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The End?

We recently finished building up the 1:8 scale Back to the Future DeLorean from Eaglemoss. But really, there is still more to do. An entire extension of 29 more issues is waiting for us!

Still, I thought I might share some pictures of the ‘current’ finished product from a few different angles:

A little ‘Behind the Scenes’ for the header photo

Photography has always been one of my passions and I thought I would try to take a cool picture of my model with the on-board lighting doing its thing. First, I had to shutdown my big soft box lights I use for normal build photos, break out my flashes, and start experimenting:

Next, in order to make the lights on the car ‘pop’ more, I used a longer exposure without the flashes active:

Finally, I combined all of these elements plus some colored gels on the flash heads to get to this. It was just for fun, but I liked it!

Pre-91 Lights Test

Before we attempt the significant steps of Issue 91 (attaching the body to the chassis), I wanted to take some time to test all of my lighting.

This is because I have heard it is a fairly common problem to get the car assembled and then find out some of the lights do not work correctly. And, by that point, we would have to decide whether to leave them broken or take the model apart again to fix them. Therefore, I documented the steps I took to check that my lighting was functioning correctly before we close the car up. We will need to have the parts of Issue 92 and Issue 93 available to complete this test.

I split this page into two parts: Chassis Lighting and Body Lighting. They can be done separately and all wires can be disconnected after each part.


Chassis Lighting

Step 01

NOTE: When connecting/disconnecting any plugs/wires, I recommend making sure the power to the car is turned off!

First, I brought the front of the body close to the front of the chassis and connected Wire 9:

Power up the car and press Switch 6 on the center console box. The under hood (trunk) light should come on, like this:

Step 02

I then retrieved the lighting components from Issue 92 and attached Wires 6, 10, and 11 to the rear of the car. These are the brake lights, engine bay light, and rear/reverse/turn signal lights respectively. The latter two sets of lights worked when pressing Switch 6

… however, the brake lights should only come on when the Brake Pedal is pushed down (triggering the switch contacts behind the firewall):

Step 03

Next, I retrieved the lighting components from Issue 93 and attached Wires 9 and 12 to the front of the car. These are the headlights (four white LEDs) and turn signal lights (two yellow LEDs). They turned on when pressing Switch 6:

Step 04

Then, connect the LED Wire from Issue 91 to the Wire 19 connector at the front right of the chassis and make sure both LEDs light up when you press Switch 1.

I am not using the stock LEDs so I did not test this. Instead, I hooked up my EL Light Mod from Model Modz and turned off my studio lights to take this picture. Everything is working as expected!

If you are not using this mod, you would likely want to hook up your front Flux Band LEDs (LED Wire part 91G in Issue 91) to the front Wire 19 (red/blue) connector. If it works correctly, use this same LED Wire to test the two connectors at the back of the car on Wire 22 and Wire 23. The actual LEDs for these rear plugs will not arrive until many issues from now.


Body Lighting

Step 01

As you will see in Issue 91, I propped the body on its side with some bath towels to get the wires of each closer together:

I then connected all of the body wires to the matching chassis wires:

Step 02

The roof lighting is controlled by Switch 5. Don’t forget you need to rotate the red handle to get that LED to light:

Step 03

The door lighting should also work at this point. They should only come on when that door is opened:

Step 04

Since I am installing the EL Light Mod from Model Modz, I do not have these two Flux Band LEDs installed on the roof. If you do, they should light up when you press Switch 1:, The photo below is from Issue 87 showing what they looked like before I removed them:

Step 05

Finally, we should reuse that LED Wire part 91G again to connect to the plug of Wire 21 to make sure the reactor light works when pushing Button 1.

Since I am installing the EL Light Mod, I did not keep this wire in the car, but this is the original wire/color and how it would eventually route through the body and up on top of the Engine Cover:


Testing Results

Some of my lights did not work during this testing and that is why I wanted to share the entire experience. The front turn signals were dead and the brake lights did not turn on when I pushed the Brake Pedal. After a closer look at everything, I found that I suffered from my own user error. Three of the numbered black plugs attached to the Circuit Board were attached to only one of the two pins, so I had to reconnect them correctly. After that fix, everything worked as expected.

