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“Start building your scale model DeLorean DMC-12 (with modifications) by assembling the rear bumper section and lights, and attaching that iconic ‘OUTATIME’ numberplate.”
This is where it all begins! I was happy to see that Eaglemoss started with one of the most recognizable pieces of the car: the rear bumper.
If you haven’t seen it yet, I recommend reading through my Getting Started page first.
- Phillips Head Screwdriver (appears to be size #000 or 1.5mm)
- Drive Time: Model Instructions
- The Futurist: Bob Gale Interview
- Time Trials: Delorean Design Process
- A History of the Future: Part 1
Introducing The Model
A 4-page color leaflet with photos of the completed model and features
A 3-page foldout with full size color images of the model and the final dimensions:
- 20.7″ Long
- 9.1″ Wide
- 5.6″ Tall (9.6″ with doors open)
A 21″ x 16″ color poster of the model’s parts separated by sections:
- Front Section
- Body & Rear Section
- Door & Side Section
- Timetravel Unit
Attach the Upper Rear Section and Lower Rear Section together with four (4) BP screws.
The Upper Rear Section is solid aluminum and has some good heft to it. It really gives you an idea of how big and how heavy this model will be:
Place the Lights panels into the Frame.
Notice the orientation of part 1-H (rear center light):
Slide the assembled tail light Frame tab into the Upper Rear Section.
It is usually easier to do this with both parts upside down so the loose Lights panels do not fall out of the frame.
Attach the tail light Frame to the Upper Rear Section with one (1) BP screw.
The instructions show two screws, but you will only use one for this. Save the other one for the left tail light coming up in Issue 02:
Place the ‘AUG’ and ‘Year’ tags on the Numberplate.
Eaglemoss provides two of each sticker, just in case. A good pair of precision tweezers works wonders here! Unfortunately, the stickers themselves have a terrible sparkle background and are not very legible, especially the ‘AUG’ month decal. I have since updated this license plate with the Mike Lane Magnetic License Plate mod; see the Mod Zone at the end of this issue.
Attach Numberplate to Plate Base with two (2) AP screws:
Attach the Plate Holder to the Plate Base with two (2) AP screws:
Carefully align the tabs and snap the Rear Bumper into the Lower Rear Section.
This Rear Bumper piece is going to be removed again in Issue 92, so you may not want to snap it in at this point if you don’t think you are comfortable with taking it back off.
This completes Issue 01. This issue was very straightforward and a great way to start the build! So far, the pieces seem very well made and highly detailed, even down to the DMC logo on the tail light lens. Set these pieces aside for use in Issue 02.
This is the first of many Mod Zone sections you will find throughout my build. These are custom modifications I chose to add and are not included with the Eaglemoss Delorean model. Right after I started my subscription, I ordered many items from Mike Lane such as his Magnetic License Plate Kit. This kit includes a new detailed OUTATIME plate, futuristic bar code 2015 plate, magnetic stickers, and a removal tool. Since I completed this mod after I had built the issue, here are are the steps I took to install it and the results…
First, I removed the two (2) AP screws holding the Numberplate in place from The Plate: Step 2 above. This was done without disassembling anything else. Then, I grabbed the bag with the single magnet sticker:
I peeled the backing from the magnetic sticker and stuck it into the space where the Numberplate was:
Then I used the other bag with the OUTATIME license plate in it, and dropped it into place. Mike had already applied the much clearer registration tag decals to it. And just like that, we are done!
I think this new Mike Lane plate is a major improvement over the original Eaglemoss version. You can actually read the registration tags and it has the four mounting holes printed on it. You can then use the removal tool (a guitar pick) to easily remove the plate and swap in his 2015 future version if you’d like. The detail on these plates is fantastic!
Alternatively, if you like the look of the original Eaglemoss plate, Mike Lane supplies a magnetic option for it as well. He even includes a double set of extra registration tags to swap out the awful Eaglemoss ones. You can see the new tags here along with the original plate (with the original registration tags removed). These new tags are part of Mike Lane’s Decal Set I:
I put the new tags on, then in the bag with the removal tool, I found another magnetic sticker:
I peeled the backing off the magnetic sticker and placed it on the back of the original Numberplate:
Now, you can quickly and painlessly swap between all three license plates as you so choose. All thanks to Mike Lane!
Issue 02 – Body: Left Wing (Fender), Left Tail Light