04 January 2021

FUCK YOU, STOP CALLING ME - January 2021

 We have our first call of the new year!  Just surprised that a call did not come earlier.  Do robots celebrate Christmas and New Years?

4 January 2021

  310-599-8974  Compton, CA - Going back to Cali.  We have received calls from the 310-599-XXXX before, so when this number popped up, we knew it was Compton. Of course, we knew it was some sort of telemarketer call.  So, with that we are excited to hand out the first Fuck you!

6 January 2021

  469-797-6225  Plano, TX - Yeah sure, this is could be a scam...definitely telemarketing.  This is target marketing at its best.  Bonus point for (mostly) correct spelling and grammar.  I kinda like these superliminal tactics.  

469-797-6225

A 7:30 text, basically, telling my fat ass to wake up.  Then, straight up that I am a fat ass and I am too lazy to do anything about it.  But wait, snort a mound of this shit before I crash and, BAM!  I go to sleep a Chris Farley and wake up a Chris Hemsworth.  Fuck you!

11 January 2021

  862-485-1906  New Jersey - This mother fucker texts me at 6:47 AM.  Not only that, this is basically the sames message as the one from above.  The link is different, but same fucking scam.

862-485-1906

So, we did a little digging.  Not really, just a quick search, and this number has been linked to multiple scams ranging from Netflix, AT&T, Amazon, USPS, gun permits, bill paying, etc.  Fuck you!

   402-444-6135  Omaha, NE - Silenced call, which means pretty much a telemarketer.  Fuck you!


14 January 2021

  310-599-1936  Compton, CA - Another Compton number.  Again, most likely another spoofed number.  I have no idea what they are trying to push, but it is most certainly a scam.  Fuck you!

  310-809-5067  Los Angeles - Hmm...nothing came up on a quick search.  But we will err on the side of caution and call this another telemarketer.  Fuck you!

22 December 2020

Build the Back to the Future Time Machine - Issues 132-135

 Last shipment of the year.  Here is what we have

Issues 132-135

Good news, no 'missing' issues in this shipment.  Bad news, we are still missing Issue 128...but, since we have Issue 131 from last shipment, we can start on the Part III elements of the Time Machine.   

The build for 131 is simple.  While there are no wires, there is a ribbon with LED lights.  Keep in mind that this should be the first Issue of 'bonus' Part III builds.  The will come into play in future shipments.  We will get into that later.  But first...

Issue 132 - Railroad Ties

Issue 132 contents

Well, it looks like we are going to build this railroad track one section at time.  If you had questions on how Eaglemoss was going to milk 20 issues out of this, here is your answer.

Issue 133 - Rail

Issue 133 contents
Nice solid piece of metal for the rails

Issue 134 - Time Circuit Box

Issue 134 contents

Ah, something more interesting.  Some more hood box elements. Lots of little details and small parts. We also have a new screw, QP.  One annoying part of the build, you have to undo part of the build in 131 and replug in the part.  Be careful not to damage the ribbon.

Issue 135 - Railroad Ties

Issue 135 contents

Pretty much the same as 132. But, this one has more screws and brackets.  There are a total of eight railroad ties, and rails. 

I am guessing the pattern for the next shipments will be Railroad Ties, Rail, Hood Box Components, rinse and repeat.  Somewhere in there should be some train wheels...and then we will be done.

Now, the exciting part, screw count.  Note that this excludes Issues 127-130 (Plutonium Box), we will add those in when we received and build the missing issues:

110-AP, 25-BP, 2-CP, 22-AM, 13-BM, 4-EM, 4-CM, 38-DM, 3-DP, 1-FM, 3-GM, 3-HM, 2-IM, 8-EP, 22-FP, 2-JM, 5-HP, 4-GP, 16-NM, 3-MM, 9-KM, 2-LM, 23-IP, 1-OM, 1-PM, 4-JP, 2-KP, 3-QM, 2-LP, 6-MP 1-RM, 6-NP, 2-QP

to be continued...



