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Does Tamiya still make Japanese Grand Touring Championship 1/64th scale
Diecast ? -- I see that Tamiya makes many other scales, but I can not find the 1/64th scale ..... Have a Series 1 Set of 6 made by Muscle Machines / Tamiya produced together and a
Series 2 Set of 6 made by just Tamiya that I bought from a Japanese Dealer years
ago ( 2004 ), but have not seen these again ........ They came in a Black
Box and a Hard Shell Plastic Display Box ............ Any help or
information would be appreciated ................ Thanks ....... Randy
 

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I don't think Tamiya makes any more diecast cars now. There street cars were 1/64, but the JGTC cars were a little larger than 1/64. Both series had excellent details.
 

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Discussion Starter · #3 · (Edited)
Kotetsu, Thanks for your response -- Have done alot of checking and I think I have found a Dealer in Japan who has what I am looking for ( At least the first 6 in 1/64th scale ) -- They were made by both Tamiya and Muscle Machines working together on the same release / Will Post some photos soon I hope ...............


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v491/Randy1501/164tamiya.jpg




Randy ...................
 

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I have a bunch of the Muscle Machine versions and they are larger than 1/64. Just recently I did pick up three Tamiya production cars and they do appear to be true 1/64 and are of Kyosko/autoart quality.
 

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Now have a photo of the Tamiya that I am taking about in my other tread ....................... I believe they came out around 2004 ?????? -- They are the SAME as the Muscle Machines release only these came in a Black Window Box with a Hard Shell Plastic Display Case stating they are from Tamiya -- 1/64th scale ................. The Diecast are the same / Muscle Machines came in a Blister Pack and the Tamiya came in a Window Box ( They were not exported out of Japan ) ............. There was a Series 2 also, but again they never made it out of Japan / Muscle Machines did not release the 2nd Series ................


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v491/Randy1501/164tamiya.jpg



A little better photo .................



http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v491/Randy1501/100_0113.jpg


Randy ..........................
 

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The box may say 1/64 but they look quite a bit bigger than that to me. I find this strange as the production car Tamiyas look to be perfectly scaled. I am races as we speak but will see if I can dig the cars up for a proper evaluation.
But to answer your question I think it has been quite a while since Tamiya has had any 1/64 scale diecast. Too bad. I loved them
 

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Randy here is the Collector's Club diecast from Tamiya





The Tamiya has the smoothest opening doors of any diecast I own. It feels like Tamiya oiled them prior to shipping.

Compared to the Muscle Machine version







The collectors club version jives pretty well with my Kyosho cars. The pictures though show how beautiful the JGTC cars were. Back when these came out I thought they were one of the most beautiful line of diecast cars made.

Of course there is a big difference in price between the two cars. The Collectors Club car cost me about 750 pesos when I was in the Philippines which at the time converted to about $14.00. I think I got the Muscle Machines for around $3 something at Wal Mart.
 

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Thanks to both of you for the great information and the awesome photos !! -- Your insight was appreciated ....................

Randy ................
 

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I was going to ask and forgot. Has anyone have or ever seen the series 2 cars?
I have never even seen a picture of the cars.

Randy if you like JGTC be sure to check out some new Kyosho's just released and Tomica Limited makes some nice versions.

 

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Not the best of photos, but this is Series 2 / Notice on the last photo that the Box states Muscle Machines and Tamiya ............... I believe only 2 Series were made and never exported out of Japan .................... If I remember right my biggest cost for these was Shipping and not the Diecast !!





http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v491/Randy1501/100_0114.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v491/Randy1501/100_0113.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v491/Randy1501/100_0112.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v491/Randy1501/100_0111.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v491/Randy1501/100_0110.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v491/Randy1501/100_0109.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v491/Randy1501/100_0119.jpg



Thanks again for the great information and the super photos !! .............

Randy ..................................
 

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Thanks for the pictures Randy. The series 2 looks nice. I notice in the last picture that it mentions Muscle Machines on the box. If Tamiya was for the Japanese market why would they mention this. I had thought that Muscle Machines had just bought the castings from Tamiya. Maybe there is a bit more to the story that I am not aware of.
 

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From what I've heard I think it was the other way around. Tamiya contracted Muscle Machines to produce these cars for them. I wonder who made the molds though. Tamiya is among the world's best in plastic models and I'm sure they would have got the scale right, like the street car series. But the JGTC cars are very typical of Muscle Machines's 1/55-ish cars.
 

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A little more information from the back of the Window Box:

Distributed by Tamiya Inc,
Manufactured by FunLine Merchandise Co. Inc. ( FunLine owned Muscle Machines .... )
Copyright 2004 Tamiya / Made In China



Do know that the first and only release of these by Muscle Machines was the very SAME ( Models,colors etc. ) release as the Tamiya Series 1 / There was only 1 release by Muscle Machines and that was the end of this GT Line in the Blisters -- Tamiya released a Series 2, but not Muscle Machines ...............

A little triva here: -- The Muscle Machines versions of these came with 2 variations / The Wedssport Celica came 2 ways ............. A White sided wind scoop on some and a Blue sided wind scoop on others ......... / The Reckless MR came with a Blue front spoiler and some came with a purple front spoiler ............................. Not sure if the same Tamiya release came with any variations .............................


6 Diecast Box ........................



http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v491/Randy1501/100_0108.jpg



Randy ...........................
 

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Thanks for the information guys.
 

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Very interesting, looks like I'll need to dig out my cars and take a look. I do remember that one of my race car got a wrong wheel... Didn't match the other 3 and looked different from the stock photo.

Josh
 
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