Some photos I took along the way from when I built the DeLorean. Again, this was 100% my own design, based off of a toy DeLorean and photos from the internet of the real prop car from Back to the Future.
About this creation
I've always dreamed of building this car, since I was a kid. There's a very popular Back to the Future DeLorean made out of legos out there... I first saw it published in an online news article. Perhaps you have seen it, it's about 2/3 the size of mine, the proportions are not as accurate (especially in the wheels) and the doors don't look very realistic when opened. But it looks very nice and I've always been impressed by it. I'm not here to single him out and rip on his design, but rather inspire you. Because the honest to god true story of how I sat down to build my model was this: I was looking at this guy's DeLorean, and I said aloud "If this guy can do it, I can do it." And I believed it. No offense to the other guy, he did it first and he made a great model that inspired me! So remember, when you see a model that blows you away, think about how you would do it, and go for it! Always believe in yourself. If you believe it in your head, your hands will build it.
The frame was fun to design. Like a real delorean, I left the lowest exposed parts of the vehicle black. To make the delorean's classic larger rear tires/wheels, i stuffed another tire inside the tire for the back and made the wheel-well 1 stud wider. Getting the wheels to mount properly and look good took a lot of trial and error
As with a real delorean, I left the nose and tail end darker grey... and I feel it really adds to the overall look of the car. making the nose at a 45 degree angle like this was a bold gamble that paid off, I think it looks realistic once finished. The bumpers are simple, yet look very accurate with the black under the dark grey. The taillight housing took several attempts before I settled on the final product. (see the BTTF version) To get that hard sloping angle to work, I had to slope the area over the rear wheels too, another bold move that paid off once the whole thing was finished
The interior was fun, deep bucket seats and all black. Unlike the real car which has a dark grey interior, I only made the floors grey, and left everything else black. I eventually lined the floorboards with smooth dark grey pieces, and it really makes the interior "pop" when you look at the final product.
This photo just goes to show you how much "trial and error" goes into building something like this. I tried about 7 different approaches to the door frames and rear columns. I am happy with what I eventually went with, a little "cheat" to get it so the doors opened and had a FULL frame, and a small thin windshield frame remains in place to be seen when the door is opened. Another tricky challenge here was getting the angle of the rear pillar that slopes down to the taillight housing. I had to angle the pieces at 2 points, and hide my work. You can see a small peak here at how I pulled it off.
The hood's angle was one thing that really started bringing this build together in my mind. The moment I saw the hood in place for the first time, at that very slight angle, I knew I had a shot at making this happen.
One of the reference pictures I used to build the DeLorean itself, before I even began the "time machine" modifications.
Per a request, here are some shots of the bottom of the car. No big details, besides the muffler setup in the back and the "scoop" under the front bumper.
Above is my first draft of the car. From here, it was all downhill. Perfecting the interior, and building all the gadgets and gizmos for the "time machine" conversion was more fun than a day at an amusement park.
Here are some shots of the current frame, all major sections removed. Unlike most of my jeeps, this vehicle actually holds itself together pretty strong.
After an organized dismantle, this is all the major sections...
And the final product.
Possible project idea... not very original, but what the heck, why not?