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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
A few weeks ago I purchased this Chrono Aston Martin DB5 with a view to making a much more detailed model from it. My intention was to add as much extra detail as possible including opening up the sealed boot and adding the boot interior. However after my difficulties in making a working hinge on the opened up boot on my Yatming DB4 Zagato, I shied away from that idea. The model was received intact apart from broken/missing wing mirrors. The front wheel nut in this image had been removed in effort to determine how the wheels were fixed on.
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However, whilst trying to reinsert the slightly misaligned windscreen I went and broke it!😡😡😡
Now while this model has some good features (wheels, dashboard, steering wheel, seats) the engine and underside detail are very poor and I was finding the blue tinted windows more irritating than I thought they would be when I bought it. With all these negatives in my mind I started to loose interest in this DB5 project and was going to write it off. About this time I spotted another low priced fully opening DB5 on the Fleabay made by Ertl under the brand name 'Joyride'. It has much better underside detail than the Chrono and a very detailed engine, so I decided to take a different route to a DB5. This is how it came. (Ebay image)
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Pretty much the same condition as the Chrono being intact apart from broken/missing wing mirrors. My intention now is to upgrade this model with scratch/proprietary parts as appropriate, along with the wheels/tyres, steering wheel, door handles, side lights and boot handle/number plate lights from the Chrono model. This is the underside of the Chrono model with the wheels removed.
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And the Ertl. The extra suspension and engine detail are obvious. The exhaust was off when I took this image, but believe me, it's much better as well.
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This shows a Chrono wheels next to the Ertl. It has much finer spokes and knock off nuts. I think the Ertl tyres are better but unfortunately they don't fit on the Chrono wheels which are wider.
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This was taken after I'd modified the Chrono wheels by adding the rear hub fitting from the Ertl wheels so that they would fit the Ertl uprights. The difference is significant and as well as the wheels being poor, it rides too high as well.
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I haven't taken any images of the modified front wheels, but I'll take some later when it's in bits again. This is what I did at the rear. Rather than modify the Chrono wheels so they could be screw fitted (as at the front), I decided to modify the rear axle to take the metal rod from the Chrono set up with push fit wheels. I had to drill out the axle/differential moulding for the metal rod to pass through, with the hubs/ discs glued to the outer ends. To lower the ride height I took 2mm off the screw columns to make the axle sit closer to the floorpan.

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Here's how I lowered the front ride height. First I made some replicas of the top mounts from plasticard and drilled and screwed them in position with self tappers. Then I drilled the hole for the upright spigot through the existing mount hole.
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Then I cut them to lenght and removed and cut off the original mount.
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After refitting you get this.
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And with the uprights in place and lower mount added.
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I'll remove the screws and pin and glue the new mounts later.
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Here's how it rides now.
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I don't like the Silver Birch colour and have completely dismantled the model and stripped the paint. Bloody Ertl model! I've stripped the paint and it's still Silver Birch! 🤣🤣
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The boot opening was very limited but I've increased it by filing the hinges and the top edge of the aperture. It was about half of this to start with.
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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
Thank you Steven.

