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Aston Martin Db4-1/25 Revell Monogram...A detailed Story!-Update May 14, 2012

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Aston Martin Db4-1/25 Revell Monogram...A detailed Story!-Update May 14, 2012
Posted by Porsnatic on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 10:06 PM

This will my build on the 1/25 Revell Monogram Aston Martin DB4. Although it's one of the most exquisite sport luxury car of all time, at the hobby stores shelves is almost a none exist subject. Despite being a 40 years old design already, this little 1/25 little friend gives plenty of possibilities and space to our mind's creativity. This is not common on those old days model cars, where were not today's fine standards like the ones from Tamiya and Fujimi, just to name a couple. There have been several releases on this Aston Martin Db4, a couple from Monogram (different box art) and also a couple from Revell itself. Mine is the 1997 one. I'm also including a couple of pictures of the DB5, the real James Bond's car. I found doing my research that sometimes the DB4 is also named as the Bond's car. They are almost the same car, what better identify one from the other are the head lights buckles.  Here are a couple of pictures of the art boxes.     

 

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Posted by Porsnatic on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 10:07 PM

My goal is to make a high detailed version of it, since there is of the lack of buildings on this Aston, most of them Box Stock with an upgraded wheels set from Tamiya's Jaguar MK II and the Aoshima MGB. The version I selected will be the DB4 Series 5. Although at first sight one can say they all look the same, they have significant differences. Here's a picture of a nice preserved and aggressive look silver DB4 Series 3 and another for the one I selected, a red Series 5 one.


Ok, now let's go to do some modeling....

Opposite to basic model car modeling and to the instruction sheet itself, I will start this model coming from the chassis and suspension components going up to the interior, body, ending at the engine bay...What an odd way, isn't it?:confused:


Here's a look to the chassis and interior components. Typical from those old days, several parts are used to do one component. Among the several nice features of this model, the seats have some reclinable movement.


The chassis and spare tire compartment has been glued together:


 

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Posted by Porsnatic on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 10:08 PM

Moving on now to the underside of this model, since I've been doing a lot of research for this model lately, so I found that the swing link is too large, so, I cutted it, shaved the simulated plastic bolt and glued a real aluminum one. Another alteration I did was in the rear axle cover, were I added more aluminum bolts from R&B Motion, aluminum sheet for the Watt link assemblies connectors, and aluminum tubing for the Watt link assemblies itself. I found that the rear axle cover comes as a separate part and it will be great at detailing paint time, since it's supposed to be painted in a different color than the axle itself and this will eliminate future tricky masking there.

 

Real part:

altered part:


I taped down everything together on the chassis along with the Radius Arm assemblies..Let’s see how it looks...


I like how it being, buuuut, to me something is still missing...I made the road springs out of solder ans its bases from plastic sheet

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Posted by Porsnatic on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 10:10 PM
 Now...we have a complete family:     Here I even added the aftermarket wheels and they fitted perfectly without any alteration!

 

 

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Posted by justmike on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 10:59 PM

It never ceases to amaze me what a difference real springs make.  I will be following along closely.  Will you be painting it in that silvery slightly greenish tint color?  I really like that color on the car

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Posted by Porsnatic on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 11:42 PM

No, I discarded from the begining those two colors for being so obvious on the Aston Martin..the Silver you mentioned, and even although is not so common among Astons, the Brithish racing green. Hope you like this work I'll do.

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Posted by Porsnatic on Thursday, January 14, 2010 5:27 PM

Today I have a quick update. After being working in the rear suspension components, now I’m moving to the front. Like in the rear, box stock suspension is OK but, I feel it allow space for something more.

 

I started gluing together the engine bay and cutting the attachment ends to the plastic sway bar with some brass tubing I did a new one.

  

 Same method was done with the steering rack, rolling some thin solder around the tube to simulate the boot.

  

The shocks and spring plastic combo also suffer a transformation with some solder, plastic rod, aluminum tubing, and aluminum sheet. I didn’t put much attention on the exposed epoxy since it will be later covered by the brake disc and the wheels.

