Well, the transmission pains of the Eaglemoss 1:8 scale Back to the Future DeLorean partwork continue. Eaglemoss previously delayed my Issues 15-18 due to a back order of the manual transmission parts contained in Issue 16. Now, the other relevant parts (the manual transmission mounts in Issue 23) are not available. This will delay my April shipment of issues 23-26. They are expecting a restock within 7-10 days from today, so it could be May before I can get to this part of the build.
However, I am not upset about it at this point. I appreciate the fact that they are trying to ship the correct manual transmission parts to their US subscribers. Other countries got the automatic transmission first and had to tear down the car later when the right parts finally showed up. I understand that logistics can be a nightmare when you don’t control the manufacturing process, so I am giving them a break.
In the meantime, I have signed up for two other Eaglemoss partwork builds that just became available in the US:
Eaglemoss James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 from the film ‘Goldfinger’:
This car has always been classy to me, even without the 007 extras.
The DB5 should start arriving in early May.
Eaglemoss U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D from the television show ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’:
The ‘D’ is my favorite Enterprise. I know this model may have some inaccuracies, but I am looking forward to it all the same.
UPDATE: I spoke with Eaglemoss a week after this post and Issue 23 was still on back order with no ETA (those darn transmission mounts). I did find out that when any issue goes on back order, it does in fact delay the rest of the entire subscription. It effectively puts the build on hold.
UPDATE May 13, 2019: The transmission mounts are still on back order, so the wait continues. I did check on my subscriptions with Eaglemoss and they apologized and generously offered me a 20% discount on all of my remaining issues. I’d say that is worth the delay. And in return, I signed up for another new Eaglemoss build: their 1:8 scale Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing. This is by far one of my favorite cars!
I saw the real thing when I visited the Mercedes museum in Stuttgart, Germany a couple of years ago:
UPDATE May 31, 2019: Well, the back order is still in place for Issue 23, and now Phase 1 of the 300 SL is also out of stock. What bugs me about these delays is that they put the entire subscription on hold. They do not send any issues at all for as long as the back order exists. So, it could take even more years to finish these things at this rate. I am keeping my fingers crossed they get their logistics under control soon…
UPDATE June 29, 2019: I spoke to Eaglemoss a few more times and Issue 23 is *still* unavailable. However, this time, I was able to get them to skip the issue and continue the subscription with issues 24-27. These should ship next week. I have heard that the missing issue may become available near the end of August and I will be able to get it installed then. Good news is that I did receive Issue 1 of the Mercedes 300 SL and have started another site for it: my300sl.com. I also started sites for some other new partwork builds such as: myjamesbonddb5.com, myterminatort800.com and mynissangt-r.com.
UPDATE July 13, 2019: I was able to purchase an Issue 23 from another builder via a Facebook DeLorean Trading group. I can now continue my build and have posted up all my latest issues. There is still no ETA on when I will get *my* copy of the missing issue from Eaglemoss.
UPDATE August 21, 2019: Eaglemoss finally sent me Issue 23 with Issues 32-34.