For the most part, Eaglemoss supplies everything needed to build the model. However, I have put together a list of items that I found that improve the experience. These are just suggestions, there is no need to do it exactly this way.
This model is going to take a long time to build, so having a good work space to assemble it is important. I created a dedicated location with a small table and laid down a self-healing 24×36″ craft mat by Arteza:
Arteza 24″x36″ Self Healing Rotary Cutting Mat
This has a nice dark grey background with a 1″ grid, imperial rulers, and is big enough to cover the entire model.
While most of the kit snaps together, some screws are required and EM does not provide any tools with this build. Therefore, I used this precision screwdriver/tool set by ORIA:
ORIA 86 in 1 Precision Screwdriver Set
This set has many other useful tools such as different sharp-point tweezers, razor knife, magnetizing block, pry tools, etc.
If this model is anything like the Eaglemoss 1:8 scale Back to the Future Delorean I am building, it is assembled using a lot of tiny screws. The screws are referred to as Type A, B, C, J, etc. by Eaglemoss. As there will be so many screws, keeping them organized is extremely helpful. And, since Eaglemoss includes extra screws in every issue (and sometimes out of order), you will need someplace to store them all. I have a full list of the screws at The Screws page.
I bought a cheap 36-slot organizer from Amazon but any similar product would work fine. I taped small designation labels into each compartment to keep everything tidy.
I still recommend pre-threading all of the metal holes with the correct screw before attaching things into place. This simply involves driving the intended screw into each hole and removing it before actually fastening anything together. The screws are made of harder metal than the die-cast parts so they should create threads in the metal. This will make the actual connection straighter and easier to use.
However, a game-changer for the metal screws is to pick up some 3-in-One Multi-Purpose Oil and add a tiny drop to the tip of each metal screw (or into the hole). Using this, the metal screws feed much easier and won’t bind, break, and strip nearly as often.
Custom Modifications (Mods)
If you plan on modifying your car, you may want to look into some of the many mods available to us before you start building.
See my MODS page for details.
Finally, there will a lot of other Eaglemoss 1:8 scale James Bond Aston Martin DB5 partwork model builders online where you can learn more about the kit, build tips and tricks, videos, ask questions, and join discussions. Don’t be a stranger, we are friendly!
I found a few YouTube channels that are a great presentation of the build and may help provide insight into what it takes to build this model:
World of Wayne
This set of videos from Wayne Green documents his build of the Eaglemoss DB5 over in the UK. His videos are fantastic and provide a lot of detail and camera angles for each issue.
There are also Facebook groups dedicated to the build. There is a ton of information and help to be found. The best one I have found is:
Build the Aston Martin DB5 by Eaglemoss – Partwork Central
Pack 01 – Radiator Grille, Aston Martin Badges, Bulletproof Screen