James Bond Car Collection - Questions and praise

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  • superadosuperado Regent's Park West (CaliforniaPosts: 2,645MI6 Agent
    edited August 2007
    I just received the first 15 issues/models plus the 3 bonus models from a seller in the UK. Together, it cost GBP 80, plus shipping, which is a beautiful deal considering my situation (not living in the UK, France, Germany or Australia). I goofed on shipping though because I initially bought only 7 of the models at GPB 5 apiece, then after regrets of not getting the whole lot, I bought the rest (8 models/mags, plus the 3 bonus pieces) for GBP 45 (the balance of the GBP 80 price for the lot), but paid for two separate shipments, which is not cheap from the UK. The average cost to me including postage therefore was around $16 or $17 per model, which is not bad compared to around $14 apiece had I been a subscriber.

    Sadly for me, the seller was merely helping his brother get rid of the models and would not be carrying the rest of the series. The bright thing is that I'm not a completist. Though the majority of the first 15 vehicles either showcased in key action sequences or were prominently featured (like the winterized FYEO Lotus), it seems that as the number of issues progresses, with exception the remaining vehicle pool contained those having minor roles or brief screen time like the Triumph Stag (I really want that one because I liked it in the movie) or Goodnight's MGB. Not so sure about Sanchez's Biturbo in LTK; even though I'm a Maserati fan, IMO the Biturbo is one of the more aesthetically unremarkable models in it's production history.
    "...the purposeful slant of his striding figure looked dangerous, as if he was making quickly for something bad that was happening further down the street." -SMERSH on 007 dossier photo, Ch. 6 FRWL.....
  • LegomanLegoman PerthPosts: 89MI6 Agent
    Has anyone else been collecting these quite good photo spreads of the various models from sellers on eBay? If anyone is, I'm missing the ones for issue 1 and issue 7 so far and would appreciate a copy of the photos if anyone has them. Examples below:
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    The two I want matching copies of like the above:
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  • VIC007VIC007 Posts: 6MI6 Agent
    Legoman wrote:
    Has anyone else been collecting these quite good photo spreads of the various models from sellers on eBay? If anyone is, I'm missing the ones for issue 1 and issue 7 so far and would appreciate a copy of the photos if anyone has them. Examples below:
    006km9.th.jpg 005yv4.th.jpg 004ri9.th.jpg 003po9.th.jpg 002mc5.th.jpg

    The two I want matching copies of like the above:
    001bv5.jpg 007uh3.jpg

    Hallo. This is the picture about issue number 7. Regarding DB5 picture, I've never found other than the one You show. Bye Vic007 82006toyota2000gtgg3.jpg
  • LegomanLegoman PerthPosts: 89MI6 Agent
    edited September 2007
    Thanks very much Vic. Here's a gallery of all the photo spreads I've collected so far. Do you have similar photo spreads for the T-55 tank and Little Nellie?

    http://img256.imageshack.us/gal.php?g=013kq8.jpg
  • VIC007VIC007 Posts: 6MI6 Agent
    Legoman wrote:
    Thanks very much Vic. Here's a gallery of all the photo spreads I've collected so far. Do you have similar photo spreads for the T-55 tank and Little Nellie?

    http://img256.imageshack.us/gal.php?g=013kq8.jpg

    Hi Legoman. Here pictures about Little Nellie and Tank. Please note that in Little Nellie pictures Box was self made by Ebay seller. So these are unofficial. Ciao from Italy.

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    By vic007

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    By vic007
  • LegomanLegoman PerthPosts: 89MI6 Agent
    Thanks very much Vic
  • De BleuchampDe Bleuchamp Posts: 59MI6 Agent
    Yes I spotted the Sunbeam issue 17 or 18 sentence.
    I now have the DAF Triumph Stag,and have opened it and turned it around so the railings are in the front. (it looks more 3-D.)
    Initially the series was in WHSmith and other newsagents with about 8 of each, but now I've put a permanent order with a local shop, as they've cut back their stock. So I can't pick and choose, have to take them all. I previously left the 2CV and BMW 7-Series. The Mercedes 600 Pullman OHMSS drive by shooting should be good if Irma Bunt is leaning out with sub-machine gun!
    De Bleuchamp. "Ah! Poor fellow, he was restless too!
  • superadosuperado Regent's Park West (CaliforniaPosts: 2,645MI6 Agent
    Yes I spotted the Sunbeam issue 17 or 18 sentence.
    I now have the DAF Triumph Stag,and have opened it and turned it around so the railings are in the front. (it looks more 3-D.)...