07 December 2020

Build the Back to the Future Time Machine - Issues 127, 129, 130, 131

We got another shipment a few days ago.  Nothing was built, because...surprise...another issues is on back order.  Here is what we got


Issues 127,129,130,131

Issue 127 – Plutonium Case Lid

 

Contents of Issue 127

There are some cute tiny parts in this Issue, including those tiny MP screws.  I guess I can put this together and wait for the next issue.  Speaking of next issue, Issue 128 is the base of the case.  It may be a while before that issue is available.

 Issue 129 – Plutonium Case Inserts

 

Contents of Issue 129

Spacers and foam lining for the plutonium case.

Issue 130 – Plutonium

Contents of Issue 130

Twelve canisters, with twelve rods of plutonium for the case.  There are even twelve little stickers for each of the rods that we will need to apply.  Also comes with a clock, I assume it is the dash clock. 

Here is where the original 130 issues ends.  At this point, we have the car completed (back in issue 126) and another four issues to build the plutonium case.  We already know that that subscription was extended to and additional 20 issues for a total of 150 issues. 

 What else is there to build?  Well, you know.  We knew this since we got the white wall wheels, at least a year ago.  Of course, since there are 1955 wheels, we need the hood box to complete that look.  Well, we have also received random issues and know that there are also train wheels and a train track for display.  They got to milk another 20 issues somehow.

Issue 131 – Hood Box


So, we begin on the hood box.  This is the base, and it has tiny LED's for light up.  No building means no screw count, so until next time.  Next shipment is on the way.  Surprise, Issue 128 is not on the manifest.  This is what we will do, we will build the Hood Box and, as usual, wait for the back order issues to arrive.

...to be continued


01 December 2020

FUCK YOU, STOP CALLING ME - December 2020

Last month of the year, we expect a final push for telemarketers to get their scams going before things reset for the new year.  We doubt there is any 'reset', but there is always a push.  One day into the new month and we already have our first call.

1 December 2020

  310-504-9099  Redondo Beach, CA- This is your typical spoofed number to kick off the new month.  We have a solid week, with no holidays, that could be packed with calls. Fuck you!

  747-201-3343  Los Angeles, CA - We have forgotten that 747 was an area code for Los Angeles. This is not the first call from this 'new' area code, our records show that calls from 747 originate back in February of 2017.  Is this area code made just for telemarketers? Fuck you!

2 December 2020

  Unknown - Been a while, but this is a rare call from "unknown".  Fuck you

3 December 2020

  310-599-4501  Compton, CA - We recognised this number as a repeat caller...well, the pre-fix anyway.  It is our good friends in Compton. No doubt another spoofed number, or maybe the telemarketers have set up shop in Compton.  Either way, fuck you!

3 December 2020

  310-504-9099  Redondo Beach, CA - Hey, these guys called two days ago to open the month of December.  Now, this number is being red flagged by Call Protect and the phone as a Spam Risk.  Well, fuck you!

7 December 2020

  213-593-2381  Los Angeles, CA - The internet tells me that this is a landline number in Downtown Los Angeles.  Probably another spoofed number....or, ground zero of a telemarketer cell.  Fuck you!

9 December 2020

  310-869-6881  Los Angeles, CA - Here is another spoofed number used for telemarketing purposes.  I think we are back to California area calls this month.  Fuck you!

10 December 2020

  216-702-6286  Cleveland, OH - Well, there goes California month.  This is another scam text.  Remember, it is holiday season and packages are being shipped and received as if it is...holiday season.

216-702-6286

We did a quick search and this number.  In addition to this "UPS parcel", the number is linked to "FedEx", "free Apple laptop", "Netflix account locked".  These are all comments dated with a month of each other.

How can one number be linked to UPS and FedEx?  Wait, they are also Apple and Netflix?  Fuck you!

17 December 2020

  929-343-4832  New York - You could not pay me enough to shop at Walmart.  Wait, did you say $400?  Fucking, sign me up!

929-343-4832

Yes, we did a search and this scam has been going on for a while.  

Again, we have to look at the text.  Why is every word in the first sentence capitalized, but Walmart is not?  This is considered a typo and no company would spell their own name wrong.  Still...$400 for being a Walmart shopper.  While very tempting, you should take that $400 and shove it up your ass.  Fuck you!

19 December 2020
  469-797-5166  Texas -  Okay, spelling is correct.  But, you got the tracking number wrong.  Not only is it way too short, the number suggests that this would be from UPS...NOT FedEx.


