Batmobile 1966 - Deluxe Edition

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Re: Batmobile 1966 - Deluxe Edition

Post by trekriffic » Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:11 pm

Here's a small update...

I gave the tires a scuffing with a coarse sanding stick to make them look road worn.
I figure the Batmobile's tires stopped looking like new after about 5 minutes the way Batman drove:

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Batmobile 1966 - WIP by trekriffic, on Flickr

Then I gave the undercarriage another brush and rub with the black acrylic wash.
Really adds to the realism I think with the tires:

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Batmobile 1966 - WIP by trekriffic, on Flickr

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Batmobile 1966 - WIP by trekriffic, on Flickr

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Batmobile 1966 - WIP by trekriffic, on Flickr

Cockpit done. Gave her another brush with water-based Liquitex Matte Varnish.
I also added the white buttons on top of the red circles I had dotted above the steering wheel yoke.
So basically a white dot inside the red dot I had painted a week or so ago.
Done with a pointy toothpick and thinned white paint ... Dot's all:

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Batmobile 1966 - WIP by trekriffic, on Flickr

Next I think I'll paint and assemble the PE seatbelt buckles.
Says to use black masking tape for the belts - hmmm.
Then I need to assemble and paint the vinyl Dynamic Duo figures.
Then I'll stick them into the seats before I glue the chassis to the body.

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Re: Batmobile 1966 - Deluxe Edition

Post by Tesral » Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:04 am

Remember Robin, always wear your seat belt.
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Re: Batmobile 1966 - Deluxe Edition

Post by trekriffic » Mon Jul 08, 2019 3:36 pm

Greetings citizens! Time for your next Bat Update...

Bat Ray PE parts painted and ready for gluing together.
I drilled a tunnel into a piece of very thin styrene rod to insert the end of the PE shaft into:

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Batmobile 1966 - WIP by trekriffic, on Flickr

PE license plate glued to kit license plate bracket. A decal will be applied at the end of the build before final clear coats:

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Batmobile 1966 - WIP by trekriffic, on Flickr

PE steel Bat Ray antenna glued into styrene rod. I'll paint the shaft silver. The grids should also be yellow not red so I'll repaint them to:

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Batmobile 1966 - WIP by trekriffic, on Flickr

Batman glued together and seams puttied:

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Batmobile 1966 - Dynamic Duo by trekriffic, on Flickr

Neck presents a significant gap. Will putty and sand smooth:

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Batmobile 1966 - Dynamic Duo by trekriffic, on Flickr

After first round of PPP:

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Batmobile 1966 - Dynamic Duo by trekriffic, on Flickr

This makes for much less of a pain in the butt to work on... for me anyway:

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Batmobile 1966 - Dynamic Duo by trekriffic, on Flickr

The neck gap is filled and sanded:

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Batmobile 1966 - Dynamic Duo by trekriffic, on Flickr

First primer coat brushed on. Tamiya white Surface Primer is lacquer based and goes on the vinyl real well.
No observable stickiness after it dried either. I tested it out on the back and buttocks of the figures before brushing it on all over:

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Batmobile 1966 - Dynamic Duo by trekriffic, on Flickr

After first primer coat before wet sanding with a narrow sanding stick:

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Batmobile 1966 - Dynamic Duo by trekriffic, on Flickr

After first primer coat and light sanding:

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Batmobile 1966 - Dynamic Duo by trekriffic, on Flickr

After sanding before second wet primer coat:

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Batmobile 1966 - Dynamic Duo by trekriffic, on Flickr

Dotting the eyes. With a toothpick:

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Batmobile 1966 - Dynamic Duo by trekriffic, on Flickr

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Batmobile 1966 - Dynamic Duo by trekriffic, on Flickr

Here I brushed white around the pupils to shrink them a tad.
Then I brushed a mix of light tan and white to make flesh and paint the eyelids and faces. I mixed a little red with the flesh to paint the lips.
Next I'll mix up some light blue grey to paint the body, arms, and legs:

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Batmobile 1966 - Dynamic Duo by trekriffic, on Flickr

Robin:

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Batmobile 1966 - Dynamic Duo by trekriffic, on Flickr

I applied liquid mask to face and head around the mask.
Then I painted flat black enamel around the eyes and the rest of the mask.
Here I am peeling the dried liquid mask away:

