News : 1/64 at the Shizuoka Hobby Show 2018

More news than last year at the Shizuoka Hobby Show ! Here is a recap of the 1/64 thanks to AmiAmi News and Hobby Search.

Tomytec showed off their RX-7 FD3S, a retooling of the Subaru 360 as well as a few prototypes for upcoming models.

Infini RX-7 RZ / Mazda RX-7 RS-R / Subaru 360 / Subaru 360 Convertible

Nissan Prince Royal / Prince Gloria / Toyota Mark II Hard top (X81) / Nissan Cedric/Gloria (Y32)

Ignition Model had quite an impressive display and their Pandem 86 V3 just looks fantastic !

Ebbro is trying a comeback to the 1/64 scale, unfortunately without much originality with the same Honda NSX that Kyosho did pretty well last year and the Civic Type R that literally everyone is doing.

The new 1/64 models from Inno made their first public appearance. More Civics with the EF3 Mugen Motul and the EG9 Jaccs.

MiniGT brought their big display at the show with all their prototypes and we get a closer look at their Porsche models.

LB Works 997 / 911 Turbo GT2 RS

Make sure to check out AmiAmi News and Hobby Search for more pictures and coverage of the 1/43 scale and higher.


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.