[WIP] DeLorean DMC-12 Timemachine (Back to the Future)

Today I finished the reasonably presentable Version of the DeLorean DMC-12 Timemachine, which where Designed by Dave Slater (you can get the instructions on Brickvault). The Design is amazing and in my opinion the possibilities to get light into this Modell are great!

I will start experimenting with it within the next week.

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  • Rob Klingberg

    One Idea is to add one of your BrickScreens for the Flux capacitor inside the car.

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  • Ah yes, a beautiful model!  We have it also, and have been playing around with some custom ideas for several months.  I want to see if we can do something around the "Christmas Tree" panel behind the drivers' seat.  Looking forward to your ideas....

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  • First try for the time machine panel. Maybe I should use another effect?

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  • Freakmaster I think that looks really good!

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  • Rob Klingberg , what do you think... is it better to use a printed window with backlight for the flux capacitor or one of your brick screens?

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  • Freakmaster I'm thinking about making a custom circuit board with small LEDs mounted that would fit behind the gray parts and yellow hands in a "Y" arrangement, so they could pulse in motion like the "real" flux capacitor.  The board would be 0.5mm thin so it would fit behind the parts.  The board could be black so it would blend in well.  Definitely a lot less expensive than a screen, and would use a lot less power.  What do you think?

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  • Rob Klingberg 

    sounds good so far. You always have the right products in your r&d😉

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  • Rob Klingberg 

    You mean the small LED which you used in the UCS Star Destroyer set (the blue once)?

    Wow, they are really small.

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  • Freakmaster Yes, LEDs like those.  Not blue, but cool white.  I think the setup would look really nice.  What do you think?

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    This is the coolest thing I have ever seen. Can't wait to see it finished.

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  • Rob Klingberg 

    don't you think warm white would be better?

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  • A little Update...

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  • Rob Klingberg 

    To your post:

    Ah yes, a beautiful model!  We have it also, and have been playing around with some custom ideas for several months.  I want to see if we can do something around the "Christmas Tree" panel behind the drivers' seat.  Looking forward to your ideas....

    Do you mean this item in the first picture?

    I tried some effects, see the video.

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  • Freakmaster Actually cool white looks more screen-accurate.  Here's a video showing a mod available for the Eaglemoss 1:6 scale Delorean:

    https://youtu.be/znO7fAmXNVw?t=778

    This shows what I'd be trying to achieve for the flux capacitor and also, on a much smaller scale of course, for the "Christmas tree" lights behind the driver's seat.

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  • Freakmaster Looks good!  But for the headlights I think warm white would look more like the movie version, which had old incandescent headlights:

    http://elheraldoslp.com.mx/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/2013.jpg

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  • Rob Klingberg 

    Eaglemoss 1:6 scale Delorean

    Oh wow, this looks cool (now I know what you mean)

    But for the headlights I think warm white would look more like themovie version, which had old incandescent headlights

    Yes, I know, but I played a little bit with the Pico LED and now I decided, that wam white LED Light Strip brings a cool Effect to the clear 1x2 Brick as light. To make the effect more warm, I could install a yellow brick?

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  • Freakmaster I think yellow might be too "yellow"-y. :-)  Do you have a picture of what those light strips look like from the front with the hood closed?

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  • Hi everyone, with the Coronavirus quarantine here in Minnesota, this gives me a lot of time (!!) to work from home and continue to develop new kits.  One of the kits I'm focused on finishing is the light and sound kit for the DeLorean.  One of the key areas of focus for that, not surprisingly, is the flux capacitor!  After many hours of designing and revising the setup, I think I've arrived at a good prototype.  The plan is to have the LEDs and control circuitry all self-contained on and behind the flux capacitor, and to fit everything inside the car where the capacitor is mounted.  Based on the design, no LEGO parts should need to be modified.

    I plan to have this made using extremely thin, flexible material, so the lights will sit on the front of the capacitor, the board will bend under and behind the front panel, and the control circuitry will be mounted on the backside of the black brick-built panel.

    Here's a photo of the non-functional prototype, printed on paper until I can get the circuit board made:

    If you can imagine the "Y" shaped panel on the front, the rectangles in the middle will be cut-out "fingers" that will pass between the studs under the black panel, and the control circuitry will be on the back.  The whole thing should be held in place by the LEGO parts.

    As you can see, everything is extremely compact.  There are 17 LEDs on the front panel, a density no other company has been able to achieve at this scale.  Because of the control circuitry, the effect should be movie-accurate with lights pulsing toward the center.  Today there are some light kits for sale that just have oversized flashing LEDs that don't look at all realistic.  We think it's time to fix that.

    Stay tuned for more updates!  It should take 3 weeks to get the first prototype circuit board back from the US factory, and this first board will be yellow.  That will allow me to test the fit and function.  If all of that works well, we will order the black circuit boards and hopefully have something truly mind-blowing to share.

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  • Rob Klingberg 

    Hi Rob, here is a video of the light. If you have a better idea to bring warm light into the 1x2 transclear brick, I‘m open to test it. This was the best solution, but I‘m sure you know better ways.

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  • Rob Klingberg 

    Oh I can‘t wat to see this in action! So that means you will bring an extra light and Sound Kit for the Delorean? Great! Looking forward to see more.

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  • Freakmaster Thanks for the video-- I think the result looks really good.  I have some other ideas to try out once I can get back into the office and dig into some older parts. :-)

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  • Freakmaster That's the plan!

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  • Rob Klingberg 

    I‘ll take one😉

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  • This is looking great!! Looking forward to see the progress. I just finished building this model and adding lights to it would be epic! Like Freakmaster said: I'll take one

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