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1:24 Toyota Corolla WRC

SKU: 300024209

1:24 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo.V WRC

SKU: 300024203

1:24 Nissan R390 GT1

SKU: 300024192

Article number: 300024192 Product: 1/24 Nissan R390 GT1

About the Nissan R390 GT1

One of the most prestigious and grueling racing events held in the world is the "Le Mans 24 Hour Endurance Race". It has brought excitement and pleasure to motorsports enthusiasts worldwide, ever since it was first held in 1923. In 1997 Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Entered their latest Nissan R390 GT1 which was developed to vie for this renowned racing event.

The R390 GT1 took its name from a car, R380, that excited Japanese motor sports enthusiasts over thirty years ago. Jointly developed by Nissan and TWR (Tom Walkinshaw Racing), the R390 GT1 is the state of the art racing expertise of them. Aerodynamically refined low and sleek body styling is suggestive of Nissan's highly competitive Gr. C machines raced during the 1980's. The 3.5 liter V8 engine, producing an awesome 600 horsepower output, is bolted directly to the carbon composite monocoque and works as a load-carrying element. The tremendous power is delivered to the rear wheels via a transversely mounted, six speed transmission. The four wheel double wishbone suspension system is connected to the horizontally mounted shock absorbers via pushrods and bell cranks to provide optimum road handling performance.

Three R390 GT1's were entered in to the 1997 Le Mans event and, among them, the car No. 21 achieved a pole position in the pre-qualifying race. Although the overall result was rather discouraging, the R390's outstanding performance, displayed during the early stage of the race, was something to behold and promising for the year to come.

1:24 Porsche 911 GT1 LeMans `96 Factory

SKU: 300024186

1:24 Taisan Starcard Porsche 911GT2 `95

SKU: 300024175

Article number: 300024175 Product: 1/24 Taisan Starcard Porsche 911GT2 `95

About the Taisan Starcard Porsche 911 GT

Since its debut back in 1964, the Porsche 911 stable has established an unparalleled esteem, both on streets and in competitions. The "GT2" is a race ready version developed for the world's GT racing events.

The traditional 911 styling has been aerodynamically refined, yet retains the unmistakable identity of the series. The rear mounted engine is the hallmark of the 911 series, powered by a water cooled, horizontally opposed six-cylinder unit. This 3.6 liter powerplant is coupled with twin-turbochargers, yielding an awesome 400 plus horsepower output. The six speed gearbox efficiently transmits this abundance of power to the rear wheels. Front MacPherson strut and rear multi-link suspension system has a sophisticated geometry for the utmost control during high speed running. The large, 380mm diameter brake disks are ventilated to take the racing abuse. They are equipped with ABS (anti-lock braking system), for the positive stopping power and safety. The unique front spoiler, with its up-turned ends, is the result of thorough wind tunnel testing. A huge, two tier rear spoiler is equipped with air ducts on both sides. The riveted over fenders add to its aggressive looks.

During the 1995 Japanese GT Car Championships, Porsche entered a fleet of their GT2's, including three entries from Team Taisan. Each of Taisan's machines scored a victory during the season, bringing the coveted title to the team.

1:24 Volkswagen Beetle 1300 1966

SKU: 300024136

Article number: 300024136 Product: 1:24 Volkswagen Beetle 1300 1966

Even in this age of sophistication, the popularity of the Volkswagen "Beetle" has not diminished. The original design dates back to the 1930"s when Dr. Ferdinand Porsche provided the design framework for the "People"s Car."

Today, with more than 20 million units produced, the Volkswagen Beetle has become a symbol of mass-produced motorization, with no other vehicle exceeding this figure. Built upon the sturdy platform chassis is the amazingly reliable air cooled, flat-four cylinder engine. Suspension is four wheel independent for crisp handling and driving comfort. Although the onset of the Second World War greatly hindered Volkswagen"s marketing opportunities, it made a superb comeback shortly following the conflict, under the skillful guidance of Heinrich Nordhoff. Throughout its production life, the Volkswagen was continuously improved to meet modern automobile standards. An enlarged powerplant displacement and better visibility are two of the notable changes that enabled the Beetle to set standards for the compact car market, decade after decade.