Don’t panic if your lights do not work at first. Check your connections are secure, that no wires/plugs are damaged, that you are using fresh batteries or The Power Mod, and simply take your time. Electrical work can be tricky, but the lighting is such an important part of this model.

I hope this helps other builders get their DeLorean looking the best it can!

The Parts

There are over a thousand parts that make up the Eaglemoss 1:8 scale Back to the Future DeLorean model. But, there are even more screws! I have put a small page together that lists the number of parts and screws in each issue as well as running totals. Check out The Parts!

At a Standstill

During the build of my 1:8 scale Back to the Future DeLorean by Eaglemoss, there have been occasional delays in receiving issues. Up until a few months ago, these delays have been maybe a month. I understand there can be supply issues, however, this has become crazy! It has been almost four months since I was able to continue my build and other builders have been waiting almost a year. This was even before the COVID-19 pandemic shook the world and screwed up logistics everywhere.

Interestingly enough, after a subscriber reaches about halfway into the build, Eaglemoss will automatically skip any unavailable issues and ship what they have instead. Therefore, each month, I have been receiving various issues with a lot of gaps. Just recently, they shipped me Issue 159… the very last issue of the extended build. They never even asked if I wanted the extension issues. I guess it is nice to see the end, but with so many issues missing along the way, I am at a standstill in my build.

I know that many missing issues may be found on Amazon Japan under DeAgostini and I may end up going that route, but I really want Eaglemoss to fix this. Unfortunately, that means I cannot share my build experiences with my visitors until at least issue 75+ shows up. Until then, I have composed a list of the issues missing from my build and where I end up getting them. I wonder what they will try to send me next month…

IssueContentsSourced From:
75Central Roof Panel, Power Coil BracketsFB - Paul B.
76Front Fender/Trim (Right)FB - Paul B.
77Rear Quarter Panel/Vent (Left)FB - Paul B.
79Rear Quarter Panel/Vent (Right), Replacement Steering ShaftFB - Paul B.
80Rear Quarter Panel Vent/Trim/Lens, Power Coil Brackets (Right)FB - Paul B.
84Engine Bay Center/Left/Right, Support, Bar, Tank/CapAmazon Japan
85Engine Bay Back, Front Body Rear Panel, Engine LampAmazon Japan
86Roof Panel, Emergency Handle/Cable, Silver BoxAmazon Japan
87Upper Control Panels, Keypad, Sun Visors, LEDsAmazon Japan
88Outer Seat Belts, Seat Belt Panels, Interior PanelsAmazon Japan
90Engine Cover Latch/Stay, Air Intake PipesAmazon Japan
92Tail Light LEDs, Engine Bay LEDFB - Arish Q.
95Front Bumper, Power Coil Brackets, Turn Signal Light CoversAmazon Japan
96Valance (Left Side), Door Step (Left)Amazon Japan
97Valance (Right Side), Door Step (Right)Amazon Japan
99Front Power Coil Frame/GrillesAmazon Japan
100Front Power Coil Wiring (Left)Amazon Japan
101Side Power Coil Tube/Mesh/Wiring (Left)Amazon Japan
102Front Power Coil Wiring (Right)Amazon Japan
103Side Power Coil Tube/Mesh/Wiring (Right)Amazon Japan
104Rear Power Coil Junction Box/Filaments (Left)Amazon Japan
105Rear Power Coil Junction Box/Filaments (Right)Amazon Japan
129Plutonium Case Lid Interior/Rod Holder/Padding, Straps, Main HingeAmazon Japan
130Plutonium Canisters/Rods/Lids/Stickers, Alarm ClockAmazon Japan
131Time Circuit Box, LED Ribbon and SwitchFB - Paul B.
132Railroad Tie/Ends, ConnectorsFB - Sean T.
133Rail, Rail ChairsFB - Laurens V.
134Time Circuit Components, Base Plate, Battery CoverFB - Michael M.
135Railroad Tie/Ends, ConnectorsFB - Laurens V.
136Rail, Rail ChairsFB - Laurens V.
137Time Circuit Components
138Railroad Tie/Ends, ConnectorsFB - Laurens V.
139Rail, Rail ChairsFB - Laurens V.
140Time Circuit Components
141Railroad Tie/Ends, ConnectorsFB - Laurens V.
142Rail, Rail ChairsFB - Laurens V.
143Time Circuit Components
144Railroad Tie/Ends, ConnectorsFB - Laurens V.
145Rail, Rail ChairsFB - Sean T.
146Railroad Wheel/Center/Nut/Washer (Front)FB - Sean T.
155Time Circuit Straps/Buckles, Rubber Bands, Pipes
156Railroad Tie/Ends, ConnectorsFB - Laurens V.
157Rail, Rail ChairsFB - Laurens V.
158Railroad Wheel/Center/Nut/Washer (Rear)

