Saturday, 21 November 2015
LET'S TOUCH BASE - CORGI D.B.5 #271...
In May of 1978, CORGI TOYS issued their third version
of JAMES BOND's ASTON MARTIN D.B.5, this time in
1:36 scale. As you can see, the two zeros of the 007 logo on
the base are very roughly finished and, frankly, amateurish in
appearance. That apart, it was a very nice looking car, and
is still on sale today at regular intervals.
When production shifted abroad, the 'Made In Gt. Britain'
line was removed and, with the reintroduction of the Corgi dog,
the logo was moved to where the country of manufacture used to
be. There may have been a version with the '78 Corgi logo still
at the top, but with no country of manufacture at all; however,
I can't be bothered going through every Aston Martin I've got
to check, so we'll forget about that possibility for now.
Back in the mid-'90s, I brought the two inferior zeros to
the attention of the then-managing director, CHRIS GUEST,
suggesting they should either be re-done or removed. I guess it
was cheaper to remove them, because the next issue of the car
looked as you can see in the pic below.
I also pointed out that, as the D.B.5 was the car with which
the company was most associated, a little more care should be
taken with its production. At that time, the gap around the roof
hatch was very uneven, and the paint finish extremely poor, being
more of a pale grey than the traditional silver birch. I suggested a
deluxe version, with richer paint job, wing mirrors, wipers on the
windscreen, and spoked wheels with rubber tyres. And guess
what? The next release of the model looked just like the
one below, but with the above base.
I eventually contacted Corgi again (by this time owned by
HORNBY), and congratulated them on their much improved
product, saying that the only thing requiring amendment was the
positioning of the Corgi logo on the base, and suggesting that it
would look better occupying the space where the 007 used to be.
Imagine my surprise and delight when the very next Aston Martin
I purchased had that very change instituted. Although I suspect
Corgi may have arrived at the same conclusion independently
as not too much time had elapsed between me making the
suggestion and it being implemented.
So there you have it. My part in Corgi's restoration
of its 271 model of James Bond's Aston Martin D.B.5 to its
former glory - surpassing it in fact. And friends - the story
is true. I know, because I was that soldier.
Posted by Kid at Saturday, November 21, 2015