Aston Martin DB5 - James Bond
It's no surprise Airfix would make Aston
Martin models. I mean, it is a British car, and a source
of pride for Great Britain. Plus, Aston Martin cars typically
have some pretty desirable lines as far as their design.
Even if 007 didn't drive the DB5 in the famous Goldfinger
film, it would still be a classic form that car enthusiasts
would want to drive and covet. (if I remember right, in
the books, Bond drove a Bentley - another British car, though,
probably not quite as "sporty" as the DB5).
Airfix is releasing their 1/32
Aston Martin DB5 kit again in new packaging. It will
include paint, glue, and two brushes. I personally like
the bright colors on the box, and the picture of an actual
DB5 on the cover. This kit has almost been in constant production
for decades, in one form or another. I have one, an original
type kit, from around the 1970's, which is in an MPC box.
I'm not sure if Airfix shared their tooling? or bought the
MPC tooling outright, but in comparing the models they seem
the same to me. The only major difference is the old MPC
kit had chromed plated parts, while the Aifix kit does not
(at least not the one I have).
Airfix also makes a 1/24 Aston Martin DB5. I originally
thought this might be a reboxed Doyusha kit, but I don't
see anything on the molded parts that says Doyusha (or Airfix
for that matter). It's a curbside model (as is the 1/32
kit), but the body and parts are crisp and have some good
definition and details. Revell reissued their Aston Martin
DB4 about 10 or so years ago, and I have one of those as
Airfix is 1/24, the Revell one is 1/25. The Revell is a
1964 car, which is different than the 1965 DB5. Noticable
the rear window size, and the DB5 has slanted front headlights.
I thought I might be able to combine the two kits, but I
haven't dealt deep into that project yet, so the jury's
still out on if that can be done. (the Revell kit includes
a more detailed chassis, and an engine).
While the Airfix 1/32 kit is being reissued (and can still
be found inexpensively in older boxes), the 1/24 kit hasn't
been out since I bought mine - I want to say sometime in
the 1990s. Hopefully one day it will come out again. It
still seems unusual that a plastic model company hasn't
made a full detail kit.
would be perfect for the job. While their cars aren't always
the best (because of the age of some of their molds) their
aircraft models are modern marvels in tooling. I know they
could do an Aston Martin DB5 right and give it the details