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Airfix Aston Martin DB5 1:32 Starter Model Kits

Airfix 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 curbisde 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 well. The 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. Airfix 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 it deserves.

airfix aston martin db5 models

Above: I've laid out some of the kits in the image. The lower left DB5 is an original 1:32 1970s MPC kit (box is in the upper left). I modified it into the 007 car, with a bullet proof shield, machine guns, and other mods. But that was decades ago - it's had a hard life being moved around all these years and some pieces have fallen off. Note the chrome plated parts. The Airfix 1:32 body is shown to the left, the Revell DB4 body is in the middle, and the Airfix 1:24 body is to the far right.

Here below is what the new box will look like for the Airfix Aston Martin DB5 kit. Striking isn't it? The kit is not that bad, and for a quick build, and an inexpensive model, it can still be a fun project.

airfix aston martin db5 starter kit 1/32

As another note, Corgi makes a diecast Aston Martin DB5 that has some remarkable features. I actually had one of these when I was a kit - in the late 1960s! Of course, I have a newer one now for nostalgic reasons, but it's still cool. The roof opens and ejects the driver out! Another button pops out the rear bullet proof shield. Lots of fun here!

corgi diecast aston martin db5 cars


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