UPDATE May 12, 2020: I caved and ordered 9 issues from Amazon Japan. Other than a few sections of their website that would not translate from Japanese, it was a pretty painless experience. I received those issues 5 days later in the USA. I also found another builder on Facebook who sold me another six issues. We are making progress!

UPDATE May 16, 2020: I was able to find another 9 issues on Amazon Japan. I also reached out to the various build Facebook groups and now Paul B. in Australia is sending me Issues 75, 76, 77, 79, 80, and 131. Arish Q. in Malaysia said he can get me Issue 92. Laurens V. in the Netherlands is posting me Issues 133, 135, 136, 138, 139, 141, 142, 144, 156, and 157. If all of these issues arrive successfully, that means I am only missing some of the hood box component issues: 134, 137, 140, 143, 155, and the last railroad wheel in Issue 158!

UPDATE June 6, 2020: Today, I received the issues I bought from Paul in Australia. Also today, I received back issues 75-77, 79-80, and 84-86 from Eaglemoss. That means I have a few double issues and will get them posted up to the parts trading Facebook groups soon.

3-in-One Oil

If you are building any of the die-cast metal large scale models out there, you are probably familiar with the pain around driving screws into metal parts. In my experience, some of these screws have a tendency to bind up, strip threads, or simply snap off. Not only does it cause frustration, but it could cause a long delay in your build waiting for replacement parts.

For a while now, I have read about other builders that were using a little oil on their metal screw threads to help reduce the risk of damage and the effort needed to seat these screws fully. Up until this point, I had taken my time to carefully pre-thread metal screws, but it turns out they were on to something. I recently picked up some 3-in-One Multi-Purpose Oil (from the WD-40 Company) and it has changed everything!

I simply dip the tip of each metal screw into a tiny drop of this stuff and they go right in and without any drama. I should have done this sooner! If putting a little oil on the end of a metal screw is not feasible, you can also use a toothpick or other small tool to apply the oil directly into a screw hole before installing the screw.

I highly recommend grabbing a bottle of this oil (or other similar lubricant). It will surely save you time and headache!

Issues 74-77 Delayed

For the last month or two, I have seen a lot of other builders online saying that Eaglemoss has been unable to supply issues 74-77 for the 1:8 scale Back to the Future DeLorean model. At least one builder has been waiting 8 months for them! I was hoping this back order would be fixed before I got to this point in my build, but I was wrong. My most recent delivery of eight issues included 67-73 and 78, skipping those four issues.

This is the third time my build has been affected by unavailable issues. I suppose it is a good thing that they sent the next issue (78) in the build without stopping the subscription all together like before. I might be able to continue past them for a while. We shall see how this all works out… more to come!

UPDATE Jan 17, 2020: Yesterday, I received a shipping notification for the following issues:

DELUK081C x   1 – Delorean Build Up Issue 81
DELUK082C x   1 – Delorean Build Up Issue 82
DELUK083C x   1 – Delorean Build Up Issue 83
DELUK089C x   1 – Delorean Build Up Issue 89
DELUK091C x   1 – Delorean Build Up Issue 91
DELUK093C x   1 – Delorean Build Up Issue 93
DELUK094C x   1 – Delorean Build Up Issue 94
DELUK098C x   1 – Delorean Build Up Issue 98

As you can tell, there are a lot of issues missing. I spoke to Eaglemoss today and they expect to receive the missing issues (including 74-77) next week with a ship date of Thursday, January 23rd. If this is true, it should catch me up. Fingers crossed…

UPDATE Feb 5, 2020: Spoke with Eaglemoss today. My next shipment will not contain *all* of the issues I am missing, but will at least include issues 74, 75, and 76. So three out of the four that have me on hold. At least I can move forward a little.

