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Old 05-13-2011, 09:29 AM   #1
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Aston Martin DBR1

For a long time Iíve been waiting and hoping that a kit manufacturer would produce a 1/24th multimedia kit of the fabulous Aston Martin DBR1 so when Profil24 announced theirs I placed my order.
The kit represents the car in itís victorious 1959 Le mans trim with rear wheel spats, front wheels partially covered, rear exiting exhausts, single rear lights and number lights.
Only four cars were built by the factory and a fifth from parts and all have evolved and are subtly different.
I may either build the kit out of box with details added or perhaps modify to represent the cars as they appear today.
What ever I decide I need to identify the correct colour, can anybody help? I think it may be Almond green which is available from Zero.
This looks like a great kit and your opinions of how I should build it would be very welcome.

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DBR1/2 as it appeared at Le mans in 1959.


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Old 05-13-2011, 09:35 AM   #2
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Re: Aston Martin DBR1

Sorry administrator, 'hand spasm'! Please move to WIP motorsports.
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Old 05-13-2011, 01:57 PM   #3
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Re: Aston Martin DBR1

Amazing car and kit mate!

I'll follow this build! Have a nice start
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Re: Aston Martin DBR1

i much prefer the open wheel modern version of this one.
somehow, it makes it look more purposeful, more aggressive and mode like it's ready to pounce.
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Re: Aston Martin DBR1

Hi Lee,

I have this one too and have been wrestling with the same issue. I bought some of the '50's Aston Martin racing green from MCW and it looks maybe a little dark. Unfortunately I have no real basis because I still haven't been able to find a decent color photo.

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Re: Aston Martin DBR1

This is going to be way beyond cool. A beautiful car and a beautiful kit.
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This is going to be great!!!
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Re: Aston Martin DBR1

I have mine almost finished. It is almost impossible to tell which would be period correct color, at least from the pictures. Colour changes so much depending on lighting conditions, film used, etc. Cannot help you with the colour choise, because i use automotive spray cans (Motip) for painting. Here is a picture though:

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...BR1/DBR006.jpg

Just take a look on pictures in this thread, couple of interesting pictures from '59 and some useful reference also, specially on dash and tonneau cover:

http://www.ten-tenths.com/forum/show...=110290&page=2

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Re: Aston Martin DBR1

Thanks guys for the support and thanks Nniemi for the great pictures, I have a few of these but the paddock photos are amazing.

Nniemi, my kit has only one coil but my reference shows this car had one for each distributor. I'd like to know what you did and some engine shots of your build would be very interesting.

Thanks again,
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Re: Aston Martin DBR1

I'll be watching you!

Great start and interesting subject.
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You need to check with Steve Devaux of Vintage Racing Miniatures for the correct Aston Martin color. He researched AM colors and, although they are not listed on his website, I think he will have them. See his colors on his Fotki page: http://public.fotki.com/VRM/model_ca...nmartingreens/

http://public.fotki.com/VRM/model_ca...nmartingreens/

I'm having some trouble pasting that address:http://public.fotki.com/VRM/model_ca...nmartingreens/

This is the correct address: http://public.fotki.com/VRM/model_ca...nmartingreens/. I don't understand why the url will not paste correctly. Check the rest of his site, there are a lot of pics there.

I typed that address out correctly and it still doesn't print correctly?? Why is that? Where the .... is, insert "rs/asto". That should get you there.
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Re: Aston Martin DBR1

Ettore, the link is fine. It's displayed in the shortened form but if you click it, it works
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Thanks for the information. I don't post here often and am not familiar how links work.
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Re: Aston Martin DBR1

A nice gentle start to this project.
As usual I started with the wheels made up from photoetch and white metal lots of clean up required and for realism, etch primed, airbrushed silver after assembly and the addition of some tyre valves, one of which I had to turn on a watchmakers lathe. I wish they would supply these in packs of five!








Next Iíve made a start on sorting the body which is full of air bubbles on the bottom side. Iíve drilled out and filled countless holes but the detail is generally good.





Iíve assembled some of the chassis plate resin but I need to find a way of securing this to the body accurately with screws so I can make a rolling chassis that I know will fit nicely under the body.
That and cleaning up the body is for the next update.

Cheers,
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Re: Aston Martin DBR1

Coming along nicely, I haven't even finished the wheels on mine yet! Enjoying the progress shots, keep 'em coming.
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