Relatively newcomer in the model car world, Tarmac Works is actually manned by people with years of experience, knowledge and connections. What started as a passion project by a professional pilot, an automotive insider and an avid minicar collector is blossoming into a force to be reckoned with.
In 2016, after a few very nice 1/18 and 1/43 scale models, the young company decided to test out the 1/64 market with two unique cars : the Audi R8 LMS and the Honda Civic EG6 Group A. The success was immediate and Felix Kwong, Managing Director at Tarmac Works, knew he was onto something. “The response was simply overwhelming and we got tons of requests on which models we should produce. Our team went to the drawing boards and there were just so many models we wanted to produce in a variety of categories such as JDMs, modern and classic racing cars in different classes, European models, etc. So we decided to go big and aim for 15 [new cars in 2017].”
The first batch of these brand new toolings for 2017 in the Hobby64 line are coming very soon. We will be thoroughly reviewing the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X but in the meantime we’ll take a look at the Final Concept version released at the last HK Toy Fair.
We’ve been waiting for a 1/64 Evo X for what seemed to be an eternity. Not a single 1/64 scale manufacturer – not even Kyosho, the specialist of modern Japanese sports cars – tried to make a proper 1/64 replica. To be honest, even an okay model would have made us happy but clearly Tarmac Works is not the kind to be satisfied with “okay” stuff. They pushed this Evo X tooling to the limits.
The level of detail featured on this tiny model is astounding. The last time our jaw dropped like this was when looking at an Oversteer car for the first time.
From the headlights to the exhausts; from the brake callipers to the micro-decals; everything is achieved with quasi perfection. Macro pictures may reveal a decal crooked by half a degree, but to the naked eye this Evo X model is very impressive.
Two more versions of the Evo X (the octane blue color and the Advan rally inspired livery) are about to be released. If you are thinking about getting one make sure to act fast ! The Tarmac models are limited and there will be no re-run for a long, long time. At least 5 to 8 years according to Felix. “We understand it often ruins the collectible value of the first run if a second run is done.” A second batch will be considered only under special circumstances many years after the first run.
But Tarmac Works is more than pretty cars in a display cabinet, it is a new take on the model car collecting hobby, allowing the collectors to be involved in the development. Tarmac is welcoming people’s suggestions and go through them regularly. “This is how we have decided to make a number of our future models. For us this is a very important aspect of our development as we need to make cars for collectors and not for any other reason.”
Communication and social interactions are also a big part of Tarmac Works’ ‘revolution’. Felix and his team share a lot of work in progress pictures and even do live chats with the community over Facebook.
WIP pictures shared by Tarmac Works on their Facebook page.
Pushing this concept further, Tarmac Works is getting ready to host their own model car events through 2017, starting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on August 5th. The Minicar Festival will be open to all brands, scales and collectors to celebrate the model car culture. Tarmac will have the JUN Evo X for sale at their booth (and also via their website) and will organize a charity auction where die-hard fans will have a chance to score pre-production samples and other not for sale items. All proceeds will go to a local charity helping children. The Minicar Festival plans to visit a different city once every quarter in the future.
Speaking of the future, many cars are coming in the Hobby64 line and we will even see a new 1/64 line called Global64. The Global64 cars will be less detailed than the Hobby64 cars, but will have many variations and the lowest possible price tag at US$8.90. The first Global64 car will be the Audi R8 V10 Plus, followed later by the Lamborghini Aventador SV.
In the Hobby64 line the schedule is overwhelming : not only will there be more versions of the Evo X, Civic FK2 and R8 LMS, but also the Mercedes-AMG GT-R (and it’s GT3 version), the BMW M3E30 Racing, the Civic Type R FD2, the Lancer Evo V, the Nissan GT-R GT3 as well as the completely unforeseen Pandem GT-R and RWB 930 !
You must have noticed by now that we are totally impressed by Tarmac Works’ 1/64 cars and looking forward their next releases ! The passion and hard work they put in their products is clearly visible.
Many thanks to Felix for his kindness and assistance and big ‘Thank you!’ to everyone at Tarmac for making such beautiful models. Keep up the good work !
Lastly, we would like to share an important message from Felix to the community:
I’d really like to thank all the collectors that have been supporting us as it is always challenging to accept a new brand to the market. And I really am thankful to have a great team working in the Tarmac team as they all love model cars and have put in so much effort and heart into each of our cars.