Of the many partworks I am building, this Eaglemoss 1:8 scale James Bond Aston Martin DB5 is the first one I have completely finished. And overall, I am very pleased with it. Technically, it was a fairly simple process with most of the 261 parts pre-assembled and held together by push-fit or the 261 screws (yes, the same number of both). While my experience was mostly positive, there were many frustrating moments mostly due to the order the parts were received in and some very tricky instructions.
I started my DB5 back in June of 2019, so it took just shy of two years to assemble. I believe this was Eaglemoss’ first partwork build-up as they acquired it after merging with GE Fabbri back in 2011. The DB5 has been re-released a few times since then, with all new magazines created in 2019, but the instructions were still lacking in clarity. I had to make many adjustments to make sense of them all, including combining them with the improved PDFs from 2013. Interestingly, the simplicity of the parts and the disorganization of the assembly instructions of the DB5 was showing its age as Eaglemoss’ following projects are noticeably better. Their later offerings have more steps, more parts, and those parts seem to arrive in a much more linear way.
I feel the 1965 Aston Martin DB5 is a beautiful, regal automobile full of classical charm and sporting a deeply storied history. Even with all of the complications expected of assembling this model, I decided it was still worth owning. If we then consider the inclusion of Q’s gluttony of spy gadgets from the film Goldfinger (1964), it just made this DB5 even better! Eaglemoss did their best to include these modifications in our model. Other than the ejector seat, everything works perfectly on mine, especially the electronics with all of the lights and sounds.
In the end, I had a great time completing the Eaglemoss DB5, and I want to thank all of my visitors who hung through this build with me. I hope sharing my experiences, tips, and tricks can help others get through their own DB5 builds in some small way. I am proud to have it in my display cabinet and look forward to building many more large-scale models!
As a special bonus for completing the DB5, inside the last magazine, Eaglemoss included this flyer with a loyalty code for FREE shipping on our next Die-Cast Club build-up subscription. If you want to build any other Eaglemoss model currently available in the USA, each of these images is a link to their respective sites:
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During the subscription build of this Eaglemoss 1:8 scale James Bond Aston Martin DB5 partwork model, I did not expect any special issues. However, I was recently emailed that I was eligible to receive this Special Offer. It consists of two ‘Bond in Motion’ replicas that are similar to our Free Gift #4:
The Moon Buggy that Bond uses to escape from Whyte’s research facility in Diamonds are Forever
The Dragon Tank that Dr. No uses to scare people away from Crab Key in the first Bond movie, Dr. No
Every issue of ‘Bond In Motion’ features a new 1:43 scale die-cast model in a specially-recreated scene from one of the films in the Bond Franchise. The models include all the gadgets and weapons you’d expect and have been carefully researched right down to the number plates.
The pair are NOT free, but are automatically charged and shipped for $39.90. I was not interested in these additional pieces, so I called Eaglemoss to cancel them. If needed, you can reach the US Eaglemoss Customer Service team at 1-800-261-6898 or at email@example.com.
The 1:43 Model of our Aston Martin DB5 is framed within a plastic case and is quite detailed. It even has the rear tire slashers extended.
Two sides of the case contain images that make it appear the car is in a high-speed chase scene. There are foreground elements of vegetation and roadside markers as well as the 007 logo on top. It is a nice display piece and I am glad Eaglemoss was able to get them sent out finally!
With Pack 43 completed, we are now exactly halfway through the build of this Eaglemoss 1:8 scale James Bond Aston Martin DB5. We have made good progress considering we only started about 11 months ago. There have been delays, missing parts, and a serious lack of clear of instructions, but look at everything we have accomplished nonetheless!
I pulled all of my DB5 parts out of storage to take this picture of the various bits we have collected so far. It looks like a jumbled mess, HA! With my other partwork builds, I do not seem to have so many loose parts. This build just feels disjointed; it is really strange that the order of the parts we receive is not more linear. I think they could have done a better job with it, but I am still enjoying the process and I look forward to completing it. Thanks to all my visitors for joining me!
If you are building any of the die-cast metal large scale models out there, you are probably familiar with the pain around driving screws into metal parts. In my experience, some of these screws have a tendency to bind up, strip threads, or simply snap off. Not only does it cause frustration, but it could cause a long delay in your build waiting for replacement parts.
For a while now, I have read about other builders that were using a little oil on their metal screw threads to help reduce the risk of damage and the effort needed to seat these screws fully. Up until this point, I had taken my time to carefully pre-thread metal screws, but it turns out they were on to something. I recently picked up some 3-in-One Multi-Purpose Oil (from the WD-40 Company) and it has changed everything!
I simply dip the tip of each metal screw into a tiny drop of this stuff and they go right in and without any drama. I should have done this sooner! If putting a little oil on the end of a metal screw is not feasible, you can also use a toothpick or other small tool to apply the oil directly into a screw hole before installing the screw.
I highly recommend grabbing a bottle of this oil (or other similar lubricant). It will surely save you time and headache!
If you are building this Eaglemoss 1:8 scale James Bond Aston Martin DB5 model, you probably feel the pain of the terrible instructions in the magazines. Well, I have something for you. Check out The PDFs page in my build section!
As I have mentioned a few times throughout this Eaglemoss 1:8 scale James Bond Aston Martin DB5 partwork build-up, the printed instructions in the magazines are a mess. They jump all over and skip steps, or simply refer to parts you haven’t received yet. Now that we are built through Pack 30, I wanted to go back and attempt to fix a couple of missing steps I have noticed so far. I have also updated each individual pack page to include more details, but here is the overview:
If you signed up for the subscription-based version of this Eaglemoss 1:8 scale James Bond Aston Martin DB5 partwork model, you will receive five FREE gifts along the way. The first gift was a Poster, the second was the Blueprints, and the third was the Collector’s Binder. The fourth gift (a 1:43 model of the car) is still on back order. Eaglemoss skipped that one and sent me the final gift with Issue 08, the Display Base.
The Display Base is a generic black-painted wooden platform. There is a small block at the front that can hold a plaque. A small ‘007’ self-adhesive plague was included separately that needed to be installed. I tacked it on for the picture below. Note that I did not remove the plastic protective film over the plague to keep it protected, but I am pretty sure it is glossy under there.
There is nothing too special about this base. It appears Eaglemoss designed it so they could ship the same base with many of their other part work model builds (and just send out different plaques). I received the exact same base with my GT-R build (with a different plaque). I won’t be using any of the display bases for any of my builds as I have a nice display cabinet for these models. So, I will likely sell my bases to others.
If you are interested in the dimensions, they are as follows:
External Edges: 27″ x 14 3/16″ x 1 7/16″ (68.5 x 36 x 4 cm)
Internal Surface: 25.25″ x 12.25″ with a 7/16″ lip (63.8 x 31 cm with a 1 cm lip)
Badge Size: 3 1/8″ x 2″ (8 x 5 cm)
Badge Holder: Adds (13/16″ or 2 cm) to the depth, and 3/8″ (0.9 cm) to the height
One last thing. It is not the same display base advertised on the Eaglemoss DB5 website, which looks to have an engraved Aston Martin logo on it. That is really too bad, it looks really nice:
Building the 1:8 scale James Bond Aston Martin DB5 from Eaglemoss