Batmobile 1989 29inch kit accurisation and restoration wip

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  1. judgedredd

    judgedredd Sr Member

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    I managed to buy a 29inch 89 Batmobile off ebay its very rough and poorly cast the detailing is not very good so i thought i would have a crack as doing some work on it.
    There is so much wrong i doubt i can fix it all but it should look much better with what i plan to do.The wheels will need to be made from scratch plus many of the panels and vents need remaking i have been working on the rear side vents at the moment as the existing ones are just cut recess shapes.
    It will be along project but hopefully be fun i love the batmobile :)
    here are the auction pics:
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    heres the WIP doesnt look much but its already taken a few hours lol
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  2. BTTFSpencer

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    You will need to use only photos of the filming cars, I see photos of replicas there. Before you start working on it, be sure you understand the difference so that you can get the most accurate possible result.
     
  3. judgedredd

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    ahhh right it does get a little confusing i basically trolled google for whatever was out there if you can advise it would be helpful thanks

     
  4. BTTFSpencer

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    I've got the same type of casting, funnily enough I had just sanded mine tonight to get it ready for paint.

    What sort of look are you going for with this model, really accurate to the full size cars I'm guessing?
     
  5. judgedredd

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    Hi i want to add some of the missing details not sure what your casting is like but the one i got has terrible wheels so i am getting some new wheels 3d printed i am making a new central hub.
    I am also going to replace the cockpit fit a new vent infront of the canopy and new covers for the guns and sides plus other stuff as i go.
    So far i have been working on adding new vents infront of the rear wheels.looking ok so far.
    interested to see how yours is coming along?


     
  6. PHArchivist

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    Love this ersion of the bat wagon. Have fun!
     
  7. judgedredd

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    Thanks :) if anyone has any good screen accurate reference it would be a great help,

     
  8. BTTFSpencer

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    Chickslovethecar.com should have a lot of great reference, that's where I found all of mine. The 89 cars are all painted grey now, so that's a pretty easy way of distinguishing between them and the replicas.

    My model is still fairly rough, I'll probably update my thread with a few pictures soon.

    What sort of paint finish are you thinking of doing on yours?
     
  9. judgedredd

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    Hi i got the majority of my reference from there thanks though :) can you post a link to your thred i couldnt find it?
    I was going to spray it in matt undercoat then polish it to a deep matt sating finish.

     
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  11. judgedredd

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    My kit was horrendous. It's like a skill testing journey/learning experience.

    It was believed that mine was a production made casting, probable reject... I doubt it. It does have certain details that would support the theory though.

    It's fibreglass, so it has that going for it.

    Is yours just cast resin?
     
  13. Neo-uk

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    I've got one of these as well.
    It looks like none of us got any good wheels with the kit.

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    Any news on your 3D printed wheels Judge ?
     
  14. BTTFSpencer

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    I wish I knew the lineage of my casting, but part of me doesn't want to know.. because I've still got my hands full, I'd hate to think I'm rebuilding original stuff. It's probably a recast or something.

    No good wheels. I'm going to have my set cnc machined out of aluminium, and give them a nice smoke tinted clear finish.
     
  15. judgedredd

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    Hi the one i have is aweful needs so much work doing on it i am getting the wheels 3d printed and will hand turn a new hub and cast it i am also just waiting for a load of 3d parts to be printed at shapeways including the vents for the bonnet i was thinking of maybe casting the model if it comes out ok as it will be virtually all my own work by the time its done :)
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  16. Neo-uk

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    What about the details on the sides in front of the vents ?
    I'm dreading getting to that point and having to scratch build them and trying to get them both the same. I suppose if they were done with cad could they just be flipped and printed for both sides ?
     
  17. Neo-uk

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    Here's some of the work I've done on mine,

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  18. BTTFSpencer

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    Would you be interested in making me a set of these vents? They look good, they do need to be slightly curved when you install them.

    What other parts are you making?
     
