A few years before they started publishing the RC Guide Books, Tamiya was already editing yearly catalogues to present their whole range of products. At first, they only presented static models, but Tamiya entering the RC world revealed the need of a dedicated version for this new market. Whereas the catalogues were presenting both static and RC models, the RC Guide Books were exclusively dedicated to RC. I guess this means that Tamiya considered from the begining that static models fans could become RC fans, but not the opposite. Sorry for "shelf-queens" fans, but this smells like pure logic. Of course, this is no judgment in anyway for shelf-queens fans: everybody is free to live its passion the way he wants.
So here are those catalogues I could gather especially thanks to Pottok and Replay from the Vintage-RC forum for scanning the full 1973, 1976 and 1977 editions.
Update from march 2012: unlike what I thought, Tamiya kept on publishing catalogues after 2005. Only the 2008 edition was never published. A big thank goes to Sennake for contacting me about this mistake and for providing me with scans of post 2005 editions.
If you have better scans than those diplayed here, please contact me and I will add them.