07 September 2020

Build the Back to the Future Time Machine - Issues 103, 104, 105, 114

More missing issues arrived!  This allows us to not only continue our build, but we also get to dive into the parts that were shipped to us months ago.  With this shipment, we are kinda back on track. Although, we do have issues that are about forty ahead of our current build.

Issues 103, 104, 105, 114

Issues 103-105 are what we need right now.  We have 107-113 waiting, and 114 just keeps us on 'schedule'.

Issue 103 - Cable and Wires, Right Side

Parts in Issue 103

This is the same as where we last left off with issues 101 and 102, just on the other side.  More wires and more twist ties.

Issue 104 - Junction Box, Top Left

Contents of Issues 104

Issue 104 - Junction Box, Top Right

Contents of Issue 105

Issues 104 and 105 deal with the flux boxes mounted on the T-panel.  Some more fiber optic like tubes as with the front flux boxes.  Pretty straight forward build that should be familiar.

Issue 114 - Reactor Drum

Parts in Issue 114

We are not going to get to this issue this time. This was a relatively stress-free shipment that only required intermediate building skills.  Next time we continue with Issue 106 and on. I have already took a peek in the box and it looks like fun.  

Build up to Issue 105

Screw count:  96-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, 2-MM, 9-KM, 2-LM, 15-IP, 1-OM, 1-PM, 4-JP, 2-KP, 3-QM, 2-LP, 6-MP 1-RM

to be continued...

02 September 2020

FUCK YOU, STOP CALLING ME - September 2020

 The other day the news was on the background and they teased an upcoming story.  Guess the story.  Yep. "If you received a message about a overdue package delivery...beware of scam...".  Well, look what the first call/text is.

2 September 2020

  661-238-5659  Tehachapi, CA - First we had Connecticut, then New York, now California.  I know the postal service is not this incompetent.  By the way, this is supposed to be from the USPS.  I doubt the fine folks there would ever 'forget' a package from March.  Again, six months to deliver something when we have shit like next day and same day delivery?  Fuck you!

3 September 2020

  310-849-6140  Beverly Hills, CA - Kinda a relief to just get a regular telemarketer call from a spoofed number.  No text for some undelivered package that has been sitting at some unknown facility since the Stone Age, CBD promo, or some other scam.  But still, fuck you! 

5 September 2020

 800-433-4659 - One of those typical Saturday telemarketer calls.  Did a quick search and the 800-433-XXXX is linked to phone scams.  Shocked!  Fuck you!

8 September 2020

  310-944-9872 Redondo Beach, CA - This is the first of three calls within about a twenty minute span.  Fuck you!

  201-771-5601  Dumont, NJ - Second call of the day.  Fuck you

Three calls within twenty minutes.  

  203-643-0897  Brandford, CT - Well, this one left a message:

I did a search on 844-790-2700 and first results are from robocallers.  Sorry, "Nicole", you will have to cold call someone else.  Oh, Nicole...one more thing...fuck you!

  714-686-9614  Gardena, CA - Oh cool, I have another package from six months ago that has yet to be delivered. Tell you what...take that package and shove it up your ass.  Fuck you!

9 September 2020

  310-398-5894  Los Angeles, CA -  Today happens to be California Admission Day.  On 9 September 1850, California became the 31st state.  So, it is fitting that I get a call from California at six o'clock in the morning.  Anyone want to guess what this was about?  They left a message...

Clue, the transcript was in code...or in another language.  If you guessed the call came from some Chinese telemarketer, you are correct!  I wonder if the message was to inform me of an undelivered package.  Fuck you!

  747-236-9056  Los Angeles, CA - Another undelivered package.  For those keeping track this is the fourth package that I have sitting in some secret warehouse.  At least this one is from August, so only a month in storage.  Fuck you!

10 September 2020

  302-480-3805  Dover, DE - This is apparently the fifth package that needs to be delivered.  Wait, five packages?  Could these be the five lions?  Maybe if I get all five, I can form Voltron.  Fuck you!

12 September 2020

  ernaguluccivut5133@hotmail.com - How is anyone supposed to take this shit seriously?

How many red flags do you see?  

- Shit email address
- No information, just a link
- Link based on foreign soil

Check, check, and check.  Fuck you!

15 September 2020
  714-313-1598  Anaheim, CA - Dude, pro tip, check your grammar.  There are no commas, periods, or any sort of punctuations in this text.  Random words are capitalize, some which should be capital are not.


So, Apple wants to put a sticker on my car, but I need to contact some fool with a gmail address?   Dude, another pro tip, at least get an Apple address.  Also, 'small sticker'?  Like the ones that used to come with Apple products?  I feel like Apple could save a lot of money buy just bringing those back.  People used to put those on their cars, for free.  Fuck you!

16 September 2020
  publicrecordsnoticempnqaiwkd@zg0xjf.com  - No, seriously.  That is the address


You know how many people can type without looking at their hands?  Well, trying to type out this email address, I found out that I am not one of those people.  I got the first part, then it went all to shit, as I needed to hunt and peck.  Fuck you!

17 September 2020
  951-406-4304  Riverside, CA - Coming down from the rafters, Call Protect dives down to intercept this call.


