ABOUT

Back Story


I was first exposed to partwork models in 2016 when I saw an online advertisement for the Eaglemoss 1:8 scale Back to the Future DeLorean by Eaglemoss. That car (and the films) are one of my top favorite vehicles of all time and I wanted a big display version of it! Unfortunately, back then, it was only available in Europe and I live in the US.

Then, in 2017, Eaglemoss released the DeLorean build in the USA. As exciting as that was, I still could not commit to it financially. It took almost two more years, into late 2018, before I was comfortable enough to sign up for the subscription and start building my own model!

Before I even received my first parts, I watched others build the car online, I followed build forums and Facebook groups. I discovered a community of people that are incredibly helpful, friendly, and compassionate about the same things. I knew I could help others by sharing my own build experience too. I bought a domain name, set up a basic WordPress site at mybttfdelorean.com, and wrote basic how-to articles for each issue. I knew pictures spoke louder than words, so I installed some bright studio lighting and used my Canon DSLR to take photographs of the progress.

That first build site grew and grew fast over the next two years. I added more details and more information. I even drove to the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles and took hundreds of pictures of the real hero ‘A’ DeLorean to share with the community. The feedback was positive and it was helping people, which makes me feel wonderful. I was enjoying the DeLorean build experience so much, I signed up for two more builds and created sites for them too: my300sl.com and mynissangt-r.com.

By this point, about mid-2019, I was head over heels into building these large-scale models. I signed up for the Eaglemoss James Bond DB5, DeAgostini R2-D2, X-Wing, and Dodge Charger, as well as the Hachette Terminator T-800 (which I had to get shipped over from the UK). All of these partworks got their own build sites too.

Come late 2019, Eaglemoss announces the Ghostbusters Ecto-1 . Of course, I signed right up and started yet another build site in January 2020. Here I was trying to manage the builds, pictures, editing, writing hosting, WordPress, plugins, security and maintenance on nine different websites all at the same time. By mid year, I started to think I needed to centralize these sites somehow and the idea of myPartworks.com was born! The timing couldn’t be better as I just added the Eaglemoss Mustang Eleanor and Enterprise NCC-1701-D to the party for early 2021. I hope to add more non-specific build tips and information to this site as well to have some fun here. Enjoy!

– MarvelPhx

10 thoughts on “ABOUT”

  1. Hello Marvel.
    I just completed the 100 issues of the Nissan but have issue 81 metal mov part broken… I am happy to buy it if you could retrieve that for me… EagleMoss doesn’t want to help me as restricted by Region. I have also many doublons (you never know). I will start the engine buil shortly (30 issues)… Enjoy your build and greeting from Belgium 😉

    1. Unfortunately, I do not have any spare GT-R issues and we do not have the ability to order single issues in the US. Anything here is subscription by mail only, we can’t even buy these in a store.

  2. Hello MarvelPhx, I finished the Eaglemoss Gullwing today! Very cool model. I also have the Aston 007 DB5. I didn’t realize that T-800 1:2 was available, and that will likely be my next project. I appreciate the great work you have done on the website and have accessed it for tips, including today to figure out how to assemble the 300 SL specs plate properly since no instructions for it were provided. Have you built up the ’67 classic Batmobile? I definitely want to do that one, but it’s not available in the US. Do you have a backchannel? You can fell free to contact me at my email address. Thanks, Alden

    1. Thank you for the kind comments! I am looking forward to completing the 300SL too. Should be coming up here shortly. The T-800 is available in the US from Agora now, but when I started, I was importing it from Hachette in the UK via a forwarding service. Unfortunately, this is really expensive. I am about to post Issues 91-98 here soon of the T-800 and the next 8 issues should arrive this week. I really want to get it done. As for the ’66 Batmobile, the last I heard was that it did not have enough interest and has been put on hold again. Maybe if enough people register interest with Eaglemoss, it will see the light of day!

  3. My husband has purchased the James Bond DB5 but has not started to put it together. When I found your site, I bookmarked it and also sent it to him. I told him there was a lot of good information for him to see when he goes to do the build.
    You haven’t done the Willy’s Jeep yet, have you? He has just started ordering that kit.
    Thank you & glad I found your page.

    1. Hello! I hope he finds my DB5 build site useful! As for the Willy’s Jeep, I am not building that model. It was just a bit too much green for me, ha!

  4. Your build of the Enterprise has been immensely helpful. Thank you.
    Now to give back to you.
    I have discovered that metal foil tape used for HVAC is much much better than electrical tape for blackout.
    It sets up very easily.
    Very easy to cut once in place.
    Provides a reflective surface that increases the brightness of the lit windows.
    Absolutely blocks the light of course.
    I now place the escape pods, place the blackout windows, foil tape pods and windows, then place clear windows.
    This really helps speed up the process as a bump spills only a couple clear windows.
    I am blacking out the edges with artist black tape, like what use used for the engines. This is to cut down any light escaping into the skeleton as we have learned from the cobra head.

    One question for you:
    Are you placing yellow and blue windows based on the screen model or are you just doing random locations?

    1. Thank you! I could see aluminum foil tape also working to block out the light. I have another couple things I want to try, stay tuned.

      As for the windows, some are to match the studio models and some are just random. The specific ones I’ve made yellow to match the models is the observation lounge and on the neck. The saucer windows don’t have much color change on the models, so I am just being random there.

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