The 1966 Volkswagen model is regarded as the classic Beetle, one that retains the most of the original design traits, and it has become a collector"s item. Even today, more than half a century later, watching a nimble street bug is still a pleasant sight to behold, and its unmistakable shape will likely delight generations to come.

Volkswagen 1300 Beetle

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

1:24 Toyota Supra

SKU: 300024123

Article number: 300024123 Product: 1/24 Toyota Supra

During the early 1970's, the Toyota Motor Company of Japan ventured into the specialty car field, and soon established a reputation for producing cars with both quality and performance. Their "Supra" series is often described as a re-creation of Toyota's legendary 2000GT sports car, which was an excellent combination of high performance and elegance.

Using their latest racing automotive technology, plus their uncanny design genius, the newly designed Supra made its sensational debut during February 1993. Massive and powerful are the words that can best describe this awesome specialty sports car. The top of the line Supra uses a 3-Liter, DOHC 24 valve, straight six cylinder, twin-turbocharged engine, capable of 320 horsepower and 43.6kg/m of torque. In contrast with the company's previous Supra model, which had a very fluid styling composed of gentle curves, the new Supra has a bold dramatic appearance due to its wider body and larger 17-inch wheels. An oversized rear wing has been installed to improve downforce performance during high-speed cruising. This Supra's newly refined suspension has one of the best road holding systems offered by any mass produced sports car, and with its ventilated disk brakes fitted at all corners, and the front end utilizing four piston calipers, it has unmatched stopping power.

Toyota's Supra is this company's attempt to furnish a car that has uncompromised drivability, safety, high performance and relaxing comfort.

1:24 Porsche 959

SKU: 300024065

Article number: 300024065 Product: 1/24 Porsche 959

The Porsche 959 was first unveiled at the 1983 Frankfurt auto show as a study for a full time 4 wheel drive Group B super sports car. Back then, the automobile was still far from being completed and its potential a mystery. The 959's awesome capabilities matured through thorough research and competition experience with the automobile. It demonstrated its outstanding abilities during the grueling Paris-Dakar Rally, and the Le Mans 24 hour endurance race.

Porsche has taken their race car technology and put it into the 959, to produce a car that provides every comfort, with smooth running and the low interior noise expected of a road car, while offering high safety reserves. Thus the 959, despite its massive 450hp engine power, can be drive easily at its lower RPM ranges. The 2848cc engine is a descendent of the famous 956 and 962 Porsche Group C racer. It is an air/liquid cooled, flat 6 cylinder, DOHC equipped with two turbochargers, providing a top speed of more than 300km/h. The 959 maintains superb acceleration under all driving conditions, yet it also achieves short braking distances that prove to be a reassuring factor for all classes of drivers. The hollow wheel spokes increase air volume to the brakes and accommodate the fat, low profile Dunlop Denloc tires, and is equipped with a pressure sensor to detect punctures.

The Porsche 959 is the car that raised the standard of sports car thinking to a new plateau, by exceeding every known yardstick of handling and performance.

1:6 Honda Gorilla Spring Collection

SKU: 300016031

Article number: 300016031 Product: 1/6 Honda Gorilla Spring Collection

About the Honda Gorilla Spring Collection

In 1967, Honda pioneered the field of "leisure motorcycles" with the release of the Monkey. That charming machine was equipped with tiny five-inch tires, a rigid suspension, and unique folding handlebars, which enabled its loading into a passenger car. The uniqueness of the Monkey made it an instant hit among the young and young at heart. Over the years, the little Monkey continued to mature, undergoing several modifications including the incorporation of eight inch tires and an improved suspension system. In August 1978, Honda released the big brother of the Monkey, and appropriately named it "Gorilla".

