By Maz Woolley
All text by, and copyright of the Author. All photographs provided by the Manufacturer.
TSM (True Scale Models) are already well known in the UK and Europe for their 1:18 scale models, many made for manufacturers like JLR (Jaguar Land Rover) as dealer editions. But UK wholesalers are now distributing a 1:64 scale Mini GT TSM line which looks to be of high quality, and reasonably priced in the UK too, at a recommended retail price similar to the newly announced Hornby 1:76 models (made by Oxford in Hornby specific colours/liveries and boxed as Hornby).
Although here in the UK 1:64 scale has generally been left to Hot Wheels and Matchbox collectors it is a big seller in the US from Greenlight, M2, and Auto World, and in Japan and the far east there are 1:64 ranges like Tomy Vintage and Kyosho Minicar. In the last few years collectors of Oxford 1:76 scale models have grown greatly in number and I am informed that 1:76 outsells 1:43 scale models by a considerable factor. Maybe new collectors will take to 1:64 here in the UK if more high quality models arrive here at a reasonable price.
Looking at the models in the manufacturers images they appear to be very similar to Kyosho 1:64 models which are beautifully made and printed . Only three basic vehicles are currently available: Honda Civic, McLaren and Nissan GT-R. All these are made in various sporting versions with different liveries and in both RHD and LHD. So let’s look at the announced models which all seem to have excellent painting and printing along with very nice wheels.
TSM MGT00001-R Honda Civic Type R (Fk8)
TSM MGT00003-R LB Works Nissan GT-R R35 Type 1 Grey
TSM MGT00004-R LB Works Nissan GT-R R35 Type 1 Blue
TSM MGT00009-R LB Works Nissan GT-R R35 Type 1, Rear Wing Version 1 Matt
TSM MGT00010-R Honda Civic Type R (Fk8) Championship White With Modulo Kit
TSM MGT00012-R Honda Civic Type R (Fk8) Rallye Red (RHD)
TSM MGT00013-R McLaren Senna Victory Grey (RHD)
TSM MGT00015-R Honda Civic Type R (Fk8) Crystal Black (RHD)
TSM MGT00017-R Honda Civic Type R (Fk8) Aegean Blue with Modulo Kit RHD
TSM MGT00018-R McLaren Senna Mira Orange (RHD)
TSM MGT00023-L Honda Civic Type R (Fk8) Customer Racing Study (LHD)
TSM MGT00024-L Honda Civic Type R (Fk8) Time Attack 2018 (LHD)
TSM MGT00025-L Honda NSX GT3 Presentation (LHD)
TSM MGT00026-L Honda NSX GT3 Los Angeles Auto Show 2017 (LHD)