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  • Member since
    February, 2011
  • From: Danville KY
BvS Batmobile
Posted by theDirector on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 7:47 AM

Finished this beast up the other day. I'll be doing a street type base for it this weekend.












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  • Member since
    December, 2010
  • From: houston, tx
Posted by avidinha on Friday, September 23, 2016 11:20 AM

Nice, yours came out a lot better than mine did.

I.Y.A.A.Y.A.S.

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    February, 2011
  • From: Danville KY
Posted by theDirector on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 12:50 PM

Thanks!

 

Did you post your build?

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    February, 2011
  • From: Danville KY
Posted by theDirector on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 8:04 AM

The base is further along than what these pictures show. In fact, it's almost done. But here is what I started with. I grabbed a wood picture frame from HobbyLobby and removed the glass.

For the asphalt, I used a roll of cork, also from HobbyLobby. It was cut to size. I took some chunks out and made a few rips. Save the chunks as they can be used for debris later after painting.

I then marked on the backing board where the holes were. I glued RR ballast down to show under the potholes and cracks.

The cork was then glued down and the whole thing painted flat black. It will be weathered later.

Next I created a sidewalk from foam core board. I drew on some lines to show the curb and expansion gaps. I took my Xacto and cut these slits. I then took a ball point pen and ran it along the cuts. This deepened the cuts and rounded them for the next step.

The sidewalk section was glued in place. It was then covered in a napkin soaked in diluted white glue. This gave texture to the sidewalk and also allowed the napkin to settle down into the joints.

And finally you can see my mock up of a streetlamp in the last picture. Yes, it is lighted as well.

I should be able to finish this all up this weekend. Thanks for following along!

"Dead or alive, your'e coming with me"

  • Member since
    February, 2011
  • From: Danville KY
Posted by theDirector on Monday, October 03, 2016 9:13 AM

Been a bit under the weather this past weekend. More progress made though. Getting close to the finish line on this build. Still need to add "street trash" and do a little more weathering.





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    October, 2016
Posted by RaivModeler2k16 on Monday, October 03, 2016 9:08 PM

Looks excellent!  Love the working lights. If you don't mind me asking, how did you integrate them into the model?  Looking to build the BvS batmobile soon as I finish my 1960s Adam West batmobile and 1980s Michael Keaton batmobile and would love to have a lighted build. Thanks in advance, and truly awesome work on the whole scene Devil

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    February, 2011
  • From: Danville KY
Posted by theDirector on Tuesday, October 04, 2016 7:58 AM

If you have the kit already, take a look at the clear headlight part. Here is what I did. First, took a razor saw and cut off the lens, seperating from the headlight housing. The surfaces were sanded and cleaned up.

I then took a pin vice and drilled up the stalk, from the bottom of the housing. Then, looking at where the lens "attaches", I drilled straight back meeting up with the hole in the stalk. I then took a slightly bigger bit and made the hole in the face of the housing just a bit bigger, big enough for my LED.

I then inserted the wire leads from my LED in the housings face and fed the wires down the sttalk and out the bottom of the housing. Then epoxied the LED in place inside the hollowed out housing.

Lastly, I epoxied the "lens" back onto the housing, over now the recessed LED.

A dab of Elmers Glue masks the lens for painting.

The LEDs I used are 0402 LEDs. Small but very bright! I buy them pre-wired in bulk from China on eBay.

 

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    February, 2011
  • From: Danville KY
Posted by theDirector on Tuesday, October 04, 2016 8:16 AM

I didn't take pictures, but here is what I did for the amber lights. I simply drilled out and opened up the "opening". I backed the opening with a thin piece of plastic sheet. I drilled a small hole in the center and slid my LED in place with the wires going thru the hole. By opening the recess and backing with plastic you make the recess just a bit deeper and better to hold an LED. Once that was all glued up I filled the recess with 5 Minute Epoxy tinted with Tamiya clear yellow acrylic paint. This filled the recess and covered the LED, making it yellow. All the wires were bundeled together and come out a hole in the bottom of the chassis and thru the base. I have each LED wired with a resistor for a 9V power supply. This way I can connect all postives and all negatives and run to a single power source, in this case a 9V cell phone charger.

 

If you have any other questions on lighting your BvS Batmobile, let me know, would be glad to help.

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  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Wednesday, October 05, 2016 6:55 PM
Thanks for detailing how you did the lights, this really turned out great!
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    February, 2011
  • From: Danville KY
Posted by theDirector on Thursday, October 06, 2016 7:58 AM

Thanks and your'e welcome!

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    February, 2011
  • From: Danville KY
Posted by theDirector on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 7:42 AM

Time for pictures!















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    May, 2008
  • From: Myrtle Beach SC
Posted by bob29579 on Sunday, January 15, 2017 12:23 PM

Really great project.  Are the tires plastic ?   It looks great.

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    October, 2016
Posted by CanesBart on Sunday, January 15, 2017 2:01 PM

Top Notch!

Looks like you got some wargame terrain making genes in  you!  Big Smile

(Old Skool wargaming terraintricks with the foamcore and road)

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