UPDATE Feb 12, 2020: Well, I got my next shipment notification… turns out only 74 is coming, but I am getting up to 112. Apparently Eaglemoss is struggling to get back issues. This means I still don’t have 75-77, 79-80, 84-88, 90, 92, 95-97, 99-105…

DELUK074C x   1 – Delorean Build Up Issue 74
DELUK106C x   1 – Delorean Build Up Issue 106
DELUK107C x   1 – Delorean Build Up Issue 107
DELUK108C x   1 – Delorean Build Up Issue 108
DELUK109C x   1 – Delorean Build Up Issue 109
DELUK110C x   1 – Delorean Build Up Issue 110
DELUK111C x   1 – Delorean Build Up Issue 111
DELUK112C x   1 – Delorean Build Up Issue 112

UPDATE Mar 16, 2020: So I tried to build Issue 74 and both screws holding the door hinges snapped off. Now, I await another Issue 74. In the meantime, I have now received the following issues. I guess there will be a lot of pages to do when the missing issues show up.

DELUK113C x   1 – Delorean Build Up Issue 113
DELUK114C x   1 – Delorean Build Up Issue 114
DELUK115C x   1 – Delorean Build Up Issue 115
DELUK116C x   1 – Delorean Build Up Issue 116
DELUK117C x   1 – Delorean Build Up Issue 117
DELUK118C x   1 – Delorean Build Up Issue 118
DELUK119C x   1 – Delorean Build Up Issue 119
DELUK120C x   1 – Delorean Build Up Issue 120

UPDATE Apr 11, 2020: I eventually did receive a replacement Issue 74 and will try to get that posted up soon. In the meantime, I just received the following issues from Eaglemoss. Since the car will be completed by Issue 126, I actually have some of the extras now. Sadly, I am still waiting on a lot of missing issues.

DELUK121C x 1 – Delorean Build Up Issue 121
DELUK122C x 1 – Delorean Build Up Issue 122
DELUK123C x 1 – Delorean Build Up Issue 123
DELUK124C x 1 – Delorean Build Up Issue 124
DELUK125C x 1 – Delorean Build Up Issue 125
DELUK126C x 1 – Delorean Build Up Issue 126
DELUK127C x 1 – Delorean Build Up Issue 127
DELUK128C x 1 – Delorean Build Up Issue 128

UPDATE Apr 23, 2020: I apologize for not getting Issue 74 posted as I have been sidetracked with other concerns. In the meantime, Eaglemoss has shipped me the following issues. These are well into the extension issues (including the very last issue – the book):

DELUK147C x   1 – Delorean Build Up Issue 147
DELUK148C x   1 – Delorean Build Up Issue 148
DELUK149C x   1 – Delorean Build Up Issue 149
DELUK150C x   1 – Delorean Build Up Issue 150
DELUK151C x   1 – Delorean Build Up Issue 151
DELUK152C x   1 – Delorean Build Up Issue 152
DELUK153C x   1 – Delorean Build Up Issue 153
DELUK154C x   1 – Delorean Build Up Issue 154

DELUK159C x   1 – Delorean Build Up Issue 159

I have created a new post around the missing issues and delays HERE.

The Colors

A recent visitor asked if I could supply a list of the various paints and other colored products I have used during the construction of my model. Yes, I can! I created a whole page for this called The Colors in the Build section. Enjoy!

Free Gift #3

If you signed up for the subscription-based version of the Eaglemoss 1:8 scale Back to the Future DeLorean model build, you will receive three FREE gifts along the way. The third and final gift is this huge Display Base for when the build is completed!

The Display Base consists of a mirrored surface (under a protective film I am told, I am waiting to this remove later) inside a wooden frame. The frame is finished with a matte lacquer paint and the corner seams are filled pretty well. At the front, there is a glossy faceplate with the Back to the Future logo in full color:

The Display Base is quite a bit larger (approximately 29″ x 15″ or 74 cm x 38 cm) than the finished model will be. From what I can tell, this is to hold the train tracks that are part of the subscription extension.

Unfortunately, many other builders have had problems with their display bases, such as arriving damaged/broken or not arriving at all. I wish Eaglemoss would take more time with quality control! The surface of mine does have a few small scratches in it, but I will not be displaying the car on this base, so I am not concerned. It will either be behind glass in a cabinet or stored safely in my full-size Plutonium Case.

