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“With this issue, … add more details to the reactor platform of your DeLorean.”
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Left Exhaust Cowl Vanes & Fitting the Cowl
The three vanes are different and are marked 1, 2, and 3 as seen below. The Top Vane is #1, Middle Vane #2, and Bottom Vane #3:
To be consistent with the weathering I did to the Exhaust Cowls in the previous issue, I went over these with the same Tamiya Soot powder. If you are curious, I just use disposable makeup sponge applicators to apply this effect. Note the paper towel underneath to make clean up easier. These powders are wonderful, but they tend to get everywhere!
Fit the Top Vane (122A marked ‘1’) into place inside the Left Reactor Exhaust Cowl at the top, aligning the holes on each side, and secure the left side of the Top Vane into place with two (2) NP screws.
There is a small ledge inside the cowl on either side that these vanes rest upon:
Secure the right side of the Top Vane into place with two (2) NP screws:
Fit the Middle Vane (122B marked ‘2’) into place inside the Left Reactor Exhaust Cowl at the middle, and secure it into place with two (2) NP screws:
Secure the right side of the Middle Vane into place with two (2) NP screws:
Fit the Bottom Vane (122C marked ‘3’) into place inside the Left Reactor Exhaust Cowl at the bottom, and secure it into place with only one (1) NP screw at the front.
This vane can rotate out of position, and that is OK. We will secure it in a future issue:
Secure the right side of the Bottom Vane into place with only one (1) NP screw at the front:
Fit one end of the Cable into this hole on the right side of the Left Reactor Exhaust Cowl, as shown:
Retrieve your Reactor Platform. Position this Left Reactor Exhaust Cowl assembly over the left Exhaust Pipe and onto the platform.
There are three mounting posts under this cowl that match three circular raised mounting points on the platform. It should sit down lush:
At the front of the Left Reactor Exhaust Cowl, push the three Vent Pipes into these holes, as shown:
Carefully turn the platform over and secure the cowl into place with three (3) FP screws:
Fit the end of the Pipe (111D from Issue 111) into the remaining hole at the front of the Left Reactor Exhaust Cowl:
Connect the free end of the Cable to the rear Reactor Platform, as shown:
To me, the weathering powders really make these cowls/vanes pop! I am convinced I will be ‘powdering’ many more parts on the reactor deck. The vanes are plastic along with the ends of the Cable, however, the middle of the cable is elastic cord.
Running Total of screws used so far: 1103
Issue 123 – Reactor: Rear Exhaust Cowl/Pipe (Right)