 

 

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Posted by Porsnatic on Thursday, January 14, 2010 5:28 PM

Everything was installed and this is how it looks:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Porsnatic on Thursday, January 14, 2010 5:30 PM

After carved a bit of plastic rectangle bar, I did a chassis bar where I mounted the scratch built brakemaster cylinders.

  

I also did a tryout to see how they look.

  

Now I just need to shoot some paint to the parts and do final adjustments. Then, I will complete everything with wire and nuts in order to complete the plumbing.

  

 

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Posted by justmike on Thursday, January 14, 2010 10:43 PM

Impressive scratchbuilding there.  Thats neat what you did with the solder to turn it into a boot.  I'll keep that in mind

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Posted by Kromag on Friday, January 15, 2010 11:52 AM
Very nice detail work! I have the last one Revell Monogram(orig. Aurora kit) DB4 kit. Did you try to find nice wheel/rims for your version? Thanks. "How do you expect me to answer? I don't Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!"
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Posted by Porsnatic on Friday, January 15, 2010 4:08 PM

Wellllll...hehehe, yes, I will add some aftermarket wheel/tire combo, the only thing is that you will have to wait to a real soon update to see what I bought!Big Smile...Just what I can say for now that it was the most correct, EXPENSIVE...ufffff...and nice set I could found after some time looking around for it. You can see a little bit of them if you look carefully to the fourth post.

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Posted by kevinm on Friday, January 15, 2010 7:07 PM

Great work so far! Nice looking kit! -kevin

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Posted by jroc1989 on Friday, January 15, 2010 8:06 PM

 Awesome work so far!  I too am building one of these, mine is the Aurora version.  I'm not going to the level of detail that you are though.  I can't wait to see more!  What color are you going with?

Kromag
Very nice detail work! I have the last one Revell Monogram(orig. Aurora kit) DB4 kit. Did you try to find nice wheel/rims for your version? Thanks. "How do you expect me to answer? I don't Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!"

 

I hope I don't steal the thunder here, but I bought a set of aftermarket wheels/tires for my Aston too.  They are photo etched spoke wire wheels.  Each one is 9 pieces without the spinner or tire.  They are manufactured by Hasegawa: "Spoke Wheel Set for 250 Testa Rossa."  At a little over $20 without shipping, I'd call them expensive!

http://www.hlj.com/product/HSGQG21

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Posted by warra48 on Friday, January 15, 2010 10:56 PM

Very very nice work.

I also have the 1997 release of this kit.

I love detailing cars like this. I have the Revell Germany Jaguar XK120 about 80% built at present, and I've done similar work with the details on that one.

Will be following this thread with interest. It's linked in my favourites.

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Posted by Porsnatic on Saturday, January 16, 2010 11:28 AM

Yes this is the Revel-monogram release. As some of you guys have said the original is an Aurora. Here's a picture of the box art, typical from the 60's. Basically Revell used same art.

 

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Posted by Porsnatic on Saturday, January 16, 2010 12:44 PM

This is a real quick update. Jerry Quick, my good friend from the T.A.M.S. club in Norfolk, VA, give me an important advise in order to get this right. The solder I used to recreate the boots at the steering rack was to thick. I used another that is a little bit thinner and the look changed.


 

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Posted by 89forumla on Saturday, January 16, 2010 1:00 PM

 You're doing a great job, and I look forward to seeing more of this build. 

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Posted by Porsnatic on Sunday, January 24, 2010 9:42 PM
After I checked the steering boots scale, I also noticed that the brake master cylinders also needed some attention. After I measured, I saw that they were out of scale and that instead being attaching master cylinders I was attaching flashlights!  Here the face to face comparison.   I also did again the chassis part were they will be mounted.  How they look from some distance.  Chassis received an airbrush coat of Faux Fabric in order to replicate the rust undercoating. Aslo a close up of the part.  Here I shooted a coat of Tamiya Semi Gloss black lacquer at night time and with the doors of my garage open to eliminate of some of the high gloss this tamiya spray has. Precisely, I selected Tamiya semi gloss black, because is not as satin as other semi gloss are, it has a little bit more shine and the aston martin undercoat is like this. The cylinders already on the chassis.

