My old website.

This is my old photo website site from 2005.

It has pics of the cars I collected while I was living in Osaka.

Including my Mounty.


Hornet: By Jun Watanabe

Fashion designer Jun Watanabe has designed a scheme for the Hornet.
It appears it will be on sale through ZOZOTown in Japan from March, very interesting design…

Colours are a bit too much for most I think, but a very unique Tamiya, would be good to have, just for its possible rarity.

The blurb on the Tamiya site translated into readable English be me.
★ This is a special model with purple chassis parts, white springs, pink wheel nuts and various other coloured parts as designed by Jun Watanabe.
★ body design featuring a black polka dots on white base, The polka dots are one large sticker sheet.
★ Tire & Wheel, includes standard black and white wheels for running and Pink tires with black wheels for display.
★ The new box art is completed designed by Jun Watanabe as well.

Event Announcement:
★ (Sunday) March 4 the “JUN WATANABE CUP” at Tamiya Circuit in Shizuoka! Competition classes are also scheduled to be held, including the match against a team of well-known brand members. Details will be announced again soon.

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I will build this. TAMIYA BRUISER

***********UPDATE: Japanese sale date is set now at March 17th 2012. ************

Tamiya announced today the re-release of the Toyota Bruiser.

The best decision they have made in the last 36 years.

more info at the TamiyaUSA site.

It will be expensive, but  I will get one and build it as soon as it comes out.

thank you to Tamiya for the video.


  • 1/10 scale R/C assembly kit.
  • The Bruiser body, including the sleeper cab, is made of durable injection-molded ABS plastic.
  • Metal ladder frame chassis retains the original layout and features a black-finished surface.
  • Newly-designed die-cast transmission is equipped with planetary gears.
  • Refined clutch mechanisms offer smooth gear changes and superb durability. 3-speed gears are possible (1st gear=4WD, 2nd & 3rd gears=Rear Wheel Drive).
  • Newly-designed front/rear axle housings are equipped with differential gears to offer smooth cornering performance.
  • Front and rear differentials may be locked for enhanced off-road performance.
  • Front & rear large diameter tires offer superb traction.
  • Separately available LEDs can be installed in the light cases to depict realistic head and tail lights.
  • Type 540 motor included.