Batmobile - 1966 Deluxe Edition

trekriffic

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Got this kit some years ago as a contest prize on another forum. This is the deluxe edition Batmobile from the 1966 TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward as Batman and Robin:


The Dynamic Duo
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The box lid has a beautiful illustration of the Batmobile speeding along:

Batmobile 1966 Deluxe Edition Box Art
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The bottom of the box has a lot of nice images of the completed model. For the engine you have two options a big block V8 or a jet turbine. I went with the jet turbine for this build, the car always made that jet turbine sound when it raced around the highways and spouted flames out the back on the TV show:

Batmobile 1966 Deluxe Edition Box Art
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Comprehensive instructions showing steps to build either of the two engine options. The kit also includes two chassis depending on which engine you choose to build:

Batmobile Instruction Sheet
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All steps in construction are well documented. You can even build this as the Penguin Mobile by installing the optional umbrellas- you get one closed and one opened umbrella:

Batmobile Instruction Sheet
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First things first...

All parts and sprue trees are soaked in a solution of warm water and TSP to remove any factory mold release:

Batmobile Parts in Tub
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The Dynamic Duo get a bath! Pull yourselves together fellas! These are vinyl parts and will need to be painted with acrylics:

Batmobile - Batman and Robin Get a Bath
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Chrome parts tree. I won't be using all of these parts:

Batmobile Chrome parts
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Clear parts tree:

Batmobile Clear Parts
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The clear parts tree includes two options for the rear canopy - one for over the arch and one for under the arch. I found an old photo of George Barris, the builder of the original 1966 Batmobile, standing beside the car which showed the arch. It was over the canopy in the rear and under the canopy in the front. That's how I'll build mine.

Kit included photo-etch sheet:

Batmobile Deluxe Edition Photo-Etch
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Stainless steel with three license plate options and tons of tiny nameplates. I loved how the Batmobile had signage all over it so you didn't mistake, for example, the radio controls for the buttons that fire the rockets!

Once the parts dried off I started on the priming using Duplicolor grey automotive primer:

Batmobile Body in Primer
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Batmobile Chassis in Primer
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Batmobile Parts Tree Primed
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After priming, I used a can of Krylon Colormaster Covermax Flat Black paint for all parts:

Batmobile Rear Deck Painted Flat Black
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Batmobile Painted Flat Black
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Some parts will get brushed with Testors chrome silver, Italian red, or steel enamel later on. I won't be using Penguin's umbrella though:

Batmobile Parts Tree Sprayed Flat Black
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The body parts eventually got a second coat of Krylon Colormaster Covermax Satin Black giving them a nice semi-gloss sheen:

Batmobile Parts Sprayed Flat Black
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Batmobile Parts Shot with Krlyon Flat Black
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First thing I assembled was the jet turbine engine. The turbine consisted of only three pieces. Cables and hoses were brushed with Testors "rubber" enamel over flat black. Here it is installed in the chassis. I used Testors steel over Krylon flat black.:

Batmobile Jet Turbine Installed
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Batmobile Chassis Underside
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Next I played with the tires...

The rims were pushed into the vinyl tires then the brake drum plates were painted steel before gluing into the backside of the rims:
Batmobile Tires and Hubs by trekriffic, on Flickr

This is a curbside model meaning it's meant to sit at the curb - the wheels don't spin in other words. I wanted mine to spin so... I found these small picture hanging nails to use as axles for the tires:

Batmobile Tire Modifications
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The nails will be cut short and inserted into the spindles using CA. First I drilled the holes for the nails into the spindles using a pinvise:

Batmobile Drilling Holes for Axles
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After trimming to a half inch length the nails were inserted thru the center of each hub before being glued into the front spindles and rear transaxle:

Batmobile Axles Measured
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The nails I used worked great. All tires turn freely:

Batmobile Chassis with Tires Installed
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The front tires turn left and right too:

Batmobile
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Matte Aluminum Bare Metal Foil was wrapped around the exhaust nozzle:

Batmobile Turbine Exhaust Nozzle
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The dashboard:

Batmobile Dashboard
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Two sections of stainless steel photo-etch were attached to the dash using CA glue:

Batmobile Dashboard Photo-Etch
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Part 32 consists of the clutch, brake, and accelerator petals:

Batmobile Photo Etch Detail
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I scraped off the black paint and glued the three pedals in place using CA glue:

Batmobile Pedals
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The rear canopy deck was modified to remove the rings representing the speakers. Each speaker will use two phot-etch parts to replace the plastic kit rings. Here the rings have been removed using an xacto chisel blade before being masked with Tamiya Tape for a second coat of satin black:

Batmobile Rear Speaker Cover Mods
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A section of Matte Aluminum Bare Metal Foil was rubbed onto the interior of each door panel. After rubbing down tight the excess foil will be trimmed away using a very sharp xacto knife:

Batmobile Door Panel Foiled
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The Bare Metal Foil after trimming:

Batmobile Finished Door Panel
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More to come! Thanks for reading along!
 
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Quaralane

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Impressive. I may use this as a guide when I finally build mine
 

mod3l Lover

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I love the turbine choice under the hood!!
You are knocking this one outa' da park!!!
 

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