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Author Topic: 1/8 BTTF Delorean WIP  (Read 579 times)

Offline Saturn5

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1/8 BTTF Delorean WIP
« on: May 05, 2018, 11:27:42 pm »
Hey guys,
Been working on a 1/8 Back to the Future Delorean time machine. It's a subscription kit so you build as parts are mailed to you. Quality has been excellent so far and when complete it should be close to being a studio scale replica.








Bumper assembly is the starting point of the build. Lots of detailed little parts make up the rear facade. The license plate even has little registration tags you put just like the real thing.








Front suspension and steering parts are attached to the frame. The wheel hubs are made up of three parts so the fins in the hubcap have some real depth.









With the rear suspension parts installed the frame really starts to feel heavy. I'd guess around two pounds at this point. All the hubs fold down for "flight mode."







Reactor parts are pretty nicely rendered but Mr. Fusion has a "bad side" so I'll be sticking with the original plutonium reactor.

I'm pretty close to having a rolling chassis (last wheel should be in the next batch.) From there I believe we begin assembling the transmission an engine assemblies.

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Re: 1/8 BTTF Delorean WIP
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2018, 07:58:17 am »
WOW! I loved the movie series and am lovin this build!

I didn't know they made a kit that big and that accurate!


Keep posting your progress! Would love to see this one whole.

Steve
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Re: 1/8 BTTF Delorean WIP
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2018, 09:09:56 am »
way cool! They've just started to release this here in Aus and as much as I would like one, my patience doesn't extend to waiting for small parts to arrive each week. It looks like you've been collecting for a while already
Looking forward to seeing more
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Re: 1/8 BTTF Delorean WIP
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2018, 07:44:27 pm »
WOW! I loved the movie series and am lovin this build!

I didn't know they made a kit that big and that accurate!


Keep posting your progress! Would love to see this one whole.

Steve

Thanks! Yeah I almost missed this one too. It's also pretty heavy (lots of metal parts) and I hae to admit I really like all the detail put into it so far. The suspension springs are strangely satisfying.

way cool! They've just started to release this here in Aus and as much as I would like one, my patience doesn't extend to waiting for small parts to arrive each week. It looks like you've been collecting for a while already
Looking forward to seeing more
Si

I understand that completely. Takes a bit getting used too but the smaller batches of parts help spread out the assembly. I've seen some of the UK builds (that are farther along than the US release) and I'm pretty excited for the interior and body bits to start arriving!

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Re: 1/8 BTTF Delorean WIP
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2018, 05:09:37 am »
What company is producing the subscription model?
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Re: 1/8 BTTF Delorean WIP
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2018, 11:18:50 pm »
What company is producing the subscription model?

It's called Eaglemoss. They have a UK and US

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Re: 1/8 BTTF Delorean WIP
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2018, 08:25:54 pm »
I see this is a die cast model.  Is there much cutting and fitting or painting needed?
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Re: 1/8 BTTF Delorean WIP
« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2018, 12:00:37 pm »
I see this is a die cast model.  Is there much cutting and fitting or painting needed?

Not yet - or rather I've chosen not to with a few exceptions. I have noticed sprue clip off marks here and there (some more visible than others.) There is absolutely potential for cleaning all the parts, priming, and painting them though. I know a few builders have been adding detail and repainting parts like you would a standard model kit but I don't feel its necessary to get a great looking display piece.



Iv'e begun putting the transmission and engine together. The bigger parts are all metal which gives the finished assembly some weight.



It's worth noting that this transmission is not accurate for the time machine - it's an automatic transmission when it should be a manual. I believe the interior of the car will have a clutch pedal and shifter (both more visible parts) so this error doesn't bother me much. Plus, in spite of that it is nicely detailed.



Mated to the engine block (which I forgot to take internal pictures of.) No pistons or anything inside the block - it's made up of "wall" parts that screw together with the screws on the inside of the block out of view.



The block is only halfway built as will have plenty more tidbits added to it. It still looks pretty cool even half-built.



These smaller detail parts are molded in plastic but they have gone to decent lengths to capture the real 1/1 parts which further add to the overall authenticity of the power-train.




