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  1. Build your own: James Bond's Aston Martin DB5

    Our friends over at 007 Magazine have alerted us to an all-new James Bond-themed magazine that is sure to be a hit with the collectors.

    For the first time ever, Eon Productions and Aston Martin have authorised the creation of a perfect 1:8 scale replica of the Goldfinger Aston Martin DB5.

    Made to the highest possible standards, James Bond’s DB5 is a build-up model that is supplied in 75 weekly magazine instalments and built from more than 350 individual pieces. It is available from newsagents or you can subscribe online at www.007db5.com.

    Every issue comes with new components for your model and a magazine with instructions and behind-the-scenes features on the making of the 007 movies.

    Plus: Subscribers to the James Bond DB5 magazine get the chance to drive a fabulous supercar around Knockhill’s famous track in Fife, UK, plus these five gifts worth more than £50:

    1. Magazine binder
    2. Goldfinger DVD
    3. H.F. Ullman’s Aston Martin book
    4. Screw box
    5. Screwdriver
    James Bond with an Aston Martin DB5 in 'Goldfinger'

    Features include:

    WORKING LIGHTS
    The rear and front lights on the model can be switched on—the brake lights can be activated by pressing down on the brake pedal.

    OPENING DOORS, BONNET AND BOOT
    The doors, bonnet and boot can all be opened. The bonnet is even held in place with bonnet stays so you can inspect the replica 4-litre engine.

    FRONT MACHINE GUNS
    On the real car a pair of machine guns are located at the front of the car. On your model these slide out from the indicator lights.

    BULLETPROOF SCREEN
    Press down to release the spring-loaded bulletproof screen. This can be returned to its starting position by pushing it back into place.

    DROPPING LIGHT ASSEMBLY
    The light assemblies at the rear of the car can be dropped. In the movie this was so they could release tyre stingers that incapacitated a pursuer.

    WORKING EJECTOR SEAT
    The ejector seat is fully functioning and is activatedby pushing down on the gear stick. The roof panel should be removed to prevent damage.

    ROTATING NUMBER PLATES
    The car is fitted with rotating back and front number plates that show three different registrations—British, French and Swiss.

    FRONT AND REAR OVERRIDERS
    The overriders on the front of the model can be pulled out to become rams to shift any unwanted objects out of the way!

    TYRE SLASHERS
    In Goldfinger rear tyre scythes burst Tilly Masterson’s Mustang wheels. On your model, the slashers can be extended out and pushed back in.

    RADIO AERIAL
    No details have been overlooked, and even the model’s radio aerial can be pulled out to its full height.

    DASHBOARD
    The model’s dashboard is a faithful replica of the real thing, the steering wheel actually turns the wheels and the entire dashboard lights up at the press of a button. The horn works too!

    TRACKING DEVICE
    The console for the tracker device lights up and flashes to plot the position of Goldfinger’s car.

    GEARSTICK
    Flip the top of the gearstick to access the hidden button for the working ejector seat.

    WEAPONS CONSOLE
    Lift the armrest between the front seats to reveal the controls for all the DB5’s extra features.

    RADIO TELEPHONE
    You didn’t see it in Goldfinger but the production team built a radio telephone into the driver’s door.

    Full instructions, subscription inquires, magazine previews, competition details and much more are available at the official website. Visit www.007db5.com to subscribe today.

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    Devin Zydel @ 2010-04-27
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