Studio Scale Batwing ('89 Film)

Discussion in 'Studio Scale Models' started by jvasilatos, Jun 1, 2006.

  1. jvasilatos

    jvasilatos Sr Member

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    I am restoring a casting from the studio scale model to remold a clean version for myself.

    It needs a LOT of work.

    I decided instead of building it up into a kit, I would clean up this casting and improve it (add a cockpit box and custom Batman pilot since the one that came with this was not cast from the studio model and looks like a comic book Batman instead of Michael Keaton in the film suit.) In fact, none of the cockpit detail from the studio model is present (the lower half of the seat or '89 style Batman figure) so it's going to be a project to clean up and restore. My intention is to completely restore the body, smooth it, essentially assemble it as if it were the sculpt master to clean up the seams, etc. and then recast it either in silicone for resin pulls or consult with another friend on how to do a vacuform molding so that a pull is lightweight, hollow and allows for internal lighting electronics (similar material to what lightweight radio controlled aircraft are made of or white stormtrooper armor for costuming) if I can also find someone with a vacuform machine.

    Here are pictures of what I bought:

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    And the studio model I was told it was cast from (although I don't know how many generations):

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    Other pics of the studio model and the cockpit detail I would like to restore:

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    Finally, the first phase of puttying and sanding down the parts, which in person had much more work required than that first set of pics above suggest. The orange pieces are some kind of resin fiberglass and a little brittle, which is why I figured it would make more sense to clean up the parts, restore it as a mold master and then do a clean pull for myself (since I would also want to install the flight lights in the wing as well.) The left, lighter side is the first side I have started cleaning up and sanding...

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    Nope, it ain't pretty but will be a challenging and rewarding project when done. So if anyone else is really interested, I will keep everyone posted on progress.

    If anyone wants to help also with the moldmaking process after I restore the master parts and make this a group project, please let me know.

    JV
     
  2. Beagle Bill

    Beagle Bill Well-Known Member

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    Impressive. :thumbsup
     
  3. knightdriver2001

    knightdriver2001 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Hell,

    I'd be interested in one as it stands now.

    Keep us posted on the when, where, how much, and so on. :D

    Thanks. :thumbsup
     
  4. jvasilatos

    jvasilatos Sr Member

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    Thanks guys.

    I will post more and get info to people as I know more, however I am in communication with a few people who offered to get involved with the moldmaking process when I clean this up so I will keep everyone updated.

    JV
     
  5. Houston Robocop

    Houston Robocop Well-Known Member

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    I had one of those before, but it was too much clean-up work to make it look decent that I end-up selling it.

    Plus it was a solid cast which was very heavy and difficult to display.

    When I bought it, I had hoped for more details on it like the larger 8 foot animatronic Batwing model.


    Good luck on the re-tooling :)


    Nick
     
  6. Watson

    Watson Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Color me interested :)
     
  7. jvasilatos

    jvasilatos Sr Member

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    Yeah I want it to have the better detail and cleaner look of the animatronic model with the correct style pilot.


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  8. knightdriver2001

    knightdriver2001 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Just thought I would bump this back. Any news on this project?
     
  9. jvasilatos

    jvasilatos Sr Member

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    <div class='quotetop'>(knightdriver2001 @ Aug 16 2006, 11:26 PM) [snapback]1301883[/snapback]</div>
    I've been so absorbed with my two studio scale TIE Fighter buildups that I have not done anything with this since the last post and now I am in the middle of building a Y-Wing. I will probably get back to it sometime in the next couple of months.

    JV
     
  10. Kuhn Global

    Kuhn Global Sr Member

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    Jerry,..

    talk to me in about a year. LOL.

    Very Kewl.
     
  11. Hand Solo

    Hand Solo Sr Member

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    " How come no one told me he had one of those, those....things? Bob? Gun. "
     
  12. seven

    seven Sr Member

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    totally interested, keep us posted.
     
  13. thuth

    thuth Well-Known Member

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    I am interested, too.
    :)
     
  14. Buddydog

    Buddydog New Member

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    Me too.
     
  15. Edward H

    Edward H Well-Known Member

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    Yes. Keep the pictures coming...
     
  16. JP05

    JP05 Well-Known Member

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    Interest threads belong in the junkyard FYI
     
  17. jvasilatos

    jvasilatos Sr Member

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    Hey guys...

    I had put this on the shelf until I had some other projects out of the way, since it looks like there is so much interest I will continue cleaning it up. I will probably need help though from someone who knows how to cast it, since it is a big piece.