8 Issues per Month!

About a month ago, I read online that Eaglemoss US was allowing 1:8 scale Back to the Future DeLorean subscribers an option to increase the amount of issues they receive per shipment. I saw people saying they were able to ask for everything from 8 to 32 issues per month and sometimes even more often such as every 2 or 3 weeks. I reached out to Eaglemoss back then and they said that this was indeed true, but I needed to be “invited” to this offer via some future email and could not request it directly. I never received any email regarding this, even when checking my spam folder daily.

Well, in the last couple of days, there has been a lot of chatter again about this option on various Facebook pages (including on the actual Eaglemoss Collections Facebook page). A lot of people responded saying they were able to do this now. So, I called Eaglemoss again. This time they allowed me to bump my monthly shipments from 4 to 8 issues. This means I can finish up the entire build (including the extension) at the end of 2020, instead of the end of 2021.

My BUILD page schedule has been updated to reflect this change. I am looking forward to making much better progress on my model!

Special Issue #3

Throughout the subscription build of the 1:8 scale Back to the Future DeLorean model, Eaglemoss offers five ‘Special Issues’. These issues are automatically sent, and are billed in addition to the monthly subscription. If you do not wish to receive them, you must notify Eaglemoss in advance via phone at (800) 261-6898 or via email at customerservice@eaglemoss.com.

The first two Special Issues (#1 and #2) were hardcover graphic novels. But this time, we get a set of white wall tires that are seen on the car in Back to the Future: Part III. They cost $32.95 USD and can be used to replace the stock wheels if you so chose. Originally, these wheels confused builders as the initial run of 130 issues was missing the hood box containing the makeshift time circuits to finish out the Part III look. However, with the subscription extension to 160 issues which contain the missing Part III pieces, it makes more sense.

Contents


Parts

Magazine

  • Drive Time: Model Instructions
  • The Fabulous Fifties: The Decade of Cool
  • A Time Traveler’s Guide: Doc’s Nifty Alterations

Build


Assembling the Wheels

Step 1

Fit a Valve into one of the Wheels as shown:

Step 2

Push this Wheel into one of the White Wall Tires with the white wall side facing outwards.

I highly recommend soaking the White Wall Tires for a few minutes in the warmest water you can safely handle before moving forward. These tires are hard and do not want to give. Warming them up will make the next steps a LOT easier:

Step 3

Turn the tire around, and insert an Inner Rim into the tire while aligning the screw holes:

Step 4

Fix the parts together with three (3) DM screws:

Repeat steps 1 through 4 with the other three wheels:

Fitting the Wheels

NOTE: I will not be fitting these wheels to my car, so these steps are for information only:

Steps 1-2

Remove the screw covers (Hubs) from the existing wheels and put them aside.

I never put these Hubs in while installing the wheels. Once they go in, they are pretty difficult to get out without damaging them and I wanted to be able to access the the screws inside to tighten any loose wheels as the build progressed. I will put them in when the model is finished. If yours are installed, the online community has suggested using sticky tape to try to pull them out.

Step 3

Remove the screws and washers holding each wheel in place.

Step 4

Carefully remove each wheel.

Step 5

Fit one new white wall wheel onto each front spindle, then install a new Washer included in this issue.

Step 6

Secure these front wheels back into place with the removed screws.

Step 7

Push one of the chrome-plated Hub Caps from this issue onto each front wheel, aligning the post and socket.

Step 8

Fit an Adaptor from this issue over each rear wheel spindle. Only the rear wheels will use these.

Step 9

Fit one new white wall wheel onto each rear spindle, then install a new Washer included in this issue.

Step 10

Secure these rear wheels back into place with the removed screws.

Step 11

Push one of the chrome-plated Hub Caps from this issue onto each rear wheel, aligning the post and socket.

Thoughts


There are a few reasons why I chose not to use these on my model. First, I want my model to match the car as it rolled out of Doc’s truck in the first film. Second, the chrome ‘moons’ on them are too big and inaccurate. Third, to correctly portray the movies, the car would have to be jacked up in ride height. The car seen on-screen driving through the desert was actually a makeshift DeLorean body on a custom tube frame with off-road suspension and a 4-cylinder engine from a Volkswagen Beetle. Still, it is nice of Eaglemoss to include all of the parts needed to display the model in any of the film formats.