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My TV/Film Car: The Batmobile

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My TV/Film Car: The Batmobile
Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, June 01, 2004 8:43 AM
Here's my attempt at modeling what is perhaps THE most famous of all the tv/film cars ever - The 1966 Batmobile.

JAABAT




More photos here:
http://www.CultTVman.com/jim_apitz_s_1966_batmobile.html
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  • From: Watertown ny
Posted by gratch73a on Tuesday, June 01, 2004 8:51 AM
Great work i was just on pcmodeler.com looking at these! It is awesome.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, June 01, 2004 9:08 AM
Thanks. I loaded them on PC's site first so I could have a place on the web to link to.

Many of the items on the model are scratchbuilt, like the beacon, afterburner, almost all of the interior, the rocket tubes, and the little ignitor under the afterburner, etc. I modeled the car as it looked during the last 2 seasons of the show, or post refurbishment.

Jim
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Posted by karbuildr on Tuesday, June 01, 2004 9:32 AM
Very well done jaabat. One of the best I've seen of this famous car. Thanks for sharing.
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  • From: Arroyo Grande, CA
Posted by MojoDoctor on Tuesday, June 01, 2004 12:56 PM
Thanks for showing these jaabat!
pcmodeler.com is the first model site I joined and have enjoyed your work there.
This Batmobile is an outstanding build and you should be proud of a job well done/

Matt Good judgement is the result of experience, Experience is the result of poor judgement. Mark Twain

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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, June 01, 2004 2:50 PM
yes jaabat as i am a bat man fan i think it looks great
i have three of the film versions .plus i also got a old
batmobile that i got at a yard sale.im not sure how old it is
but i think it is 132 scale with the metal axles
it is desined after the tv one i thinK
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    November, 2003
  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Tuesday, June 01, 2004 4:32 PM
Wow!! Wow!! Did I say wow yet? Wow!! In the process of building one myself using the Revell Futura kit. Tell us more and more pics! Awesome!!!Big SmileCoolSmileTongueWinkBowBowBowThumbs UpThumbs UpThumbs UpWow!!Yeah!! Oh, and I forgot to say WOW!
Lee

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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, June 01, 2004 8:49 PM
*** near pulled a muscle in my eye! WHOA!!!!!!!!! Great job!
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, June 02, 2004 5:55 AM
Gee, I really didn't expect this kind of response. Thanks, everyone. The link to PC Modeler didn't work out, so I opened an account with Photobucket.

I've built all the live-action Batmobiles and scratchbuilt two of the animated ones, but the Barris version remains my favorite.

All of the interior gadgets are scatchbuilt, including the fire exting, dashboard, door trim, console, phone, yadda yadda . . .

Many more detailed (much larger) images like the ones below can be found at the following URLs:

http://img78.photobucket.com/albums/v236/jaabat/?action=view&current=716c3cfa.jpg


http://img78.photobucket.com/albums/v236/jaabat/?action=view?t=716c3cfa.jpg





Jim

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  • From: TRENTON, OHIO
Posted by FIREMODELMAN on Wednesday, June 02, 2004 7:29 AM
WOW, that looks like the REAL tv car....just as i remember it as a child, thanks for posting these up, VERY,VERY NICE WORK jim...BowBowBowBowBowBow

Dave http://public.fotki.com/FIREMODELMAN/

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    January, 2004
  • From: The Motor City Baby!!
Posted by ScaleModelingByChris on Wednesday, June 02, 2004 3:08 PM
HOLY Censored BATMAN!! That car looks great. Nice work with the scratchbuilding. The car looks and sits just right. George Barris would be proud!Tongue
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, June 04, 2004 10:55 AM
Thanks for the kind words, everyone. Below are two more images (the last ones, I swear) taken of the model outdoors. In my opinion, natural light really makes scale models look more realistic.

The first one shows the scratchbuilt dashboard. I made this out of aluminum. All the gadgets are one-offs made just for this model. The simulated upholstered panel between the rear canopies can also be seen clearly.

The second shows the car from the rear. Why? The back end has more details on it and more scratchbuilt items, like the afterburner, the ignitor under it, the license plate, and the chutes.

Enjoy.

Jim



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  • From: The Motor City Baby!!
Posted by ScaleModelingByChris on Friday, June 04, 2004 11:15 AM
QUOTE: Originally posted by jaabat

Thanks for the kind words, everyone. Below are two more images (the last ones, I swear) taken of the model outdoors. In my opinion, natural light really makes scale models look more realistic.

The first one shows the scratchbuilt dashboard. I made this out of aluminum. All the gadgets are on-offs made just for this model. The simulated upholstered panel between the rear canopies can also be seen clearly.

The second shows the car from the rear. Why? The back end has more details on it and more scratchbuilt items, like the afterburner, the ignitor under it, the licence plate, and the chutes.

Enjoy.

Jim



What paint did you use?? the finish is like glass
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Posted by CraigDaModeler on Friday, June 04, 2004 11:36 AM
Exellent build! Looks very clean!
Must have been a blast to build!
Craig Naquin 'Nawlins, La "If at first you don’t succeed, keep on suckin’ till you do succeed” Curly Howard
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, June 04, 2004 11:40 AM
I used Nu-Hue black primer (spray can) followed by several coats of Duplicolor gloss black (spray can). After 48 hours, I began sanding the gloss black with sanding and polishing cloths. That was followed by rubbing compound and that was followed by polishing compound. Several weeks fter the orange striping was dry, the model was waxed with regular auto wax.

Jim
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    January, 2004
  • From: Fairfield, Ohio
Posted by Drackopolis on Friday, June 04, 2004 1:22 PM
That is SUPER SWEET! Take a bow my brother because you have produced one of the absolute finest Batmobile's i have ever seen.

I am working on two of them, one i started from a Futura many years ago and a Jimmy Flintstone body i just picked up recently for $11.00.

The only question i have for you is How did you paint the stripes?
That is the only step that has me intimidated because i want it to turn out as nice as your stripes did.

Thanks, and Awesome Work!
Rev. James D. Baker www.bakerministries.org
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, June 04, 2004 1:33 PM
Thanks! Orange Testor's enamel paint and a brush got the stripes done, Drack. Lay off the caffiene before you begin striping. Smile
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  • From: Illinois
Posted by hot ford coupe on Friday, June 04, 2004 6:12 PM
Holy Hole In The Donut Batman, that's one sweet superhero ride. Great work and great photos.
I'm hopelessly addicted to building models. Not finishing them, just building them.

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