26 April 2019

Build the Back to the Future Time Machine - Issues 067-070

Sweet, two shipments this month, which means I might not get the next shipment until way late into May.  Hopefully, the next parts get to me earlier and not later...and not way later, like last year.

Issues 067-070
Nicely packed box.  This time, there were no 'air bags' for packing, just the parts and the magazines.  We get a door, looks like a complete driver's side door.  Exciting!

Issue 067 - Driver's Door Details

Contents of Issue 067
Some great detailing in the interior door pieces.  I am not sure why there are 'light bronze' coloured areas along the door edge, I guess it visually helps break up that area.  Oh and there are door lights...LED door lights.  One of the first 'mods' I did on my car was converting the door lights to LED. 

Very few cars these days have door lights, but when you have bad ass gull winged doors, you need that extra visual warning so you do not hit your head.

We also get two new screws in this Issue, the tiny JP and KP.

Issue 068 - Driver's Door Lights

Contents of Issue 068
Speaking of LED lights, here they are.  Some simple routing of wires and we are good to go. 

But wait, there is more.  We have working windows!  The little tollbooth window goes up and down via a gears and a dial located at the bottom of the door.

Issue 069 - Driver's Door

Contents of Issue 069
The first die-cast piece of this shipment and boy is it a big hefty piece.  The door pieces from the previous two issues come together to form the door.  It even has mirrors that fold, just like the real thing.  Yes, there is a mirror piece that you can use to check your blind spot, or just to see how cool you look whilst driving a DeLorean.

Issue 070 - Fitting Driver's Door

Contents of Issue 070
Ah, the headliner.  I had my headliners redone a few years ago.  They were drooping, as many do after time and neglect.  Also, the were not die-cast...but they are in this model.

Another new screw is introduced, the QM, one more tiny screw for the collection.  Two of these tiny screws take the responsibility of holding up this heavy door.  Feels a little dangerous to me, but at least there are struts to help ease the pressure.  What?  Struts?  Yeah, just like the bonnet, there is a strut. 

Fun fact:  Last year, I replaced all the struts in my car.  The louvre and bonnet were relatively easy to install.  But the doors, being heavy and awkward, were not as easy.  I had to come up with something to hold the doors up while I removed and installed the door struts.  The solution...hockey sticks.

Hockey sticks for the assist
Probably not the way I am supposed to do it, but it worked.

The finished assembly up to issue 070 should look like this:

Outside of door assembly
Inside of door assembly
I hope those tiny QM screws hold.  Speaking of screws, note that we have three new screws in this shipment.

58-AP, 18-BP, 2-CP, 19-AM, 12-BM, 4-EM, 4-CM, 22-DM, 3-DP, 1-FM, 3-GM, 3-HM, 2-IM, 2-EP, 18-FP, 2-JM, 4-HP, 2-GP, 8-NM, 1-MM, 4-KM, 1-LM, 1-IP, 1-OM, 1-PM, 2-JP, 1-KP, 1-QM

to be continued...

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