Tamiya/Con 2005 Report

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Tamiya/Con 05 was held on Apr 16-17, 2005 at Tamiya America headquarter at Aliso Viejo, CA. It is 10th annual event (I thought it was 11th as it's started since 1995.) In any case, it is a great event... They even put a real working M1 tank on the show... This is also my 10th attendance to this show.. This year I took my 1/20 F2001B to compete in 1/20 Formula Cars Category.. The best Formula car in the show has to go to A.J. Palomina's F1-2000 and garage that he took to Tamiya/Con for exhibition. You will see more pic in this report. We drove to Southern California from San Jose, CA on Sat morning and arrived at around 2pm. We went to Long Beach for some sight-seeing.

Here is the famous Queen Mary.. It is now a hotel.

We attended on Sunday and here are the best pic I took on different categories.

Automotive (my favorite)

That's me: After registration, I setup my F2001B on the table and clean up some dust.. Fortunately, my car stayed intact after long 8 hours drive from Northern California.

Enzo: After I set up my piece, I walked around to take some nice pic on different models. This is one of my favorites. 1/24 Enzo. This one is super-detailed with SMS detail set I believe. It was jacked up with a mirror base.. It has very nice detail in and out... Paint finish is perfect, it is just like mirror. Look at the CF decal laid down so well on the rear chassis. The rear brake unit.. very nicely detailed. Details underneath the car was reflected on the mirror. Bottom panels were removed to show off the details. Look at the wiper, just like real. Interior is equally nice.. Dash is covered with CF decal. This entry won the 1/24 factory/race automotive category.


Motorcycle category

There are about 20 entries in 1/12 category.. and 4-5 in 1/6 category. My good friend, Leo, won 1/20 category with his Yamaha YZR Marlboro. Here are some highlights.


Marlboro Yamaha YZR: 1/12 category winner.. Done by my good friend, Leo.

1/6 Harley Fat Boy: this one won Master Modeler award... the picture does not show the justice... all lights on this bike does lite up, very cool. Announcer said Mr Tamiya likes this bike very much :) Look at the shiny chrome parts and details reflected on the mirror base.

Formula category

There are only 5 entries there.. I hope interest in F1 modeling will not die away.


Ferrari F2001B: my work. Lucky to place with 1st

Williams FW24: Nicely detailed. 2nd place winner

Lotus 98T: 99T conversion. 3rd place winner

Ferrari F1-2000: Best 1/20 Formula 1 car has to go to A.J. Palomina's F1-2000. Car is super detailed and unique presented with custom scratch built garage. This entry is exhibited at Tamiya show room. I would think this one can take A.J. to Japan if it is entered for competition. Excellent and Inspiring work, A.J... !. Look at the brake details, it is just superb. Fuel caps are opened up on both side.Very nicely detail on engine intake. Very nice detail on front brake electronics and bulk head electronics.

Military and Diorama category

As usual, these categories are the most competitive and spectacular categories, I spent a lot more time in this room too


Other fun activities

The author holding the M1 barrel

Humvee with Tow Missiles: A service man told us that this TOW has heat sensor. It can detect human body standing close to the wall. He said US Army used this system to kill Saddem's son. Another type of TOW has metal detector. It can trace and follow heavy mass of metal (such as aircraft or tank) and fire on them... amazing..

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