Save the gas tank and seat, the Gorilla adopted fundamentally the same parts as the Monkey. The most defining aspect of the Gorilla is its swelled chest, an oversized gas tank, which boasts a capacity of 9 liters. And while the Monkey was equipped with folding handlebars, the Gorilla got fixed ones. The main reason was that while the Monkey was designed to be loaded into a car and transported to the riding area, the Gorilla was made to get there on its own power. And as the Monkey was to be loaded, the Gorilla was designed to load, equipped with two large baggage carriers, one on the front and one on the rear. The 9 liter gas tank and superb 70km per liter mileage provided a maximum continuous running distance of 630km, on par with most passenger cars of the same era. Its powerplant was the same as the monkey, a 49cc aircooled single cylinder SOHC engine, which was also used on Honda's best selling Super Cub. The Gorilla was also equipped with a manuel 4-speed transmission, opposed to the automatic 3-speed system of the Monkey.

Like its little brother, the Gorilla underwent various improvements until 1992, when production was ceased. The popularity of the machine, however, did not dwindle, with the few remaining used Gorillas fetching premium prices. It was February 1998 when Ho
 

1:6 Suzuki GSX1100S Katana 1980

SKU: 300016025

Article number: 300016025 Product: 1:6 Suzuki GSX1100S Katana 1980

One of the most famous motorcycle shows in the world, is held every two years in Cologne West Germany, and the 1980 show is sure to stand out as one of the most unforgettable. One reason was that Honda released their CX500 turbo for the first time, and the second is that Suzuki"s GSX1100S "Katana" (Japanese for sword) was unveiled. The Honda CX500 attracted attention for its advanced engine techniques and the Katana for its advanced and aggressive body styling, which broke from common traditional motorcycle styling. Although the Katana GSX1100S styling impressed the many thousands of viewers, almost everybody thought that it was just for show and the production model would be quite different. During the summer of 1981, Suzuki released the production Katana with almost exactly the same body styling seen at the Cologne show, with subtle improvements in the engine and running gear. The body styling is from the genius of Mr. Hans A. Muth of West Germany, who spent much time ensuring driver comfort in his design, and which proved out in many wind tunnel tests. The entire styling was derived from research on the best drivers position, and the rearward placed backsteps and unique tank styling were not done just for the pleasing jet age appearance. Large capacity fuel tank and small fairing were blended together for the best airflow around the rider and the bike. Although the bike is most noticable for its styling, every part in it is quality. Engine is an air-cooled, parallel 4 of 1075cc, using 16 valves. With the unique Suzuki TSCC (Twin Swirl Combustion Chamber) in the engine, it puts out 111 hp. This tremendous power transmits into a road speed of 230 k/h and its unique body styling deeps it stable even at these high speeds. Suzuki is shipping a 1000cc Katana GSX1000S tot he American market, and also a 750cc version to the European market as well. Requests from Japanese enthusiasts prompted Suzuki to also market a 750cc Katana GSX750S to their market
 

1:6 Honda CB750F 1979

SKU: 300016020

Article number: 300016020 Product: 1/6 Honda CB750F 1979

About the Honda CB750F

The Honda CB750F Motorcycle first appeared on the Japanese market in June 1979 and was shortly the best seller in the 750 motorcycle class. Just ten years prior to their CB750F, Honda opened the field of multi-cylinder, large-bore bikes with the now famous four cylinder CB750. Honda had extensively tested the multi-cylinder concept and won several Grand Prix motorcycle races, and the CB750 was based upon these experiences. The engines worked flawlessly and provided very smooth power with almost no vibration, and so shocked the industry, that soon many of the famous makers also produced four cylinder large cubic motorcycles. Honda, of course, held the number one position in sales for many years, but then Kawasaki released their "Z" series DOHC 750 bikes, and took over the number one position, relegating Honda to 2nd place. Honda, however, did not take this set back for long, and continued to improve their engines, and in 1979 released a CB 750K DOHC with four valves per cylinder, a powerful 68hp, and completely new body styling. It was not long before Honda was again number one! The CB750F, released in June 1979 was styled after the very popular European Honda CB900F, which had been copied from their racing RCB bike. This styling was new to stock motorcycles of the world. The low positioned handle bars and rear positioned foot rests, allow a "slouched" riding position and this style is what set the standard for the eighties.

