Back Story

I have always loved the Back to the Future saga. From the time travel elements to the quirky characters, the films tell a grand story literally spanning generations. I have always been partial to the first movie and with it, the modified 1980s DeLorean DMC-12.

When I later found out that Andrew Probert was involved in the design, it made a lot of sense. He was instrumental in so many of my young fascinations including Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek, Airwolf, and TRON. I’ve had various toy versions of the car over the years, ranging from tiny Hot Wheels toys to a 1:18 scale model from Sun Star.

I heard about this 1:8 scale Back to the Future DeLorean model online years ago at Eaglemoss Collections, but it was not available in the US. I was only able to watch others start piecing it together. Then, in early 2017, they released it in the US. Even so, I was not in a place where I could afford it, much less have the time to build it.

Fast forward almost two years and things had changed. I saw another ad for the model and decided it was time to start my own build. And, since I am no stranger to web design, I thought I would share my build experience with this site!

– MarvelPhx

The Model

Universal Pictures used three different DeLoreans during production of the first film (seven total across the entire trilogy):

  • The ‘A’ or hero car was used for most principal filming and had the most details, it is now in the Petersen Automotive Museum.
  • The ‘B’ car was used for stunt driving/distant shots, was not as detailed, and ended up being destroyed by the train at the end of Part III.
  • The ‘C’ car had the nose and tail cut off, leaving only the cockpit for interior shots

This DeLorean model is based on Terry Matalas‘ superb replica of the ‘A’ car.

Our 1:8 scale replica model includes the following features:

  • Length: 20.7″ (52.6 cm)
  • Width: 9.1″ (23.2 cm)
  • Height: 5.6″ (14.3cm) tall with doors closed, 9.6″ (24.5cm) tall with doors open
  • Die-cast metal frame, suspension, and body panels
  • Replica V6 Engine
  • Working steering system
  • Gullwing doors open and close
  • Hood and Engine Cover open and close
  • Windows roll up and down
  • Lighted Headlights, Turn Signals, Tail Lights, and Door Lights
  • Lighted Dashboard, Trunk, and Engine Bay
  • Lighted Time Circuits, Flux Capacitor, SID, Flux Bands, Speedometer, Plutonium Gauges, Reactor, and Overhead Panel
  • Brake Pedal activates the Brake Lights
  • Original Reactor can be swapped for Mr. Fusion
  • Wheels fold down into Hover Mode