The addition of the orange EL wire into the Reactor Drum has finished up my EL Light Mod Installation. It has taken a while to get to this point in the build, but we are finally fully lit!
* For the header picture above, I grabbed the exhaust cowls from the next few issues and the reactor top from Issue 04, and threw them on the reactor platform so it would look very close to the final appearance of the build.
Ever since I installed the front windshield into my 1:8 scale Back to the Future DeLorean back in Issue 62, I have been worried about scratching it. Fingerprint oils and even dust can damage plastic over time. As a basic protection layer, I put some strips of painter’s tape together and cut them into the shape of the windshield:
While this ‘tape’ solution worked pretty well, it has had some drawbacks. It is not meant to last, the tape adhesive itself could damage the plastic if left in place long enough, you cannot see through it, and the more it is removed and replaced, the more it falls apart.
Then, as I was installing the windshield into my 1:8 scale Nissan GT-R (R35) , I noticed it had these thin, clear vinyl protective films on the inside and outside of it:
I actually ‘stole’ the interior film and started using it on the outside of my DeLorean windshield instead of the blue tape. If only someone would produce this kind of removable protection for our DeLoreans… Well, it turns out, someone has!
This kit includes pre-cut, adhesive free, clear vinyl films for all of your model’s windows: a windshield film, both side window films (upper and lower sections), as well as wet/dry cleaning cloths. It is really difficult to take pictures of clear vinyl on white backing, but I tried my best!
Installation is as simple as you can imagine. Simply clean the plastic surface with the wet cloth, then the dry cloth, then peel the appropriate film from the paper and smooth it across the ‘glass’. Here is the windshield film in place.
The bubbles underneath are normal and will reduce over time. Also, I was not trying for a perfectly clear application as I will be removing these films for any issue’s featured photographs. That means they will be going on and coming off a lot until I finish the car!
The side windows are applied in exactly the same way.
I installed these after I completed Issue 110, but they can be added any time after the windows are installed:
These Static Cling Window Protectors are easier to work with than the tape, they more durable, they do not use any adhesives that might damage the window plastic, and they are transparent! At the time of this writing, Mike only has these for the DeLorean model, but I imagine he will be making these for many other models, such as the Ghostbusters Ecto-1. I hope so, because I 100% recommend them!
I have completed Part Two of the TheEL Light Mod from Model Modz installation. This excellent product improves the lighting of the Flux Bands and Reactor on our 1:8 scale Back to the Future DeLorean from Eaglemoss. Check out the installation HERE!
Even though my build is slowed by missing issues, that doesn’t mean I can’t improve on it with more community mods! This time, I added The Wireless 1 to 6 Switch Mod from Model Modz. It is a super easy install and a great addition to our models in terms of ease and functionality.
Since I am currently in a holding pattern waiting on out-of-stock issues, I snatched up Mike Lane’s latest mod: his Hood Box Upgrade Kit!
The hood box for our 1:8 scale Back to the Future DeLorean starts to arrive with the optional subscription extension (issues 131+). It contains the 1955 parts Doc Brown used to rebuild the time circuits. However, Eaglemoss really skimped on the box itself by just molding it from plain brown plastic. Well, Mr. Lane did what he does best and created a mod out of real wood that replicates the vintage Pepsi-Cola crate used by the films. It will be next year before I can use it, but I am really looking forward to adding this to my build!
The time has come to start installing the first part of TheEL Light Mod from Model Modz. This excellent product improves the lighting of the Flux Bands and Reactor on our 1:8 scale Back to the Future DeLorean from Eaglemoss. Check out the installation HERE!