Gallery : More Tarmac Works 1/64 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X

I just can’t get enough Evo X by Tarmac ! They are just perfect at this scale. Here is a look at their most recent versions, including the Malaysian police edition.


Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X Final Edition – Rally Red (purchase on tarmacworks.com)


Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X Ralliart Edition – Black (purchase on tarmacworks.com)


Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X – 311RS (purchase on tarmacworks.com)


Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X – Malaysian Police Car (JL Hobby Malaysia exclusive)

They all are fantastic. And with perfectly positioned hard plastic side mirrors.


The signature red version of the Final Edition.


The Ralliart livery, with the tagline “the spirit of competition”.


Tuned by 311RS with blue wheels.


The Polis Evo Helang Malaysia.


I need more ! Can’t wait for the Gulf livery and the Pikes Peak Safety car !

 

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Gallery : Tarmac Works Mercedes-AMG GT3

Now that is something really nice. The first Mercedes-AMG by Tarmac was a hit and that new GT3 version is another one!


Mercedes-AMG GT3 – Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup 2017 #70 – Mori, Heyer (purchase on tarmacworks.com)


Mercedes-AMG GT3 – Nurburgring 24H 2016 #9 – Müller, Haupt, Buurman, Engel (purchase on tarmacworks.com)

Unfortunately the Hello Kitty came with a broken wing. The reason was a screw too short that couldn’t keep the car attached to the base properly. Bad luck I guess. I glued it back but it started leaning when I took the pictures. I managed to fix it properly later, so no big deal in the end. My only concern with those cars are the rubber mirrors, especially on the blue one.

That’s a shame to have bad mirrors on such great models, I never had this issue with the previous Tarmac cars like the Evo X, the Civic FK2 or the R8 LMS, all with hard mirrors. And none ever came with a broken one. To the Tarmac team : please reconsider the use of rubber mirrors ! It doesn’t matter they are unbreakable if they are looking weird.

That said, I love this AMG GT3 and will definitely get the green version.

 

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Gallery : Tarmac Works Global64 Lamborghini Aventador SV

The Aventador SV is the second car in the Global64 line after the Audi R8 V10 Plus.

They feel very close to what Kyosho used to do, with surprising details like the neat Lamborghini emblem on each wheel. As usual with Tarmac the wheels and decoration are very nicely done, even at this lower price point.


Lamborghini Aventador SV – Giallo Orion (purchase on tarmacworks.com)


Lamborghini Aventador SV – Need for Speed Police (purchase on tarmacworks.com)


Lamborghini Aventador SV – Indonesia Police

Somehow on the NFS Police version the front lights are much better done than on the other two (they look quite bad on the yellow as you can tell). The rubber side mirrors are – once again – not properly oriented.

On that note, I am definitely not keen on that trend of using rubber for side mirrors. They are almost never in the right position. I would rather have a broken mirror once in a while that I can glue back than twisted rubber mirrors all the time that I can’t do anything about.

Also available : Dubai Police version and Verde Ithaca green.

 

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Review : Tarmac Works 1/64 BMW M3 E30

Many versions of the BMW M3 E30 are already available in Tarmac’s Hobby64 line, offering quite a rainbow of racecar colors. All these iconic liveries are flawlessly scaled down to these 1/64 replicas in an impressive display or precision and accuracy.


BMW M3 E30 – Macau Guia Race 1990 #3 Emanuele Pirro (purchase on tarmacworks.com)


BMW M3 E30 – Macau Guia Race 1991 #6 Emanuele Pirro (purchase on tarmacworks.com)


BMW M3 E30 – Macau Guia Race 1992 #1 Emanuele Pirro (purchase on tarmacworks.com)


BMW M3 E30 – DTM Norisring 1992 #14 Joachim Winkelhock (purchase on tarmacworks.com)


BMW M3 E30 – Plain White (purchase on tarmacworks.com)

The interior is very detailed as well, with harnesses on the seats, a complete rollcage and even a painted gear stick. On that note, the rollcage seems to be a bit lower than it should be. That’s probably due to the construction of the model itself, working at such a small scale is not leaving much room to cram many things inside.

It is worth mentioning that the plain white version features a passenger seat, where all the race car versions accurately have the driver seat only.

On the outside, the Mobil 1 car has an antenna while all the others don’t. According to the few pictures of the real cars we could find on Google it seems accurate as well.
The wheels are once again beautiful, it is fair to assume by now that Tarmac will never disappoint on that aspect. The front lights could have been nicer with a little more care. Tomytec did it better on their 318 and 325.

 

The pictures speak for themselves : these E30 are just great ! Missing from this review is the newly released orange Jagermeister DTM version that look awesome.

And more are coming with emblematic liveries : FINA, Marlboro, Advan, Falken, Michelin, Bastos and even TicTac !

 

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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 !

 

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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 !

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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.

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