Review : Oversteer 1/64 Mazda Roadster 2013 (MX-5)

In 2013 Interallied (distributor of the high-grade 1/43 lines Hi-Story and Modeller’s in Japan) launched a new 1/64 scale line that aimed to compete with the top brands Tomytec and Kyosho : Oversteer. Their first release was a highly detailed Toyota 86GT, slightly better than the Kyosho version. Six months later Oversteer released a stunning Mazda CX-5 that proved they had the potential of becoming a major player in the ultra-detailled 1/64 scale field. More than one year passed without any new product, but finally their anticipated third model is here : the Mazda Roadster, or MX-5 outside Japan.

Oversteer not only outdid themselves with this MX-5, they are just blowing the competition away with what is probably the most detailed 1/64 car ever made.

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Close-up:

As you probably know, taking pictures of such tiny cars in macro mode often shows flaws barely visible to the naked eye. But even so, this MX-5 is always looking good.

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The logos are not simple tampos or decals, they are ridiculously small photo-etched parts ! To our knowledge this is the first time this technique is applied to a 1/64 scale car. This looks far better than any tampo or decal, no matter how good they are.

The antenna is a detail missing so often at this scale that we learned to forget about it. Oversteer decided it was important and did a very good job with this tiny (and apparently fragile) antenna.

The interior shows how much Oversteer cares about the micro-details. Again, this is the first time we see this kind of work on a 1/64 scale car ! And it looks even better with the naked eye, especially the aluminium effect on the dashboard.

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The mirrors are all functional thanks to chrome stickers. Kyosho used to do that with the late Beads models, but not anymore (or on special editions only) and Tomytec never even tried. You can take a very close look at the steering wheels and see the rivets !

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Packaging :

The box is similar to the Kyosho Beads/Original with a plastic base and acrylic cover. The lime/turquoise color scheme is fresh and soft.

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Colors :

Ovesteer pushes the accuracy down to the colors : the six colors available are the exact six standard colors from Mazda.

Meteor Gray Mica :

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Aluminium Metallic :

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Deep Crystal Blue Mica :

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Zeal Red Mica :

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Jet Black Mica :

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Crystal White Pearl Mica :

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Verdict :

With this amazing Mazda MX-5, Oversteer shows to the world what it is possible to achieve at 1/64. The overall quality is on par with Tomytec, but the attention to micro-details is unrivaled. Oversteer does everything much, much better than the current Kyosho Originals, even the price : Oversteer models are slightly cheaper than Tomytec regular releases, and much cheaper than the overpriced Kyosho Originals.

The only issue we can find with Oversteer is their very slow rythm. We waited one year for this third release, and now we want more ! Thanksfully the next one, the Nissan GT-R Nismo, should show up in January just before the Tomytec’s version. Be ready for the Clash of the Titans !

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Each color of the MX-5 are available now in the 829 Japan store !