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“The parts of the DeLorean received with this stage make up the right front suspension, brake disc and caliper.”
In this issue, we basically repeat Issue 05 but with the front right suspension components.
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I had always planned on painting my model to more resemble the real car, especially the unique Delorean chassis. Therefore, I airbrushed all the screw heads in this issue (and from Issue 05) with Tamiya XF-56 Metallic Grey. I also shot the Front Suspension pieces with Tamiya Fine Surface Primer in Light Grey. There is an ‘R’ stamped on one of the pieces so you know which is which. Based on reference photos I found, these choices seemed to be a pretty close match to the colors of the full-size car components:
Right Front Suspension
Fit the Lower Link into the gap at the bottom of the Right Front Suspension and secure with two (2) AM screws.
I did not tighten these all the way as I wanted the suspension to be able to move easily. They are a tight fit and should not back out. This is also your friendly reminder to try using 3-in-One Oil on all screws going into metal:
Pass the Shock Absorber up through the large hole in the Lower Link and secure with two (2) BM screws.
I did not tighten these all the way either. The screws from the previous step may move in the slot, but that is not a problem as they will be forced back into place during the next two steps:
Slide the Coilspring over the Shock Absorber:
Squeeze the Lower Link up (compressing the Coilspring) until the Shock Absorber comes through the hole in the Right Front Suspension. Secure with one (1) EM screw.
This is tricky as I had to squeeze the parts together while putting in the top screw. If they moved before, the lower screws should now have slid back down into the correct position by the force of the Coilspring:
Place the Control Arm on either side of the Right Front Suspension, align the holes, and fix with two (2) CM screws:
With my model, this Right Front Tie Head (steering knuckle/spindle) came painted black. But on the real car this assembly is aluminum, so I chose to give it a coat of Tamiya X-32 Titanium Silver. These are the spindles from both this issue and Issue 05 (they are stamped with a ‘L’ and ‘R’ so you can keep track of them). If you do paint them, be sure to mask off the magnetic disc in the center of the spindle:
Position the Right Front Tie Head between the Control Arm and Lower Link and secure with two (2) DM screws.
Since this is also a pivot point for the steering, I did not tighten them all the way:
Right Front Brake
Slide the Spring over the Positioning Column. Insert the assembly from Step 1 into the hole in the Brake Disc and secure with one (1) DP screw.
The instructions say the Spring is part 6L, but it is really 6I (i). This spring-loaded pin is what will help hold the wheel in the upright (non-hover) position:
Align the Brake Caliper into the holes of the Brake Disc and secure with one (1) AP screw through the middle hole.
It should be on the same side as the arm where we just attached the parts from Step 2:
Combining The Parts
Hold the Brake Disc assembly against the Lower Link and secure with one (1) DM screw.
This is the hinge that allows the wheel to pivot down into “hover” mode, so I only tightened it until the movement was stiff but smooth. The Brake Disc is what we will mount the wheel to in the future and is held into the upright position by a couple of small, but strong magnets:
There is not much to say about this issue as it is just a mirror image of Issue 05. Now that both front suspension assemblies are complete, I am looking forward to next month’s delivery which should include Issue 10 and the main chassis frame! Place this assembly aside in a safe place until then.
I know a lot of other builders have run into the spindle assembly being wobbly/loose once the wheel is mounted. But, in its current form, everything moves very smoothly. If I do experience the same problem later on, I will return to this issue to share a solution.
Running Total of screws used so far: 61
Issue 07 – Suspension: Steering Rack, Linkage, Front Plate