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I've had this thread going on a Batmobile forum but thought I might show the build here as well. Been doing this for quite a while now so there's some catching up to do. As far as I know it's a casting from the studio model car used in the Axis Chemical Plant scenes. It's nearly 28 inches long and made of a mixture of resin and fibreglass. There were quite a few bits missing and some of the remaining parts were badly cast or inaccurate. It had no underside/floor, no interior (but weirdly had seats and dashboard) and the wheels were terrible, and virtually useless. Anyway as a model builder with a few years under my belt I thought I could polish this turd. First thing I did was cut out the gun covers. You can see by this pic the uneven thickness of the shell. I had new gun covers laser cut out of acrylic but had to add the vents/louvers with split plastic rod.
Batmobile Batman v Superman 1:25 Moebius Models There have been a number of Batman reboots since the original Adam West series of the 1960s. The latest reboot pitches Batman against Superman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and like all the reboots the caped crusader has a Batmobile! This version has a style of its own but with a slight nod to previous versions, particularly the Tumbler car from the Dark Knight films. The Batmobile is a self-propelled armoured vehicle fitted with an array of weaponry and one or two non-standard extras! BvS Batmobile was designed by Patrick Tatopoulos and Dennis McCarthy and is 20ft long and 12ft wide at the back. Unlike other versions of the Batmobile this one raises and lowers to perform various actions in the film. As with Ben Afflecks Bat suit there are nods to the original cartoon Batmobile and in the film Bruce Wayne builds the Batmobile himself and this too is portrayed in the shape and style of the vehicle. The film studio have given a credible back story to the new Batmobile, it has been built single handed in seclusion by the Batman and has earned its reputation as the main predator around the streets of Gotham City. Powered by an unmatched hybrid of prototype military and civilian performance technologies and having military grade armaments, stealth capability and active protection systems. Some of the basic facts (or should that be fiction) about this new Batmobile include: Twin 0.50 caliber retractable machine gun turret Fully armored Stealth capability Anti-ballistics system 3.2te in weight Estimated top speed of 205mph There are suggestions from the studio that as this incarnation of the Batman develops over a number of films so will the Batmobile develop as Bruce Wayne adapts it with new technologies and gadgets to assist in the fight against crime in Gotham City. The Kit On to the model kit, Moebius present this version of the Batmobile in their usual 2 part box, which is a decent size for a 1:25 car kit. On opening the box it is apparent that there is a lot plastic with this kit, the box is rammed! A picture was taken straight away as I wasnt sure I would be able to get it all back in the box and get the lid on![\size] The kits parts are a grey plastic and arranged on 8 sprues plus a clear sprue and 4 large vinyl tyres. There are no decals with the kit and the instructions are a large format 12 page booklet with the build explained in both pictures and words over 8 stages. The instructions also have a 2 page spread of colour photos of the completed car giving both main and detail paint colours. Construction starts with the engine block which comes in 3 parts and sits in the chassis, this is followed by assembly of the rear axle and gearbox. Detail on these parts is scant but as most of it will be hidden once the body work is fitted this is not a major issue. Next up is the front suspension and uprights. Engine bulkheads and side panels are fitted to the chassis next before the front suspension is added. The wheels and tyres are tackled in stage 3, allegedly the tyres for the film car came from a piece of Iranian farm machinery! Stage 4 adds the wheels and fenders to all four corners of the chassis, as well as headlights and exhausts. The interior of the car is the subject of stage 5 and is open to a bit of extra detailing if you have the reference pictures available as it is quite sparse, being made up of only 6 parts. Stage 6 builds up the canopy, the twin machine gun turret and the front wing, the last two of which are fixed to the upper body panel. Stage 7 deals with the two wings that sit over the rear deck of the Batmobile and their intricate spider like supports. Stage 8 brings all the major sub-assemblies together before adding the canopy as the final part. The canopy is a single piece but in the film it opens in two halves and Moebius have possibly missed a trick here by not giving the builder the option to build it open. That said it would be a fairly easy conversion to make if you wanted too. Conclusion Another great kit from Moebius of the latest Batmobile, detail on the mouldings is crisp and panel lines nice. This will build to be a large model and those tyres!! The only down side for this reviewer is the lack of being able to have the doors open but that should not be a difficult task. Review sample courtesy of UK distributors for
Hello All, I would like to introduce my build of the Polar Lights reissue of the Aurora 'Batmobile'. It is a nice little kit, as with all oldies it responded well to a little 'TLC' no real challenges other than getting the body good enough for the gloss black which was from a Halfords rattle can over Tamiya fine surface primer, I made my first decal for this kit for the 'Bat Licence Plate' as it was probably called. All the chrome was removed and repainted in Plasticote Chrome over gloss black, but I have recently bought some Alclad, so will be giving that a go on future builds. I apologize for the many photos, but everybody loves this car... it's the law!!! "Holy emergency stop batman!" the dynamic duo in miniature. Before applying the chrome to the 'Bat windows' and 'Bat Beacon' My first homemade decal for the 'Bat Plate' Thanks for looking, Comments and critters welcome, tune in next time... same bat time same... well, you know the rest Cheers, Andy.
