Tamiya entered into the modeling business in 1948, with a scale wooden ship model kit. Since then, Tamiya has been working to offer merchandise that can be called "First in Quality Around the World." Created to offer premium quality hobby products to the U.S. market, Tamiya America, Inc. was established in 1989 in Los Angeles, California and in 1992 it relocated to Aliso Viejo, California. In 2007 it relocated again to Irvine, California.
Today, Tamiya is offering more than 3000 different products, both in the fields of precision static models and high performance remote control vehicles. These quality products are sold in many areas around the world. The standard of excellence achieved by Tamiya is regarded as among the very best in the world of model hobbies.