16 Best Tamiya Model Kits by Category (Airplanes, Cars, Tanks, etc.)

Tamiya is the gold standard and they’ve released a number of incredible model kits over the years.

In this post, I list some of the best Tamiya model kits that I personally like, and narrow them down by category, to account for everyone’s preferences:

Contents:

  1. Best Tamiya Car Model Kits
  2. Best Tamiya Airplane Model Kits
  3. Best Tamiya Ship Model Kits
  4. Best Tamiya Tank Model Kits
  5. Best Tamiya Motorcycle Model Kits

Best Tamiya Car Model Kits


Tamiya Volkswagen 1300 Beetle 1966 Plastic Model Kit

Best Tamiya Model Car Kit - VW
  • Scale: 1/24
  • This model isn’t suitable for beginners, but it’s a solid choice for modelers who enjoy a bit of a challenge
  • Can be very nostalgic for some folks, depending on their age. The VW Beetle used to be extremely popular, especially in the 60s and 70s.


Tamiya Grand Prix Collection No.43 Honda 1965 Mexico GP Winning Car

Tamiya Grand Prix Honda Model Car Kit
  • Scale: 1/20
  • While the completed model looks incredible, it isn’t a very simple build (beginners beware)


Tamiya Laferrari Plastic Model Kit

Tamiya Laferrari Plastic Model Kit
  • Scale: 1/24 
  • High quality injection molding, good fit 
  • One major plus is that the instructions have a painting guide. But you can also choose to customize the model to your own preferences


Tamiya Mini 4WD PRO Series No.37 Festa Jaunes Model Car (MA Chassis)

Tamiya Mini 4WD Festa Jaunes Model Car Kit
  • Scale: 1/32
  • Straightforward instructions, not a difficult model to assemble 
  • Great looking car with a beautiful, yellow color design 
  • Kit comes with a motor

Best Tamiya Airplane Model Kits


Tamiya A-10 Thunderbolt II Aircraft Model Kit

Best Tamiya Model Airplane Kit
  • Scale: 1/48
  • Pilot figure and ejection seat included as part of the kit 
  • While the model has dark green molding, several customers said they’d prefer if it was gray 


Tamiya A1H Skyraider USN Scale Model

Tamiya A1H Skyraider USN Scale Model
  • Tamiya 1/48 Scale 
  • Great kit to choose if you’d like to start an Air Force model collection


Tamiya Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6 Model Aircraft

Tamiya Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6 Model Aircraft
  • Scale: 1/48
  • Typical, high quality Tamiya kit. One customer said that they really raised the bar with this specific model.

Best Tamiya Ship Model Kits


Tamiya Model Boat Destroyer USS Cushing

Tamiya Model Boat Destroyer USS Cushing
  • Scale: 1/700, waterslide decals included
  • Surprisingly, it has great detail for its size


Tamiya HMS King George V Battleship

Tamiya HMS King George V Battleship
  • Scale: 1/350
  • Commissioned during World War II 
  • Typical high quality Tamiya model, but not meant for modelers with a beginner skill level
  • Available on Amazon and eBay


Tamiya Carrier USS Enterprise CVN-65

Best Tamiya Model Ship Kit
    • Scale: 1/350, high quality decals
    • Length: 38.47 inches 
    • Very accurately detailed, challenging build
    • While it’s a pricey kit, almost every customer has had incredibly positive things to say. One of the best Tamiya model kits out there. 

Best Tamiya Tank Model Kits


Tamiya German Panzer IV Ausf.D Medium Tank

Best Tamiya Model Tank Kit
  • Scale: 1/35
  • One major plus is that the kit comes with 3 realistic looking figures 
  • Several customers said the fit was excellent 
  • Not too many parts, so the kit isn’t overly difficult to build. Solid choice for both beginner and experienced modelers


Tamiya German King Tiger Model Building Kit

Tamiya German King Tiger Model Building Kit
  • Scale: 1/35, battle tank 
  • One customer mentioned that this is their favorite WWII model tank, and they’re not alone. The King Tiger kit is a well known and popular choice among experienced modelers.


Tamiya US Tank M4A3E8 Sherman Easy Eight Korean War

Tamiya US Tank M4A3E8 Sherman Easy Eight Korean War
  • Scale: 1/35, military model kit
  • High quality kit that you can assemble without too much hassle, which is typical for Tamiya models.

Best Tamiya Motorcycle Model Kits


Tamiya Ducati 916 Desmo 1993

Best Tamiya Motorcycle Model Kit
  • Scale: 1/12
  • If you do things right, this model can be a great looking recreation of the beautiful Ducati 916.


Tamiya Yamaha Virago XV1000 Scale Model Kit

Tamiya Yamaha Virago XV1000 Scale Model Kit
  • Scale: 1/12
  • Contains many parts 
  • Challenging but fun to assemble 
  • One customer said he recommends to use metallic paints for some parts


Tamiya Honda VFR 750R Motorcycle

Tamiya Honda VFR 750R Motorcycle Model Kit
  • Scale: 1/12
  • The Honda VFR 750R is a racing motorcycle produced from 1987-1990, and it could reach a top speed of 153 mph (see more historical info)

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