25 May 2018

Build the Back to the Future DeLorean - Issues 039-042

Issues 039-042
Pretty exciting to see what was in the box for this shipment.

Issue 039 - Wiring and Floor Plate

Issue 039 contents
Okay, they call it the "Chassis Plate".  I am calling it the "Floor Plate" since it is the floor and not the chassis.  We dealt with a "chassis plate" in Issue 029, where I also hinted that it is improperly named.  The chassis of a DeLorean is the Double-Y frame, which was complete in Issue 014.

Anyway, there is some more wires in this Issue.  Nothing too complex, just laying the wires down and securing them down with brackets.

Wiring up to Issue 039
Oh..and you do not even get to floor plate until next issue.

Issue 040 - Pedals

Issue 040 contents
Not just pedals, there is a nice surprise.  Spoiler alert:  The brake pedal works, stepping on it will activate the brake lights.

Be careful, there are some small parts in this Issue.  Make sure you have some tweezers for the detailed work.

Once completed, the assembly is attached to the floor plate.  This assembly will not be attached to chassis, yet.

Foot wells and floor plate
Issue 041 - Center Console

Issue 041 contents
Ah, the center console of a DeLorean.  I know this area very well...unfortunately, too well.  I have lost count the many times I have had to dive into the center console of my car.

If only the full size car was as easy to work on as this build.  Some great details here, I really like how they handled the shifter.

Issue 042 - Time Display

Issue 042 contents
This builds off the center console form previous issue.  We get our first lights (behind the time circuits).  There are some hard to reach screw holes that take a little more patience than normal.

I believe this is the first Time Machine element since Issue 004 with the reactor parts.  The build, so far, since, has been mostly stock DeLorean parts (excluding folding wheels).

The finished center console and time display looks like this when completed.

Center console from 041-042

...and the screw count.

42-AP, 10-BP, 2-CP, 12-AM, 10-BM, 4-EM, 4-CM, 16-DM, 2-DP, 1-FM, 3-GM, 3-HM, 2-IM, 2-EP, 8-FP, 2-JM, 1-HP, 1-GP, 3-NM, 1-MM, 3-KM, 1-LM

to be continued...

04 May 2018

Build the Back to the Future DeLorean - Issues 035-038

Issues 035-038

Big box coming in with this shipment.  Issues 035-038 include the base for the Time Machine.

I could be off, but I think some in the UK were around Issue 035-ish when the first North America costumers got Issue 001.

Issue 035 - Front Wheel Arches

Contents of Issue 035
The two large front wheel arches are die cast.  They simply attached to the front of the car over the wheels.  Nothing fancy...just heavy.

The wheel arches on a DeLorean are part of the fiberglass pontoon.

Issue 036 - Rear Pontoon

Contents of Issue 036
They call these parts 'rear pontoon' but they are not exactly like the pontoon on a DeLorean.  I was trying to guess what these were, but did not recognise it as any part of a DeLorean.  They will eventually be hidden.  Four pieces, two screws, and you are done with this Issue.  The parts attach to the rear wheel arches in the next issue.

Issue 037 - Rear Wheel Arches

Contents of Issue 037
Just like the front wheel arches, these attached to the frame with easily.  The car is slowly taking shape.

Issue 038 - Headlight, Front Flux Band Wiring

Contents of Issue 038
Note that the instructions call for JM screws, and NM screw are provided.  Not sure if the instructions are miss printed or they put the wrong screws in the parts bag.  The NM screws fit, so build on.  The KM screws are used to hold down the wire bridges

Pro tip:  Make sure you check your wires.  Start by straighten the wires as they are a little twisted for shipping.  I found a cut wire, so I had to repair with solder and heat shrink.

The wires are labeled with tabs, printing, and colour so there is little confusion.

Jack stands
What, jack stands?  Yeah, this issue comes with jack stands.  As I mentioned, the wheel arches that come with this shipment are die cast and add more weight to the already heavy chassis.  I am sure the weight will cause a lot of stress on the (in my opinion) weak axle design.  For the past few weeks, I have been elevating my chassis with hockey pucks to put less strain on the wheels.  So, it is a good that Eaglemoss included jack stands to alleviate stress on the axles.  Oh, and it complements the large base you get with this shipment.

Your assembly up to Issue 038 should look like this:

Progress up to Issue 038
...and the screw count.

38-AP, 7-BP, 2-CP, 12-AM, 10-BM, 4-EM, 4-CM, 16-DM, 2-DP, 1-FM, 3-GM, 3-HM, 2-IM, 2-EP, 8-FP, 2-JM, 1-HP, 1-GP, 3-NM, 1-MM, 2-KM, 1-LM

to be continued...

02 May 2018


Normally, I have a lame introduction at the beginning of each month.  This time, we skip this and get right to it.  Although, I guess this is my lame intro.

2 May 2018
  714-555-2740  Santa Ana, CA - Not even shitting you, I got a call from a 555 number.

Do people really have 555 numbers, now?  Does this mean that I am in a movie?  Is Moviefone cold calling me to tell me when and where movies are playing?  Fuck you!