This is how I modified the front Chrono wheels to fit the uprights using the hubs from the Ertl wheels. Far right is an Ertl wheels as it comes. To the left an Ertl wheel after removing the hub from the rear spokes. The hub on the inside of the Chrono wheel was ground off, the centre hole filled with plastic tube and rod and rubbed smooth. The Ertl hub was reduced on the inner face then glued to the Chrono wheel. The wheels locates in the upright and is secured with a self tapping screw from the rear. The uprights have ca. 4mm long locating pins so moving the upper mount up 2mm means the lower pin still locates in the bottom mount. The upright can move up and down and by rights I ought to add a spacing washer, but hey, when a car is raised off its wheels the suspension sags and the wheels drop so I haven't bothered.
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I have now glued and pinned the replacement mounts with 2m brass rod and dispensed with the screws.
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The raised upper mounts foul the bottom edge of the engine bay so slots need to be cut in the bay to clear the mounts.
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Here's a few comparison images of the Chrono vs Ertl. A bit late in the day I know, but still useful for anyone looking for a budget DB5. Chrono on the left in each image. The roof and windscreen are wider on the chrono and the rear window is rectangular instead of tapered towards the bottom and the bottom edge straight instead of curved.
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The bonnet is a better fit on the Chrono but there are no washer jets which are moulded in relief on the Ertl. Both have shell or bullet type wing mirrors which are set further back on the Chrono (missing on both models as received). Although the radio is represented in the Chrono, there is no aerial, which the Ertl has mounted ahead of the right hand A pillar. Not showing here, but the wipers on the Ertl are better and I've busted one on the Chrono. The door handles are finer on the Chrono and will be used on the Ertl.
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The drops in the bodywork either side of the AM badge at the front are better defined on the Chrono. The bodywork behind the grill is open on the Chrono but the plastic grill is solid and very thick so rubbing down the rear as I did on the Yatming DB4Z would be a real pain. On the Ertl the bodywork behind the grill is blanked but the grill is open. It would be quite easy to remove the blank but the bonnet hinge mount are very large and would be visible, pretty much obscuring the radiator, so I'm passing on that this time.
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Here you can see the bonnet hinges. To fully open the aperture on the chrono would be a real chore as the metal is about 4mm thick. Both models have large dog leg hinges on the doors.
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This inner rear view shows the difficulty in opening up the boot. The metal is quite thick but more importantly, the rear screw columns impede into the aperture area. Too much pain and strife to go there and life's too short.
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Here are the main external chrome details. Not much to choose between them other than the open grill on the Ertl. I haven't checked yet, but I'm hoping the Chrono front bumper will fit so I can eliminate the representation of the James Bond revolving number plate mount without having to butcher the Ertl one. Both models are right hand drive with the Chrono having UK plates and the Ertl from the Bahamas, I assume from the Bond film???
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And the exhausts. The upper emaciated one is the Chrono. The tailpipes on the Ertl are quite good for a plastic moulding and would drill out nicely to improve them, but I'll be replacing them with metal items.
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Dashboards. Although just decals, I prefer the more visible appearance of the Chrono dials. The Ertl dials are a one piece sticker with a cover containing the bezels and switches, but the dials are too recessed and too small. I'm hoping I can modify the Chrono board to fit as it also includes the radio.
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The engine bay on the Chrno is integral with the floor pan whereas the Ertl is a separate moulding. At the rear of the Chrono floor pan you can see where I added some plasticard to tighten the rear axle which was very sloppy. This was before I decided to write off the Chron and go the Ertl route. I read somewhere that the Chrono model came with a pull back "motor" at the rear and there is evidence of some missing fittings and the axle has splines in the center possibly to accommodate a sprocket for the pull back???
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The really big differences are seen on the engines. I'm sure if I just stripped and painted the Ertl engine and then reassembled, it would look very good. However, there are bound to be some additional details to add.
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Both engine blocks are screwed together and on the Ertl the screw is visible behind the oil filter. It won't be seen when installed in the engine bay, but I'll still fill the hole.
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Just to emphasise how poor the underside of the Chrono model is, here are some views of the front and rear suspension. Way over simplified.
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The Ertl on the other hand is much more realistic. I'm hoping to add the springs front and rear when I get to it.
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The seats on the Chrono are larger and have a separate chromed hinge fitting. I'm not sure if either is correct size wise but I'm going to use the Chrono ones. The Chrono were push fit in the floorpan and the Ertl screw fit which I prefer.
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The rear seat and parcel shelf are better on the Ertl, with the Chrono seat having an over large hump in the middle, perhaps to allow clearance for the pull back feature mmentioned above.
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The Ertl model , whilst not having any movable Bond car features, is supposed to represent the DB5 used in one of the later Bond films and as such comes with various bits of rubbish on the transmition tunnel. At the front an early version of the "TomTom" perhaps, with two further parts behind the gear lever, the hindmost being integrally moulded to the tunnel. Here the rear edge of the seat mounts have been modified to allow the Chrono seats to fit further forward.
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The left seat shows the position without modifying the mount.
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To allow fixing by screw, plasticard was added to the underside of the seats for the screw to bite into. The holes from the discarded Bond features have been filled with Isopon and the damaged black flocking removed.

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Both seats screwed in place. Much better than having to glue them after carpeting.

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Another Bond feature that had to go was the large housing inside the boot lid for the number plate. Here it's already been attacked with a slitting disc in the mini drill.
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Cleaned up ready for filling.
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These children's clothes pegs from Hobbycraft are ideal for holding parts in place while the Epoxy resin cures.
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And filled with Isopon on the outside. On the left is the boot handle/numberplate light holder from Ertl which looks too chunky to me so I'll be fitting the one from the Chrono model.
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These are the foot pedals with replacement mounting studs from brass rod as the originals broke during removal
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The metal parts have already been primed and are being prepared for the topcoat colour with extra filling here and there before rubbing down with fine wet and dry.
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The Ertl model , whilst not having any movable Bond car features, is supposed to represent the DB5 used in one of the later Bond films and as such comes with various bits of rubbish on the transmition tunnel.
That's quite interesting. You mentioned the Bahamas registration, which would make it the car that James Bond wins playing poker in Casino Royale. But that was a different car to the one with the gadgets that Q branch had, for no good reason, kept in London, since being used by a different James Bond 50 years earlier*. The one in the Bahamas definitely wouldn't have had gadgets or a revolving licence plate so Ertl obviously just re-used tooling from a previous Goldfinger version.