We are in voting season, so get ready to be bombarded with these telemarketer calls.  Fuck you!

21 September 2020

   646-394-1034  New York, NY - Another one of those calls where the Asian bot leaves a message in a foreign language.  Do you understand the words that are coming out of this bot?  Fuck you!

23 September 2020

  858-504-7890  Rancho Santa Fe, CA - Sounds like an expensive neighbourhood.  Too bad your town is infested with telemarketers.  Fuck you!

24 September 2020

  628-266-3533  Corte Madera, CA - Go fuck yourself!

  310-599-3843  Compton, CA - Second call in less than an hour.  Go fuck yourself!

  323-290-7962  Los Angeles, CA - Third call of the day.  Another foreign voicemail that makes no sense to me.  Fuck you!

27 September 2020

  310-560-6788  Santa Monica, CA - First call on a Sunday evening.  Fuck you!

  310-560-6788  Santa Monica, CA - Second call, four minutes later.


No message was left.  Obviously, not that important.  Most likely a telemarketer.  Fuck you!

28 September 2020

  682-382-8941  Fort Worth, TX - Take a closer look at the image below. The first call came in and it was intercepted by Call Protect.  This is obviously a Spam Risk, thank you Call Protect for the confirmation.  Note the number ending with 2841 (at the bottom of image).  Fuck you!

28 September 2020

682-382-8942  Fort Worth, TX - Now look at the second number, which is at the top, yes they left a voicemail...we will get to that.  Note the that second number came through, but was silenced thanks to a feature on the phone.  The number has the same area code, same prefix...and the suffix is 8942, just one number higher than the previous call which was less than a minute before.

These two calls could have been executed at the same time. Attacking from multiple angles, so to speak.  Here is the transcript of the message:

While "Nicole" sounds like an actual human being in the recording, it does not excuse the fact that this is totally a spam call.  Note that it was labeled  as "Spam Risk" buy the phone, that is the first strike.  Second strike, the call back number listed is not the same as the number which the call originated from.  

Yes, of course I looked up the number.  Any wild guesses to what results came up?  Bingo!  Spam!  I also looked up "Interstate Brokers".  They have a website that has not been updated since 2009.  They may not even exist.  Plus their offices are in Los Angeles.  

The other result from "Interstate Brokers" is Interstate Brokers of America.  One of their social media accounts has one post from almost 5 months ago, with no likes or comments.  They also have only three followers.  Another one of their social media accounts simply does not exist. I think that is enough research for this to conclude.

How many strikes is that?  Yeah. Fuck you!

29 September 2020
  762-435-5839  Monticello, GA - Oh look, it is "Nicole", again.


I also noticed that "Nicole" called earlier this month.  Look at the 8 September entry, she called from  Bradford, CT.  Yesterday, it was Fort Worth, TX.  Today, Monticello, GA.  Where is this bitch going to call me from tomorrow.  Hey last day of the month is tomorrow, better get on that flight soon.  Fuck you!

30 September 2020

  310-849-4501  Beverly Hills, CA - Oh, how we have missed those Beverly Hills calls.  Congratulations, you got flagged by Call Protect and silenced by the phone.  Fuck you!

01 September 2020

Build the Back to the Future Time Machine - Issues 099-102

 It has been a while since we received four consecutive issues.  Lots of detailed work on these issues, get your tweezers and needle-nosed pliers and, let us get right to it.

Issues 99-102

Issue 099 - Front Flux Bands

Parts in Issue 099

Ah, the front flux bands.  If the Time Machine was an adolescence kid with crooked teeth, the front flux band would be its braces.  More of those gorgeous photo-etched parts to form the bands.  Fortunately for us, and at this scale, these were easy to mount.

Issue 100 - Front Left Flux Cables

Parts in Issue 100

It may not look like there is much in the bag, but there is a lot of work involved in this part of the build.  The molded (black) cable just plugs into the connector and then screwed into the flux box.  The cluster of coloured wires also plug in the flux box.  Then the fun begins as you twist tie the coloured wire bundle to the molded wire.  This is where your tweezers, needle-nosed pliers, and small hands come in.  Also, helps to have a little patience and good lighting.  

Was that fun?  Good.  You will get to do it again, later.  But first...

Issue 101 - Rear Left Flux Cables

Totally out of focus image of the parts in Issue 101

Finishing up the flux cables on the left side.  Very similar to Issue 100, you have one molded cable and a cluster of coloured wires.  There is a fun part where you need to untwist and separate the wires...then, slowly and patiently insert each wire into a small bracket...in a certain order.  You get to twist tie the cables together here, too.

Issue 102 - Front Right Flux Cables

Contents of Issue 102

Oh, you know you love to twist tie those wire together.  Same as Issue 100, now do the right side.  Enjoy

Here is were we are at the completion of issue 102:

Assembled car up to Issue 102

Now, we go back to the waiting game for the next shipment.  Will we get the next issues, or will we get issues from the future?

Screw count:  96-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, 14-NM, 2-MM, 8-KM, 2-LM, 14-IP, 1-OM, 1-PM, 4-JP, 2-KP, 3-QM, 2-LP, 5-MP 1-RM

to be continued...