It is used for width adjustment of upper arm mount of TRF 419X (Standard BA23 part).
– Since the mounting part is firmly hit with a special shape, it is difficult to shift and it is possible to assemble right and left tightly.
– If you want to shorten the upper arm and increase the trackability of the suspension, attach a spacer. Use 0.5 mm → 0.8 mm or 0.5 mm × 2 sheets (1 mm).
– 0.5 mm × 2, 0.8 mm × 2 included

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42308 Silicone Oil Bottle Bag
February 15 release

– It is a storage bag which can store silicon oil collectively.
– In case of 40 cc silicone oil 14 to 15 can be stored. Besides oil, a detailed parts batting
can also be used.
– The color is black. The TRF logo and Tamiya logo enter the side.

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54730 TRF Damper Rod Guide (Hard, 4pcs.)
February 8 release

– TRF Hard specification of the rod guide used for damper in general.
– Change from conventional fluororesin to polyacetal with strength. Smooth the sliding part while securing it, it suppresses deformation at sudden shock. The color is black.
– Because there are few deformations, it is effective for suppressing oil leakage even when deforming on a sudden input.
Applicable products: TRF damper various

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84432 TRF102 Chassis Kit Black Edition
February 11 release

★ 2WD formula chassis for fighting the high-end race, the performance of TRF 102 was kept intact, and the aluminum parts were finished with black alumite to produce even more fearlessness.
★ Adopted T-bar type rear suspension that realized completely independent control of pitch & roll.
★ Battery for running is floating mount on upper deck.

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VBC Racing FF17

Great to see a new FF release! Hope we will see more of them.

Slightly disappointed with the VBC FF17 though as it’s still very much based on the HUGE FF11 from some 5-6 years ago. I had hoped they would have made further changes and improvements, but as I already wrote the main thing is that it’s great to see a new FF chassis released.

The price of the kit is pretty good!

FF17 1:10 Front Wheel Drive Touring Car Kit D-05-VBC-CK26

$269.00 USD
PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE NOW and EXPECT TO SHIP BY 15-20 JAN 2017!

Our new Front Wheel Drive touring car FF17. The FF17 has a lot of updates from our last version 3 years ago. It features: –

– Full aluminium gears driver train with aluminium housing gear diff
– All new steering system with new steering geometry
– All new shocks for exceptionally smooth operations
– Designed for transverse or standard battery layout. Suitable for standard or shorty packs. – Revolutionary 5mm vertical full carbon upper deck for exceptional car handling
– Full Composite X Silver steering knuckles, c-hubs, front/rear A-arms, rear hubs
– New chassis design for the vertical upper deck and rear chassis cut out for optional LCG brass weight
– 100% Carbon fiber chassis, upper deck, front/rear shock towers and floating servo mount
– All 7075 Aircraft grade aluminium parts
– Front and rear sway bars included

* Wheels and tires are not included

ESC/Motor bundle version also

FF17 1:10 Front Wheel Drive Touring Car Kit D-05-VBC-CK26

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Another TRF Message (Tamiya USA)

Tamiya America press release:

The future of the TRF (Tamiya Racing Factory) brand.

 
In recent weeks, there has been much speculation regarding the well-established Tamiya “TRF” brand. 

In 2017 the future of TRF is going in an entirely new direction. Up until now, Tamiya used TRF to promote its high-end race machines. Select top drivers from around the world were put under contract to attend major R/C races across the globe. The purpose of this strategy was to simply win major races in the open classes, such as ETS, The Reedy Race of Champions, the IFMAR World Championships, and countless other prestigious events to establish a premium brand image for TRF. This direction has been in effect as far back as 1999 with select drivers from the USA and later with drivers from European countries. 
 
After winning many World Titles and various prestigious events across the globe, the initial goal has been achieved and a new direction is needed to put the TRF brand to better use. Namely, the TRF brand will help Tamiya expand its main business moving forward, which is the beginner and the middle level hobbyist. Without question, TRF products help Tamiya develop amazing machines. The design and function of those products trickle-down to many of its entry level and mid-level products. This is why the TRF brand is important to Tamiya and will continue to be important as we move into a new direction in promoting the brand. 
 
By the end of 2016, all contracts with top drivers will expire. For the above reasons, Tamiya has decided not to renew or make any new contracts in the way they have been doing so in the past. In lieu of what has been done, new TRF activities will begin to take shape beginning in 2017, including what we do in the USA. Exact details on how TRF will exist globally and what those activities will be are still being planned and formulated. 
 
Lastly, rumors about Tamiya stopping its TRF brand and activities have been circulating within the hobby racing community. However, our most devoted fans must rest assured that Tamiya will continue the development of its TRF products and its activities, albeit in a different way. Details on the exact execution will be made known in the coming months. Until then, we look forward to this new direction and how it will better correlate with our main business in the USA.
 
Fred Medel
Tamiya America, Inc.
Marketing Manager

http://www.liverc.com/news/announcements/13659-Clarification_from_Tamiya_America_on_future_of_TRF_brand/

Again a statement that, even though it is much better formulated then the message from Tamiya Inc. (Japan), offers little in the way of the answers us TRF enthusiasts need and want. Nothing concrete on what the future will actually have in store, just information that “details on how TRF will exist globally and what those activities will be are still being planned and formulated” and ” will be made known in the coming months”.

To me it is seems  that there is yet to be any real direction or idea what to do from Tamiya Inc. (Japan), and just as customers and long-time enthusiasts are growing ever more frustrated with their handling of the situation, Tamiya USA are doing their best to save the situation, while they are as well growing more and more frustrated with Tamiya Inc.’s handling of it all…

As a final personal note to this post, I will say that I’m now really disappointed (if not super-surprised) and I can now see that my patience might actually run out if things don’t change. I’m of the opinion that we (the TRF enthusiasts) have been super patient and forgiving in many instances during the last few years (because we love the brand). Having been a big fan since the beginning in the 90’s (TRF211X/TRF411X), and running TRF and Tamiya cars exclusively since 2004, I hope there’s no need to question the loyalty, dedication and patience. But in this case, being a paying customer, there is also a limit to  that loyalty, dedication and patience. Tamiya (talking Tamiya Japan here) need to get a grip, realise that it’s now 2017, it’s an international market, and start making the required changes to tackle today’s world.

Rant over.

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