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Wet Nellie Pre-Order!

Agora Models has recently announced their second big-scale model vehicle of their new James Bond Collection, the 1:8 scale Lotus Esprit Submersible from The Spy Who Loved Me!

‘Presented in its distinctive amphibious form, “Wet Nellie” is equipped with an array of gadgets including the ink spray jets, surface-to-air missiles, front-mounted torpedo launcher and limpet mine hatch.’

Lovingly nicknamed ‘Wet Nellie’ in reference to the ‘Little Nellie’ autogyro from You Only Live Twice, this monthly subscription build is now available for pre-order with shipping expected to begin in March 2024. You can sign up for this model at the following sites:

Agora US/Worldwide | Agora UK | Agora Germany | Agora Australia/NZ | Agora France | Agora Japan | Agora Italy | Agora Spain

Specifications

  • Number of Parts: Approximately 500
  • Length: 56cm
  • Width: 29cm
  • Height: 15cm

Features

  • Authentic Monaco White paint color
  • Detailed replica 907 4-cylinder engine
  • Pop-up headlights
  • Functioning brake lights and indicators
  • Badges
  • Four rear propellers with motorized spin
  • Rotating hydrofins
  • Front-mounted torpedo launcher hidden inside the nose, loaded with torpedoes and harpoons
  • Surface-to-air missile launcher
  • Defense jets concealed behind the rear number plate
    • Two smaller ink cloud jets
    • Two larger liquid cement sprayer
  • Limpet mine hatch with mine opens from underneath
  • Targeting periscope
  • Illuminated nautical control panel and radar
  • Removeable display stand

Collector’s Edition

  • Acrylic display case with black-painted wooden base
  • High-quality, official movie image print in the background
  • Bespoke display plinth for the Lotus Esprit
  • Movie-inspired terrain image under the car
  • Illuminated The Spy Who Loved Me logo
  • Illuminated Agora Models logo
  • Metal specification-plaque
  • Numbered Certificate of Authenticity

I have been looking forward to the release of this 1:8 scale Lotus Esprit and I do plan on building it here at this build site. If you are interested in this model, head on over to the appropriate Agora site for your region and sign up!

Agora US/Worldwide | Agora UK | Agora Germany | Agora Australia/NZ | Agora France | Agora Japan | Agora Italy | Agora Spain

3-In-One Oil

If you are building any of the die-cast metal large scale models out there, you are probably familiar with the pain around driving screws into metal parts. In my experience, some of these screws have a tendency to bind up, strip threads, or simply snap off. Not only does it cause frustration, but it could cause a long delay in your build waiting for replacement parts.

For a while now, I have read about other builders that were using a little oil on their metal screw threads to help reduce the risk of damage and the effort needed to seat these screws fully. Up until this point, I had taken my time to carefully pre-thread metal screws, but it turns out they were on to something. I recently picked up some 3-in-One Multi-Purpose Oil (from the WD-40 Company) and it has changed everything!

I simply dip the tip of each metal screw into a tiny drop of this stuff and they go right in and without any drama. I should have done this sooner! If putting a little oil on the end of a metal screw is not feasible, you can also use a toothpick or other small tool to apply the oil directly into a screw hole before installing the screw.

To hold the oil, I use this fantastic 4 oz dispenser bottle with a built-in pump and metal lid. I fill it up and pump the lid when I need a little oil to work with. Additionally, it has a nice wide base to reduce the possibility of spills:

I highly recommend grabbing a bottle of this oil (or other similar lubricant). It will surely save you time and headache!

Shop is Open!

I have had many visitors ask about the tools and supplies that I use to build my partworks, so I have created a ‘Shop‘ over at my main build site with Amazon links to most of the items I have used along the way. All proceeds go towards supporting my site costs, not for profit. I hope you all find this helpful!

Go to Shop

If you want to build these specific large-scale models, check out the Agora Models 007 Collection ordering page!