The CB750F is powered by a 4 cylinder DOHC 748cc engine with 4 valves per cylinder, and the 1981 version produces 70 brake horsepower. The bike has a double cradle frame of welded steel tubing, 37mm air front forks with equalizer and 30 way adjustable rear shocks with variable hydraulic dampening. It is equipped with a maintenance-free transistorized pointless inductive ignition system and braking is accomplished with a dual caliper double disc front brake and a large single disc at the rear. A newly

1:6 Motorcycle Honda DAX Kit

SKU: 300016002

Article number: 300016002 Product: 1:6 Motorcycle Honda DAX Kit

Tamiya is pleased to announce the re-issue of this classic model from our big-scale 1/6 motorcycle series. It depicts the Dax Honda Export 70 (also known as the Trail 70), the bike with a unique dachshund-esque tubular section in its T-bone main frame. Small-diameter wheels kept the center of gravity low for great maneuverability and stability. Its 4-stroke OHC engine was based upon that of the legendary Super Cub series, and was paired with a centrifugal clutch and 3-speed transmission.

About the Model

• This is a 1/6 scale plastic model assembly kit. Length: 250mm.
• The T-bone frame is depicted with accuracy, complete with internal gas tank and battery case.
• Features sprung folding main stand and brake pedal.
• Semi-pneumatic tires are given a realistic tread pattern, and have Bridgestone lettering.
• Features a removable front fork section and folding handlebars, just like those on the real bike.
• Rear seat is opened via a lever on the model.
• OHC engine is recreated in great detail, including depictions of cooling fins.
• With authentic metal plated matte wheels, and gloss components for muffler, handlebars, fenders and more.
• Rubber tubing is included to recreate the various pipes and lines on the bike.
• Comes with high quality Cartograf decals.
• Includes an updated version of the original Japanese/English assembly instruction manual.

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

1:12 Yamaha YZF-R1 1000ccm 1997 Street

SKU: 300014073

1:12 Ducati 916 Desmo. 1993

SKU: 300014068

Article number: 300014068 Product: 1:12 Ducati 916 Desmo. 1993

About the Ducati 916

Ducati, the renowned Italian motorcycle manufacturer, is highly regarded by motorcycle enthusiasts the world over. Their current top-of-the-line "916" bike was unveiled to the public during the 1993 Milan Motor Show. In recent years, Ducati has been a dominant force at the World Superbike Championships. Their 916 was developed using the latest racing technology and expertise, and became a very effective base machine fore these Championships. Its 114 horsepower, 916cc, liquid cooled L-twin cylinder engine uses a computer controlled fuel injection system and Ducat's traditional Desmodromic valve operation system. This valve system uses cam mechanics for both opening and closing the valves, while a conventional system closes the valves with springs only. This powerful engine is mounted in a light weight and extremely rigid, chrome molybdenum steel tubular frame. The rear swing arm suspension uses a mono-arm for quick tire changing during competition. Showa's shock absorbers and Brembo brake calipers are used at both ends. The 916 has a 2-stage adjustable caster offset system. Its aerodynamic cowl design is very distinctive, differing from other racer-replica bikes. The front cowl has engine air intake openings and mounts the dual headlamps. The fuel tank is ergonomically sculptured to fit the rider's varying posture during hard riding. The 916 is a true street legal racing machine on the leading edge of performance and styling.
 

