14 March 2019

Build the Back to the Future Time Machine - 1955 Wheels

I got two shipments this month.  Eaglemoss likes to throw in these "Special" issues.  The first two were comic books, kinda useless.  But this latest one is kinda cool.  Sure you get charged for it, but at least this is relevant to the build.

Contents of SP003
SP003 - White Wall Tire Special

This issue did not come with instructions.  Others have mentioned this, as well.  But, if you remember how you build the stock wheels, it is pretty much the same thing.  

Here are some problems with wheels in general.  In order to install these wheels, you will have to remove the stock wheels from your model.  The trouble is, it is near impossible to remove the center caps to get to the screw.  Luckily for me, I left the center caps off of my wheels in case I needed to adjust the fitting in the future.  

This center cap problem also effects the white wall tires. Once you mount the wheels on, you close off the screw with the chrome domes.  The domes will be very difficult to removed, especially without damage, once they are pressed in.

Second problem.  It is March and still quite cold.  This means that the rubber tires are hard, and the bulkiness of them do not allow them to flex.  Therefore, pressing the wheel sections into the cold hard tires is near impossible.  

I suggest either waiting for warming weather or, warming up the wheels in some warm water so there is a little give in the rubber.  I have not put my wheels together yet, as I plan to keep the Time Machine as that way it looked in 1985, when it first rolled off Doc's van.

to be continued...

10 March 2019

Build the Back to the Future Time Machine - Issues 059-062

Ugh, time change.  Speaking of time, we have another shipment of Time Machine parts from Eaglemoss.

This shipment came in a larger than normal box, also very heavy.  Already lost an hour due to the stupid time change, let us get to it.

Issue 059 - Bulkhead (Upper)
  
Contents of Issue 059
These are the final (I think) parts of the interior.  All we have to do is mount the Torin Blower, some hoses, and a few wires.

Oh man, the wires. This is issue where all interior comes together and finally gets mounted on to the chassis.  The wiring from back issues are plugged into the board.  While there are only a few parts to this issue, you will spend a long time plugging in wires and making sure elements of the interior assembly line up with the chassis assembly.  Be patient.

Assembled parts up to Issue 059


Issue 060 - Roof Frame


Contents of Issue 060
Oh, big heavy parts.  Not much goes on as far as assembling here.  Just installing the front door pins and you are done.  But look how huge this is!

Bonus!  We have a new screwdriver!

Issue 061 - Luggage Compartment Frame

Contents of Issue 061
Another heavy part, the front section of the frame.  The frame sections get merged and you kinda get a feel of how big...and heavy...this thing will be.  

Oh, another bonus!  Back to back bonuses.  I can only be this excited, because we have a new screw, the OM.  This heavy duty screw is used to secure the front and back frame sections together.

Issue 062 - Windshield 

Contents of Issue 062
Our first window piece.  Take care in installing this, make sure you do not slip and gouge the plastic windshield.  

It also comes with a rear view mirror.  The actual Time Machine does not have a rear view mirror. There is no need for it as the bulkhead blocks the rear view.  Anyway, I left mine off.  I also broke it while trying to install it...so there is that. So, be careful install this part, too.

Update: I fixed the rear view mirror and installed it.  But, I am too lazy to update a photo. 

Fun fact: The rear view mirror on my car broke off one day. I thought I reattached it correctly, and one day, while driving, it fell off.  So, I have very little luck with DeLorean rear view mirrors...at any scale.

Assembled model from Issues 060-062
Now, the best part...screw count.  I must remind you that there is a new screw in this shipment (OM from Issue 061)

55-AP, 15-BP, 2-CP, 13-AM, 12-BM, 4-EM, 4-CM, 19-DM, 2-DP, 1-FM, 3-GM, 3-HM, 2-IM, 2-EP, 18-FP, 2-JM, 3-HP, 3-GP, 6-NM, 1-MM, 3-KM, 1-LM, 1-IP, 1-OM

to be continued...

04 March 2019

FUCK YOU, STOP CALLING ME - March 2019

March.  March away from that phone, because it is a telemarketer calling

4 March 2019
  310-627-4642  Compton, CA - Compton?  Well, shit!  Fuck you!

  310-627-4642  Compton, CA - Wait, you called twice?  Well, fuck you...twice!

5 March 2019
  813-694-7239  Florida - This came in on the phone as "Unknown".  But, I looked in the Call Protect app and it shows the number as listed.  Did you really think disguising yourself as 'unknown' would make any difference?  Fuck you!

6 March 2019
 310-939-1813 - Redondo Beach, CA - Three days in a row.  I hope they call everyday of the month.  Fuck you!

7 March 2019
  310-325-6401 - Lomita, CA - Where the fuck is Lomita?  Well, there was a voicemail


310-325-6401
Lomita sounds like an acronym for a robo-telemarketing computer.  L.O.M.I.T.A.  Yeah, I do not have time to think of what it stands for.  Fuck you!

8 March 2019
  310-849-5898  Beverly Hills, CA - Sweet!  Five days in a row.  Left a voice mail for some credit card something.  Whatever.  As if I have any credit.  Fuck you!

  310-285-9242  Beverly Hills, CA - Second call of the day. Perhaps making up for tomorrow?  You guys have called on weekends before.  I wonder if the time change will mess with your system.  Fuck you!

12 March 2019
  310-956-1244  Hawthorne, CA - Getting quite a few 'random' numbers.  Mind you, these are still telemarketers.  Are they starting to run out of 'Beverly Hills' numbers to spoof?  Fuck you!

  310-956-1244  Hawthorne, CA - Two calls in one day.  Must be important...NOT!  Fuck you!

19 March 2019
  310-448-2048  California - This came in as "unknown".  But using Call Protect, I found out the number.  Fuck you!

20 March 2019
  310-994-778  California - So, I got a voicemail from these guys.  But, the phone did not even ring.
What is this witchcraft?  Obviously a telemarketer, but how did they bypass the calling and went straight to voicemail?  Fuck you!

21 March 2019
  310-849-8057  Beverly Hills, CA - It has been a while, Beverly (we are on a first name basis).  Fuck you!

22 March 2019
  646-794-7536  New York, NY - Definitely a robo-telemarketer.  Left a message in a foreign language.  Pretty pointless if you ask me.  1. I do not answer calls from the unknown.  2. If the message is in some kind of foreign language, how the fuck am I supposed to 'buy into' whatever you are trying to sell.  Fuck you!

  310-373-6462  Redondo Beach, CA - First, New York...now, California.  Coast to coast telemarketers.  Fuck you!