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#1 OFFLINE   Batman

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Posted 18 October 2015 - 12:14 AM

I've had three James Bond Aston Martin DB5's (weapons version) with "diecast cancer". Two of them were perfect when I bought them, but over time they both developed paint bubbles, stress cracks & eventually breaking apart/disintegrating in the driver side door and surrounding areas.

The third, I bought on eBay last year for beacoup bucks/$$$$$ and was dismayed that it had paint bubbles and stress cracks on the driver side rear fender. I was able to return it to the seller for a full refund, including my shipping cost. The seller did not see the damage since he had never opened it and the side with the issue did not face the window of the box.

I've sent an email to AutoArt about this years ago when I discovered it on my first two and they never replied. I thought they would have because when I had an issue with the front bumper of my 007 Lotus Esprit (white/non submarine version) and told them about it, they were kind enough to send me a repacement bumper.

I still have one unblemished 007 DB5 in my collection and I'm paranoid that it will end up like the other three.

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Posted 18 October 2015 - 05:32 AM

Sorry to hear about this. But I wouldn't worry too much about your third DB5. All the AUTOart DB5's were produced before 2002, so if any one hasn't had zinc pest in all these years, then it's unlikely that it will have in the future.

I have the weapon version one with roof, and it's all fine:
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Posted 18 October 2015 - 06:09 AM

Sad stories indeed Batman - but like Frank said above, due to the laws of probability you should be OK with your latest one - as I have one also with no signs of the dreaded pest... :hope: :hope: :hope:

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Posted 18 October 2015 - 07:23 AM

Thanks for sharing guys! The weapons version DB5 is one of my favorite models and it has gotten very expensive on the secondary market.

I took apart the two that were damaged and was able to sell the parts and the shells. I think the body and chasis were used for a wrecked/crashed Goldfinger scene diorama. I actually made  a profit on them as I had bought them new at around $75 each and sold their parts, roof panels and shells separately. I also sold the boxes and plynth/base they came in with.Of course the money I made were used to buy other diecast cars!

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Posted 18 October 2015 - 08:14 AM

I'm starting to think that diecast cancer has something to do with climates...I say this because when my models were stored for many many years in Michigan they were still perfect when I had them shipped to Texas, but in just over a year stored in Texas I noticed that a few developed paint rashes. Anyway, when I noticed that your location is listed as Florida I guessed that it could be a correlation... my best guess :dunno:
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Posted 18 October 2015 - 08:16 AM

View PostBatman, on 18 October 2015 - 07:23 AM, said:

Thanks for sharing guys! The weapons version DB5 is one of my favorite models and it has gotten very expensive on the secondary market.

I took apart the two that were damaged and was able to sell the parts and the shells. I think the body and chasis were used for a wrecked/crashed Goldfinger scene diorama. I actually made  a profit on them as I had bought them new at around $75 each and sold their parts, roof panels and shells separately. I also sold the boxes and plynth/base they came in with.Of course the money I made were used to buy other diecast cars!

Have you considered the Hotwheels Elite DB5. I think detail-wise, it's (much) better than the ancient AUTOart, maybe shape-wise it's not.
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Posted 18 October 2015 - 08:32 AM

View Postferrariforever, on 18 October 2015 - 08:16 AM, said:

Have you considered the Hotwheels Elite DB5. I think detail-wise, it's (much) better than the ancient AUTOart, maybe shape-wise it's not.

Thanks for the suggestion! I have seen pictures of the Hot Wheels Elite DB5. It looks out of proportion and some of the parts look very chunky. The front bumpers are bent down and it looks very toy-like. It reminds me of the 1:18 007 DB5 that ERTL released years ago during the Daniel Craig Casino Royale era. I bought it and sold it later because I did not like how it looked. For the price Hot Wheels is asking, I would rather pay a little more for another AutoArt model. I'm perfectly happy with my one remaining, unblemished AutoArt DB5.

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Posted 18 October 2015 - 01:31 PM

I have hardly ever heard of an Autoart model getting DC. Hopefully this is the exception.

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Posted 18 October 2015 - 02:40 PM

My Aston Martin DB5 with all the gadgets including ejectable roof is still in great condition.. I just checked it yesterday as I sold it lol :)




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