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Airfix or Aurora Aston Martin DB5
Posted by dogbone on Monday, October 15, 2012 8:00 AM

Will there ever be a reissue of this classic spy model car?  I can't believe I blew mine up with firecrackers nearly 40 years ago.  Are the molds still in existence from Airfix?  Aurora?  I'd definitely buy a box of these kits, build a couple and salt up the rest!  The competition on Ebay is just too heavy!

Cheers to All Sean Connery "James Bond" fans!

Dogbone

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Posted by fox on Monday, October 15, 2012 2:51 PM

One can only wish!

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  • From: Australia
Posted by OctaneOrange on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 10:18 PM

i'd imagine it's just a matter of time before some re-issue comes. maybe on release of the next movie?

i got the airfix non-bond kit and it's pretty mediocre. just keep on ebay, etc. you'll get one eventually.

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Posted by Gear Head 6 on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 10:50 PM

The Aurora 1/25th sports car kits, including the stock DB5, have been reissued by Revell Monogram many times. As far as I know the James Bond version has never been reissued probably because of licensing considerations.

The Airfix 1/24th scale Bond DB5 was more detailed then the Aurora kit because Aurora, unlike other manufacturers during the sixties, carved out the masters, for the tooling, in 1/25th instead  of making the masters in a larger scale and scaling it down. As a result dash board and engine detail tended to be a bit soft.

Airfix not only did the Bond DB5 but also the Toyota roadster and aerogyro, "Little Nell", from "You Only Live Twice" (1967). The DB5 and Toyota, both mislabeled 1/25th scale, were released by MPC without the spy gear.  Airfix has reissued "Little Nell" a number of times.

If the Airfix Tooling still exists it is strange the kit hasn't been reissued with the fiftieth anniversary of the Bond series.

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Posted by Bugatti Fan on Sunday, November 17, 2013 5:55 AM

Wasn't the ex Aurora model of a DB4 with ordinary round headlamps?

I remember that the Aifix JB DB5 was followed on a couple of years later with a DB6.

Maybe Airfix at the time modified the DB5 moulds to do this....Who knows.

For sure the JB DB5 has never ever been re released since the 60's. I would have thought that with the car featuring again in Skyfall would be a good time to re issue the kit again.

My guess is that the moulds have long gone.

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Posted by Gear Head 6 on Saturday, November 23, 2013 1:21 PM

The  tooling for the Airfix James Bond DB4 was probably altered to make the stock  Airfix/MPC DB6.

The Aurora kit with the working ejection seat, ""exploding" roof section and rotating license plates was rushed into production  to capitalize on the popularity  of  "Goldfinger"  in the mid sixties.   I don't think they were worried about having the right head lights.  It was described as a "Spy Car" on the box to get around any legal problems with the use of the title "Goldfinger" or 007.

As noted the the Stock version was released by Revell in the nineties.  The tooling for the James Bond  version, as with other  Aurora kits may been lost..

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Posted by dogbone2 on Saturday, September 17, 2016 2:07 AM

Years have passed since my last post on this subject.  Does anyone remember if the Airfix Bond DB5 also had the ejection kit feature, or was it just the Aurora kit?  I see on eBay where the price of the Doyusha Aston Martin Bond car (with Bond and Tosh Togo figures) has skyrocketed near $75.00 or more.  I must say the same also goes for the stock Aston Martin also made by Doyusha (expensive).  Are these Doyusha kits comparable to the old Airfix and Aurora kits except no ejection seat (like the Aurora kit)?  Thanks Modelers for taking time to read this post.  Sincerely, dogbone2 (was dogbone, but I let my previous subscription expire Big Smile

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Tuesday, October 04, 2016 2:58 PM

Yowsa !

   I have a Non-Bond car and I think it is awesome .Yes ,  it is a pain to build , But it is the only game in my stash . So it will get built along with all the other " Real " Bond stuff that's still in the box , unopened since I bought them . My ship was leaving port and I had to be on the bridge when the pilot came on board .

 Yes , I used to hit the hobby shops when I captained those big oil storage and transfer units called ULCCs . They were bigger than VLCc ships . ( Can you say DON'T Parallel park those bad boys ? )    T.B.

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Posted by Mtaylo25 on Monday, February 20, 2017 8:22 PM

Hey guys: More than you probably ever wanted to know about Bond/Aston DB-series kits, but here goes:

Aurora: There are 2 completely unrelated kits. One is a stock Aston Martin DB4, a model prior to the "Bond Aston" which has full detail, opening doors, and has been reissued many times by both Aurora, Monogram, and Revell. It is 1/25 scale.

A completely unrelated kit was the "Super Spy Car" which had lots of "working" features like the ejector seat, bumper rams, bulletproof trunk shield, and tire-cutting wheel knock-offs. This kit shares no parts with the DB4 except tires. It is a curbside (no engine/closed doors and trunk). This kit has never been reissued since the original 1960s run, and the tooling was presumably either scrapped or lost with other Aurora tooling when the train carrying molds to Monogram derailed in the 1970s after they bought the Aurora tooling bank.