Looking forward to seeing how this latest beauty turns out!

* Which is the one that Bond, equally inexplicably, was able to borrow in Skyfall, that then got destroyed and again inexplicably rebuilt from a pile of ashes by Q branch, including all of its gadgets, and that Bond was then able to borrow permanently to use as his own personal car. Because obviously Q branch wouldn't mind wasting all of the time and money to rebuild an antique with no obvious use, only for Bond to basically steal it, nor that a former agent now had a car with working, loaded machine guns. I love Bond, and the Daniel Craig ones were mostly really good, but having the gadgety DB5 was beyond f🤬king idiotic. /rant

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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
Thank you Spikey for the clarification on the Bond films/cars. I found this on t'internet which clearly shows a normal number plate not the silly revolving appurtenance represented on the Ertl front bumper. From my tone, I guess you can deduce I'm not a fan of the bond films.

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Here's comparison of the steering wheels. Chrono on the left which is the one I'll be using.
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As mentioned earlier, although the Ertl facia is more 3 dimensional with raised bezels etc, but the dials are too small and indistinct, so I'm using the facia from the Chrono model grafted onto the Ertl dashboard, which also has the windscreen air vents at the front edge. In this image the Chrono facia already has the passenger hand grip from the Ertl model fixed in place, with the Etrl dashboard below after cutting off its facia. The dash is in two pieces which made cutting the facia off relatively easy.
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And a view from above showing the air vents.
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After fixing the facia, filling the joint and painting Matt black.
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I should have done a little better with the joint at the bottom but I think it will pass muster when it's back in the car.
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Here's the exhaust after replacing the tailpipes and painting.
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And on the floorpan with the original moulded tailpipes for comparison. The floorpan of the Ertl model is quite good as it comes and it should be possible to raise it up to the standard of the Autoart model.
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Here's the floorpan after removing the moulded pipework etc which will be replaced with separate pipes along with additional details.
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I've removed the unprototypical crossbeam at the front of the engine bay to facilitate easier installation of the engine and other parts later on.
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On the engine itself, I've started to add some of the missing details. Fixing bolts added to the exhaust manifold.
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The engine has been reassembled and painted with the screw hole in the right side and hole in the sump extension filled in.
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On the other side the manifold has been added, along with the dipstick and breather pipe from the rocker cover and the started motor painted and refitted slightly lower down. I found an engine image with the manifold and gearbox black so I've gone with that.
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The front of the engine around the water pump is missing several pipes and hoses and these will bd added.
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And with a dry fit of the fan which has still to be painted.
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Bit late to this thread Peter but knowing your previous excellent work i have no doubt that you will turn the turd into another beautiful swan 😁 I have a Sunstar version of the DB5 which is essentially a rebadge of the Chrono one. It might have looks marginally better but in all honesty it isn't great. Solido made another budget Db5 couple months ago but it doesnt look all that convincing for me to buy it and replace the Sunstar one...

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Discussion Starter · #7 ·
Thank you Jazzy. I never thought of it in terms of turning turds into swans, but it's a good analogy. 😁 As for the Solido DB5, it would look good on the shelf as the proportions look right and the wheels are not too bad, but with only the doors opening (albeit on decent hinges from what I've seen) it would be a non starter for me also.

Here's another view of the hybrid Chrono/Ertl dashboard with the Chrono steering wheel. I'm going to tidy up the facia paintwork and give it a coat of semi Matt varnish to tone it down a bit. Hopefully I've got the correct size punches to make some masks for the dials as I want to leave them bright. I think the steering wheel rim will benefit from a whisk of Tamiya clear smoke as well. There's a slight gap between the bottom of the radio and the transmission tunnel so I'll add a piece of plasticard to fill it along with some very fine mesh that I have to cover the speaker.
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I had a change of heart on the blanked off aperture behind the front grill and have opened it up using an assortment of cutting burrs in the mini drill. That left the rather large hinge plate mount and screw columns visible.
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So after a session with the thinking cap on, I drilled and tapped some holes to accept M1.4 screws and a new more discreet hinge plate.
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Then hacked off the screw columns.
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I don't have a suitable tap for tapping shallow dumb holes so I had to drill and tap all the way through. However, after fitting the hinge plate and screws secured with CA, rubbing smooth and making good, it looks OK.
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Although the hinges are not prototypical I think it looks a lot better now. However, the benefit will be more on the view inside with the bonnet open rather than through the grill.
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I've made a start on "hybridising" the front bumpers from the two models to eliminate the fictitious revolving number plate housing but dont have any images yet.