Maybe I should start replying back with dick pics.  Fuck you!

22 December 2020

  832-606-5255  Houston, TX - Another call from Texas.  This is another spoofed number.  Remember, this is the perfect time to package delivery scams.  Fuck you!

  310-849-9473  Beverly Hills, CA - This one is an obvious spoofed number.  We just thought of something.  Be on the lookout for a new scam.  With the new vaccine being released, there will no doubt be scams for that, as well.  Fuck you!

27 December 2020

  469-782-4068  Texas - Early morning text on a Sunday.  This area code keeps popping up.  We are too lazy to check exactly where this originates from, but signs point to somewhere in Texas.  Yes, Texas is a big state.  But, with all the possible routing and spoofing it could be anywhere.

469-782-4068

Quick glance and seems like spelling is mostly correct.  But, the units are called iPad Pro, not Pro 2021 iPad.  I will let it slide. I could get into the details of "Xmas" vs Christmas vs Holidays.  A monkey could tell you that this is a scam.  If not, then there will be 22 monkeys out there with older iPads.  Fuck you!

30 December 2020

  412-537-7549  Pittsburgh, PA - All the way from Pittsburgh.  Could it be Mario Lemieux or just another spoofed number?  I going with the latter.  Fuck you!

31 December 2020

  elinjpascasciomi6345@hotmail.com - One more before the end of the year.  Look at this shit

elinjpascasciomi6345@hotmail.com

The email address is highly questionable.  You know when you sign up for a new email address, and you put your name and birthday?  Then, the email provider suggests a username for you.  This is dipshit just went with that suggestion.  I mean, obviously it is fake as my tits.  But, at least think of a better name.  

Oh, and no comment...just a questionable link for me to click?  Fuck you!


17 November 2020

Build the Back to the Future Time Machine - Issues 121-124

Issue 121-124

Go back in time for this one.  Last we left off we were in between issues of sorts.  Here are the parts 'missing' from previous post...that were already shipped to us a while back.

Issue 121- Left Reactor Vent

Contents of Issue 121

The vents is one the first things you will notice on the Time Machine.  It changes the silhouette of the stock DeLorean and immediately makes it a Time Machine.  Glad we did not have to 'assemble' separate panels to get the vents.

Issue 122 - Left Vent Vanes

Contents of Issue 122

The horizontal vanes help cool the vents.  Wait, looks like we have a new screw, the NP!

Issue 123 - Right Reactor Vent

Contents of Issue 123

Same as the left side, we do with the right.

Issue 124 - Right Vent Vanes

Contents of Issue 124

Ditto.

Now, we go back to previous shipment to work on 125 and 126.  You know what, it looks like we have completed the basic Time Machine.  Looking around, I do not notice any areas that are missing details.  So, I am curious as to what the other issues have in store.  I believe there should be four more issues (130), and an additional 25-30 issues for parts of the Part III hood box and train tracks.

This is where we are at now.  Snapped these photos just at sunset, so we have a little golden hour lighting. 

Build up to 126

Yes, that is a floor mat.

Still need to put the mirrors and center caps back on.  But will wait until the build is complete and in a case before we finalize everything.

Here is your screw count up to Issue 126:

Screw count:  108-AP, 25-BP, 2-CP, 22-AM, 13-BM, 4-EM, 4-CM, 38-DM, 3-DP, 1-FM, 3-GM, 3-HM, 2-IM, 4-EP, 22-FP, 2-JM, 5-HP, 4-GP, 16-NM, 3-MM, 9-KM, 2-LM, 22-IP, 1-OM, 1-PM, 4-JP, 2-KP, 3-QM, 2-LP, 6-MP 1-RM, 5-NP

to be continued...





12 November 2020

Build the Back to the Future Time Machine - Issues 119, 120, 125, 126

 

Issues 119, 120, 125, 126

Well, looks like the skipped some issues. Oh wait, spoiler alert, I received the shipment for 121-124 a while back.  We will just deal with this current shipment in this post.  Then we will go back (in time) and talk about the other shipment in a future post.

Issue 119 - Vent Exhaust

Parts for Issue 119

The vent exhaust is very hidden on the actual car, but they are there...so they are here.  These are the guys responsible for the venting smoke after the Time Machine arrives at a destination time.

