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    Jan 30, 2011, 7:51 PM - 66 Miata Batmobile Build #1

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    I don't have a Batmobile.
    I need a Batmobile.
    I think I'll build one.

    I plan to turn my 89 Mazda Miata into a 66 Batmobile.
    Here's what I'm starting with: my 1:18 Hot Wheels Batmobile, my 1:1 Miata, some preliminary blueprints and a logo.
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    Jan 30, 2011, 8:17 PM - Re: 66 Miata Batmobile Build #2

    So are you actually modding the body of the car to look like the batmobile or are you just going with a similar paint/color and symbol theme?
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    Jan 30, 2011, 8:26 PM - Re: 66 Miata Batmobile Build #3

    Cool! Should be an interesting build! Drop a 5.0L in there while you're at it!
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    Jan 31, 2011, 10:53 AM - Re: 66 Miata Batmobile Build #4

    It will be a foam and fiberglass body kit that bolts on top of the miata.
    I'm making it removable so that I can transfer the kit to another miata if need be.
    The design concept is to make a 66 Batmobile shrunk down to the size of a Corvette Stingray - sort of a 'Wayne Roadster'.
    The final finish will be a bit rough - my goal is to have a daily driver Batmobile that will fool any five year old when I zoom by.

    So, I pulled contours off the Hot Wheels Batmobile with foam core and sewing pins.
    I then scanned all those contours into Photoshop and skewed them to fit revised miata Batmobile blueprints. The blueprints are life sized at 16dpi.
    Below are some shots of the contour pulling, samples of the raw contours and the different composite blueprint views.

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    Jan 31, 2011, 12:38 PM - Re: 66 Miata Batmobile Build #5

    This is going to be great but be careful it might turn to guano.
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    Jan 31, 2011, 1:16 PM - Re: 66 Miata Batmobile Build #6

    Neat idea, BUT...

    With the MUCH-shorter wheel-base and width of the Miata, I am afraid that after you do all of that work, it might look kinda...doofy and cartoon-ish.

    Like a silly, midget-sized-version of the 66 Batmobile.

    Like those goofy, Japanese, super-deformed cars and planes.

    NOW, If that is the look you are going for...via con Dios. But if you are looking to have something that is impressive, I don't think this geometry and proportions will cut it.

    I hate to see you invest so much time and then step back and say:

    "Oh Geeze, it looks like the '66 Batmobile alright...If Herve Villacheze played Batman!"

    Boss... the CAR! The CAR!!!


    Be careful!!!
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    Jan 31, 2011, 1:50 PM - Re: 66 Miata Batmobile Build #7

    i'm pretty sure there was a miata with the 60s batmobile paint scheme in a batman fan film a few years ago. might be worth checking out to see what it might look like...
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    Jan 31, 2011, 7:41 PM - Re: 66 Miata Batmobile Build #8

    SD Studios said: View Post
    Neat idea, BUT...

    With the MUCH-shorter wheel-base and width of the Miata, I am afraid that after you do all of that work, it might look kinda...doofy and cartoon-ish.

    Like a silly, midget-sized-version of the 66 Batmobile.

    Like those goofy, Japanese, super-deformed cars and planes.

    NOW, If that is the look you are going for...via con Dios.
    Cartoonish, Japanese, Super-deformed . . . .

    Yes, that is what I'm going for, actually! I'm really into the 66 Japan version of Batman, and plan to use some elements of the manga Batmobiles in simplifying the rear of the car.

    I made a reference chart of the different 66 Manga Batmobiles:

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    This Japanese exploded view came with a model kit, even though I think the kit resembles the TV car and not the drawing - note the shorter wheelbase:

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    Batman Japan . . .
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    And the logo . . .
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    Thanks for the helpful words of caution - I agree that it could easily go the wrong way. With help from the forum, I hope to steer it away from Guano - though I understand there's quite a bit of that in the Batcave.
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    Jan 31, 2011, 9:15 PM - Re: 66 Miata Batmobile Build #9

    Off topic, but I have your Mer-man print proudly displayed in my living room, and my friend freaked over the Tiki Gods print he got for Christmas.

    Back on topic - When I first saw this thread, I was like, "you crazy!"