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You really take everything one step further. This "Hybrid Theory" (Linkin Park anyone? LOL) is looking great, the wheels and steering wheel on the ERTL really look nasty but the added bonus of the opening trink and better engine really got me thinking about replacing my old Chrono (which didn't look so bad before). Regarding the dashboard, wouldn't it have been feasible to replace the whole part? Or boring out the gauges and placing the Chrono clocks on the background? BTW, nice solution for the bonnet hinge fixation. And is it just me or did you break one of the steering wheel spokes...?:unsure:

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Discussion Starter · #9 ·
Thanks João.
It may have been feasible to install the whole Chrono dashboard, but it would need just as much work to get it to fit in the Ertl body. Also the Chrono dashboard is missing the air vents to the windscreen and the grip on the passenger side is not good either. Boring the gauges and replacing the Chrono clocks is also not possible as the Ertl facia is too small. I think on balance my solution is best as it keeps the excellent clocks and other detail from the Chrono, with the vents, passenger grip and mountings to fit directly back into the Ertl body. Look at the difference in size of the Ertl bezel overlay and the Chrono clock layout.
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I've now added further detail by way of some fine mesh to the radio speaker along with the push pull switches from brass rivets and the paddle switches from flattened copper wire.
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I've also added the red warning lights. They are just small brass rivets painted red. If I have a spare PE ignition key overlay I'll add that later.
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Having improved the bonnet hinge mount I had to do something for the boot to get rid of the hideous Ertl mount.
It was just a matter of doing a similar job to the front one. Drill and tap some holes for M1.4 screws and make a plate from nickel silver.
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Again I had to drill all the way through as I dont have a tap for blind holes, so snipping, filing and making good the exterior is required. I really should have done this before priming.
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Not an ideal solution as the screws are visible and the hinges are not prototypical, but a whole lot better than Ertl' solution. I've gone for a beige interior as can be seen from the bood carpeting.

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Here's the completed interior.
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And the door cards.
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Discussion Starter · #10 ·
Here are some images of where I've got to so far with the engine showing the additional pipework ond hoses.
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PE mesh has been added to the front and rear of the radiator. Unfortunately it has a chamfer it the top to allow clearance for the bonnet hinge.
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This view shows the rear of the radiator with the fan shroud. Once in place however, neither this nor the fan will be visible, so a bit of a vanity project.
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There's more pipework to be added to that little manifold bracketed off the rocker cover.
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The distributor and plug leads have been refitted, with the distributor now correctly positioned at an angle off the side, rather than centrally upright as it came.
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The heat shields for the exhaust have been added, made from tin plated sheet.
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And with the exhaust dry fit.

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I've added flat head brass rivets to the differential to represent the missing bolt detail.
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The short length of prop shaft didn't quite fit into the enclosed transmition tunnel so I've replaced it with a length of styrene rod drilled and pinned onto the universal joint.
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And now it runs out of sight.
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To add the springs at the rear I first drilled holes to add lengths of styrene rod to mount the springs on. Here the one at the top has been trimmed to length. The ubiquitous biro pen spring was used for the springs.
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And after painting.
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This shows the fuel line, brake piping and Watt's Linkage. I need to make the return spring for the brake linkage and brush paint these additions.
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Although the underside was quite reasonable for a budget priced model, these additional details will lift it closer to the AutoArt model.
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Discussion Starter · #13 ·
Thanks Gents, I'm glad you like it.

The front shocks and springs have been made from copper wire, styrene tube and biro springs. Here they are before cutting the piston to length and painting.
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And after painting and ready for fitting. I cut out some of the plastic on the lower bracket to see if I could mount the shocks in the correct position, but it would have fouled the uprights and prevented the steering from working. As a compromise the shocks are mounted on some replacement struts on the rear of the bracket seen here.
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And after fitting.
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The engine is now installed as well and almost complete.
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It just needs some additional hoses to the rear of the carbs, plus some other bits anc pieces and some painting. There's an image in the James Taylor book on the DB4, 5 and 6 showing the air filter with a perforated metal cover and as I has some suitable PE sheet I've added this.
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A quick mock up with the body to check that the repositioned distributor doesn't foul the bonnet.
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And all's well.
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There's still some details to add to the underside, but I'm getting to the point where I'll have to pluck up courage and spray the top coat on the body work.


