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Tamiya is mostly known for their plastic model kits and slot car kits, but did make some diecast offerings - mostly race cars. A diecast aircraft line was also available. The Chara Tomica series is (14) castings made by Tomica. These were based on Tamiya's 4WD RC models, which are in turn based on the 1990s Manga / Anime series Bakusō Kyōdai Let's & Go!!

In 1946, Mr. Yoshio Tamiya founded a saw mill/lumber factory in Shizuoka-City.

In 1947, a wooden model department was organized within the lumber company. Their first venture into the model kit world was in 1948, with a wooden ship kit. Since then, Tamiya has strived to offer model kits that can be accurately called "First in Quality Around the World."

In 1989, Tamiya America Inc was established in Los Angeles, California. In 1992, it relocated to a 14-acre site in Aliso Viejo, California and in 2007 relocated once more to Irvine, California. From here all American administrative functions are coordinated; this includes general administration, sales, marketing and customer service. In addition to technical support for all Tamiya products, Tamiya America offers a variety of customer and dealer support programs including trade shows, public events, R/C car racing activities, and Tamiya Mini 4WD Challenge races.

In 1989, Tamiya Europe was also established in Germany.

In 1995, Tamiya Philippines, Inc. was established.

Today Tamiya offers more than 3000 different products, both finished precision static models of cars, race cars, motorcycles, military vehicles and airplanes, and high performance RC vehicles. They are sold in Japan of course, but also exported to the United States, Europe, South East Asia, and many other parts of the World. Their standard of excellence is regarded as among the very finest in the world of model hobbies.


Known Diecast Series

1:12 Scale Racing Car Series
1:32 Aircraft Series Series
1:64 Scale Collector's Club Series
Chara Tomica Series -



Sourced references -

HobbyTalk members - @Dennis Wouters
https://www.tamiyausa.com/
Encyclopedia of Small-Scale Diecast Motor Vehicle Manufacturers - Sahakangas, Foster & Weber (2006)
https://www.hobbydb.com/marketplaces/hobbydb/subjects/tamiya-brand
https://www.hobbydb.com/marketplaces/hobbydb/subjects/tomy-brand
https://www.hobbydb.com/marketplaces/hobbydb/subjects/tomica-brand
https://www.hobbydb.com/marketplaces/hobbydb/subjects/chara-tomica-series
https://www.hobbydb.com/marketplaces/hobbydb/subjects/bakusou-kyoudai-let-s-go-tv-show
 

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I update this history with more current information based on new member @Dennis Wouters motorcycle interests. :cheers2:
 
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