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Batmobile 1966 WIP - Robin by trekriffic, on Flickr

After applying a coat of light grey to torso, arms, and legs, I masked them with liquid mask. The parts that are meant to be dark blue will be painted Testors Sea Blue over a coat of black yet to come:

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Batmobile 1966 WIP - Batman by trekriffic, on Flickr

Robin after liquid mask removal. I think this turned out really well myself.
Later, I realized the forehead was covered with too little mask based on the incised line in the photo. So I had to paint over the excess black with flesh tone.
Will need two coats:

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Batmobile 1966 WIP - Robin by trekriffic, on Flickr
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Re: Batmobile 1966 - Deluxe Edition

Post by Tesral » Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:02 pm

Alas, my love, to me wrong you've done, you've interrupted my joy and fun,
You dropped me into that acid vat -- I'll get you back, you dirty bat.
Green hair, 'tis such a fright, my lips too red, my skin too white,
My purple suit, it looks so cute, but not so distinct as my green hair.

Tweedle-ee deedle-ee deet, tweedle-ee deedle-ee deet,
Tweedle-ee deedle-ee deet, tweedle-ee deedle-ee deet,
Tweedle-ee deedle-ee deet, tweedle-ee deedle-ee deet,
Tweet, tweet -- tweet-tweet!

He lived on the streets where he learned to steal,
Even swiped the hubs off the Batmobile.
Batman thought he deserved a chance,
But try to be a man wearing short green pants.

Rotten Robin, Rotten Robin,
Oh, Rotten Robin, you're a cotton-pickin' pain in the side.

His parents got killed by the local mob,
For getting caught up in a little job.
Batman thought he should show some class,
But Jason's first law was "Watch Your Ass."

Rotten Robin, Rotten Robin,
Oh, Rotten Robin, you're a poster child for infanticide.

Commissioner Gordon said "The kid's a punk,"
Alfred found hot TVs in the Batmobile's trunk.
When he put in a stereo with a hundred-watt amp,
They wondered if they had the Jason from that camp.

He followed the Joker one dark day,
And got caught -- funny how it works that way.
So here ends the story of a damn rude teen,
Wrapped around a barrel of nitroglycer-een.

Rotten Robin, Rotten Robin,
Oh, Rotten Robin, you'll be soaked up with a blotter tonight.

Tweedle-ee deedle-ee deet, tweedle-ee deedle-ee deet,
Tweedle-ee deedle-ee deet, tweedle-ee deedle-ee deet,
Tweedle-ee deedle-ee deet, tweedle-ee deedle-ee deet,
Tweet, tweet -- he's meat!

credits
from Who Let Him In Here?, Tom Smith released January 20, 1991
Music: "Rockin' Robin" by J. Thomas, with a quick quote from "Greensleeves" (English trad.)
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Re: Batmobile 1966 - Deluxe Edition

Post by trekriffic » Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:00 pm

I think that has got to be about the best (certainly one of the longest) replies I've ever gotten T. :D
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Re: Batmobile 1966 - Deluxe Edition

Post by Tesral » Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:58 am

trekriffic wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:00 pm
I think that has got to be about the best (certainly one of the longest) replies I've ever gotten T. :D
:angelbanana:
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Re: Batmobile 1966 - Deluxe Edition

Post by MSgtUSAFRet » Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:22 pm

Steve, as always, your builds are fabulous!

Now that I've found the thread I'll follow along with great pleasure!

Keep it going!

Steve

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Re: Batmobile 1966 - Deluxe Edition

Post by trekriffic » Thu Jul 25, 2019 8:48 pm

WATCH! AS OUR CAPED CRUSADERS GET THEIR COSTUMES ON!