    ...The Mercedes 600 Pullman OHMSS drive by shooting should be good if Irma Bunt is leaning out with sub-machine gun!
    De Bleuchamp. "Ah! Poor fellow, he was restless too!

    Can you please post pics of the Stag? I'd love to see how your rearrangement looks.

    On the Mercedes Pullman, I wish that they instead used the black SPECTRE Mercedes with ski rack, complete with Irma Bunt and her 3 henchmen! On the same count, it would have been really neat and novel to say the least if they've done the DBS from the closing scene, decked out in flowers with Tracy (and Bond of course) dead, with a bullet hole in the windshield. But then again, talk about the makings of a controversial collectible!
    "...the purposeful slant of his striding figure looked dangerous, as if he was making quickly for something bad that was happening further down the street." -SMERSH on 007 dossier photo, Ch. 6 FRWL.....
  • LegomanLegoman PerthPosts: 89MI6 Agent
    I now have the DAF Triumph Stag,and have opened it and turned it around so the railings are in the front. (it looks more 3-D.)
    I should imagine by doing this you now don't have the TRIUMPH STAG * DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER text on the base of the diorama visible anymore, right?
  • batester2005batester2005 Dudley, West Mids, UKPosts: 155MI6 Agent
    hey guys, im the one that opened this thread and i would like to know what you think of the collection so far and aslso what cars should have been in the collection that arent.
    thanks
    rich -{
  • PoorMansJBPoorMansJB USAPosts: 1,197MI6 Agent
    ... i would like to know what you think of the collection so far and aslso what cars should have been in the collection that arent.

    Before it was announced that the collection would be available in the UK (and thus a friend there could buy and forward them to me in the UK), I bought a few of the French models via eBay. I have to say that the French series is actually far superior in terms of quality: finish, assembly, etc. (Surprisingly, they apparently completely retooled for the UK run; I've opened a couple of cars from each country thinking I could swap bits to make the perfect model only to find they were completely incompatible.)

    I think there are enough possibilities that it isn't necessary to issue three different versions of the DB5 (though I confess I'm looking forward to the "alley chase" edition). And while I recognize that something like the Sunbeam is important in terms of history, again, there are so many more visually and technically interesting choices. My vote: the FRWL Bentley, Tracy's Cougar, and Scaramanga's aerocar ... for starters.

    Though they've done Zao's Jag, Little Nellie, and the T-55, it seems they're largely staying true to "cars" as driven by Bond. If that weren't the case, some others I'd like to see are the Moonbuggy, Q Craft, a Tuk Tuk (doing a wheelie, of course), Q Boat, and Zorin's airship.

    Since they announced forty models at the start, there must a be a list somewhere of just what's planned; I'm hoping it's early yet to conclude that some of the models on our wish lists won't see production.
  • superadosuperado Regent's Park West (CaliforniaPosts: 2,645MI6 Agent
    hey guys, im the one that opened this thread and i would like to know what you think of the collection so far and aslso what cars should have been in the collection that arent.
    thanks
    rich -{

    Hi Rich,

    I suppose that based on the collection's format, possible vehicles are limited to cars or vehicles of that approximate size such as the Moonbuggy, hence the collection's title (except for Little Nellie and the Tank, which do not come on diorama bases). Therefore, missed opportunities IMO are:

    GF-Rolls Phantom 3
    OHMSS-SPECTRE winterized Mercedes
    OHMSS-Bond & Blofelds bobsleds
    TMWTGG-Flying AMC Matador
    OP-Alfa Romeo GTV6
    TLD-Landrover
    TLD-AM Vantage (whichever one was the convertable)
    TWINE-Q-Boat
    DAD-Hovercraft
    "...the purposeful slant of his striding figure looked dangerous, as if he was making quickly for something bad that was happening further down the street." -SMERSH on 007 dossier photo, Ch. 6 FRWL.....
  • GumboldGumbold LondonPosts: 102MI6 Agent
    I think they could have included the speedboat and the bus from LALD.
  • superadosuperado Regent's Park West (CaliforniaPosts: 2,645MI6 Agent
    Gumbold wrote:
    I think they could have included the speedboat and the bus from LALD.

