Would you like to buy a one-third-scale model of James Bond's Aston Martin DB5 from "Skyfall"? What if that model cost more than the average US new car purchase? That price may leave you feeling a bit shaken, not stirred, but rest assured, you'd be buying one of the coolest models ever made.
The shop responsible for all licensed Bond merchandise is the same outfit behind this new scale model. In conjunction with the modelers at UK-based Propshop, the company is releasing just 100 of these Aston Martin DB5s, and once you learn a bit about the model, you can see why it costs so much.
According to 007.com, the scale example is "designed to replicate the level of attention lavished on Aston Martin's original DB5." After laser-scanning two actual DB5s from the movie, Propshop used digital models to 3D-print the major components. After plenty of fine-tuning and assembly, eight layers of lacquer are applied to the model. Some street cars don't get this much attention.
The model is capable of moving on the rolling road that doubles as its case. The vehicle is controlled with a small box that requires an actual key.
That box also activates the car's various spy gadgets, including revolving license plates, a rear bulletproof shield that raises and lowers and two remote-control Browning machine guns that pop out underneath the headlights. Aston Martin put an owner's manual up on its YouTube page.
It is quite large, measuring nearly five feet long, more than two feet wide and right about two feet tall. The price tag is equally grand -- £28,000 converts directly to $42,589 or AU$59,827. But, if you are a well-heeled film geek who appreciates a really nice model with loads of intricate parts, you'd be hard-pressed to find a cooler one than this.