1:12 Ducati 888 Superbike ´93

SKU: 300014063

Article number: 300014063 Product: 1:12 Ducati 888 Superbike ´93

About the Ducati 888 Superbike Racer

On the 26th of September 1993, a young and inspiring motorcycle racer named Tetsuya Harada was adding the final touches to his machine at the Jarama racing circuit, just prior tot he last round of the season. This would make him the first Japanese World Champion since 1977. His closest rival, Loris Capirossi, was ahead in point standings going into this last race, but bad luck plagued him during the dynamic battle for the 250cc GP2 title. Although this was Harada's debut season for the World Grand Prix, he had been working closely with Yamaha for the last couple of seasons, perfecting the works TZM bike, which allowed him to win the 1992 All Japan Championship title. The 1993 Yamaha TZ250M used a 249cc liquid cooled V-twin cylinder engine capable of 94 horsepower. Its crankcase reed valve induction system was combined with an electronically controlled exhaust valve system. The highly sophisticated six-speed gear box used an electronic cut-out gear changing system that eliminated clutch operation and minimized racing stresses. This awesome powerplant was mounted on Yamaha's exceptionally rigid twin-spar box-section aluminum frame that was capable of head angle adjustments. The rear suspension was also of box-sectioned aluminum to withstand the enormous power and traction. The bike rides on Marchesini cast magnesium wheels matched to Dunlop radial tires. The superb stopping power was achieved by front Brembo and rear Nissin Brake systems.
 

1:12 Yamaha XV1000 Virago

SKU: 300014044

Article number: 300014044 Product: 1:12 Yamaha XV1000 Virago

About the Yamaha XV1000 Virago

The motorcycle, along with the automobile, has played a big role in transporting humans from place to place for many years. Man has always been able to adapt his tools for specific needs, and as the motorcycle became more and more a sport, or leisure transportation vehicle, it has been designed for more specific purposes. The off road, touring, motocross and speed bikes as well as the basic transportation motorcycle can be seen in most countries, but America seems to have a certain styling all its own. This so called "Chopper style" came about during the mid 1960's from the many modified Harley's done by members of the many motorcycle clubs around the country. There are many long straight stretches of good, high speed roadways in America, and to sit back comfortably, with feet resting on forward pedals and sitting on a very relaxing saddle, brought about these modifications. The Yamaha Company of Japan is well known for quality bikes around the world, and they have been making bikes for specific areas for years.

The Yamaha XS650 Special released in 1978 had the American look, and since then this company has marketed bikes with similar styling. The XV1000 Virago is their latest, large bore, American styled motorcycle and sure to become popular. Its front wheel caster angle of 32 degrees provides an extended wheel base of 1525mm, making its straight running ability superb. The wide, pull back type of handle bars and the forward placed foot rests, allow the rider to sit up as if he was on a horse. A separate looking, loose cushion seat is almost like sitting on a sofa, and it is positioned at a height of only 715mm. The 70hp 981cc twin cylinder is in the "V" format and transmits its power via an enclosed drive shaft for quiet, maintenance free operation. The bike comes with much chrome and lots of gold plating, but it is done in such a manner that the bike does not look gaudy. It is a luxurious and comfortable
 

1:18 McLaren M8A Can-Am 1968

SKU: 300010008

Article number: 300010008 Product: 1:18 McLaren M8A Can-Am 1968

1966 saw the inauguration of the Canadian-American Challenge Cup (CAN-AM), which raced two-seater, open-top machines with unlimited engine displacements. Although held domestically, this unique series saw many F1 drivers in attendance and quickly gained popularity due to the dynamic performances of the high-powered machines. It became one of the most exciting race categories after Formula One and the World Sports Car Championship. Founded by F1 driver Bruce McLaren in 1963, Bruce McLaren Motor Racing raced CAN-AM and F1 GP beginning in 1966. The 1966 CAN-AM season saw B. McLaren drive the McLaren M1B to the 3rd place overall ranking. The following year, he drove the M6A and won the championship, which led to the team's successful period. In 1968, the team entered the M8A which was lighter, had enhanced aerodynamics, and adapted the same monocoque structure of F1 machines of the day with an engine firmly connected to the rear bulkhead. The wedge-shaped body produced an increased down force effect and featured air intakes with NASA ducts. It was powered by a 620hp Chevrolet V8 7-liter engine with eight 40cm long air funnels. In this six race series, D. Hulme and B. McLaren drove the M8A and took 3 and 1 wins respectively to dominate the season. Not resting on their laurels, the M8A continually evolved with the M8B, M8D, and M8F respectively. Despite the tragic test drive accident that involved B. McLaren in 1970, the team swept the CAM-AM series, taking 5 consecutive championships from 1967 to 1971.

The Tamiya model of this iconic race car was originally released in 1969 as a motorized kit. The re-release is a static model only and the decals have been created by renowned decal maker Cartograf.

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