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    Senior Member powerline84's Avatar
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    Rowan contactor prop

    Well I decided to try and make my first attempt at building a bttf time machine prop for fun. I have discovered most people who do this are unwilling to share or help. I am the opposite. So here is what I did. Please spare me the movie accuracy comments :-). Hopefully this helps someone or atleast here is what I did.
    2 Rowan contactors off eBay
    2 bottles of testors flat cherry for bottom half of contactor 1197
    2 bottles of flat red for uppers 1150
    1 bag of 10 flat Philips with nuts #8-32x3/4 in (6 each neaded)
    2 packs of testors brushes
    1 bottle of thinner 1148
    1 piece of 1/8 aluminum 4x10
    1 pack of countersink drill bits (1/4 followed by just a hint of 3/8s lol)
    First I disassembled contactors and painted them . Allow 72 hours before reassembly. Then reassembled and removed 4th blades. Marked and drilled plate based of references of movie car , just tried to eyeball. Mounted contactors then used random wire and connectors I had laying around again based of pics I could find. Then did a final top coat while mounted....and walla done. Cost me 90 bucks total in supplies to build vs almost 300 for some replicas I have seen out there and I felt like a kid building car models again.



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    Quote Originally Posted by powerline84 View Post
    Well I decided to try and make my first attempt at building a bttf time machine prop for fun. I have discovered most people who do this are unwilling to share or help. I am the opposite.
    Yes and no. Yes in that there are the "professional" builders who got lots of information and then decided not to share, and also charge very hefty prices for "parts", like one's that are resin copies (upwards of $500), which when purchased, one still has to sand, trim, fill, paint, etc.

    I come from the R2 Builders group, where all the plans for all the parts are available online, and when someone does make a part run for sale (say, metal domes), prices are reasonable for what you're getting, and yes, you still have to do some finish work. BUT, the community is about sharing, and helping, and not ripping each other off.

    I found out a RESIN replica of an unfinished wormhole emitter is $500 smackers. So I made a 3D model to scale, and it's on Thingiverse. For Free. You just need either a 3D printer, or get a friend to print it, or pay to have it printed by any service.

    And there are other parts on Thingiverse (not mine), like the Flux Boxes, and the beauty is not only are they free, they're super lightweight. And if one breaks - print another.

    I might just think about starting a new forum for that. There used to be one a while back, and there were some nice folks on it, but then there were the "I found out first" folks that just wanted to be jerk holes about it.


    So, thanks for sharing how you did this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timebender View Post
    Yes and no. Yes in that there are the "professional" builders who got lots of information and then decided not to share, and also charge very hefty prices for "parts", like one's that are resin copies (upwards of $500), which when purchased, one still has to sand, trim, fill, paint, etc.

    I come from the R2 Builders group, where all the plans for all the parts are available online, and when someone does make a part run for sale (say, metal domes), prices are reasonable for what you're getting, and yes, you still have to do some finish work. BUT, the community is about sharing, and helping, and not ripping each other off.

    I found out a RESIN replica of an unfinished wormhole emitter is $500 smackers. So I made a 3D model to scale, and it's on Thingiverse. For Free. You just need either a 3D printer, or get a friend to print it, or pay to have it printed by any service.

    And there are other parts on Thingiverse (not mine), like the Flux Boxes, and the beauty is not only are they free, they're super lightweight. And if one breaks - print another.

    I might just think about starting a new forum for that. There used to be one a while back, and there were some nice folks on it, but then there were the "I found out first" folks that just wanted to be jerk holes about it.


    So, thanks for sharing how you did this!

    +1 on all this...

    Cheers
    Steven
    Cheers
    Steven Maguire
    #4456


    IT'S A TRAP!!!!!

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    I also agree . Very well written . I am doing a lot of interior props for a build now but I tend to not share on this forum as I feel most on talk aren't really interested. I post some stuff on Facebook and have met a few good guys on there. I would love to see a forum like you talk of amongst guys that actually wanna share work like myself. Would be pretty cool. I am of the crowd to enjoys bttf and time machines. But as we have all seen there are strong opinions either way. The way I see it is if you love deloreans and own one then own it for your own reasons and who gives a shit what someone does with their car.....its their car lol. I like concourse deloreans , I like modified , I like time machines . I think it's an awesome car and many different types of people with different agendas and likes own them...and that's ok.

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    On a side note I plan on modifying this prop by taking a half inch off width and length of the aluminum plate and rounding the edges after seing the real car at the peterson .so 3.5 by 9.5"

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