ISSUE 73

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“In this issue, follow the step-by-step instructions to add more detailing and bring together all the parts of your DeLorean’s right-side door.”

This issue is a near duplicate of Issue 69, just with the opposite door.

Contents


Parts

Magazine

  • Drive Time: Model Instructions
  • Production Diary: ZZ Top
  • A Time Traveler’s Guide: Boot Hill Cemetery

Build


Door Details and Trim

Step 1

Fit the Lock Barrel into the matching hole of the Door Panel.

There is a flat keyed section that aligns this:

Step 2

Secure the Lock Barrel from behind with one (1) AP screw:

Step 3

Push the Door Trim onto the outside of the Door Panel.

This will only fit on the model one way:

Step 4

Secure the Door Trim in place from behind with four (4) JP screws:

Step 5

Position the two Brackets onto this inner section of the Door Panel, and secure with two (2) AM screws, as shown.

This is your friendly reminder to try using 3-in-One Oil on all screws going into metal:

Step 6

Retrieve the Right Window (Upper) from the last issue, and secure it to the inside of the Door Panel with two (2) NM screws:

Step 7

Fix the Wing Mirror Body to the Wing Mirror Support with one (1) JP screw, as shown.

I am going to hold off doing this step just yet. See the Mod Zone below.

Step 8

Remove the backing paper from the Mirror

…and secure it to the matching cavity of the Wing Mirror Body:

I leave the clear protective plastic on these things until the model is done:

Step 9

Push the Wing Mirror assembly into place on the outside of the Door Panel.

Step 10

Secure the Wing Mirror assembly to the Door Panel from inside with one (1) AP screw:

As most builders of this model will find out, these wing mirrors are very prone to breaking off. In the coming issues, we will be handling the body assembly a LOT, turning it over, on its side, and so on. Therefore, I am going to try to attach it in another way. This is a 200 set of 3x1mm neodymium magnets:

To start, I removed the mirror assembly and glued one of these magnets into the mounting recess of the Door Panel:

Next, I removed a millimeter or so from the large post on the Wing Mirror Support. This time, I got it right!

All we have to do now is glue another magnet to this post. Make sure it is attracted to the magnet on the body and not repelled by it:

Finally, we need to go back and do Step 7, attaching the Mirror together:

This time, the magnets went beautifully! I can easily remove the wing mirror off at any time. And, if it gets bumped off, it will not break anything:

Step 11

Retrieve the Right Door (trim assembly) from the previous issue. Fit it inside the Door Panel, aligning the four posts, and making sure the wiring is captured inside the rear channel circled below:

Step 12

Secure the trim assembly to the Door Panel with four (4) DM screws:

Step 13

Press the Arm Rest assembly (from Issue 71) onto the trim assembly, as shown, and secure with one (1) AP screw:

While the steps of this issue are now complete, I have three small mods to do. First up is these color-matched screw cover stickers included in Decal Set II from Mike Lane:

Mike includes two sizes of these stickers. Use the larger peel-and-stick decals to conceal the ugly black screw heads of the door interior:

The smaller grey peel-and-stick decals are used to conceal the screw head inside the handle:

The second mod adds a couple of the ‘bugs’ that are found on all automotive glass. You can find these in Decal Set III from Mike Lane. This time, we will use two more of the white decals for the side windows:

On a real DeLorean, these are located at the lower-rear corners of the large and small windows. We just need to peel-and-stick these decals to the inside surface of each:

Our passenger side door is looking just as good as the first one!

Our final mod is to match the vent duct on the door interior to the same color as I used on the dashboard back in Issue 44. I used a small sponge brush to paint this circular recess ‘duct’ with Tamiya XF-85 Rubber Black acrylic. I cleaned up the edges with a cotton swab dampened with isopropyl alcohol. Be sure not to rub too hard as the interior panel is black plastic painted grey and you can actually remove the grey:

Thoughts


Just like last time, this was a long issue with four different mods! I am actually pretty excited that I do not have to do all that again. I felt like I was going to screw things up every step of the way! The only metal in this issue is the Door Panel itself, the rest are all plastic parts.

Running Total of screws used so far: 653

Next Up


 Issue 74 – Interior: Door Headliner/Strut (Right)

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