 

Airfix (original): The Airfix kit was a full-detail (engine, etc.) kit that in addition to the James Bond version, could easily have been built as a stock DB-5 with a small bit of work. This, in my opinion, is still by far the best kit of the DB-5, Bond or not in 1/24 scale. Also issued by "Craft Master" (an MPC sub-brand for foreign kits) in the USA. The tooling was modified into the Aston Martin DB-6, the successor to the DB-5, and offered in both Airfix and MPC boxes depending on country. The DB-6 tooling, as well as the "Bond" Toyota 2000GT roadster/MPC Non-Bond 2000GT roadster, and England-only Airfix non-bond 2000GT coupe was lost in a 1970s-era warehouse fire and none have, or ever will, be reissued. 

 

Doyusha/Airfix 1990s+ issues: In the 1990s, Doyusha in Japan tooled up a very basic curbside chassis for a vintage DB5 slot car body of unknown origin. When doing so, they also produced a James Bond version with mostly non-functioning options to display the car with some of the trademark "gadgets" deployed. Some worked, like the bulletproof rear panel and the wheel knock-offs, but there was no ejector seat, etc. Airfix reissued the "stock" kit at the same time. The Doyusha Bond kit also came with Bond/Oddjob standing figures which were very nicely done. 

It should be noted that the Airfix version has nothing in common to the 1960s/70s DB-5/6 kits. 

Revell Germany 2017 issue: Revell Germany announced that it would be issuing a James Bond DB-5 kit in late 2017. It is not clear if this is new tooling or a reissue of the Doyusha kit. 

 

Hope that helps gents!

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Posted by Gear Head 6 on Thursday, March 02, 2017 7:41 PM

[quote user="Mtaylo25"]

Hey guys: More than you probably ever wanted to know about Bond/Aston DB-series kits, but here goes:

Aurora: There are 2 completely unrelated kits. One is a stock Aston Martin DB4, a model prior to the "Bond Aston" which has full detail, opening doors, and has been reissued many times by both Aurora, Monogram, and Revell. It is 1/25 scale.

A completely unrelated kit was the "Super Spy Car" which had lots of "working" features like the ejector seat, bumper rams, bulletproof trunk shield, and tire-cutting wheel knock-offs. This kit shares no parts with the DB4 except tires. It is a curbside (no engine/closed doors and trunk). This kit has never been reissued since the original 1960s run, and the tooling was presumably either scrapped or lost with other Aurora tooling when the train carrying molds to Monogram derailed in the 1970s after they bought the Aurora tooling bank.

 

Airfix (original): The Airfix kit was a full-detail (engine, etc.) kit that in addition to the James Bond version, could easily have been built as a stock DB-5 with a small bit of work. This, in my opinion, is still by far the best kit of the DB-5, Bond or not in 1/24 scale. Also issued by "Craft Master" (an MPC sub-brand for foreign kits) in the USA. The tooling was modified into the Aston Martin DB-6, the successor to the DB-5, and offered in both Airfix and MPC boxes depending on country. The DB-6 tooling, as well as the "Bond" Toyota 2000GT roadster/MPC Non-Bond 2000GT roadster, and England-only Airfix non-bond 2000GT coupe was lost in a 1970s-era warehouse fire and none have, or ever will, be reissued. 

 

Doyusha/Airfix 1990s+ issues: In the 1990s, Doyusha in Japan tooled up a very basic curbside chassis for a vintage DB5 slot car body of unknown origin. When doing so, they also produced a James Bond version with mostly non-functioning options to display the car with some of the trademark "gadgets" deployed. Some worked, like the bulletproof rear panel and the wheel knock-offs, but there was no ejector seat, etc. Airfix reissued the "stock" kit at the same time. The Doyusha Bond kit also came with Bond/Oddjob standing figures which were very nicely done. 

It should be noted that the Airfix version has nothing in common to the 1960s/70s DB-5/6 kits. 

Revell Germany 2017 issue: Revell Germany announced that it would be issuing a James Bond DB-5 kit in late 2017. It is not clear if this is new tooling or a reissue of the Doyusha kit. 

 

Hope that helps gents!

The Bond DB-5 was released by MPC in 1966.  That year MPC was on something of a spy car binge releasing most of their annual kits with guns, tire cutters, rocket belts, dash mounted tracking devices and anti car rockets.
 
Three years later MPC released the DB-5 as, as noted, a 1/25th scale stock version.  The same year they released the Toyota roadster; also stock only.  Of course the only major  modification made in the real "You only Live Twice" Toyota was it was made into a roadster.  Shawn Connery was unable to fit into the available coupe version.
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  • From: Bluegrass
Posted by robiwon on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 10:30 AM

Didn't RoG cancel the DB5 kit that was slated for this year?

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