    But now I understand the approach you are taking... Very cool. Excited to see how this project develops!
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    Feb 2, 2011, 9:16 PM - Re: 66 Miata Batmobile Build #10

    Thanks E! Didn't think I'd be recognized here. It's great to hear that a few of those prints are on walls somewhere

    Here's some more progress on the Batmobile:

    I printed out the pattern pieces for the front.
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    I taped them together on a guide grid to keep them straight.
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    I cut out the pieces.
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    I traced the pieces onto sheets of eps insulation.
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    I got a hot wire cutter and built a lexan jig so that I can make straight guided perpendicular cuts.
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    I got to cutting.
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    I used small foam blocks and hot glue to get a mold of the wheel well.
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    I used that to make a wheel well pattern.
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    Feb 2, 2011, 9:22 PM - Front End Parts #11

    I finished cutting out all the major parts for the front end!
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    Here's a concept illustration of the final Batmobile:
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    Feb 2, 2011, 10:07 PM - Re: 66 Miata Batmobile Build #12

    this cars gonna be awesome. if you want i have the blueprints that came with the special edition reissue model kit if you want me to send you a pic.
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    Feb 3, 2011, 4:12 AM - Re: 66 Miata Batmobile Build #13

    I will follow this thread... Very nice idea at all !!! Good luck !!
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    Feb 3, 2011, 8:34 AM - Re: 66 Miata Batmobile Build #14

    Dude! That's all kinds of crazy! Can't wait to see this!!!
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    Feb 3, 2011, 9:49 AM - Re: 66 Miata Batmobile Build #15

    Please take your time on this! I cant wait to see it!
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    Feb 3, 2011, 10:56 AM - Re: 66 Miata Batmobile Build #16

    always thought the '66 was the best Batmobile, so I will be watching this thread! Good Luck!
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    Feb 3, 2011, 9:45 PM - Re: 66 Miata Batmobile Build #17

    Nice job brother keep it up...To the Batmobile
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    Feb 4, 2011, 12:10 PM - Re: 66 Miata Batmobile Build #18

    We have a couple of 1966 batmobiles in the Star Car Central group. I have to agree with SD studios that the proportions may be a little off on that size wheelbase - I've done enough looking at two full sized '66 cars at shows I attended that I have to say the 25 foot length is a large part of why those cars look so fantastic.

    However fantastic batmobiles have been built on smaller chassis in the past:

    Batman: The Animated Series Batmobile Real Life Replica

    I personally think the "outrigger" comic book car would look the best on a short frame:

    Batmobiles 1989 - 1992

    Corgi even made a few toys based on this version you could pull dimensions off of.

    Whatever you choose, it'll be a lot of fun!

    --Brian
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    Feb 4, 2011, 2:20 PM - Re: 66 Miata Batmobile Build #19

    I'll have to do some checking around, but as recently as Dick Grayson becoming Batman they have a similar car to the Outrigger style that they use as a Batmobile that I agree would look FANTASTIC on a smaller frame like that. As excited as I would be to see a Miata/66 it would be pretty cool to see a comic book translation that hadn't been done before to my knowledge.
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    Feb 4, 2011, 8:19 PM - Other Batmobiles, 66 Progress. #20

    These are all good ideas, guys. Much appreciated - I myself would like to see someone make the 80s Kenner Super Powers Batmobile (and I invite any one to steal that idea.)

    Alas, it is going to be 66 based, because I'm already done with the pencil and paper design (which added up to a whole lot of hours!) and also I'm building something that I want to drive every day, which is the 66.

    More progress pics! It's starting to get good:
    Attaching the waistline:
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    Fitting the center fin:
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    And another fin:
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    All the main fins fitted:
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    Molding the side contours:
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    Here's the basic front end (top half) skeleton all fitted:
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    Front end skeleton off the car! It lifts with one finger:
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    Feb 4, 2011, 9:57 PM - Re: 66 Miata Batmobile Build #21

    Sounds like a plan. I do enjoy the cartoonish look you're going for as well as the more serious options I offered earlier.

    Nate, the leader of Star Car Central is also involved with the busy forums at 1966batmobile.com - I'm sure those guys could help you get some of the hardware once your body is in place.

    One day someone will build an "Outrigger" batmobile car. My next dream car project (after I'm done with the transforming Knight Rider Super Pursuit Mode car, two Herbies and the Bond BMW) is a V12 supercharged 1930s "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" roadster based on the Fleming novel, but after that there's always the chance that some small framed rear-engined car could be a bat-project for me in the future.

    --Brian
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    Feb 5, 2011, 1:26 AM - Re: 66 Miata Batmobile Build #22

    creebobby, this is definitely a project I'm looking forward to seeing completed!
    Keep up the work.





    Too_Many_Cars said: View Post
    One day someone will build an "Outrigger" batmobile car.
    --Brian
    I would REALLY love to see the second two of Breyfogle's "outrigger" designs made.

    I always thought that later model MR2's or NSX's would be great base cars for these conversions (even though the Honda and Acura NSX concepts would be even more ideal IMO).
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    Feb 8, 2011, 6:31 PM - More progress! #23

    Patterns for contoured cross supports:

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    Peices cut from those patterns:

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    Front frame with the peices glued in:

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    Feb 8, 2011, 6:35 PM - Re: 66 Miata Batmobile Build #24

    Awesome, Creebobby... Very nice execution on that foamwork...
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    Feb 8, 2011, 6:36 PM - And more . . . #25

    We had some really cold weather last week so I got a head start on patterns for the rear end:

    Cutting . . .
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    Cutting . . .
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    All the main patterns for the rear:
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