You already know all about my first post about the DeLorean by heart, here is the second one. This post is about the car evolution into the Flying DeLorean. Every big fan remembers the shock he experienced at the very end of the first Back to the Future when he saw the DeLorean taking off to travel to the future, 2015.
Roads ? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.Doc Emmett Brown
From the rolling DeLorean to the flying DeLorean
I had to find a trick to make this 11 kg model fly, mostly made of metal. Hang it on wires was not an option : the wires would have been too thick and bringing the electric power to the underbody of the car would have been too tricky.
I got the idea to build a stand monted on a single brass rod. The stand had to show a proper representation of the underbody seen in the movie :
I couldn’t glue the underbody un der the car since I wanted it to feature the mark I DeLorean. The solution was to make the stand become the underbody as well.
The car is simply installed onto the stand, its weight serve as the glue. The stand is heavily detailed to feature the underbody seen in the movie. It is lighted and thus also electrified.
The current is brought to 4 connectors linked to the wheels when the car is upstairs. This is the main problem of the set-up : finding the connectors and connect them to the wheels.
The rod is just below the center of gravity of the car to avoid the car toppling. The joint is made with a huge amount of epoxy glue. In addition, the glue secures the electric wires.
The result, once the flying DeLorean in place :
The assembly of the wheels
The main modification is about the wheels inclination. Indeed, the vertical thrusters are inside the wheel’s hub and those have to tilt in flight.
The creators of the model from Eaglemoss anticpated th possibilty of tilting the wheels. The apparatus doing that is clever but unfortunately too far from the shooting model as you can see in the picture on the left. The wheels flap too low in relation too the underbody and the triangular metallic support is missing.
I had te redesign the apparatus. The main disadvantage is that I must totally unscrew each wheel (including the disc brake) to perform the transformation. Therefore I need 20 to 30 minutes to do it while I needed only a few seconds to do it with the original apparatus.
The next picture is a screenchot showing the tilt apparatus of the flying DeLorean :
We can easily see the triangular supports. Furthermoren the wheel are not as low as they are in the Eaglemoss model. Since I wanted to remake the all stuff, I decided to add the light inside the wheels to improve the rendering.
i bought a new 4-wheels bundle and made new supports for each one. Three DEL’s have been added, linked to a connector.
In order to position them, I attached some hooks (one for the aft wheels, two fir the rear ones) shown in the picture below.
Then, the wheel are attached directly on the original metallic part, once the car is on its stand.
The fusion generator, Mr Fusion
The last huge improvement from the first episode’s model is the fusion generator, replacing the the 80’s nuclear reactor powered by plutonium.
The DeLorean designers made the Mr Fusion generator from a real 70’s electric coffee grinder for the purpose of the film. This device was already used in the first Alien movie in 1979.
No big deal with this one, only a screw concealing, the screws being too big for the scale. The holes where filled with putty and painted whit a gloss white paint.