Mike Lane Mods!

Just in time for my birthday, I checked the mail and found my order of the fabulous Mike Lane mods had arrived!

Seeing these in person is even better than any photograph I’ve seen (mine included). These mods include:

  • Complete Carpet Kit
  • Bonnet and Luggage Compartment Set
  • Tyre Transfer Kit
  • Magnetic License Plate Kit
  • Decal Set I
  • Decal Set II

As these are installed into my model, I will add the details to each issue they are used in.

If you want these mods, head on over to his Mike Lane Mods website!

Whoops! #1

While building any project, there is always the possibility of mistakes, incorrect parts, and broken or missing pieces. This Eaglemoss 1:8 scale Back to the Future DeLorean has proven no different. As you can see in the photo above, my Reactor Core Lid from Issue 04 was in pretty bad shape straight out of the package with numerous nicks in the paint.

I have seen and heard many criticisms from all over the world regarding how Eaglemoss handles problems just like this. Now, I realize customers online can be very vocal when they are not happy. This is especially true of high cost items such as this model. As the DeLorean was released fairly recently in the US, I saw this predicament as an opportunity to experience Eaglemoss American customer service for myself. So, on a Tuesday afternoon, I called their Customer Service number at 1-800-261-6898 and hoped for a positive outcome.

About eight minutes later, I had an entire replacement issue on the way. No hassle, no long wait, no argument.

The next day, I received a shipment notification email. Eight days later, I received the replacement Issue 04 parts in perfect condition. For me, this was handled extremely well. Time will tell if I encounter any other problems, but this time they did it right!

I even discovered a few additional details about the subscription service on that same call:

  • The issues ship every 25 days (not truly every calendar month)
  • You can suspend and resume the subscription at any time (say, you can’t afford it for a while)
  • You can’t buy all the available issues at once
  • They don’t replace individual parts from an Issue; they just replace the entire Issue
  • They don’t expect the faulty Issue to be returned

RR DeLorean Decals

My first mod has arrived! These are the wet transfer DMC DeLorean decals from Roy Fitzsimmonds at Rail-Road Models in the UK.

The Eaglemoss 1:8 scale Back to the Future DeLorean model is missing almost every one of these labels. This may be because they are not specific to the film car, but to the DeLorean automobile in general. I saw them mentioned online a while ago and knew they would add another level of realism to my own build. Now that I have see them with my own eyes, the quality is excellent and even more detailed than I expected!

Rail-Road Models provides a set of both 1:8 and 1:6 scale decals together. The 1:6 versions are likely for owners of the Hot Toys DeLorean product, but you can use either size as you see fit. Decal placement and usage instructions are also included. And, if the screw holes in your Mr. Fusion are driving you mad, you can opt for his printed wrap around sticker to cover them up. Both can be purchased for about $20 USD.

I am looking forward to getting them on the car and sharing them with everyone!

UPDATE: Since Mike Lane came out with many of these decals in an easier peel-n-stick format, I will be using Mike’s first. However, there are some of these RR Decals I will still utilize. Here is a listing of where these RR DeLorean Decals have been installed so far:

DecalUsed in Issue(s)
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