A note worth mentioning is there are a few gaps in the parts here that could be improved using super glue. Not a deal-breaker since many of the gaps will be hidden once the engine is installed. To tie into your question about fit and finishing of the kit - I still feel that what they give you will build up to look good but I know many builders would want to clean some parts up. I've seen one build where the guy weathered the engine a bit which really did make it look more realistic. I am still debating if I will do a "dirty wash" on the engine since I've never seen an engine that really look squeaky clean.

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Re: 1/8 BTTF Delorean WIP
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2018, 04:01:24 pm »
This is looking nice, Saturn5! (must be a reference there to the name that I am missing!)

I didn't know about subscription models, other than the Millenium Falcon one that someone started here so this is nice to see.

I appreciate your commentary about the fit, too!

Keep going!

Steve
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Re: 1/8 BTTF Delorean WIP
« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2018, 01:05:07 am »
What a large model :) I really want to see this one coming together.

I have previously disliked the idea of large model kits, but they are growing on me now and I might try it out sometime with an interesting subject.

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Re: 1/8 BTTF Delorean WIP
« Reply #10 on: June 03, 2018, 05:35:58 pm »
I'm going to bet the finished piece is a work of art!
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Re: 1/8 BTTF Delorean WIP
« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2018, 05:41:10 pm »
This is looking nice, Saturn5! (must be a reference there to the name that I am missing!)

I didn't know about subscription models, other than the Millenium Falcon one that someone started here so this is nice to see.

I appreciate your commentary about the fit, too!

Keep going!

Steve

Haha. It's a reference to the massive Saturn V (or 5) moon rocket. I've also built a lot of real space models over the years. Big NASA nerd.

What a large model :) I really want to see this one coming together.

I have previously disliked the idea of large model kits, but they are growing on me now and I might try it out sometime with an interesting subject.

I felt a similar way about the subscription part of this kit (I've always liked bigger more detailed kits and had wanted to do a Pocher - but those can be a nightmare to build.) I'm liking the pay-as-you-go method so much I've started an R2D2 build. They're good ways to build patience haha.

I'm going to bet the finished piece is a work of art!

Art maybe stretching it but it will definitely be museum or "studio" grade from what I've seen of the finished prototype. The studio miniature for BTTF 2 was 1/4 so this is technically 1/2 studio scale ;)

Decided that the engine looked a little too new and clean so I broke out some oil paints I have and added some weathering
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The weathering looks a bit stronger in the photos - in real life its a bit more muted. You can see a bit of the original color of the metal on the mounts near the bottom.
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Front of the engine with the value covers and intake parts installed. Looking more realistic as it's built.
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I also applied a thin dull coat of paint on the value covers to make them look like a different type of metal.
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Also gave a coat of color to a few small parts. Anyone who's seen an engine up close knows all the individual components are different colors. A good example of how a little bit of paint can make this kit really start to shine. The hose on the engine parts is actually a rubber tube! I'm interested in seeing how much more detail there will be once the engine assembly is complete.

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Re: 1/8 BTTF Delorean WIP
« Reply #12 on: June 13, 2018, 09:01:49 pm »
This is looking Sweeet!"  and the detail at the 1/8 level is nuts.  This car is what, like 2 feet long?  And I thought 1/32 aircraft were big.
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Re: 1/8 BTTF Delorean WIP
« Reply #13 on: June 14, 2018, 07:01:34 am »
Love the grime you put on the engine! It kinda makes it look "real"!

Keep posting!

Steve
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Re: 1/8 BTTF Delorean WIP
« Reply #14 on: July 21, 2018, 03:54:21 pm »
Love the grime you put on the engine! It kinda makes it look "real"!

Keep posting!

Steve
This is looking Sweeet!"  and the detail at the 1/8 level is nuts.  This car is what, like 2 feet long?  And I thought 1/32 aircraft were big.

Yup and about 25 lbs when finished! The frame with engine and drive-train is pretty hefty.

I started making a few demonstration videos on how I do the weathering. Check it out if you'd like to see some of my techniques

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