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Aston Martin DB4 Is Completed

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Aston Martin DB4 Is Completed
Posted by mrmike on Saturday, April 20, 2019 8:24 AM

I have been wanting to start this long before I had came into possession of this kit.  This is the Revell/Monogram Aston Martin DB4.  I have been looking for a full-detail DB5 and this is as close as I have been able to get to.  The only difference between the DB4 and the DB5 is the engine size and a slightly long rear deck.  

This kit is from 1979 according to the molding on the inside of the body.  There is some flash and significant moldlines on the body.  This may take a while to clean up.

My research has been ongoing for a little while now.  Plus, I want to see how many unsuspecting people I can fool into thinking that this is the James Bond 007 DB5.  Let's see what I can do with this kit.

More to come...

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On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

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Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Saturday, April 20, 2019 8:21 PM
interesting kit. kind of a shame we don't have a full detail quality JB Aston. You should be able to fool people into thinking it's the Doyusha/Airfix kit if you don't fit anything properly. lol.

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Posted by ModelTexan1 on Saturday, April 20, 2019 11:28 PM

That is actually a very decent kit.  It does require some careful fitting to get the body over the engine bay once the chassis is built but ends up looking quite good when finished.  The one thing that could use some improvement is the grill.  I photoetched one for my kit years ago so that the grill holes are open rather than molded solid with the kit part.  Worth doing if you are up to that task.

 

Good luck with it.  I enjoyed building mine.

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, April 21, 2019 7:31 AM

Thanks guys!

I decided to post three pictures of the DB4 (white) and the DB5 (grey) side-by-side.  You can see the obvious differences between the two cars.  Both models will require bodywork to get them ready for primer and paint, but the DB5 will not be assembled.

I decided a while ago NOT to build the 007 DB5 due to its value.  Some discussion between myself and several model builders in my Club have resulted in some interesting reasons for and against building the 007 DB5 kit.  I have decided to hold onto the DB5 kit for now and not build it.  Maybe I'll build it later.  We shall see.  

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, May 02, 2019 3:06 PM

I decided to play around with this kit a little bit this afternoon.  I assembled the whitewalls, but I'll turn the tires backwards and paint the whitewalls flat black or rubber color to hide them.  Whitewalls on a sports car?  Must be a '60s thing...

I thought I was going to assemble a good part of the engine only to discover that many parts are chrome plated.  I removed those parts from the main sprue, leaving the number tags on them and gave them a bath in Easy-Off Oven Cleaner.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

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Posted by Bainford on Thursday, May 02, 2019 9:30 PM

Cool project, Mike. I agree with your comments about white walls on a sports car. I have a long term Jag XK120 project on the go. It’s going to be a gift for a friend of mine so I’m tarting it up with wide whites, but it just seems so wrong. 

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
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Posted by mrmike on Friday, May 03, 2019 8:09 AM

Wide whitewalls on a sports car must have been a '50/'60s thing as I think they look good on an older car from that era.  I suppose it can be a form of domestication, like pulling the teeth out of a vicious animal.  Oh, look at the dog, it's but actually a wolf!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, May 06, 2019 8:35 PM

I clipped these parts for the engine from the chrome tree and dechromed them.  Now for some cleanup and painting.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, May 07, 2019 4:51 PM

I've been working on assembling the 3.7 Liter engine this afternoon.  Mostly assembled.  Just need the distributor and ignition wire tube added, plug wires and some touchups!

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, May 12, 2019 4:30 PM

I had filled a couple of sink marks in the rear fenders of the DB4 with Mr. Dissolved Putty.  Great stuff, but does it ever smell!

I painted the whitewall insert with Tamiya Semi-Gloss Black and reversed the tires and assembled the wire wheels and knock-offs.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, May 19, 2019 11:56 AM

Back on the Aston Martin DB4.  I never cared for the wire wheels or the skinny tires that came in the kit.  I dug through the parts box looking for a better set of tires and I found them...with Borrani wire wheels on them!  If my memory is correct, these wheels and tires came from an old Fujimi Ferrari Daytona from many years ago and was retired from the shelf before it fell completely apart.  I'll just transfer the knockoffs from the kit wheels to the Borrani wire wheels.

The tires are twice as wide as the originals.

I assembled the luggage.  I want to add ignition wires to the engine, but the wires run out of a tube to the distributor and I need to drill some attachment points into the tube.  Maybe I can find a slightly larger tube...

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, May 19, 2019 1:56 PM

I was asked about the different tire sizes elsewhere.  The new tires that I am using are about 1/16th inch shorter than the taller, skinny tires in the kit.  They just look a whole lot better than the originals do.  And, the wire wheels don't stick out a country mile like the kit wheels do.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 3:36 PM

I've picking away at the DB4 today and I finished the engine compartment.

I next tackled the steering wheel by painting the spokes silver and the rim with flat dark tan covered with clear ornage.

