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James Bond Aston Martin DB4 / DB5 ???

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James Bond Aston Martin DB4 / DB5 ???
Posted by John B on Friday, November 08, 2013 5:37 AM

Have been looking around at what's available in a model of the early Bond car. I'm surpassed at the range of options. Not sure how many of these are the same model, re-branded. Some of the different versions available include;

1978 Monogram Aston Martin DB-4 1/25 Scale Model Car

Aurora 1/25 scale aston martin DB4

Doyusha 1/24 Aston Martin DB5 (1964)

AIRFIX ASTON MARTIN DB6 VINTAGE 1/24 MODEL KIT

Revell 1/25 Aston Martin DB 4

There were also models listed variously as DB4, DB5 and DB6.

Were there actually 3 different "early" Bond cars? 

Can anyone offer any help in the form of reviews of some of these kits? I'm interested in getting the one that would build up best in 1/25th or 1/24th.

Thanks.

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, November 08, 2013 9:40 AM

I happen to own the Doyusha 1/24 scale Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger model kit.  The kit is a curb side and includes the James Bond and Odd Job figures, Bond's briefcase and an AR5 folding rifle and a Walther PPK with silencer.  The kit includes the revolving license plates, machine guns, bulletproof shield, tire slashers, and ejector seat.  It appears to be a close representation of the Goldfinger DB5, but the front wheel arches appear to be slightly large.  AFAIK, there have been several issues of the Bond DB5 including Aurora, Doyusha, and Airfix.  If you want a full detail model, you'll want the Revell kit which doesn't include the Bond gadgets.  If you want the actual Goldfinger version, then you want the Doyusha kit.  Be prepared to spend some money if you want the Doyusha or any of the licensed Bond kits as they are collector items and currently are well over $100 for an unbuilt kit.  

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Posted by oldcarguy on Friday, November 08, 2013 10:28 AM

Hi :

I do have these kits and I have to concur with mr mike .The one that has it all , without the James Bond stuff is indeed the REVELL kit .The Aurora /Revell/Monogram early kit comes close though and is a cheaper model . The Doyusha Kit is spot on , But , It's gonna cost you .

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Posted by bonehead23 on Friday, November 08, 2013 5:05 PM

The Revell issue is, as stated here, a great kit of the stock car. HOWEVER...I built the James Bond car years ago...it had the ejector seat, machine guns, rotating license, and some other things I did not use. I made it into a gasser later after a move damaged it a lot. I won't swear to it, but I believe it was made by MPC!!!! Don't quote me on this one though, it was many years ago and I never save the boxes. But the body and most everything else was very accurate. It makes a neat gasser, FYI.

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Posted by avidinha on Friday, November 08, 2013 6:55 PM
DB4 kits seem to be alot easier to come by, but i thought James Bond's earliest Aston Martin was a DB5. Am i wrong, did 007 drive a DB4? Where's Spencer1984 when we need him?

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Posted by Snake45 on Friday, November 08, 2013 8:18 PM

I think Bond drove a 4 in the books but a 5 in the movies.

I had the Aurora "Spy" car (no specific reference to 007 or Bond, though it had all the goodies) back in the day. I remember it being a pretty good kit but it was beyond my "skill level" at the time, more's the pity. Far as I know this was never reissued. Were the molds returned to DB.4, and then reissued by Monogram? Or was it a completely separate kit? I don't know

MPC did a Bond 5 long ago--a rebox of the Airfix kit. I wonder what happened to the Airfix molds.

Couple years ago I bought an MPC DB.6 off eBay. The box seems to be early '70s. I don't know if this was an original MPC effort, or another Airfix reboxing, and I don't know if this is what became of the Airfix 007 molds. After comparing the body with photos of the real DB.6, I put it back in the box, quite disappointed. It's not quite as bad as the Pyro/Lindberg Triumph Spitfire, but it's not a whole lot better, either.

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Posted by theDirector on Sunday, November 10, 2013 7:27 AM

This is the kit I had years ago. Nice kit, very advanced features. The ejection seat didn't work all that great though.

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Posted by oldcarguy on Sunday, November 10, 2013 3:49 PM

Hey , you High caliber snake ! Wassup ?

      Bond did drive a four in the books so if you want to be literarily correct he did have the four .Now for the movies it was a five if the dash was any clue .  oldcarguy

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Posted by fenders on Saturday, November 16, 2013 6:28 AM
The Bond car was a DB5. Due to the high cost of these kits I searched for a used/built kit and ended up with a DB6. Still a great looking car but the rear trunk lid is different. With the DB4 the head lights are different. It's the DB5 you are looking for. Good luck.
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Posted by ricphun on Friday, December 29, 2017 1:47 AM

hi guys, anyone still looking for this model can contact me. Airfix 1/24th scale James Bond Aston Martin DB5 unassenbled in box

 

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