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.

Review : Tarmac Works 1/64 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X

Finally ! After being delayed several times the Evo X by Tarmac Works is finally here. Our patience is rewarded with astounding models.

We’ve already been stunned by the Final Concept Evo X a few months ago but somehow Tarmac managed to top that ! The new liveries are incredibly well done and that Octane Blue is beautiful.


Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X Final Edition – Octane Blue (purchase on tarmacworks.com)


Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X Rally Car – #4 Advan JRC Tour de Kyushu 2008 (purchase on tarmacworks.com)


Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X Touring Car – Tuned by JUN (purchase on tarmacworks.com)

Once again the details and finish on those cars are incomparable. They look great on pictures but rest assured that they look even better in hands.

It is worth mentioning that the cars fit nicely on their base once unscrewed (as long as you don’t shake them too much of course). It makes it possible to keep them displayed on the base while allowing for manipulation from time to time.

The cases stack up perfectly and retain enough room around the cars to not obstruct the view.

Truly wonderful releases for every Evo X enthusiats, and if like us you can’t get enough more versions are coming ! Final Edition in Rally Red, Ralliart Edition in black and red, 311RS Edition, Pikes Peak Safety Car and Gulf livery.

Products provided by Tarmac Works for review.

 

News : Tomytec 1/64 releases from October to December 2017

Here is a little recap of what Tomytec is cooking.

October 2017

TLV NEO :

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

LV-N148c/d Nissan GT-R 2017

LV-N156a/b Toyota Cresta GX71

November 2017

TLV :

Safari 5000 #01 Datsun Bluebird

Ogikubo Damashii #05 Nissan Skyline 2000

TLV  NEO :

LV-N157a/b Nissan Laurel 2000GL-6

LV-N139c Isuzu Erga Shinki Bus

December 2017

TLV :

LV-169a/b Mazda Cosmo Sport

TLV  NEO :

LV-N159a/b Nissan Laurel SGL-E

LV-N161a/b Datsun 200SX Custom Roadster

 

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

For the first time ever in 1/64 scale thanks to Tarmac Works, the Civic Type R (FK2) made its debut in a Modulo limited edition at the HK Toy Fair alongside the Lancer Evo X Final Concept.

This Motul version is another special edition released at the Toycon 2017 in the Philippines as well as through Tarmac’s website and limited to 2544 pieces.
 

The livery is directly taken from a car running in the TCR series.

Original picture by Mat Canyon

Unfortunately the race modifications are not featured on the model, which is the stock FK2.

The model itself is beautiful and the attention to detail once again striking. The rear wing is surprisingly well reproduced at this scale and the brake calipers are visible through the wheel’s spokes. The side mirrors are functional thanks to chrome stickers and there’s even a harness on the driver’s seat !

Somehow the Honda badges seem to be crooked on some of the pictures but not at all to the naked eye. Not sure why, probably the lighting. The only defect visible on our model is the Motul plate at the rear of the car not really straight.

Except for this minor inconvenience this is a very satisfying model. The livery is simple but effective.

Many different versions of the Civic Type R (FK2) are already scheduled in the Hobby64 line: Crystal Black Pearl, Milano Solid Red, Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic, Championship White, Castrol WTCC livery and Advan livery ! If you like the FK2 Tarmac definitely got you covered.