INNO64, ever heard of them?
Chances are you haven't.
INNO64 is a sub-brand of INNO-Models, focused on making quality 1:64 diecast models to go against the Tomica Limited Vintage series. Inno64 models have started appearing around in Asia (and especially Hong Kong where I live), and have been making a name.
Chances are you've heard of Tarmac Works, a brand very similar to Inno64, both of these brands have been around for about the same time and their products are targeted towards the same group of 1:64 collectors.
Now to the cars in the photo. A DTM 190E and a Group A R32 Skyline, with "Macau Guia Race" on the packaging. Yes, these are glorious beasts that have been driven around the famous Guia Circuit in Macau. As you may know the 66th Macau Grand Prix was held quite recently, and the lesser known part about it is that some model car companies go there every year to sell limited run models of Macau GP-related cars. Tarmac Works have been in the spotlight for the past years selling their GT and some other Group A models, but this year was different, as INNO64 stole the show with their 12-car Macau Racing Collection set, including famous Group A and DTM cars such as the E36 M3, Honda Civic and the Mercedes-Benz 190E AMG.
Mercedes-Benz AMG 190E #16 "Berlin 2000" 1992 - Bernd Schneider
This is the surprise car no one was expecting and the one that stole thunder from Tarmac Works - the 190E. It's no surprise that this model was the most popular of all, as 1:64 190E models are rarely produced by companies, for example TLVN with the 190E (before all the evolution homologations for DTM), Error 404 and Kyosho with the Evolution II, so Inno did a first of this DTM model in 1:64. And it is oh so good.
Have a look at the detail on the car in this photo. Accurately shaped headlights, small sponsor logos, detailed signatures on the bodywork, Bridgestone lettering on the tyres and a very, very small Silver Arrows logo hood ornament and so much more. I have never seen such detail on a 1:64 car as a collector of this scale and I have no criticism to give to this car. Everything is where it exactly should be, and the result is this, a car I could stare at all day long. Inno has done a great job at surprising 1:64 with this special car that has a special place in our hearts.
Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 #1 "UNISIA JECS" 1991 - Masahiro Hasemi
The 190E was great, so is this R32 Skyline in Group A spec. Accurate livery, roll cage, side-exit exhaust, painted SSR rims and a tow hook in the front. Again a strong showing of detail can be seen on this car, and no quality issues whatsoever.
It's safe to say that INNO64 has some potential to make other great models. What do you think of 1:64 brands like Inno and Tarmac Works? Let me know in the comments below!