    That makes me think of the Johnny Lightning "What the... " speedboat diorama. Can anyone confirm if that model is screen accurate (the exact speedboat model, livery, etc.)? Those JL dioramas could have been better packaged, IMO, to include a hard case like the ones for the JB Car/Magazine Collection.
    "...the purposeful slant of his striding figure looked dangerous, as if he was making quickly for something bad that was happening further down the street." -SMERSH on 007 dossier photo, Ch. 6 FRWL.....
  • Muks_CMuks_C Preston, Lancashire, UKPosts: 100MI6 Agent
    @ PoorMansJB, the full list can be found here, scroll down a bit: Click

    I received my issues 18 and 19 today, and am a bit baffled as to why they had these 2 very similar models right next to each other.

    being only a casual Bond fan (i've seen them all but am in no way an expert or know the whole history, i came at this collection from a model car enthusiast's perspective), i wasn't even aware these 2 cars were in Bond movies. i only know of the more "famous" models.

    from the start i wanted the Casino Royale DBS and before i saw the above list, thought it would be issue 40, as it's the latest movie and Bond car, but am happy that it will be with us in the next delivery.

    looking further down the list, i don't recognise most of them, so am considering cancelling my subscription after the next delivery.

    one part of me wants to cancel, and then sell each of the issues i've received so far, just keeping the ones i am really fond of (not much space to display the whole collection, £16 going every month etc.).

    but another part of me wants to see it through and get the whole collection, it would be the first time i'd have ever completed a part-works series.

    for the other ones i started many years ago, there was never an end-point so i couldn't commit to collecting them forever, they may have continued for years.

    at least with this one i know there are 40 and that is the end, which will take till around August 2008 to achieve.

    i'll probably stick with it though, and then i can always try to sell them once i have the full collection if i change my mind.

    i bet many subscribers just read the magazine and have a look at the model, then put it on ebay the next day, that way they can enjoy the series but it doesn't cost them anything, and in fact can be a good profit-making exercise.
  • PoorMansJBPoorMansJB USAPosts: 1,197MI6 Agent
    Muks_C wrote:
    @ PoorMansJB, the full list can be found here, scroll down a bit: Click

    There has been so much debate about the collection, I'm surprised to find a complete list has been available for awhile now. Some of the models strike me as a yawn (and is that possibly why the list isn't published on the official collection site?) but it's also nice to see that some examples from my wish list are included, like the Bentley. One idea I had considered posting but felt it was too "out there" was the LALD "Pimpmobile" so I find it amusing that one is planned. Still, I wish they'd consider branching-out into more non-automotive examples and cover the boats so many collectors seem to have on their want lists.
  • HigginsHiggins GermanyPosts: 16,618MI6 Agent
    edited September 2007
    Here is a pic from the Pimpmobile.
    I think, the entire scaling is really disappointing, they could have done much more out of this beatiful car.

    Kind regards

    Markus
    President of the 'Misty Eyes Club'.

    Dalton - the weak and weepy Bond!
  • GumboldGumbold LondonPosts: 102MI6 Agent
    edited September 2007
    superado wrote:
    [That makes me think of the Johnny Lightning "What the... " speedboat diorama. Can anyone confirm if that model is screen accurate (the exact speedboat model, livery, etc.)? Those JL dioramas could have been better packaged, IMO, to include a hard case like the ones for the JB Car/Magazine Collection.

    Rather strangely, it's the baddies speedboat in the 'What the…' diorama not Bond's, so it is white with black livery rather than white with orange livery. I doubt it's the exact Glastron speedboat model, either, but as far as I know there are no scale Glastron models on the market.
  • PoorMansJBPoorMansJB USAPosts: 1,197MI6 Agent
    Gumbold wrote:
    I doubt it's the exact Glastron speedboat model, either ...

    It's not ... not even remotely.
    ... but as far as I know there are no scale Glastron models on the market.

    There aren't.

    And I find this even stranger: As popular as the CV series was (the Glastron type used in many Bond films and a big seller generally), you can't find any sort of blueprints; even among CV owners they're a Holy Grail.
  • LegomanLegoman PerthPosts: 89MI6 Agent
    Does anyone know if the tracks of the T-55 tank are supposed to move or not? I've only just opened mine and with a bit of persuasion I've managed to get the turret to revolve okay but the tracks seem very reluctant. I could force it but I think that might just result in me breaking the tracks. They are already starting to pull apart where the ends have been glued together during assembly.
  • batester2005batester2005 Dudley, West Mids, UKPosts: 155MI6 Agent
    should the back tyres of the triumph stag (issue 18) be on the road?, cos mine arent. help me please
  • DOUBLE-00DOUBLE-00 ESSEX, ENGLANDPosts: 165MI6 Agent
    MINE ARENT ON THE ROAD, I THINK THEY SHOULD BE, AS HE DIDNT EXACTLY SPEED OVER THE BRIDGE IN THE FILM. IHAVE UNDONE THE FIXING BOLT, REMOVED THE SMALL SQUARE STAND UNDER THE CAR AND THEN JUST RE-FIXED THE CAR TO THE ROAD WITH THE BOLT, THUS THE WHEELS ARE NOW ON THE ROAD.
  • Muks_CMuks_C Preston, Lancashire, UKPosts: 100MI6 Agent
    edited September 2007
    yes mine are hovering also. they should have fixed these tiny problems before sending them out of the factory.