 

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Posted by Porsnatic on Sunday, January 24, 2010 9:44 PM
My favorite part of the chassis, the rear end. I liked a lot how the Watt link assembly being with the so in scale semi gloss from Gunze Sangyo Mr color #92. The rear axle cover was treated with the rare seen aluminum from the mr. color metalizer line. After I shooted Gunze the semi gloss black to the suspension components, I airbrushed a light coat of the same mr color lacquer gloss black to give it the scale look. Everyting during nightime to avoid excessive gloss caused by warm temperatures. The last detailed I give to this section was some Boyd's enamel clear to the springs, I also did the same with the front ones.   Some bolts from Galtran and washers for detail. Here can be seen the almost dull effect over thte chassis, but, with some gloss.  The whole rear chassis/suspension components together finally. 

 

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Posted by Porsnatic on Sunday, January 24, 2010 9:45 PM
For the front suspension tubing I painted the with the Gunze Mr color gloss black, but, the steering boots that received the semi gloss black, but, from Gunze not the Tamiya.    

 

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Posted by Porsnatic on Sunday, January 24, 2010 9:46 PM
Everything is mocked up to see how it looks.    

This parts now will received complete wiring and plumbing detail.

 

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Posted by justmike on Sunday, January 24, 2010 11:58 PM

Beautiful contrast That finish turned out well

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Posted by vetts-r-ks on Friday, February 05, 2010 10:55 AM

I like the way you have walk through the steps and the details you are using to make this chassis. The work you have done is impressive.

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Posted by rossa156 on Friday, February 05, 2010 1:55 PM

I, too, have the '97 release kit. I haven't detailed it that much...just some engine details. It turns into a nice model, even for being ancient. It looks great next to my Ferrari GTOs.  Sort of a slice of time in GT racing.Monogram Aston

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Posted by Porsnatic on Saturday, February 06, 2010 10:24 PM

Hey rossa156, this one looks real good. Thanks to all you guys for your kind comments. I've been working real hard this past days on the model. I will add some progress this week, look for it.

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Posted by Porsnatic on Thursday, March 18, 2010 5:22 PM

In this update I will covering the plumbing of thet brake system under the car.

I started working on a scrathbuild caliper, since the model comes just with a engraved over the plastic disc. I cutted it in order to used it as a template to make new ones from a plastic sheet.

 After I discarded the plastic disc, I picked up a Detail Master solid one which I chucked to my Dremel in order to have a better used look.


After I did the Dremel treatment, this how it looks in comparison to an untreated on. Looks more real.


Using a plastic rod, I sliced it to make discs that will simulate the piston housing. Then, I primed them and painted them closely so the paint cover the crack between the caliper and this housing so it can be shown as just one part.

Worked an aluminum sheet to make the caliper


Some primer


A silver paint base


Finally the silver-gold color

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Posted by Porsnatic on Thursday, March 18, 2010 5:25 PM

The bridge pipe assembly made out of cooper wire and tiny nuts.


I used this picture in order to make the rear emergency system.

Plastic sheets, wire and plastic rod used to make the system..uff..lots of work!


Already in place along with the calipers.


Another view


This picture was used to make the three way union for the brake fluid feed.
I used plastic rod, cooper wire and nuts.


The parts in place.

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Posted by Porsnatic on Thursday, March 18, 2010 5:27 PM

The connector for the brake master cylinder.


 The hardest part to design..the mechanism that action the emergency cables by the handbrake lever. In the red circle section the part intended to replicate.


I started using a guitar string that has the perfect scale look and grooves. Aluminum sheet again to replicate the connectors.


More plastic using to make the other unions...ufff more, and more trying and hard work with so small parts!


All the the components before painting.


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Posted by Porsnatic on Thursday, March 18, 2010 5:32 PM

This photo etched alternator bracket was used to make the connector to the whole assembly with the tube that comes from the lever.


Already in place.


I use THE DETAILER black ink to enhance the grooves in the guitar string.


Plastic squares used to make the brake fluid line on the chassis.

 

The caliper section.


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