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.

 

 

 

Kyosho 7eleven VS Kyosho SunKus 1/64 Porsche comparison

Recently released in 7 Eleven stores in Taiwan, this new collection by Kyosho and PaoFeng raised many questions. Brand new models or reruns of the previous Kyosho Porsche collections by SunKus in Japan? Ben Kiehn took these comparison pictures to help us get a better idea of what this latest collection really is.

First, let’s end the debate on who’s the maker. Kyosho officially took credit for this 7eleven collection on their Taiwanese Facebook page and their badge can be seen everywhere. Yes, those are definitely Kyosho cars. The manufacturer however is not the same as for the Japanese SunKus collections. This time PaoFeng was in charge of the production and they did entirely new tools for the 10 cars. The deal was obviously made for licensing reasons but in the end we have Kyosho models made by PaoFeng. It is not the first time Kyosho works with a another company to produce specific models.

Now that we determined who the parents are, let’s look at the cars and start with the 911 GT3 RS (997).
Can you tell which one is from 7Eleven Taiwan and which one is from SunKus Japan?

Hard to tell from a distance but a closer look will reveal some differences.


On the left is the new 7eleven version, on the right is the older SunKus version. The headlights look better on the PaoFeng edition, as well as the wipers. The Porsche crest however is way too big and the side mirrors appears to be too small.


The wheels on the PaoFeng feel slightly more detailed, the spokes have more substance and look less flat than the Kyosho’s. Same remark on the door handle.


The stance of the PaoFeng is definitely wrong here, this may have to do with the fact that the model comes in a kit as we’ve seen pictures of the same model with a correct stance.

Next up is the 911 Speedster (997):

The blue version is from 7eleven and the white one from SunKus Porsche Collection 5.


The interior is sharper on the PaoFeng but once again the side mirrors are tiny.


Both have the same stance. The headlights on the PaoFeng are too large. And the crest is way too big again. Do they have an issue with tiny tampos?


Well it seems not since the ‘Speedster’ tampo at the rear is very small… seemingly too small. The rear lights however are much better on the PaoFeng.

On the 911 GT2 RS (997), the differences are easier to spot:

Silver is 7eleven, white is SunKus Porsche Collection 6.


Again, big headlights, big crest, tiny side mirrors. Overall the older version from SunKus is cleaner and more accurate.


Both look good though.

The 911 Turbo (991/1) :

As you can see the wheels of the 7eleven version (yellow) are clearly wrong.


But this time the headlights seems to be the right size while they are apparently too large on the SunKus Porsche Collection 6 ! The side mirrors are fine but the crest too big as usual. That was probably made on purpose on every car.


PaoFeng did the rear wiper, nice touch.

Finally let’s look at the 911 Turbo 3.3 (930) :

It may be because of the shape of the real car but both look extremely good.


Just by looking at this huge crest you can tell the black one is from PaoFeng. Although the headlights are different I am not sure which one is more accurate.


See what’s missing on the SunKus Porsche Collection 6? Twin exhaust !

The bases bear some differences too :
 

Conclusion : looking good overall, it is not too difficult to spot inaccuracies on these 1/64 Porsche models by Kyosho and PaoFeng. But on a few occasions they have better details than the older versions Kyosho made for SunKus. If you already own the SunKus editions you definitely don’t need them, but if not you shouldn’t be disappointed by these 7eleven Taiwan exclusives.

Thanks again to Ben Kiehn for the pictures and detailed comparison !

Tarmac Works : “Not settling for less.”

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.

Picture by Tarmac Works

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.

Picture by Tarmac Works

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.