  20. Greeky04

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    I wish I had the skills to do this. Id love to have one of these

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  21. judgedredd

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    Its all a bit daunting to be honest
    pm sent about the vents

     
  22. judgedredd

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    You mean right at the front end ? i am just working on the bonnet vents i made a insert which i molded so i can cut the old one out put these in and sand them down hopefully.


     
  23. judgedredd

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    heres my effort on the front vents

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  24. Neo-uk

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    This is the bit I'm on about.
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    The kit ones are terrible.
     
  25. judgedredd

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    i am getting those bits printed for mine : Capture.PNG


     
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  26. BTTFSpencer

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    I'll take 2. :lol

    I'm trying to repair my engine grilles, the whole drivers side grille is gone. I messed up when I tried to thin them out and create the little openings for the mesh I'm putting in.
     
  27. judgedredd

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    i need some silicone
     
  28. BTTFSpencer

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    I have thought about making a casting from my Batmobile and building a second one that isn't half made up of Bondo. It would be so much work though.
     
  29. judgedredd

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    i was thinking of doing a small run of kits off mine when its done as its a shame for it to be a one off after all the effort i will have put into it.
     
  30. BTTFSpencer

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    I kind of like the idea of mine being a one off.

    I'm planning on making it as accurate as I can. I am mostly looking forward to the paintjob, I got this paint that is borderline perfect for the job of replicating the pearl on the original, and I found awesome mesh to go in the vent and grille openings. I want so badly to get to the real detailing and finesse stages, yet I can't get past the grilles! :lol

    Have you thought about the fine details yet?
     
  31. judgedredd

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    i havent really thought that far do you mind sharing what you found?
     
  32. judgedredd

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    I uploaded some 29inch batmobile parts to shapeways if anyone wants to get a copy.
    Mine are on order so can show any prints yet.

    http://www.shapeways.com/shops/PROPBITS

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    updated link : http://www.shapeways.com/shops/PROPBITS
     
  33. judgedredd

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  34. Neo-uk

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    The link works ok Judge.
    Some good work on these bits. Bit too pricey for me going to have to scratch build :(
     
  35. judgedredd

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    Thanks :)
    Got some of the parts through today the vent piece was the wrong size so glad no one bought it lol i resized 002.JPG it so its just under 94mm long now and reordered quite pleased with the bits need to make a mold of some to duplicate.The turbine came out really well :)
     
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  36. BTTFSpencer

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    That vent piece looks great, even though it doesn't fit yet. I'll definitely order some vents when you get them fixed.
     
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  37. BTTFSpencer

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    Yeah, I'll have to upload some pics to a drop box when I have time. The paint is just an iridescent top coat for RC cars. The mesh is pretty easy to find. It's just perforated photo etch brass mesh... should be able to get some at a hobby store.
     
  38. judgedredd

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    Sounds good :) thanks
    Just finished a scratchbuilt Hub the 3d printed wheels have run into problems so still need to sort that out :(
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  39. BTTFSpencer

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    I'm planning on getting my wheels CNC machined in aluminium.
     
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  40. Greeky04

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    A little off topic but Does anyone have the Richmans RC batmobile? If so would it be possible to get a set of hubs for them?

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  41. Neo-uk

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    I've got one Greeky but they're too small.
     
  42. Greeky04

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    Yeah I know its too small i meant could someone make a set of hubs for the richmans batmobile lol sorry

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  43. judgedredd

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    Whats the Richman Batmobile?
    Just working on the clown tripper and oover thing.
    I am hoping to get my wheels 3d printed

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  44. Greeky04

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    The Richmans batmobile is a 1/10 scale RC Car

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  45. judgedredd

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    right how long is that?


     
  46. Greeky04

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    Ill have to check when i get home

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  47. Greeky04

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    The length of the richmans batmobile is about 20" long and the wheelbase is about 12" long

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  48. judgedredd

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    Right still a decent size


     
  49. Greeky04

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    Yea its 1/10 scale so not bad

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  50. Neo-uk

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    Any updates ?
     

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