Batman got a coat of liquid mask over his face and grey leotard.
I painted his cowl and cape black, gloves, shorts, and boots with flat black enamel. I will paint dark blue over the black once the black cures:

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Batmobile 1966 WIP - Dynamic Duo by trekriffic, on Flickr

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Batmobile 1966 WIP - Dynamic Duo by trekriffic, on Flickr

Robin figure is masked with liquid mask. Then I painted the cape. Next I'll paint his shorts black. Then there's the red waistcoat followed by the dark green shorts, boots, and gloves painted over the black. I also need to add 6 more yellow straps to the upper waistcoat. The figure only has three now. I'll paint his hair dark brown with lighter brushed highlights. Don't know why they gave him a pompadour though rather than a part on the left side like Burt Ward had:

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Batmobile 1966 WIP - Dynamic Duo by trekriffic, on Flickr

I'll make 10 uniformly shaped tiny rectangles representing the straps (?) on the front of Robin's waistcoat then paint flat red acrylic around them. If that works after removing the tape I'll coat with Future and apply a coat of red enamel:

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Batmobile 1966 WIP - Robin in Canary Yellow by trekriffic, on Flickr

And now for something completely different... seat belts...

The belts in the Batmobile movie I watched were red with a black stripe down the middle. I did a decent job recreating that using red masking tape and a black enamel paint pen. The width had to be about 3/32" wide or so to fit thru the slots in the PE parts:

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Batmobile 1966 WIP - Seat Belts by trekriffic, on Flickr

Backlit like this you can see how I threaded the belt (tape) thru the slot in the PE seat belt buckle then stuck it down to itself. It should drape nicely over the character's lap:

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Batmobile 1966 WIP - Bat Safety Belts by trekriffic, on Flickr

The tape used to make what we call "seatbelts" (I think the DD referred to them as "safety" belts in the Batman movie) is stuck down to the cutting mat, the end is raised up just a little. Then it has to be threaded thru slots in the stainless steel PE belt buckles using tweezers, Then it's folded over to stick to itself on the lap side. Done. Trim to about a half inch long and move on to the next buckle:

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Batmobile 1966 WIP - Bat Safety Belts by trekriffic, on Flickr

The Batman insignia is on the part you would pull up on to release the buckle. It is glued to the other two buckle pieces using Plastic Surgery glue, The red belts with black stripe down the middle match the ones I saw in a video showing the DD buckling up. The belts are made from red masking tape with a black enamel pen making the stripe. The tape had to fit thru slots in the two buckle halves then the end of the tape is folded about 1/4" and stuck to itself on the backside to secure the buckle. This is done four times.
We used to have seatbelt buckles that lifted up like these in the old blue '66 Chevy Impala my dad owned and let me drive for my first car:

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Batmobile 1966 WIP - Bat Safety Belts by trekriffic, on Flickr

Now back to the Dynamic Duo...

Robin got his straps. Or were they ties? Anyway, not exact, but pretty close-
BETTER THAN THE KIT MOLDED STRAPS/TIES OF WHICH THERE WERE ONLY THREE!?
Robin has between 9 and 10 straps on the front of his waistcoat:

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Batmobile 1966 WIP - Robin Gets His Straps by trekriffic, on Flickr

And Batman got his cowl brows...

Tiny bits of masking tape and thinned white enamel make the cowls "eyebrows". Then some work with thinner on a thin brush to clean up. Then retouching with more thinned flat black:

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Batmobile 1966 WIP - Batman Gets his Eyebrows by trekriffic, on Flickr

All done...
I'll give them another coat of Future once the decal dries. Then a brushing with Liquitex Matte Medium:

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Batmobile 1966 WIP - Robin Gets His R by trekriffic, on Flickr

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Batmobile 1966 WIP - Dynamic Duo by trekriffic, on Flickr

Set aside to dry after Liquitex matte was brushed on:

The caped crusaders were only too happy to stay out of reach, stuck high up on their metal poles, when they saw who was parked next to them!

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Batmobile 1966 WIP - Dynamic Duo Meets Christine by trekriffic, on Flickr


More to come as I experience the horrors of assembling the body to the chassis and what I had to do to make it work. Hint: Thin sections of black styrene sheet (I'd almost forgotten I had black in the Evergreen mulitcolor pack I bought years ago) and some AVES Apoxy Sculpt. Still working on touchups now.

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Re: Batmobile 1966 - Deluxe Edition

Post by Tesral » Fri Jul 26, 2019 12:06 am

I remember those seat belts.
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Re: Batmobile 1966 - Deluxe Edition

Post by nova1972x » Fri Jul 26, 2019 9:56 pm

The TRUE Batmobile (though the Tumbler and Batman 1989 Batmobiles are great looking, too)!

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