Gallery : Tarmac Works 1/64 Mercedes-AMG GT R

The Beast of the Green Hell is joining Tarmac Works’ Hobby64 lineup !

Exciting to see this car finally get a proper 1/64 release. Overall very nice model featuring gorgeous wheels and remarkable paintjob on the front grill. The rubber side mirrors are totally unbreakable but not always straight though.

Mercedes-AMG GT R – Designo Diamond White  (purchase on tarmacworks.com)

Mercedes-AMG GT R – Solar Beam  (purchase on tarmacworks.com)

Can’t wait for the GT3 versions !

 

Products provided by Tarmac Works for review.

News : Kyosho 1/64 Lexus RC F and LC500h

Kyosho is back ! It’s been a while since their latest 1/64 release in collaboration with 16D. Next March two new Lexus models will be released in Japan : RC F and LC500h.

As usual with 16D each car will be available in 3 colors.

Lexus RC F

Lexus LC500h

Just like you would expect from Kyosho the cars come with a base and a card as well as a windowed box.

Unfortunately Kyosho increased the retail price by 20% compared to their last GT-R and Honda collections. It becomes really hard to justify such a high price. Especially with Tarmac’s Global64 and upcoming MiniGT lines doing as good but cheaper.

But if you want them you can preorder the box of 6 cars right now.

 

MiniGT 1/64 : everything we know so far

It is definitely a good time for 1/64 scale enthusiasts. Last year Tarmac Works’ success proved there was still a real interest in that scale and today many brands are following in their path: Ignition Model is taking a true collectible approach with high-end limited editions while Tiny is partnering with TSM for mass production of what seems to be comparable to the Global64 line by Tarmac.

MiniGT 1/64 cars are made using the same data TSM uses for their 1/43 and 1/18 cars. This certainly translates in reduced development time and cost leading to quicker availablity in stores and cheaper prices. Even though MiniGT aims for a retail price starting at $9.90, there will be no downgrade in components: the car body and chassis will be made of diecast metal, the interior of detailed plastic (with the choice of left or right hand drive on some models) and rubber will be used for smooth tires and mirrors. Some cars will be more expensive depending on decoration complexity and/or licensing.

This is very good news in regards of affordability and materials. What remains to be seen is the quality of the final product. TSM attaching its name to the brand is reassuring but mishaps happens to the bests too. We will know for sure next March with the release of the Honda Civic Type-R (FK2), followed in April by the LB Works GT-R (R35).

Prototype samples

A few Civic were available for presale at the ToySoul 2017 event in Hong Kong as well as the first exclusive edition of the LB Works GT-R in its ‘Zero Fighter’ outfit. The LB Works GT-R in Baby Blue and Light Grey was also on display (the bus and taxi in the pictures are from Tiny).

Many prototypes of upcoming models were on display and we must say even at this early stage they look very good already. In orange we have the LB Works GT-R with GT Wing and the LB Works 997. In grey from left to right: McLaren 720S, Ford GT, LB Works 997, Porsche 911 Turbo GT2 RS, Ford GT GTE, McLaren P1 GTR and Land Rover Defender.

And that’s just 10 of the 29 cars already in development, all of them available in many colors and variants. MiniGT aims to release around 6 cars every month, including 1 or 2 new tools. This is similar to what Tomytec is doing with the Tomica Limited Vintage line. On top of that we can bet there will be exclusive editions regularly.

Here is a look at what the first MiniGT catalog is showing :
Note : the MiniGT catalog features edited pictures for work in progress. Shown below are the original pictures not necessarily representative of what the final product will look like. For reference only. Click the thumbnails for larger size.

LB Works GT-R


The picture used for the matte orange color actually shows a red car. Maybe the matte orange model will look more like this:

McLaren 720S

McLaren P1 GTR


Here the Pebble Beach version is numbered 10 but the real car was actually numbered 01 (the picture in the catalog is reversed, maybe leading to the confusion).

Bentley Continental GT3 2018

Bentley Continental GT 2018

BMW M4 GTS (F82)

BMW M5 (F90)

Land Rover Defender 110

Acura NSX GT3

Porsche 911 Turbo GT2 RS


The catalog says “lava red” which does not exist. It will be either “lava orange” pictured above or “guards red” below.

Maserati Gran Turismo MC


The catalog says “blu mediterraneo” but the actual name is “blu sofisticato”.

Maserati Levante S

Nissan Skyline GT-R (R32)

Nissan GT-R (R35)


The white car pictured is the Nismo 2017 version while the other cars are Nismo 2015 version. Not sure yet which one will actually be made.

Honda Civic Type R (FK8)

Honda NSX GT3

That’s already more than 50 versions of 16 different cars !

Thanks partly to TSM’s ditribution network MiniGT will be available ‘worldwide’. Hong Kong (obviously), Taiwan, China, Australia, North America, South America, Germany and France already have an official distributor. Unfortunately for us no distributor in Japan yet…
While collectors in HK will have exclusive access to the ‘Zero Fighter’ LB Works GT-R, USA will get exclusive access to the matte black and matte orange colors. If more territories get their own exclusives versions it may encourage trade between collectors around the world. Or it may just bring more scalpers to eBay. Time will tell but in any case MiniGT is showing strong cards to make its place in the 1/64 world.

 

Model cars photos from Tiny/MiniGT social medias. Real cars photos used for information purpose. No copyright infringement intended. All credit goes to their original owners.

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.

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 : 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 !

Review : Tarmac Works 1/64 Honda Civic Type R (FK2)

Tarmac Works just released more Civic Type R FK2, time to take a closer look at a few of them.

Even though the FK2 was produced for only 2 years it gained many fans all around the world. The look of the car was a key to its success and Tarmac Works managed to capture its aggressive stance for their 1/64 scale model.


Honda Civic Type R FK2 – Milano Red (purchase on tarmacworks.com)


Honda Civic Type R FK2 – Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic (purchase on tarmacworks.com)


Honda Civic Type R FK2 – WTCC Touring Car Livery (purchase on tarmacworks.com)


Honda Civic Type R FK2 – Polished Metal Grey Metallic (Malaysia Exclusive)

Once again another gem by Tarmac Works. It seems like they can take the 1/43 scale level of detail to the 1/64 scale. The interior is so detailed that even the rear-view mirror is there ! The wheels are accurate and sharp, definitely one of Tarmac’s strong suit. Can’t wait to see their 1/64 wheels line.

The WTCC version is inspired by the Castrol Honda official team car, and the livery is flawless. The wheels are true to the real car but the body is a stock FK2 with minor modifications like the rear bumper reaching lower and the absence of licence plates. Too bad the model doesn’t sport a proper racing wing to look meaner.

The Polished Metal Grey version will be sold exclusively in Malaysia and limited to 1248 pieces. Tarmac has a few on sale on their website so make sure to act fast if you are not in Malaysia ! This color suits the FK2 perfectly.

Beautiful line up ! Easy to take nice pictures when the models are close to perfection, no matter the angle they always look good !

If you like the Civic Type R FK2 chances are that you already own one (or more!) of those miniatures. If not you can jump in and certainly won’t be disappointed !

Products provided by Tarmac Works for review.