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Discussion Starter · #14 ·
Some additional hoses for fitting to the rear of the carbs.
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And in place, along with the push/pull cable on top of the airbox.
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And after painting with the throttle cable also now added.
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This overhead view shows the almost completed engine bay. I say almost as I've just realised I've overlooked the breather pipe on the header tank for the radiator.
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I've also been adding further detail to the underside. There is some sort of valve under that cover plate (made from brass sheet) but I don't know what it is and it can't be seen, so I've just added the pipework. There's also some further pipes and hoses to the rear of the sump. I'm not happy with the cord I used for the fuel line and I'm going to replace it.
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The rear brake pulls and Watt's linkage have now been painted but I still have to make and fit the return spring to the brake pull rod.
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This is one of the the images I'm using as refference for the underside detail. There are one or two more bits I still need to add.
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But it's not looking too far away from it now. I had to cut off the screw columns for mounting the car in the box (which I don't have) as I fitted the engine bay before the interior which meant the interior would not go in as there wasn't clearance for the screw mounts. One of the holes is under the cover plate and I'll plug the rest.
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This is still mostly Ertl, but the Chrono wheels and front seats make a big difference.
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I need to make and fit the ashtrays on the transmition tunnel in the front and on either side of the seat at the rear.
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Discussion Starter · #15 ·
The brake lever return spring made from plated copper wire has been fitted along with the clutch lever and some additional piping on the rear edge of front suspension cross member.
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And I've replaced the fuel pipe with painted copper wire and covered the superfluous mounting holes with some plasticard discs. That completes the work on the underside.
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That this model uses recycled parts from Ertl's Goldfinger edition is further evidenced by the cut out in the top of the glazing part for the side and rear windows.
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I've covered it on the inside with a piece of plasticard to represent the roof lining and painted it.
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Further preparation and painting of the body will be next.

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Discussion Starter · #17 ·
Many thanks Maximo,
I'm glad you like the work and I see you have quite an extensive 1:18 collection! The HWE 348TB looks very nice and great shots as well.

I managed to get the colour coat on the model earlier in the week and will leave it a few more days yet before going over it with the rubbing compounds. It mentions in the James Taylor book on the marque that one example was factory finished in Ferrari Red, so that was all the excuse I needed. In the meantime couldn't resist some shots with the chassis in.
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The cables on the repositioned distributor are fouling the underside of the bonnet and will need some attention.
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The main advantage of the smaller hinge plate at the front and removing the blank behind the grill will be seing daylight through the grill with the bonnet up.
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You can see how the cables are sitting too high in this image. I think I can rotate the distributor slightly to cure that.
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The replacement hinge plate at the rear makes an even bigger difference than at the front. It's a shame that Ertl didn't do better in these areas.
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Discussion Starter · #18 ·
I'm homing in on the finish line now, having rubbed down the paint work and polished it up. The chome trims around the side windows, rear window and number plate light have a been restored with Bare Metal foil. I've stuck with the existing chrome on the windscreen. Other chrome parts have been refitted and Perspex windows added to the door window frames. I've still to add the number plates, touch up one ot two areas and deal with the ignition cables fouling the bonnet, but the end is in sight.

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Discussion Starter · #19 · (Edited)
Nearly there now. I've added the front and rear plates albeit with fictitious numbers slightly altered from a real one. Both the plates are from the Chrono model, to replace the "revolving" one on the front and the over large one on the rear. The face of the plate rim was rubbed down to give a flatter appearance and painted silver to match the figures.
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On the rear plate, I rubbed down the face of the rim and the edges to thin them out to closer match the real plate and then rechromed it with Bare Metal foil.
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It turns out the issue with the bonnet not sitting down fully was not due to the plug leads/distributor, but the cap on the radiator header tank fouling the rim on the bonnet edge. I've filed a gap in the rim to clear the cap and will touch up the paint later.
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I think the Chrono dashboard facia and steering wheel make a big improvement to the interior although the wheel is somewhat close to the seat. I suspect the driver is very short!
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Just the airvalves on the wheels and some alloy tape on the door edges and the top of the sills to finish off. I should have done that with the doors off!:mad:
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Oh, and not forgetting the aerial for the radio. The moulded Etrl one is a bit chunky so I'll have to make a new one. I'm toying with the idea of making a working one from nickel silver rod and tube.

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