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N scale is quite small. So I’m not surprised that DeLoreans aren’t made commercially in this scale. But I went ahead and made a 3D printed kit version available on Shapeways in regular DeLorean form and time machine form.
A commercially available HO scale DeLorean time machine has been hard to come by. When making a mass produced cheap miniature toy, manufacturers could throw US model railroaders a nice bone by making the models in 1:87 scale or even 1:160. You may be able to find an HO 1/87 NPE Showcars # 88022 DeLorean. But it is just a DeLorean, not a time machine. Anyway, I made an HO scale DeLorean available 3D printed through Shapeways. Since Shapeways has yet to offer a clear material to make windows, the model requires printed decals for windows. Cars in HO scale are still quite small, so decal windows are not much of an issue. Shapeways has design requirements that make certain fine and thin details unprintable due to fragility. But where the model lacks detail it makes up for in sturdiness. The model has HO scale train wheels that are as accurate to the prototype as I could get while also being functional and sturdy enough to be printed. If HO scale DeLoreans continue to be rare, I’ll update the model as printing technology and availability improves. With a little sanding, painting, decal work and modeling craftsmanship, these can be made to look good.
For anyone wanting to make a model railroad centered on Back to the Future, S scale 1:64 is a good bet. That’s because Hot Wheels made a bunch of low-cost Back to the Future DeLorean time machine models and they seem to keep putting them out from time to time.
Nice for something near O scale 1:48.
At 1:43 scale models start to get big enough to have some decent detail. These models are near UK O scale.
1:43 Sunstar Back to The Future Part DeLorean
This is a plastic build-it-yourself model kit similar to Back to The Future DeLorean kits that have been around for thirty years.
Like the Polar Lights kit but slightly bigger, this is a plastic build-it-yourself with Testors glue model kit similar to Back to The Future DeLorean kits that have been around for thirty years.
The Welly DeLorean models are nice for the money. The only downsides are that the paint color on the metal body could look more like stainless steel and the models don’t have glass in the side windows. But they can be dismantled and upgraded without too much effort. If this model didn’t have wires molded onto the body I’d love it as a starting point for a super-detailing project. Instead I just like it not love it.
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This is a nice model. It lights up and floats. And the flux bands have an accurate mesh. The model is somewhat expensive and has been available intermittently in runs. It’s best to get the model directly since the price tends to be better. For anyone who wants a ready to display model without any extra work, this is a nice model.
This is a nice model for the price and comes in different variations. It’d be a nice starting point for a super-detailing project if it wasn’t for the side cables molded on to the metal body. The model would look really good using real wire for the side cables. The flux bars could be better but they rarely are on models due to the fine mesh on the prototype.
This model comes in two main levels of detail (Heritage CMC98, Elite BCJ97) and even a lighted version. The price reflects the level of detail. The heritage model lacks a lot of detail but could make a good starting point for a super-detailing project, especially since it has side cables separate from the body. The flux bands on these models are okay, the Elite edition flux bands are better than Heritage. One stand-out thing I find cool is that the model’s seats are squishy due to being made of a rubber material. And I also like that the wires overall are separate instead of molded on details.
This model is nice and big with some sound/lighting effects and comes in different variations. The body is plastic making it lightweight. And for a toy it is nice. As a scale model it is lacking. The button for the sound is the part the lightning hook attached to in BTTF1. It would be a good starting point for a super-detailing project but it has two main issues: molded on side cables, the flux bands are translucent and fit into a groove in the body. This would be best suited for making a detailed RC model of the DeLorean. Other than that, if you want light and or sound and or size without costing too much this is adequate.
This is a highly detailed assemble-it-yourself subscription service model where you are sent parts and instructions monthly for three years. I have been tempted to buy this but I held off to be safe. After seeing others build this model, for the price of around $1600 US for me it is just not good enough as of July 2019. Plus, waiting three years to complete the model is annoying. If you want the model to be really good, you have to buy independently made mod kits on top of the already expensive subscription price. And the mod kits add up too. But the thing that bothers me the most about the model is that the flux band mesh holes are just too big. If the model was refined, all the mods were included, and I could get all the parts at once I’d probably bite the bullet and buy the model. The problem with charging more for a big highly detailed model is that it becomes reasonable for a customer to expect a lot.
With this one you buy the 3D file and instructions and print it yourself. It’s compatible with Eaglemoss mods. This model is only limited by one’s 3D printing capability and craftsmanship. The price for the files is reasonable considering to hire a person to make the files for you would cost thousands.
This is a very nice model and for the original price it was worth it. It is only available second-hand now and the prices can be high. The body is plastic, which keeps its weight down. The lighting effects could be fancier such as with the flux capacitor, flux bands (which need electroluminescent el wire or tape to look good), and the status indicator display (SID) (a.k.a. Spectrum Analyzer Display or xmas tree or Christmas tree). But as a pre-built, large model, it is worth it at the right price…but good luck finding that price.
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