ISSUE 107

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“In this issue, you will fit the power coil grilles over the LEDs and filaments on the left side of your DeLorean.”

NOTE: I am installing the EL Light Mod from Model Modz as I build my model. You may notice some differences from the stock LED/Filament lighting elements in this issue. I will mention any notable changes.

Contents


Parts

Magazine

  • Drive Time: Model Instructions
  • A Time Traveler’s Guide: George DiCenzo

Build


Power Coils

Step 1

Before you fit any of the Power Coil parts, be sure that your Filaments/EL wire on the left rear of the car are positioned correctly in the brackets. Take care not to crush any of the Filaments/EL wire as you continue this issue.

Here, I have painter’s tape holding my EL wires in the correct position:

Step 2

Fit Power Coil (107A) into the brackets along the top of the Filaments/EL wire.

The two pegs on the top end should fit into the Junction Box, as shown:

Step 3

Press Power Coil (107B) into the end of Power Coil (107A) and fit it into the brackets, as shown.

There is a pin on 107B that fits into a matching hole of 107A to hold these together:

Step 4

Carefully remove Grille (107E) from the photo-etched plate and fit it into place, as shown.

The Grilles arrive on photo-etched metal sheet. Each piece has an engraved part number near it. Simply give these a little twist to remove them from the sheet one at a time as you need them:

Secure Grille (107E) onto the bracket at these holes with two (2) AP screws.

While it is personal preference, I first thought the black screws would look wrong. So, I was going to use chrome/silver eyeglasses screws for all of these flux band attachment screws. However, I noticed that the real ‘A’ car used black hex bolts to attach the bands, so I am OK with using the stock black screws on my build. You should do what you think is best for your model:

When installing these Grilles, take note that each of them fit best in only one way. If it feels wrong, flip the Grille over and try again:

Step 5

Continue to attach this Grille using two (2) IP screws here:

Carefully bend the Grille down and attach it to the Power Coil using two (2) more IP screws at these locations:

Step 6

Carefully remove Grille (107F) from the photo-etched plate and fit it into place as shown. Secure this Grille into place at these holes with two (2) AP screws.

I tucked this under the previous Grille, but you can put it on top of it if you want:

Continue to attach this Grille to the Power Coil below with two (2) IP screws:

Step 7

Ensure your lighting Filaments (or EL wires) are seated nicely into the slots of these three brackets:

Step 8

Push Power Coil (107C) into these brackets over the Filaments/EL wires, as shown.

There is a pin on 107C that fits into a matching hole of 107B to hold these together:

Step 9

Push Power Coil (107D) into the remaining brackets, slotting the end posts into the Support Bar, as shown:

There is a pin on 107D that fits into a matching hole of 107C to hold these together:

The rear Power Coils should look like this now:

Step 10

Carefully remove Grille (107H) from the photo-etched plate and fit it into place as shown. Secure this Grille to the Power Coil below at these holes with two (2) IP screws:

Steps 11-12

Carefully remove Grille (107G) from the photo-etched plate and fit it into place as shown. Secure this Grille into place at these outer holes with four (4) AP screws…

… and at these inner holes with four (4) IP screws:

Steps 13-14

Carefully remove Grille (107I) from the photo-etched plate and fit it into place as shown. Secure this Grille into place at these holes with two (2) AP screws.

This Grille is not straight. There is a slight bend to it, so make sure you test fit it before attaching the screws:

Step 15

Carefully bend and secure this Grille into place at these holes with two (2) more AP screws:

Step 16

Secure this Grille into place at these holes with two (2) IP screws:

Step 17

Finish bending and securing this Grille into place at these holes with four (4) more IP screws.

I did not want to flip the car over again, so I placed it at the edge of the table, sat on the floor, and screwed these in from below!

Thoughts


That was a heck of a lot of screws! But, we now have the left rear corner of the car finished. We will do this again on the right side next. The Power Coils are plastic, but the Grilles are photo-etched metal.

Running Total of screws used so far: 990

Next Up


 Issue 108 – Body: Rear Power Coils/Grilles (Right)

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