Time Machine Mk I (Original – Back To The Future) 1:25 Scale Polar Lights Model Kit #POL911 Review

2015 September 21
by Doug

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Time Machine Mk I (Original – Back To The Future) 1:25 Scale Polar Lights Model Kit #POL911 Review


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 Marty: “Wait a minute. Wait a minute. Doc, uh… Are you telling me that you built a time machine… out of a DeLorean?”

Doc: “Yes, the way I see it, if you’re gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?”


The DeLorean time machine is a fictional automobile-based time travel device featured in the Back to the Future trilogy. In the feature film series, Dr. Emmett Brown builds a time machine from a DeLorean DMC-12 with the intent of gaining insights into history and the future but instead winds up using it to travel across 130 years of Hill Valley history (from 1885 to 2015) with Marty McFly, undoing the negative effects of time travel. For most of the first film, the 1.21 gigawatts are supplied by a plutonium-powered nuclear reactor and, with the absence of plutonium, a bolt of lightning channeled directly into the flux capacitor by a long pole and hook in the film’s climactic sequence. At the end of the first film, and for the remainder of the trilogy, the plutonium nuclear reactor is replaced by a “Mr. Fusion Home Energy Reactor” generator possibly acquired in 2015. The “Mr. Fusion” device apparently converts household waste into electrical power.


For the Modeler: This review covers the Snap-It kit # POL911 from Polar Lights/Round2 of the Time Machine from the Back To The Future movie. The kit is 1/25 scale and listed as a Skill Level 1 and it is a Snap Together kit but; the kit requires paint for detailing. The model includes about 50 parts molded in Gray, Clear, Chrome, Brushed Steel and it has Vinyl tires. This is a Re-Release (Re-Pop), SORT-OF, as it was released in multiple movie versions earlier under AMT and now done under Polar Lights. Polar Lights has updated the moldings to include a “Brushed Steel” looking body that more accurately depicts the Stainless Steel body. As with the previous AMT versions this one includes the original Plutonium Reactor as well as the Lightening Rod and “Mr. Fusion”. So in effect you can replicate multiple versions of the car with this one kit. The build is simplistic but painting is very tedious and detail specific. Go to the internet and download reference photos to give you a better idea as to how to properly paint it. The only decals are the license plates in the OUTATIME and BAR CODE versions that are stickers. Overall dimensions are: Length: 7”, Width: 4”, Height: 3”.


Covered in this Review: If you want to perfect your build; basic construction; preparing parts for better finishing; alternate assembly sequence suggestions for fit and ease of finishing; complete paint and adhesive selections and applications; test fitting; interior detailing and painting; complete engine construction and rear panel detailing; explaining instruction errors; making realistic tires; dashboard detailing and sourcing; front and rear suspension build sequence; chassis installation; the difference between front and rear tires; detailing the back panel; power plant version considerations; detailing the Plutonium power plant and lightening rod; removing unwanted copyright script; using “clear” glue for the windows and glass; using optional “clock story” props; comparative kit history; identifying and removing mold lines; license plate decal or sticker application; are all fully examined in this extensive 18 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.



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