We also have some photo etched parts to get that perforated look at the end of the exhaust.

Issue 120 - Vent Hoses

Parts for 120

These six hoses connect the oil separators to the vents.  These are just press fit in, no screws needed.

Here is were we go to the next shipment.  But since we make up the rules as we go, we are going to finish talking about this shipment then continue on the next post with the other parts. So the next two sets of parts will not be assembled until the we do the other four.  There will not be a screw count at the end of this post.  Hang in there.  It makes sense in our heads, just go along.

Issue 125 - Vent Cable

Parts for 125

Cables that from the vent to the rear of the back plate.  Plus you get strips of stickers to wrap around some hoses.  Fun times!  Although, the application of these stickers on hoses/cables already mounted is quite difficult.  Again, small hands and tweezers help.  Still have not found my tweezers.

Issue 126 - Vent Cowls

Parts for 126

The vent cowls is exactly how the vents are finished off on the real car.  They hook underneath the top of the rear fascia and complete the vents.  

Fun Fact:  In Part II, when the (fiberglass) Time Machine is landing in the alley, you can see that someone forgot to mount these pieces on the vent.

to be continued...



05 November 2020

Build the Back to the Future Time Machine - Issues 115-118

Here we go another box.  This one feels really light.

Issues 115-118

This shipment contains minimal parts.  Opening the box to check if everything is there, I found that the parts for 116 were missing.  But, I got two sets of parts for 118.  The magazines were all accounted for.  A quick call to customer service and replacement parts were sent.  In the meantime, we did not get started on building, since I may 'block' and area if I skip ahead in the build.

Issue 115 - Reactor Components

Contents of Issue 115

These parts are what is known as the Oil Separators and Crossover Tube.  Good detail in the parts, easy to assemble.  Pretty straight forward.

Issue 116 - Reactor Cables

Contents of Issue 116

These were the parts that were missing the the initial shipment.  I mean, it is just four cables, that is it.   I could see this being missed while packing the box.  This too, was as normal, in a box.  Kinda a waste, as a packing slip and this baggie were the only things in the box, along with a lot air bags for packing.  Anyway, we have the parts and we can build.

This is a rare Issue with no screws.  Simply plug in the cables in the holes.  Helps to have small hands or tweezers.  Ugh, I misplaced my tweezers.

Issue 117 - Reactor Hoses 

Contents of Issue 117

Another issue assembled without the use of screws.  The small hose connect the oil separators to the base of the reactor chamber while the longer hose connects to the Janitrol unit to the back of the rear wall.

Issue 118 - Hoses and T-195

Contents of Issue 118

So, I have an extra set of these.  Some of the final details of the reactor area on the rear deck.  

While only two issues in this shipment had screws, we still have screws.  

Screw count:  105-AP, 25-BP, 2-CP, 22-AM, 13-BM, 4-EM, 4-CM, 38-DM, 3-DP, 1-FM, 3-GM, 3-HM, 2-IM, 4-EP, 20-FP, 2-JM, 5-HP, 3-GP, 16-NM, 3-MM, 9-KM, 2-LM, 21-IP, 1-OM, 1-PM, 4-JP, 2-KP, 3-QM, 2-LP, 6-MP 1-RM

to be continued...

03 November 2020

FUCK YOU, STOP CALLING ME - November 2020

Starting out the new month with a time change.  Sleep schedule will be wonky for about a week.  Seems like the change of time may have affected some robots.  Took about two days for the our first call of the month.

3 November 2020
  714-908-2962  Midway City, CA -  This has spoofed number written all over it.  I wonder if this is a polling call.  Little late, but as mentioned many times, time change messed with everything.  Fuck you!

4 November 2020
  949-570-8836  Irvine, CA - Well, election is over.  We are still waiting for results as of this call.  So, I wonder what this call is about.  Very unlikely to be a wrong number, highly likely a spoofed call.  Fuck you!

5 November 2020
    714-523-7287  Buena Park, CA - This call came in at nearly 9PM.  Who the fuck calls this late?  Have you seen me?  If anyone needs their beauty sleep, it is me.  

