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  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Aston Martin DB4
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 long since 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...

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

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Aston Martin DB4; Cadillac Escalade

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  • Member since
    January, 2005
  • From: Canberra, Australia
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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    January, 2019
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.

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
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-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Aston Martin DB4; Cadillac Escalade

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
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-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Aston Martin DB4; Cadillac Escalade

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
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.
       - Antoine de Saint-Exepury

Trevor

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
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-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Aston Martin DB4; Cadillac Escalade

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
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-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Aston Martin DB4; Cadillac Escalade

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
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-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Aston Martin DB4; Cadillac Escalade

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
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-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Aston Martin DB4; Cadillac Escalade

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
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-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Aston Martin DB4; Cadillac Escalade

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
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-1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409; Aston Martin DB4; Cadillac Escalade

Classic Plastic Model Club

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