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Building my own ‘Back to The Future’ DeLorean [Parts 28–35 Build Blog]

We’ve all seen those adverts that encourage you to ‘Build Your Own [insert awesome thing here]‘ and it’s not often I take up the challenge but, as well as huge love for Back to the Future, building my own DeLorean was too good an opportunity to miss. With Parts 1-27 already done, we move on with the next 8 parts in one hit.

I’ve learned, even at this stage, that you’re always picking up something new and especially as a first-time ‘big’ builder. In some ways I wish I could go back and re-do the wheels a little bit because those are the parts I think might not be ‘quite’ as perfect as they could be. I’m not saying I won’t go back either, small changes are possible.

I felt it was a good time to highlight the importance of an online community of fellow DeLorean 1:8 builders as well. The folks over at our ‘Official Eaglemoss UK Build’ Group on Facebook have been invaluable in moments of panic, as well as the odd YouTube search for advice in moments of confusion. Thanks to all those who’ve helped so far, I’m sure we’ll all use it as we go along for various reasons, it’s also a fun place to get a few extras in terms of unique merch that’s being made by BTTF affectionados.

Part 28 kicks things off with the Radiator Grille, mount and finally a use for the fans that have been waiting to go somewhere. This is a straight-forward part that puts both together and then you’ll need to attach it to the front of the chassis, it’s a lightweight one so don’t be too forceful but adding bits like these makes it all feel more secure at the front.

Moving onto to Part 29 immediately, this gives the DeLorean even more weight, literally. You’re now about to add the chassis plate which, in turn, will really merge everything from here to Part 33 so stay with me here…

After adding the Chassis Plate and, like the Radiator Grille, you’ve got something strong and a little more resilient. Now here comes one of my top tips: Unless you’ve glued in the six pipes on top of the engine, I’d suggest just taking them off because they’re going to fall off if you don’t – Don’t discover this later or try to put them back every time you turn the car over, there’s just no point.

Part 30 is the slightly more intricate because it’s the water pipes to connect up underneath, and it is this kind of detail that (I hope) makes it all worth it later on. All plastic, I’d suggest not being too vicious with the screwing in because otherwise you’ll just tear the screw-in points. It’s also where you’ll discover spaces for pipes that you didn’t realise were spaces before, it all looks really good.

While Part 31 passes on by far too quickly with two easy rear chassis plates to attach, another discussion for some questionable separation of sections by Eaglemoss, it’s Parts 32 and 33 that also go together but it is a very important section because it’s the first time you get an idea of the electronic sections to come in the future. With both parts you’re adding the Fuel Tank which houses the battery box for 3 triple AAA’s, by the looks of it. Now, some folks may have been customising their own, but I’d leave that down to your own experience and I’m just sticking with what’s in front of me… for now!

I also had to gently file box the battery box lid because it just didn’t fit/it got stuck when you tried to close it – Be gentle with this, it only needs to lose a little edge to fit properly, see the image/arrows for an example. The other delicate moment is getting the wires in the right places, while simultaneously trying to hold them down and screw them in – TOP TIP #2: A small piece of sellotape/masking tape goes a long way – unless you’ve got three hands. One you’ve done that, you’ve got the fuel tank bottom half which goes hand-in-hand with securing that whole section.

Parts 34 and 35 also go together, kinda, because they’re the front upper chassis and the front, right and left, wheel arches – this latter part is so simple and another frustration because it’s far too quick and easy for a whole week. But, saying that, the chunky quality of it all means you can forgive Eaglemoss a little. It’s also clear to see what it does for the entire front and let’s face it, they’re not going to start doubling-up on parts at this stage – unfortunately.

Once these 8 parts are done though, it’s starting to look good and excuse the missing pipes, I’ll re-add those in the near future… and now you can see where we’ve got to 35 parts into the process!

If you want to sign up now to Build Your Own Delorean, from Eaglemoss and Universal, it’s so simple and the promises of ‘ straightforward panels and parts that simply click or screw into place’ are true.

Follow my blog along the way as I endeavour to prove that anyone can do this and it can still be rewarding!

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