Update:  A voicemail was left

562-888-3765

Note that the number of origin is different from the call back number.  Of course, we did a quick search of the call back number.  This message has been left on multiple voicemails, while the origin number differs, the call back number is the same. Fuck you!

6 November 2020
  800-692-7753 - Be careful of this one.  Those sneaky telemarketers, they are spoofing this number from Apple and trying to trick you into thinking there is a data breach.  Here is a recent article on the scam


Fuck you!

  800-692-7753 - Wait, they cold called twice.  Fuck you, again

9 November 2020
  310-849-3121 - Beverly Hills, CA - Classic hits of telemarketing.  This call comes from our familiar friends in Beverly Hills.  Perhaps you remember this oldie, too...fuck you!

10 November 2020
  310-426-9695  El Segundo, CA - Looks like calls are coming in from California this month.  Patiently waiting for the next call from some place other than California.  Fuck you!

12 November 2020
  510-564-2455  Oakland, CA - Keeping up with the California calls, we got one from the East Bay, in the city of Oakland.  Oakland is one of those rare sports cities that had baseball and football in the same stadium...and basketball and hockey literally right across the parking lot.  Concerts could be held indoors at the arena or outdoors at the stadium.  Well, most of those teams are gone and with this pandemic, nothing is happening.  Looks like you already done got fucked.

  310-555-2745  Los Angeles, CA - Holy shit! A call from a 555 number.  I wonder what movie is calling me.  Maybe it is a Tarantino film, then I could pick up an appropriately say, "Fuck you!"

17 November 2020
  310-504-5248  Redondo Beach, CA - This is your typical spoofed number.  So, fuck you!

18 November 2020
  310-504-5248  Redondo Beach, CA - Hey, I remember you.  You tried to call yesterday.  

310-504-5248

Even the phone as realised that this is a spam risk...and Call Protect came out of no where to intercept this.  Should I block this number or see if they try to call tomorrow?  Fuck you!
 
   310-504-5248  Redondo Beach, CA - It worked!  My experiment worked!  They called, again...of course they did.

310-504-5248

Two calls for today.  Might just let this experiment run for a while. How many times do you think they will call by the end of the week?  Place your bets.  So, far we are at three calls in two days.  Fuck you!

19 November 2020
  310-504-5248  Redondo Beach, CA - This is awesome!  Four calls in two days.  There is still plenty of time to call again, later in the day.  Fuck you!

  310-599-9463  Compton, CA - Pattern breaker.  Fuck you!

23 November 2020
  310-599-9705  Compton, CA - Another one from the 599 prefix.  Fuck you!

310-599-9705

  310-599-9705  Compton, CA - Okay, I guess this week's calls will be coming in from Compton.  Got an early start on Thursday, but two attempts to scam.  Fuck you!

28 November 2020
  803-677-7539  Columbia, SC - Here we go, holiday season means more packages are being delivered across the world.  This is a great time for predators and telemarketers to target people.

803-677-7539

Here is the simple breakdown of the the details of this text.  First of all, UPS is all capitalized.  You fucked up right there with a typo.  Any legit correspondence from any business would not misspell their own company name.  

Second minor detail, UPS Headquarters is located in Atlanta, GA.  Yeah, I totally had to look that up, So, if I could look it up, you could have, too. 

Third minor detail, UPS tracking numbers are 18 characters long.  You do not even have half of what is required to track a shipment.  I just could hear the uptalking and vocal fry in this text.  Fuck you!

29 November 2020
  marakrrstic@gmail.com - We know this is a made up email address for the sole purpose of sending these scams via text. 

marakrrstic@gmail.com

But, just in case, I will save this email address (along with others) for the next time some random site asks me sign up for their newsletter.  Fuck you!


26 October 2020

Build the Back to the Future Time Machine - Issues 110-113

We also received a useless binder.  You know, the one with the WRONG art.  One day, I will do a write up on how a certain licensor uses fan art and inaccurate artwork 'official' assets.  It is quite frustrating begin a fan, especially since I have informed and corrected them on multiple occasions. 

Issue 110-113

We have had this box of parts for about six months.  Finally, we can clear up some space and get to building these parts.  I guess we are kinda caught up, for now...finally!

