Eaglemoss Delorean 1/8 Kit Review

Providing some information about Eaglemoss’s Back to the Future 1/8 scale Delorean model kit.

With experiences, thoughts, and a general review about the kit from a U.S. model builder.

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The Eaglemoss Kit

The kit is massive and depicts the time machine built by Doctor Emmett Brown in the film Back to the Future.

Eaglemoss has done an excellent job of capturing the detail and overall feel of the Delorean time-machine.

The kit has something like 2,000 parts, an overall length of 2 feet, and weighing over 20 LBS when finished.

You might be intimidated by some of that at first; however, Eaglemoss has an interesting solution to managing part-overload.

The way that Eaglemoss solves some of these concerns is unique and somewhat unusual to us regular model-kit builders.

They basically send you four sets of parts each month (or four issues per month) which typically means you have 10-20 parts per month to assemble.

In addition to giving the builder ample time to assemble the parts it also allows the cost of the kit to be spread out into smaller more manageable amounts. 

If you’re wondering “how much?” I’d refer you to Eaglemoss’s website for the latest pricing. I’m about a year into my subscription and gave up smoking two packs of cigarettes a week to cover the cost. I’m happy to report that I’m still cigarette-free.

There are other large scale Deloreans out there – Hot Toys made a 1/6 prebuilt time machine but it is made of plastic, has some noticeable inaccuracies, and is sold-out and only available from resellers at exorbitant prices.

Eaglemoss’s offering is mostly metal parts and I’ve come to appreciate the beauty of many of the finished sub-assemblies.

The Build

I just crossed the 12-month mark so I can now reflect on the experience of building a time machine.

So far I’ve had no problems with the monthly shipments. The U.S. distributor seems to be very competent and regularly charges me the monthly rate each month. 

The email notifying you of payment also includes tracking information. My packages have arrived 4-6 days after each time. I believe they are dispatched from Pennsylvania so shipping is pretty quick.

The quality of the parts have been very good. Everything is pre-painted and assembles with screws or “snap-in” style fasteners.

I will admit that I’ve used a little super glue on some parts – the ignition wires on the engine had a tendency to come off but a drop of glue solved that.

The amount of detail Eaglemoss put into parts that won’t be seen on the finished model amazes me. I was half tempted to leave the engine out so I could display it next to the finished car.

The interior is nicely appointed; there’s even working rubber seats! The time machine components are very realistic and light-up. 

Yup, this sucker is electrical. The interior and exterior both feature lighting. There are also some builders who are making custom lighting circuit that would leave many asking “so does it actually travel through time?”

To be honest, the stock kit will still be an impressive model that’s certain to be a conversation piece.

There are some things I’ve done to upgrade certain parts; like weathering the engine with paint and highlighting some of the details with a thin coat of “wash” (really thin black paint that fills in panel lines and ad depth.)

I felt an engine needs to look dirty. I used some earth-colored oils paints to simulate engine grim and rust. I’ve also used Tamiya’s Weathering Powders to add more rustiness to some parts of the undercarriage.

So how am I enjoying this new style of model building? Actually very much. The subscription method helps make the kit affordable and assembleable for busy folks. The quality of the parts are out-standing and show off the advancements of injection molding over the last few decades.

There’s talk that Eaglemoss is planning additional kits of similar qualty in the near future. This has me looking for other ways to clean-up my budget so I can afford them when the time comes.