Back to the Future III DeLorean - 1950's Tires

Kit: Ertl/MPC Back to the Future II
Pros: Looks pretty neat, unique display stand, it's a DeLorean!
Cons: Dirt pad litters everywhere, hard to see inside car, strictly a display
Verdict: Suitable for display

According to my handwritten date on the display, I finished this model in February 1993. I wasn't even 15 yet. It's the only one of my original BTTF cars that I'm keeping at this point, so it's a good thing.

Aside from the paint instructions on the ERTL print (pretty wrong) I followed the main kit for the interior and most of the exterior.  This is the only BTTF2 kit from this era that I didn't make the doors work, and it's probably what saved it. When I did this kit there wasn't a BTTF III kit to my knowledge, though now I know otherwise as the Blueprinter trilogy set was available via mail-order.  Things like the Internet would have helped immensely when making this.

My entire source of reference was the VHS copy of the movie I had and a 36" big screen TV where, get this, I used to take photos of the screen with a regular camera and have them printed out.  How good we have it now...

At any rate, I had to make the huge microchip and 1950's tires from scratch. Being 14 and not having the experince I have now I think it came out pretty well. The microchip was made from all sorts of little bits and pieces and resembles the movie pretty well all things considered.  The box was made from stryrene and little straps as well.  The hoses go through holes inbetween the hood and winshield.

The tires were made from an old crappy stock car's, and I cut off about 1/3 of it to get the right width. The insides of the tires are a bit irregular and imperfect because I was using something totally not designed for the purpose. I don't remember what it was, but it was somewhere between plaster of paris and play-doh. It was like 30% water so when it dried it cracked like mad and looked like hell. The wheels were given some sort of axle that is actually mounted below the chassis somehow, and then the tires are actually glued down to the stand on little raised portions of popsicle sticks.  I don't think it actually rolls. Hey, I was 14.

The dirt pad is one of my best ideas ever. Basically a 6x9 piece of wood with popsicle sticks for a border, little raised pads for the tires, and then dirt filled in to simulate 1885 Hill Valley.  The dirt in the pad is still the original from 1993, though it shifts around a little if you touch it. I heavily sprayed it with a fixative of some kind way back when, but it's since worn off.

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