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? Very much, actually. The subscription method helps make the kit affordable and regularly supplies parts at a rate that’s easy to put together.