So October 21st was the day that Marty McFly travelled to in Back to the Future 2, going thirty years forward from 1985 in the same way that he had gone thirty years back in the first film. Which means that we are now as far from the time when the present scenes of Back to the Future was set as 1955 was when the first film was released. Profoundly terrifying.
In celebration, we decided to make a gingerbread DeLorean. Our resident artist decided that obviously the car would need glass in its windows. Our previous attempts at sugar glass had ended in what could kindly be called failure, so I was not confident. Ed assured me that the purchase of cream of tartar would make all the difference. It turned out he was right. Behold him punching through a sheet of (sugar) glass:
I especially enjoyed the crash-tinkle sound it made. Apparently this is how they used to make glass for movies when they needed it to break, though nowadays they use resin. Having had to try to scrape bits of sugar glass off the work surface, I can see why.
We made the parts of the DeLorean out of gingerbread and glued them together with caramel, which went fairly smoothly except for the windscreen, which broke as we were trying to get it into the right shape and then warped as we install it. But I think after a trip to 1955 and back, it would probably be starting to look a bit battered. Anyway, here it is in all its glory:
Sadly it was in a collision with some very hungry people: