Modern Aston Martins are awe inspiring pieces of engineering. Coupling sleek coupe bodies with large V12s and a luxurious full leather interior, Aston has built the perfect GT cars for crossing several continents quickly and comfortably. In reality, they are brilliant cars, but how would one look scaled down 18 times on someone's display cabinet? FX fancied their chances to recreate the essence of the DB9 in the form of a displayable model, but have they pulled it off? Let's get underneath its skin to find out.
Just like any other car(be it a scale model or a 1/1), the first thing that catches one's eyes is the body of the car. It is no exception in this case. Let's start with paint. Colour-wise, it looks pretty similar to the original. However, the finish is way off. The paint finish is inconsistent across the entire car, with vast patches of orange peel along the roof and the left rear quarter, and a slightly dull finish on the right. The shape looks accurate, although mould lines that resides underneath the skin of the car along the front headlights ruin the flow. With that, we should shift our attention to how the car sits. It is a reasonable height of the ground, with a similar stance to that of the 1/1, but the rear wheels do not sit flush with the rear quarter. Also, the panel gaps between that doors and the body are appauling, and every vent on the rear is just textured plastic. The headlights on the car look detailed enough, but the taillights and the 3rd brake light lets the package down; the taillights lack depth and the 3rd brake light is simply painted on. Talking about poorly detailed lights, I should mention that the reflectors beside the rear exhausts are simply painted on, rather than a separate piece. Also, all the logos are textures rather than actual emblems. It isn't all bad however; the undercarriage is really nicely detailed. That said, the use of crap plastics makes it feel nasty and cheap.
Let's move on to FX's speciality- the interior. Like I previously mentioned, the FX Aventador has the best interior of any 1/18 diecast I have ever owned, with every single nook and cranny perfectly replicated in 1/18 form. It looks as though that is an honour it gets to keep. On first glance, the DB9's interior seems to be of the same high standard as compared to the other FXs, but on further inspection, they have cut some corners. But rather than bore you with the negatives, let's start by talking about what FX did right on the car. The dials are perfect, and so is the centre console. I have seen pictures of the AUTOart's attempt at Aston's centre stack, and I have to admit, FX did it better. The floor is flocked, and the seats have well detailed belts. However, the interior is let down by poorly detailed door cards and the painted on switch gear for the electric seats.
The list of negatives don't end there. The engine very badly done, with FX using the wrong fonts for the 'Aston Martin' and '6.0l V12' inscriptions on the air box, and the omission of several important details such as the reservoir for windscreen washers and the radiator fill cap.
So what can we open and close on this slightly disappointing rendition of a DB9? The doors, boot and bonnet open. Being FX, they opted for simple doglegs to save on costs. I for one can't give two hoots about fancy struts and hinge assemblies, although I have to agree that the doglegs are way too large.
As a diecast manufacturer, Welly has certainly come a long way. However, if you judge it solely by their DB9, then the likes of AUTOart and Kyosho would have nothing to worry about. This is by no means a Kyosho or AUTOart quality model, but with a couple of tweaks, it could start to challenge them. It's pricewise that FX mounts a big challenge to their established rivals. At under 78 USD, it is really not too bad. If you are an Aston fanboy then I suggest you give this a miss and wait for some other manufacturer to give it a crack. If however, you are the sort that derives pleasure from tinkering with whatever you have on hand, then this is the perfect model for you, for it would really shine with the right mods done to it.
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