  530-555-2610 - Where do I start?  Labeled as Suspected Spam.

Initial search comes up as Yreka, CA.  Oh, and another 555 number.  Hollywood is out of ideas.  Fuck you!

   408-455-9580  Los Gatos, CA - Three calls from three different numbers.  Something is happening here.  I predict a world event is about to go down...or, this is all a coincidence.  Fuck you!

   408-455-9580  Los Gatos, CA - So calling was not enough, they strike back with a text...

   408-455-9580  Los Gatos, CA - ...well, two texts.


Like, what the fuck is that even supposed to mean?  Health?  MI?  Michigan?  Oh look, a 'Report Junk' button.  Click.  Fuck you!

3 May 2018
  760-555-4139  El Centro, CA - Another 555 number.  El Centro?  What kind of self-centered name is that.  Fuck you!

  310-849-9946  Beverly Hills, CA - We all know this number.  I have lost count how many time they have called.  The number had been blocked and intercepted by Call Protect.  Fuck you!

4 May 2018
  707-555-1689  Vallejo, CA - Another 555 number.  Hmm..May is the fifth month, and I am getting 555 calls.  Coincidence, most likely.  We will see if I get calls from 666 next month.

Oh, and today is Star Wars Day.  I wonder if there are telemarketers on Tatooine.  You know how they have those holo-projectors when they get calls.  I wonder if there are holo-telemarketers on Star Destroyers.  Imagine what a photon torpedo can do to an exhaust port of a telemarketer base.  Fuck you!

7 May 2018
  661-555-4926  United States - Origin listed as 'United States', but I know the 661 area code is sorta the central lower part of California.  So, I wonder...when movies from other countries use fake phone numbers, what do they use instead of 555.  Really liking these 555 numbers, since a quick scan tells me this is fake/telemarketer call.  No need to do a little mental math of 'local' spoofed numbers.  Fuck you!

19 May 2018
  31 110 87 06 9  Netherlands - Wait what, a call from Netherlands?

Who do I know in Netherlands?  Exactly, no one.  Fuck you!

  800-531-5000  Apparently, this is DirecTV.  I do not have DirecTV.  Obviously, they are trying to sell me something.  So, that makes this a telemarketer call, it also makes me NOT want to purchase anything from this company.  Fuck you!

  310-849-1885  Beverly Hills, CA - This is going to be one of those days.  Three calls already and it is barely just pass 10AM and within an hour.  Fuck you!

14 May 2018
  310-849-2489  Beverly Hills, CA - Some of you may be asking, "Do I just sit around waiting for telemarketer calls?"  I know it seems that way.  But no.  I am just like you, sitting, sometimes standing around, watching Netflix while working.  So, it pisses me off when I have to pause my Netflix.  Fuck you!

15 May 2018
  310-849-9946  Beverly Hills, CA - Well, look who is back. Call Protect intercepted the call. Thanks, Call Protect!  Wait, I thought I blocked you. Oh, I did.  Fuck you!

18 May 2018
  310-849-7710  Beverly Hills, CA - They keep calling, I keep ignoring and blocking.  This is a never ending game.  Fuck you!

21 May 2018
  515-882-6458  Iowa - First attempt

  515-882-6458  Iowa - Second attempt.  Both marked as "Potential Fraud" and auto-blocked by Call Protect.  Fuck you!

23 May 2018
  213-807-8091  Los Angeles, CA - Oh, this one is good.  A routine search shows that this is from the "Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles".  So, what the fuck do they want from me?

Hold on.  Obviously, I search these 'new' numbers right away.  At them time I checked, the phone was still ringing...and it states that the facility is currently closed.  Not open until tomorrow.  So, who is there to call me if they are closed?

Wait, it gets better.  The number is listed as a fax number.  Fuck you!

  213-807-8091  Los Angeles, CA -  Second call.  Intercepted by Call Protect.  Obviously, getting a call from a fax machine raised a red flag.  Fuck you!

  213-807-8091  Los Angeles, CA  -  And, another call.  Also intercepted by Call Protect.  Fuck you!

  323-792-1167  Los Angeles, CA -  Who dis?  Marked as telemarketer by the phone...so, fuck you!

So far, the calls for today. 
30 May 2018
  310-555-1633 - Where do I begin with this fuck nut?  Well, the phone marked this as "Suspected Spam".  Right fully so, since it is so fucking obvious with the 555 number.

No even photoshopped

Then, we have an origin of "United States".  We all know that the 310 area code is in the Los Angeles are, some might say Beverly Hills.  Since this is an obvious telemarketer call, we cannot even be sure it is from the United States.  Fuck you!

31 May 2018
   323-580-7810  Los Angeles, CA - Last day of the month, get your calls in.  I love it when my phone automatically labels calls as "Telemarketer".  It saves me the trouble of looking up the number on the off chance that it might be a legit call.  It usually is not.  So, fuck you!