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“… add details including a light and an emergency handle to the interior roof panel for your DeLorean.”




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Roof Interior

On the real car, the roof electronics were mounted on an aluminium panel, so I masked off and airbrushed the panel section of the Roof Interior Panel with Tamiya Flat Aluminum XF-16 paint:

Step 1

Fit the post and locating pin of the Silver Box to this matching location of the Roof Interior Panel, as shown:

Step 2

Secure the Silver Box into place from the other side with one (1) BP screw, as shown:

Step 3

Feed the plug and wire of the Emergency Handle and Cable through this hole of the Roof Interior Panel

… until you can fit the post and locating pin of the Emergency Handle and Cable into place on the Roof Interior Panel as shown.

I checked this handle and it does move, but it does not do anything. There is no electrical switch inside like I thought, just the LED:

Step 4

From the other side, secure the Emergency Handle and Cable into place with one (1) BP screw:

Thanks to Mike Lane and his Decal Set III, we can add a nice small decal to this Emergency Handle and Cable:

Step 5

Fit the clear Lens into this hole at the front edge of the Roof Interior Panel, as shown:

Steps 6-7

Position the Lamp Holder over the Lens and secure it into place (capturing the Lens) with two (2) AP screws, as shown.

The smooth side of the holder should face towards the lens:


I honestly thought the aluminum paint I added would make more of a difference, but the roof liner is so bright it is hard to see it anyway. Still, we had a couple mods to do along the way. We will add much more to this in the next issue. All of these parts are plastic.

Running Total of screws used so far: 797

Next Up

 Issue 87 – Interior: Upper Control Panels, Keypad, Sun Visors, LEDs

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