Julien posted a topic in Sci-fi & Real Space ReviewsClassic Batmobile Collectors Edition Tin Round2Models - Polar Lights 1:32 Its not often you can quote straight from the manufactures blurb about a kit, however the information from Round2models / Polar Lights sums up this kit perfectly. That opening theme song. Those bright, cheesy costumes. And that wonderful car! The legendary Batmobile kit based on the classic Batman television series has returned at last. This is the real thing, moulded using the original tooling! While Batman has gone onto be a major movie franchise earning billions of Dollars, for those of us of a certain age there is only one Batman and Robin; Adam West and Burt Ward from the 1960s ABC show. Over 120 episodes of this were made and they are still showing them on TV now. Yes the colours were bright, the sets the same and the dialogue incredibly cheesy; but they were fun. While I enjoy the modern darker Batman films the original TV series will still be fun to watch. The original Batmobile was simply COOL. The Batmobile from this show was a Lincoln Futura concept car which was hand built in Italy. This car was modified by George Barris for the TV show. Barris purchased this car from Ford for $1, and later sold it for $4.62 Million! The Kit The kit arrives in a metal collectors tin. Inside the tin is the model box, modern printing but the same design as the original. To complete this collectors edition there is an A3 sized poster featuring a Batmobile schematic / blueprint. Construction Starts with adding parts to the top body shell. The bar between the two seats is added along with dual antennae and the siren/flasher unit. The front grille is added, the engine firewall, dashboard, steering wheel, rocket launchers, jet exhaust and rear parachute packs. Following this the seats, interior door panels, and a couple of internal parts are added to the lower floor pan. Figures of Batman and Robin are added at his stage if you wish. The wheels and hub caps are built up and attached to their axles after the axles have been placed in the floor plan. It looks like these are designed to rotate. Lastly the body is attached to the floor pan, the front and rear wrap around windshields are added. Decals A fairly small decal sheet is provided with the kit. This includes the bat symbols and the red striping for the car. Additionally on the end of the sheet are copies of the original kit decals. I am not sure who makes Round 2's decals and not having used them I cant say how they will perform. They look thin and have minimal carrier film though I would have prefered the red a bit deeper, it does look a little washed out. Conclusion While this kit is certainly vintage, the parts count is small and it should provide for a quick build unless the modeller want to goto town on it. A great trip down memory lane for those of us who love the old school Batman. The collectable tin will also make a great addition to the model room / shed and will be useful for those biscuits which need to accompany our tea / coffee. Altogether now: da na na na na na na na BATMAN! Review sample courtesy of UK distributors for
Hi all, Some photographs of 4 of the kits I've completed since getting back into kit building - this time with a Sci-Fi/comic book slant. All mostly 'out of the box' builds and all great fun to make! Airfix Angel Interceptor Polar Lights Batmobile - Snap Kit Polar Lights Batmobile - Snap Kit Moebius Batpod Imai Thunderbirds Zero-X I have uploaded some photos of 4 of the real space kits I have completed since getting back into kit building and they can be found here. My current build of Bandai's ISS Space Suit can be found here. Cheers, Stix