The instrument panel is completed.  Just needs the steering wheel and steering column.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, May 23, 2019 2:37 PM

Someone, somewhere said that this kit is a bear to put together.  The chassis and interior are starting to prove that.  I have been struggling to get this together even after I have scraped the paint and plastic for glue adhesion.  I got the engine compartment and the trunk floor glued and clamped and I will leave it like this for a while.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, May 24, 2019 10:05 AM

A little progress on the DB4 3.7 Liter engine.  I got the wires installed into the plug holes and the plug wire tube with holes drilled for the plug wires.

I removed the clamps from the chassis/interior and finished the interior.  I added the front and rear suspensions.

More to come...

 

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 10:54 AM

I washed the DB4 this morning in preparation for primer and paint!

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 4:25 PM

I got the DB4 body and parts into a coat of grey primer.  I still have some work to do here.

I finally finished wiring the 3.7 L Straight Six engine.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, May 30, 2019 10:36 AM

I got the 3.7 L engine and the exhaust system installed into the chassis.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, May 30, 2019 2:45 PM

The chassis is done with the exception touchups.

I had to mockup with the body.  Looks great and I'm glad I went with the Borrani wires and tires from my parts box.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, May 31, 2019 8:27 AM

Well, it was bound to happen, I broke the body just below the trunk opening.  With all the webbing used in the opening, I started to carefully cut away the webbing and I thought I cracked the plastic.  Turns out that the plastic completely broke a few minutes later.  I reinforced the plastic with a strip of 0.020 sheet styrene with Testors Liquid Cement and I clamped it overnight.  I'm moving forward with this build...

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

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Posted by justmike on Friday, May 31, 2019 6:53 PM

aaarrgghhh!  At least is was in an easy spot to deal with

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, June 01, 2019 8:06 AM

Yes, it was!  I have fixed the break and it should appear seamless once primer and paint are applied.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, June 13, 2019 3:55 PM

I spent a little time this afternoon working on the DB4.  I didn't like the way the exhaust tips splayed out , so I carefully moved the right inwards towards the left and broke the tip off completely.  A little model glue and al little pressure and the tip is back on the silencer (British for muffler) and it looks better to my eye.

Due to the way the hood scoop was molded open on the hood, I added a piece of styrene to the opening to mimic how the hood should actually be on the outside looking at the front of the scoop.

One of the things I don't like about opening doors is the way they can sag and stay open when you don't want them to.  I added a couple of rare earth magnets to each side of the Aston to help keep the doors closed.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 8:42 PM

I gave the Aston what maybe its final coat of primer before paint.  The paint will be Tamiya TS-30 Silver Leaf.

The hood, trunk lid, front and rear valances.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, June 20, 2019 4:49 PM

Paint was flying today in mrmike's Model Cave!  I painted the Aston Martin DB4 with Tamiya TS-30 Silver Leaf.  So far, so good.  Very little trash in the paint.  I will add a couple more coats of paint later followed by several coats of Tamiya TS-13 Clear.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

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Posted by gbk1 on Thursday, June 20, 2019 5:52 PM

Your progressing nicely on this model. It should be a handsome classic when you're done. This another of that small group of full-detail Arurora models from ca. 1965 one of which I just now completed. Per Scalemates there seem to have been quite a few of them, all from the same period, and mostly prestige sports cars, including the Maserati 3500 GT, the Aston Martin DB4 and DB5 "Spy Car", both Jaguar XKEs (coupe and roadster). There were some race cars, too, including the Ferrari GTO and Ford GT40 and the Porsche 904 Carrera GTS.

I just completed the 904 and was very impressed by the fine detail and high parts count. Not at all what I would associate with Aurora, LOL! I also have the Maser, and now having seen your DB4 I'm sure I'll add it to my To-Do list. Your DB4 looks to have "good bones" and should come out looking great under your sure hands. Is the DB5 also from this series?

In any case, I'm looking forward to your final steps  Build on!

Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, June 21, 2019 7:07 AM

Thanks Bernard!  I have yet to spend any time on the history of the Aurora/Revell/Airfix/Doyusha kits.  My research has been geared mainly towards the differences between the DB4 and the DB5 cars and trying to improve the wheels of those model kits.  Every picture of the 1:1 cars that I look at shows a "flat" wire wheel and every kit with wire wheels have the center of the wheel sticking out a country mile!  The only good kit wire wheels I have seen has been the Tamiya Jaguar Mk II and the Morgan 4/4 and those are "flat".

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, June 30, 2019 4:12 PM

Finally, some work done on the Aston Martin DB4!  I fired up the paintbooth and clearcoated the Aston and its many parts with Tamiya TS-13 Gloss Clear.

Once this has dried a few days, some polishing and assembly.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

Classic Plastic Model Club

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    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, July 03, 2019 10:40 AM

I have started Bare Metal Foiling the Aston this morning.  At this point, I'm about halfway through foiling this small car.  I still have to foil the front and rear windshield frames and the B pillars.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

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  • From: sunny Sydney, Australia
Posted by nottheband on Wednesday, July 03, 2019 7:24 PM

G'day mrmike.  Nice progress with the Aston.  I'm looking forward to seeing it completed, and how the Silver Leaf looks as a finish colour.  It's hard to tell how it will contrast with the foiled trim, but I'm expecting a neat classic appearance.  Cheers

Steve

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