Review : Tarmac Works 1/64 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3

Tarmac Works take on Godzilla is blowing hot and cold. The very high quality of their previous releases makes us more exigent and the pressure is real to deliver perfect models, which this GT-R partially achieves. Various versions are already available covering different championships.

Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 – Bathurst 12H 2016 2nd Place #1A Chiyo/Kelly/Strauss (purchase on tarmacworks.com)

Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 – China GT 2017 #23 Andre Couto (purchase on tarmacworks.com)

Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 – Gainer Tanax GT-R GT300 2015 Champion Car #10 Couto/Chiyo/Tomita (purchase on tarmacworks.com)

Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 – Macau Road Sport Challenge 2010 Winner #1 Manabu Orido (purchase on tarmacworks.com)

Taking the cars off their bases was particularly difficult this time. The screws were so tight that we feared damaging the base at some point, especially on the Bathurst that had a stripped screw.

Both on the Bathurst and the China GT the rear wing is not straight, hanging a bit low. May be able to fix it with a hair dryer but concerned about damaging the decals.

The Gainer Tanax GT-R is our first model by Tarmac on which we noticed a real defect : the red lines at the front are too high, covering the lights and looking quite bad.

Finally we were disappointed with the side mirrors, simply painted grey on the GT-R instead of featuring chrome stickers like all the Hobby64 releases before.

Overall those GT-R are satisfying (except the Gainer Tanax) and very detailed, but Tarmac didn’t hit it out of the park like they did with their previous releases. Maybe the very high level of detail aimed at is making the manufacturer struggling with quality control and letting small irregularities through. Hopefully Tarmac will address this situation before bigger issues arise.

Products provided by Tarmac Works for review.

News: Tomica Bakumatsu Collection

Another year, another historical figures collection from Tohan and TakaraTomy.

After famous warlords and female samurais, the Bakumatsu collection will pay tribute to six people playing major roles in the end of the Tokugawa shogunate.

As usual with Tohan’s collections a new car will be released every two months throughout the year and the first release will come with a collector box with a slot for each car.

 

 

Gallery : Tarmac Works 1/64 Audi R8 LMS 2016

The R8 LMS is a favourite of Tarmac Works with many different version already available and certainly more to come. The attention to detail on the race liveries is impressive and because pictures speak louder than a thousand words just take a close look at four of these beauties.

Audi R8 LMS – LMS Cup 2016 Shangai – AAPE/Phoenix Racing Asia – #88 Marchy Lee (purchase on tarmacworks.com)

Audi R8 LMS – LMS Cup 2016 Sepang – AAPE/Phoenix Racing Asia – #48 Edoardo Mortara (purchase on tarmacworks.com)

Audi R8 LMS – LMS Cup 2016 Champion – #1 Alex Yoong (purchase on tarmacworks.com)

Audi R8 LMS – FIA GT World Cup 2016 Macau Winner – #8 Laurens Vanthoor (purchase on tarmacworks.com)

Products provided by Tarmac Works for review.

 

News : Tomytec 1/64 releases from January to March 2018

If you think it is difficult to keep up with all the Tomica Limited Vintage releases each month, Tomytec think it’s not enough ! There will be 30% more cars released from January to March 2018 compared to the same period in 2017.

January 2018

TLV :

LV-170a Toyota FS20 Patrol Car (Osaka Police)

LV-170b Toyota FS20 Patrol Car (Tokyo Fire Dept.)

TLV NEO :

LV-N145c/d Honda Prelude XX

LV-N160a/b Nissan Prairie NV

LV-N163a/b Toyota Crown Van (1973)

Seibu Keisatsu #20 Nissan Silvia

Japanese Car Era #12 Datsun 200SX

February 2018

TLV NEO :

LV-N164a Toyota Crown Van Patrol Car (Osaka Police)

LV-N160a Nissan Prairie (Nissan Service Car)

March 2018

TLV :

Nostalgic Hero Datsun Bluebird

TLV NEO :

LV-N35d Honda Ballade CR-X F-1 Edition / LV-N35e Honda Ballade CR-X

LV-N158a/b Honda Civic Type R 1997

LV-N162a Hino Ranger KL545

Mazda 787B LeMans 1991 #18

 

Review : Tarmac Works Global64 Audi R8 V10 Plus

Alongside the high-end offering of the Hobby64 line, clearly meant as collectible items, Tarmac Works has launched a line aiming at the wider toy car market : Global64. The first car featured in this collection is the Audi R8 V10 Plus.

With a tag price of US$8.90, half the price of a Hobby64 car, we were expecting a big downgrade in overall quality. But these Audi are looking quite good. They even come with a neat storage box like Tomica cars (unfortunately the box is the same for all cars). And like Tomica cars they roll very well.

The quality seems to be similar to the Kyosho x SunKus models : rubber tires, no suspension, clear plastic for lights and clean tampos/decals… A very close look can reveal a few paint chips and irregular lines but overall there’s not many visible flaws.


Audi R8 V10 Plus – Dubai Police (purchase on tarmacworks.com)


Audi R8 V10 Plus – Dynamite Red (purchase on tarmacworks.com)

The wheels are, as usual with Tarmac, very well made.


Considering their low price the Global64 cars offer quite some bang for the buck. More R8 are coming with a German police version, a safety car version as well as silver and yellow colors. The next entry in this line will be the Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 SV.

Products provided by Tarmac Works for review.

 

 

News : Tomica releases from January to April 2018

The news just dropped thanks to a leak. Let’s take a look at what is coming for 2018 !

