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“With this issue, … add more details to the reactor platform of your DeLorean.”




Materials: While the Reactor Exhaust Pipe Grilles are photo-etched metal, the rest of these parts are plastic.


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Making and Fitting the Exhaust Pipes

Before we get started, there are people that ask is these if these pipes were part of the real DeLorean film car and, if so, what they were for. I hope I can help with both questions. The first answer is yes, these vents are inside the rear exhaust vents on The ‘A’ Car:

Second answer: these pipes were used to expel liquid CO2 during filming when you see the DeLorean shooting those big white clouds out the back:

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Step 1

Fit a Reactor Exhaust Pipe (119A) and a Reactor Exhaust Pipe (119B) together as shown:

Secure them with two (2) AP screws:

Step 2

Carefully bend the tabs on either side of a Reactor Exhaust Pipe Grille up at a 90-degree angle, as shown.

I used a pair of ‘duck bill’ pliers here to make these bends as straight as possible:

Step 3

Fit this Reactor Exhaust Pipe Grille over the end of the Reactor Exhaust Pipe assembly and secure with two (2) IP screws:

Step 4

Repeat steps 1-3 to build a second Reactor Exhaust Pipe assembly:

Step 5

Fit the two Brackets into these locations on the Reactor Platform:

There is an alignment pin on each Bracket that ensures these fit correctly:

Step 6

Secure both Brackets to the Reactor Platform from below with four (4) GP screws:

Step 7

Fit the two Reactor Exhaust Pipe assemblies into these locations on the Reactor Platform:

Step 8

Secure both Reactor Exhaust Pipe assemblies to the Reactor Platform from below with two (2) GP screws:


For the most part, no one will see these pipes soon enough as they will be inside the cowls. However, I do appreciate that they are included with our build. Maybe instead I should be thanking Terry Matalas and Joe Walser for creating the amazing replica DeLorean used as the basis for our model. Thanks go out to everyone involved!

Next Up

 Issue 120 – Reactor: Vent Pipes

4 thoughts on “ISSUE 119”

  1. Hi, I am from. South africa, before covid 19, they stopped delivering my packages to complete my car, where can I get the balance of the issues.

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