James Bond's Aston Martin DB5

Discussion in 'Commercial & Civilian Vehicles' started by Revell-Fan, Jan 12, 2019 at 7:05 PM.

  1. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator Moderator

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    It's 2019 - time for me to leave a footprint in this section, folks!;) :)

    Lately a dear friend of mine who also happens to be one of our tenants has fallen in love with the 1:18 scale classic car series from Burago. That triggered something inside me because that has given me the chance to finally build something for his birthday. I knew I had some classic cars paper model kits in my archive and was about to choose the Mercedes 500 from Canon for him when I learned that he had already got the Burago version for cheap from ebay. Bummer. Another plan was required. I checked my archive again and found something which might fit excellenty in his collection: The Aston Martin DB5. Granted, in comparison with the models he already got this one is indeed a "youngling" since it is from the 60s (all the other cars are from the 30s), however, the James Bond theme is something that I think will hit the mark. Alternatively I could make Columbo's car since my friend likes the classic show, too (who doesn't?), but, well, JB is a bit more exciting. ;)

    I found the kit I am building somewhere in the web a few years ago. It is made by rhagar from the Ukraine and can be obtained here:
    https://dfiles.eu/files/5wowu184o

    Unfortunately the outer shell comes in green, so a quick and dirty recolour in Gimp was required. I created some simple gradients and changed the green into a shiny bright silver like the original. I found it too inappropriate to fully use silver card for it because the result would become too shiny in the end. However, I'm thinking of making the bumpers silver using card or paint, we'll see.

    The template comes in two scales, 1:35 and 1:25. I rescaled the larger one to 1:18 to match the other cars in my friend's collection. Everything was printed on 8 A4 pages. I'm going through the instructions now. Pictures will follow soon once they are available. Stay tuned! :)
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  2. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator Moderator

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    That sounds like it will be a great gift for your friend. I look forward to seeing it!
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  3. Gandolf50

    Gandolf50 Researcher of obscure between war vehicles... Moderator

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    I LOVE the DB5 every since I saw the Bond Film at the theatre when it came out! Had a DB5 shell for my slot car also... along with an XKE... no one could beat me!

    ps never saw so many Games that would keep me up ALL NIGHT!
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  4. zathros

    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator Moderator

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    Potentially a very nice model. On the Fender cuts, and others that help shape the body and front section, make sure you cut inside the black lines, to get a smooth transition, unless you paint afterwards, then it wouldn't matter. I'd recommend Liquid Electric Tape for the wheels, gives a very reall rubber look, and works well on the steering wheel, shift knob, and many other parts. Good to see something like a car being done. Nice model!:)
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  5. Revell-Fan

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    As promised: the first pictures! :)

    I started with the bottom of the car. Since the parts don't have any flaps I have added them myself.

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    I used a hole punch to make the holes into the parts. Maybe I'll be able to make the wheels rotatable, we'll see.

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    The floor will be strengthened with some card later.
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    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator Moderator

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    The interior takes shape. The cabin got some custom flaps as well.

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    The white piece in the middle will be cut out. To make sure that the part maintains its shape during folding and glueing I have left it in place for the time being. I only made the straight cuts along the sides.

    Since the rendering in the instructions don't show the assembly clearly I have taken some additional pictures for reference.

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    Work carefully and tackle one flap at a time.

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    Now the time has come to cut out the white piece in the middle.

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    Two half cones are glued together:

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    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator Moderator

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    They are placed right inside the hole:

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    If you look closely you may see a bent in the rear area where the half tube was glued to the back side. Apparently I did not preshape the cones properly. To solve this mishap I took some scrap paper and glued it to the back side with regular glue.

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    Then I pressed the bottom against the cutting mat to level out the bottom till the glue had cured and the part was fixed in its intended position.

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    And DONE! :)

    Another oddity aside from the missing flaps is that the designer chose to use the same dotted / slashed line for mountain and valley folds at the same time. Usually you would expect a slashed line to be a mountain fold and a slash-dotted line to be a valley fold. In this kit all lines look the same and it is very important to pay attention to the instructions and to test-fit the parts before glueing.

    Next comes the dashboard. :)
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  8. will69

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    Nice and clean.. thumbsupthumbsup
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  9. zathros

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    Nice and squared, looks very good. I downloaded this model. It wouldn't be hard at all to make the doors open. I was surprised by how sell it is done. Greeble the wheels, and the model will POP!! :)
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  10. ASC Mclaren

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    Very cool! I will be watching this closely.
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  11. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator Moderator

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    You are off to a great start! Everything looks very clean, clear, and crisp.
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