One can say that Tamiya has helped form generations of car enthusiasts and diorama builders alike. Since 1946, the company has been providing joy to both children and adults with their build-your-own plastic model kits, Mini 4WDs, RCs, and other scale models such as airplanes and ships. If you're a fan of the brand, or a scale-modeller yourself, it's time to block off your calendar next weekend.

Save the date: Mr. Tamiya is coming to town

On June 3, Shunsaku Tamiya, the current president of the company, will personally come to Manila to grace the opening of the new Tamiya Center in Glorietta. The Tamiya Center will be home to a new Mini 4WD track and a place for customers to purchase various products from the company. Besides that, Tamiya will also be heading to Lil's Hobby Center, also in Glorietta, as the shop is one of the official distributors of their products in the country.

Tamiya has close ties to the Philippines as one of their key operations are established here. The four-hectare plant is located in Cebu and has been churning out Tamiya products since 1994. From RC cars to scale models, each kit coming from the Cebu plant proudly wears the mark of "Made in The Philippines" on the boxes.

Throughout their 72-year history, Tamiya has rolled out iconic, and now highly collectible, models. Some of these include the Frog, Grasshopper and Avante remote control cars, along with classic Formula 1 racers, battle ships and motorcycles for their static display series. From their humble beginnings in 1946, the modern Tamiya range consists of hundreds of products and as the company is set to enter yet another decade, you can expect Tamiya to keep rolling out new models for the next-generation hobbyists.