Luckily, I bought this kit back in 2011. Have you seen the price of them now! They seem almost too valuable to build. It's a shame that Tamiya never re-released this one. It's a beautiful kit - as you would expect from Tamiya, and probably the nicest detailed of any Aston in 1/24. There are very few Aston Martins that have been kitted over the years and this seems strange as they have made some amazing cars.
Even in 2011 I remember thinking the kit was expensive, so I waited till it had been out for a while, and found this one listed as 'used' on ebay. What I received was this box with minor scuffing on it, and a few parts that had been cut off the sprue. That was fine by me.
The Tamiya kit does include a few PE parts, but I also got the Acu Stion set to compliment it.
At this point the story goes a little astray. The body (and majority of parts) are moulded in black. This is an unusual choice from Tamiya. I think most manufacturers go with white nowadays, and it makes life a lot easier us. To avoid battling with possible bleed through, I opted for a metallic gun metal grey. I sprayed it using automotive rattle can and it did not look too bad, but the fleck in the paint was just off scale. It looked like a 70s glitter custom paint when you looked up close. I got a bit disheartened and so put it in the box for another day. I did.t even bother taking any pics.
Fast forward to a decade, and Its out of the box. I had forgotten what a lovely kit it was, and despite the paint job, it'll still make a great display model. first job was to strip off the paint. I used brake fluid. It was the first time I tried this and it did make a real mess. 10 years of paint hardening seemed to take for ever to come off. Even then, I had to sand the last bits off.
Second time around and I have sprayed the body with Mr Hobby surfacer primer.
I've mounted all the interior parts on cocktail sticks and this is a custom mix of Humbrol enamels to create a tan leather.
This time I have gone with black. It's Zero gloss black and Zero Diamond 2K clear. Why is black so hart to photograph!
Next job is to flat & polish the clear coat and prey I don't go too far. Thanks for looking.