Note : pictures for illustration purpose only. Confirmed colors and body types are marked with

January 2018 :

Regular Tomica
#24 Mazda CX-5 (regular and limited color)

#44 Toyota Land Cruiser JAF Road Service Car

Tomica Premium
#25 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz

#04 Nissan Leopard

February 2018 :

Regular Tomica
#34 Lamborghini Huracan Performante (regular and limited color)

#35 Mercedes-Benz G Class

March 2018 :

Regular Tomica
#112 Lotus 3 Eleven (regular and limited color)

#87 New Honda Motorcycle

Long Tomica
#129 Sunflower

April 2018 :

Regular Tomica
#94 Toyota C-HR (regular and limited color)

#52 New Nissan Car

Tomica Premium
#26 Nissan Skyline GT-R (BNR32)

#27 Toyota 2000GT

 

News : Kyosho 1/64 GT-R new toolings?

Nissan updated their 2017/2018 official goods catalog with three new GT-R items from Kyosho: 1/64 scale BNR32, BCNR33 and BNR34.

If the promotional pictures are not deceiving it seems like the cars are from brand new toolings. The front grills in particular are much more detailed than the previous models from the GT-R Neo collection and Kyosho Original releases.

The details on the bodies appear to be sharper than before however the wheels just look off, especially on the R34. Too big and too thick. Let’s hope that this is a prototype shown and that the final product will have better looking wheels.

The three new models will be on sale in Japan exclusively through selected Nissan dealers sometime in November.

Update : the cars seems to be retoolings of the Beads editions from 15 years ago. The wheels are not similar though.

 

News : All Japan Model Show 2017

All the Japanese minicar and model kit makers are showing off their newest items at the All Japan Model Show this weekend. Unfortunately for us only Tomytec brought 1/64 scale cars.

All pictures are from AmiAmi News.

The Mazda 787B is back with the 1991 LeMans #18 livery.

Big news for Civic fans with the production samples of the EK9 on display ! Beautiful stuff from Tomytec once again.

You like 1/64 trucks? Hino HH341 tractor unit, Hino Ranger KL545 and Nippon Fruehauf FPR239 wing roof trailer are coming.

And another Datsun Bluebird SSS Safari.

To finish the Tomica Limited Vintage tour, a quick look at the Nissan Gloria Y31 Gran Turismo prototype.

And that’s it. Only a handful of 1/64 cars at one of the biggest japanese model and hobby show. Aoshima didn’t bother to display their coming GranChan collection, F-Toys had no cars, Kyosho had many cars at every scale imaginable except for the 1/64 and Oversteer was not even there. What’s happening?

Make sure to check out the amazing reports by AmiAmi News for bigger scales cars, robots, military and everything else !

News : Tomica Star Cars Galactic Speed

TakaraTomy recently launched a new Star Wars line. The Galactic Speed series is a reboot of the Star Cars line all about racing. The cars designs are inspired by dragsters and hotrods for furious races in a galaxy far, far away.

Wave 1 : September 2017
The first release features Darth Vader and the classic Stormtroopers. The V8 model seems to be inspired by the Ford Maverick drag car.


V8-D / Darth Vader


V8-S / Stormtrooper

Wave 2 : October 2017
Two more V8 models in the second release with Poe Dameron and Kylo Ren. Despite the same body all the V8 cars have different front grill, intake and rear lights.


V8-P / Poe Dameron


V8-K / Kylo Ren

Wave 3 : November 2017
The third release will introduce two new models. The Bub200 is clearly inspired by the BMW Isetta 300 dragster while the TR5000 looks exactly like a Ford F100 hotrod.


Bub200 Y / Yoda


TR5000 C / Chewbacca

The Chewbacca car is carrying a dismantled C3PO just like in the Empire Strikes Back !

All cars appear to be part of a team. We have the Galactic Empire (Darth Vader and Stormtrooper), the Resistance (Poe Dameron), the First Order (Kylo Ren) and the Rebel Alliance (Chewbacca and Yoda). It is funny and sad at the same time that the Rebel Alliance is mispelled Revel Alliance. Hopefully TakaraTomy catches this and fix it before the production but to be honest it’s surprising such a typo made it all the way to promotional material without anyone noticing (especially on the Disney side who thoroughly reviews everything before giving any approval).

This Galactic Speed line is a surprising and fresh take on the Star Wars licence by TakaraTomy, and will probably prove very popular in Japan with this ‘exotic car’ yet recognizable look.
More models and characters will follow for Christmas and all 2018.

News : Tokyo Motor Show 2017 Tomica

It’s been two years since the last Tokyo Motor Show and all those exclusive Tomica models. For 2017 TakaraTomy will bring even more to the show.

On top of the 12 special edition cars collection, there will be two Netz Hyogo Toyota 86 similar to the version sold at the Auto Salon.

Tomica Netz Hyogo BS86R

Tomica Netz Hyogo BS86B

There will also be two Dream Tomica models.

Sumikko Gurashi Tokage

The Circuit Wolf Lotus Europa (Red Edition)

Here is a closer look at the TMS 2017 edition Tomica cars:

Daihatsu Cast

Subaru WRX S4

Hino Ranger

Honda NSX

Isuzu Elf Transporter

Mazda Roadster

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi Fuso Aeroking

Nissan GT-R

UD Trucks Quon

Suzuki Escudo

Toyota Vellfire

The Tokyo Motor Show 2017 will be open from October 27th to November 5th.