    the screw needs to be placed at an angle to match the angle of the car/road, or they should have used a better designed "plastic square" under the car.

    can't wait for the DBS in the next issue!
  • superadosuperado Regent's Park West (CaliforniaPosts: 2,645MI6 Agent
    edited September 2007
    Legoman wrote:
    Does anyone know if the tracks of the T-55 tank are supposed to move or not? I've only just opened mine and with a bit of persuasion I've managed to get the turret to revolve okay but the tracks seem very reluctant. I could force it but I think that might just result in me breaking the tracks. They are already starting to pull apart where the ends have been glued together during assembly.

    I don't think they're designed to move considering how little the track components "give" when tryin to push the tank along. Surely you can fix this by maybe adding lubricant to the axles, if they're not affixed in a way to not roll, or take them apart and modify. I have some diecast tanks in different scales and the tracks move on most of them, even the ones with the least ideal "working track" construction. But I'm imagining we had the same idea at first to reproduce those fancy donut maneuvers from the movie!
    "...the purposeful slant of his striding figure looked dangerous, as if he was making quickly for something bad that was happening further down the street." -SMERSH on 007 dossier photo, Ch. 6 FRWL.....
  • Aston Martin DBSAston Martin DBS Derbyshire, EnglandPosts: 657MI6 Agent
    Can anyone tell me if the Pimpmobile has the poison dart coming out of the wing-mirror or not?
    "NEVER SAY NO TO ADVENTURES." Ian Fleming
  • Asp9mmAsp9mm Over the Hills and Far Away.Posts: 7,473MI6 Agent
    The DBS is sweet, it even has the suppressed P99 in the weapons tray. PIty it has no Bond figure though.
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  • Muks_CMuks_C Preston, Lancashire, UKPosts: 100MI6 Agent
    saw this pic on ebay, looks quite good in its parking space:

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  • superadosuperado Regent's Park West (CaliforniaPosts: 2,645MI6 Agent
    Wow, that is a georgeous rendition of Tracy's Cougar, the best of the few done to date of the star of my utmost favorite vehicle sequence in a Bond movie! I am on the verge of happy tears...
    "...the purposeful slant of his striding figure looked dangerous, as if he was making quickly for something bad that was happening further down the street." -SMERSH on 007 dossier photo, Ch. 6 FRWL.....
  • Aston Martin DBSAston Martin DBS Derbyshire, EnglandPosts: 657MI6 Agent
    edited October 2007
    Muks_C wrote:
    @ looking further down the list, i don't recognise most of them, so am considering cancelling my subscription after the next delivery.

    I am going to get the entire collection not only because I think that the models are great and as a fan of cars and 007 I'm glad that they're not just doing all of the most famous cars from the films, but also for something of a more emotional reason.

    My Dad offered to get all of the models for me and I jumped at the chance - but then I ran into a bit of a financial problem and he said that instead of the getting me the models he could write us a cheque - which he did and I was very thankful for at the time.

    Dad died of a heart attack in April and I think that he'd like me to get the models as the entire collection is something that he'd have really liked to have seen.

    Don't get me wrong, this isn't the only reason that I'm getting them but it is one of the reasons that I intend to get all 43 models, (including the Tank Litlle Nellie and half a Renault).
    "NEVER SAY NO TO ADVENTURES." Ian Fleming
  • Aston Martin DBSAston Martin DBS Derbyshire, EnglandPosts: 657MI6 Agent
    superado wrote:
    Wow, that is a georgeous rendition of Tracy's Cougar, the best of the few done to date of the star of my utmost favorite vehicle sequence in a Bond movie! I am on the verge of happy tears...

    Couldn't agree more - another excellent model of one of the most important cars in one of most peoples favorite film. I can't wait to get it!

    And I love the DBS Model too
    "NEVER SAY NO TO ADVENTURES." Ian Fleming
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