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Toyota Tamiya Hilux Big Bruiser 1:1 scale 4X4 Pick up Truck

Big Bruiser, Toyota pays tribute to Tamiya by producing a full size Bruiser Following on from the Little and Large videos that we he...


Big Bruiser, Toyota pays tribute to Tamiya by producing a full size Bruiser

Following on from the Little and Large videos that we helped with  earlier this year in conjunction with Toyota and The Hobby Company. Toyota has now gone one further by producing a full size Tribute to the Tamiya Bruiser.



The Hilux Bruiser – strictly a one-off – is based on the new Hilux Extra Cab model. To scale-up the original model’s big-wheeled look, Arctic Trucks installed its AT35 conversion, fitting wheels with massive 35-inch tyres. This called for engineering changes, too, with modified, up-rated suspension, new gear ratios in the differential and flared wheel arches.

The wheels themselves have been given a chromed finish to match the Tamiya model, and the bodywork has been wrapped in a high-metallic Diamond Blue vinyl by the skilled team at Funkee Fish.

The Tamiya Bruiser’s famous “Hog Heaven” livery and all its other decals have been digitally reproduced by hand, along with a faithful reproduction of distinctive tri-colour stripes that run the length of the body and frame the bonnet, complete with a Tamiya logo on the rear quarter.

On the tailgate, the TOYOTA name looks as though it has been stamped into the metal, an effect achieved using a special dome gel. The same material was used to simulate the raised black window surrounds on the rear section of the cab.


Just like the Tamiya icon, the Hilux Bruiser has a louvred rear window. In fact, it was impossible to install the actual glass, so a two-dimensional print has been used that looks just like the real thing, even at close quarters.

Expert model-maker and fabricator Robert Selway was responsible for recreating some of the details in 1:1 scale, including a (replica) on/off switch in the load bed, R-shape body clips and tubular bumpers and rock sliders. The bonnet clips are magnetic and for show only, while the bumpers and rock sliders have been fabricated from stainless steel exhaust tubing and wrapped in white vinyl to make them look like the model’s plastic parts.

In a move away from the Tamiya original, Toyota’s Hilux Bruiser has a large antenna behind the cab, to reinforce the impression of it being a radio-controlled model.

James Clark, Toyota GB Press Relations Manager, said: “While Hilux is all about capability, owners and all fans of pick-ups and big trucks know a big part of the experience is also about having fun. In that spirit, we wanted to do something truly original to celebrate the latest Hilux and carry forward the great relationship we have with Tamiya.

“The Hilux Bruiser combines all the colour and character of the wonderful Tamiya model while also being a seriously engineered machine that can cut it in the roughest conditions.”

The Hilux Bruiser is powered by a standard 148bhp four-cylinder turbodiesel engine, with all-wheel drive through a six-speed manual transmission. It is street legal and will be joining Toyota’s fleet for use by media and appearances at events around the country.

The Hilux Bruiser’s development is another take on the Little and Large theme that Toyota explored in its earlier films showing how the Tamiya models can deal with tough driving conditions, just like their big brother.

To watch to Hilux Bruiser go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpRX5dFVcS4

For further information on the latest Tamiya releases including RC classics such as the Bruiser : www.hobbyco.net

Us well we are going to wait for the new kit ;)

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