Issue 110 - Spare Tire

Parts in Issue 110

Well, the spare tire in a DeLorean is not like this.  I wish it was, and every DeLorean owner wishes it was a full-sized front tire.  But, no. We get a steel donut.  

Fun fact:  The rear tire does not fit in the boot.  If you got a flat in the big rear tire, you had to transport it in the passenger compartment.  This is why DMC came up with the Luggage Rack.  More about carrying that rear wheel than carrying luggage.  

Okay, build your 'spare' and throw it in the front trunk.  Ah, but you get the windshield wipers with this issues.  They just plug in.  Actually, they rest in...with nothing to secure them in.  No screws, no friction, just place them where they need to be.

Issue 111 - Reactor Platform

Parts of Issue 111

As if this thing is not heavy enough, here is another solid chunk of metal.  This serves as the base, or platform, for all the cool junk on the rear deck of the Time Machine

The Janitrol looks a little off, and the orange tube looks a little red. 

Issue 112 - Reactor Components

Contents of Issue 112

Lots of little trinkets.  We have more wires, some tubes, and a bunch of rare parts.  Filling in that area above the engine.  We are about three-quarters of the way through this and we get introduced to a new screw in this issue, the SM.  

Issue 113 - Reactor Chamber

Parts of Issue 113
The reactor chamber.  Finally!  Remember back in Issue 004 , we had the top of the reactor?  That was all the way back in October of 2017.  Well, only 109 issues later, we get to the base...only took three years.

This is...or should be...the last LED light of the entire build.  Who know, they kinda sneak up on you, so there may be more.  The light illuminates the reactor chamber using the familiar tube to disperse the light.

Since we have Issue 114 from a previous shipment, we could continue.  These are the little heat sinks that go around the reactor chamber.  There are fifteen of them, take your time.

With that, we are caught up until our next shipment.

Here is your crew count:  104-AP, 29-BP, 4-CP, 22-AM, 13-BM, 4-EM, 4-CM, 38-DM, 3-DP, 1-FM, 3-GM, 3-HM, 2-IM, 2-EP, 19-FP, 2-JM, 5-HP, 4-GP, 16-NM, 3-MM, 910-KM, 2-LM, 22-IP, 1-OM, 1-PM, 4-JP, 2-KP, 3-QM, 2-LP, 6-MP, 1-RM, 1-SM

to be continued...

21 October 2020

Build the Back to the Future Time Machine - Issues 106-109

Another box of parts to build, here we go.

Issues 106-109

Issue 106 - Flux Bands, Rear

Contents of Issue 106

Last of the flux boxes.  The rear boxes contain another set of lights, lighting the flux bands from both sides of the optic fiber-like tubing.  The added bonus of the actual wires are hidden in plain sight as...cables.  Genius!

Issue 107 - Flux Bands, Rear Left

Contents of Issue 107

Issue 108 - Flux Bands, Rear Right

Contents of Issue 108

Tackling Issues 107 and 108 back to back is the way to go, as it gets easier once you place the flux tube and add the photo-etched bands.  Your lighting tubes may not be the desired length but as long as you can tuck them behind the bands, you should be good.  

Lots of little AP and IP screws in the flux band builds, so take your time. Once you are done, it is quite rewarding.  During the initial build and restoration, bending and tubes around the DeLorean body was said to be the hardest part.  Luckily for us, these are pre-molded parts with pre-drilled holes.

Issue 109 - Tachyon Field Generator 

Parts of Issue 109

More wires and more twist ties. This issue, we build what is commonly known as the "worm hole emitter", but officially known as the Tachyon Field Generator.  

Once you are complete with Issue 109, it will look like this:

Build up to Issue 109

Pretty exiting, as we reach, and pass, the 100 count on one of the screws.  

Screw count:  102-AP, 25-BP, 2-CP, 22-AM, 13-BM, 4-EM, 4-CM, 38-DM, 3-DP, 1-FM, 3-GM, 3-HM, 2-IM, 2-EP, 19-FP, 2-JM, 5-HP, 3-GP, 16-NM, 3-MM, 9-KM, 2-LM, 21-IP, 1-OM, 1-PM, 4-JP, 2-KP, 3-QM, 2-LP, 6-MP 1-RM

to be continued...