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


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


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


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.  


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.


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  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.


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. 


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!