    JV
     
  18. roguemodeler

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    You know, you could probably vacuform this as a kit. The question would be......choosing the right density styrene, and quality of the details once the styrene is vac'd into shape. I have seen vacuform kits of amazing detail and some of dubious pedigree. Echoleader or chewie15 might be able to help you with the casting. <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(jvasilatos @ Nov 28 2006, 10:13 PM) [snapback]1367452[/snapback]</div>
     
  19. nick daring

    nick daring Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Just found this old thread.

    Any new news?

    Nick
     
  20. drusselmeyer

    drusselmeyer Well-Known Member

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Houston Robocop @ Jun 3 2006, 10:26 PM) [snapback]1255731[/snapback]</div>

    Wouldn't rotocasting solve some of these problems?
     
  21. jvasilatos

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    Hey guys.

    It's in storage right now, I gave up my place for some extended time at my parent's because of some surgery. When I am back to L.A. and get settled into a new place to live and everything out of storage I will probably revive this project but it won't be until later this year.
     
  22. nick daring

    nick daring Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Re: Studio Scale Batwing ('89 Film)

    A hopeful bump.

    Such a cool project.

    Nick
     
  23. jvasilatos

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    Re: Studio Scale Batwing ('89 Film)

    I'll have my stuff out of storage mid month so we can re-ignite this project for anyone who's interested.

    JV
     
  24. yodasan

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    Re: Studio Scale Batwing ('89 Film)

    Good news!
     
  25. jvasilatos

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    Re: Studio Scale Batwing ('89 Film)

    I've been told someone else is restoring one of these so I don't know if it's worth the effort?
     
  26. knightdriver2001

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    Re: Studio Scale Batwing ('89 Film)

    I hope you continue on it. If there is another in the works, it
    hasn't been posted about that I have seen. I say keep
    going on yours! :thumbsup
     
  27. nick daring

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  28. cougar184

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    Re: Studio Scale Batwing ('89 Film)

    giving this thread a BIG bump. recently purchased this kit and will take off where jvasilatos left off. please post any input you have and I will be looking for a caster when im done with my part
     
  29. REL

    REL Sr Member

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    Re: Studio Scale Batwing ('89 Film)

    How many people are working on the Batwing?

    I was also given one of these to restore, re detail, then mold and cast it in fiberglass.
     
  30. ave4uevoli

    ave4uevoli Sr Member

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    Re: Studio Scale Batwing ('89 Film)

    blackwood bat on the batman forums was working on one almost a year ago -but that never ended up going anywhere - at least there were no updates on it.

    now that Cougar 184 has taken over jvasilatos' batwing.. who knows maybe Cougar can finish the badboy off.

    Those are the only two I've ever heard of in the last few years that were in the works...

    Those two and of course yours :angel
     
  31. REL

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    Re: Studio Scale Batwing ('89 Film)

    Oh ok. Well it's a lot of work I can tell you, the original is pretty rough.

    I'm not producing kits of it by the way, I'm only making enough castings for a couple of build ups.
     
  32. cougar184

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    Re: Studio Scale Batwing ('89 Film)

    im not planning on producing too many kits just enough to justify the cost...
     
  33. Victorious-Jay

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    Re: Studio Scale Batwing ('89 Film)


    Can you give me a ballpark idea of what you would want for a cast after it's done? I just want to see if it's within my budget or if I'll have to live vicariously through you. He he. I'm obsessed with anything to do with 89 Batman.

    -Jason M
     
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  34. cougar184

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    I have no idea yet. still need to get it restored and find a caster. as soon as the restoration is done ill most likely put together a list a run and when its done it done...
     
  35. Victorious-Jay

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    Ok I'll keep an eye out.
     
  36. FISHZILLA

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    Re: Studio Scale Batwing ('89 Film)

    I would be interested in one of these as well. Lookin' great!
     
  37. fettster

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    Re: Studio Scale Batwing ('89 Film)

    i can help with the molding, also the right scale figure if your interested
     
  38. Phantombatman

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    Re: Studio Scale Batwing ('89 Film)

    I finished one of those kits for a friend, it was a lot of work,
    and I used a licensed 89 Batman action figure to sit in the Batwing.
    If anyone needs help he can mail me at: thibercomics@yahoo.com
    this kit is a pain to finish, and it took me months to finish it!
    Red

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  39. fettster

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    Re: Studio Scale Batwing ('89 Film)

    excellent job, i had that figure
     
  40. Jawafive

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    Re: Studio Scale Batwing ('89 Film)

    That looks good, but the "glass" is missing a few details. Not trying to detract because it's a VERY nice buildup, but figured you should know they were missing.
     
  41. houdiniguy

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    Re: Studio Scale Batwing ('89 Film)

    Hey anyone have pictures of a batwing finished from all angles
    and base suggestions?(y)thumbsup

    My personal email to: tomg@seanet.com

    Thanks
    Tom
     

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