1966 Batman Batmobile George Barris Resin Plastic Model Car Kit
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Resin 1966 Batmobile Resin Model Kit

 

Batmobile Model Kit

This is a 1966 Batmobile resin kit, from a company that I think is long out of business, Scale Replicas of of California. Of course, this is a replica of the George Barris custom car that he built for the TV version of Batman, and based on the Ford Lincoln Futura.

I bought the kit around 1987. At that time, it was the one of the few companies making a kit of this famous car. In fact, I had to wait a year before it arrived after ordering.

But eventually it showed up at my door, and wow ! For years I wanted a model kit of this car. The gentleman who owned the company was always nice and honest up front with me, even with the delays. It's a shame if he is out of business .

The kit included the body, the interior tub, and vacuum-formed glass bubble windshields. It also included a steering wheel, and parachutes. The kit came with no chassis and without a lot of other parts. I used a chassis off of a Monogram 1958 Thunderbird kit. Simply because it had the correct wheelbase and width, without me having to do any cutting length wise. The wheels and tires were out of my parts box.

The show cars at the time had Cragar wheels, which is what I used. But of course, the first two original Barris metal Batmobiles use a "Radir" type wheel, something to that effect.  I cut the small bats used on the center-caps from thin clear acetate. The roll bar I completely made from scratch. I would say that was the most difficult part. The start of it is a thin piece of plastic.

I notched two small holes in the body and slipped the ends of the roll bar into those. I think I actually made small tabs in the ends of the plastic and slipped them in. This worked great, because it helped keep the roll bar perfectly in place, and best of all, it never sagged or lost it's shape. It was quite sturdy.

From there I used putty to shape around it and get it to where it needed to be. I also included interior items, such as the bat-phone, the handle for the "bat-chutes', the police lights, and other items. I also made the 3 pipes on the rear deck. I added my own rear chutes, and a flame made from a painted cotton ball.

The Batman figure is a candle. The paint I used is black automotive primer, and then topped off with a coat of Testors Gloss Black. The red trim is hand painted with Testors Italian Red.

Off and on, it took me about a year to build.

There was a lot of scratchbuilding to get it where I wanted it, but I was quite pleased at the end.

 

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