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The Dark Knight Bat-Pod in 1/25 by Moebius - WIP


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#1 Edward Gore

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 03:18 PM

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This is the plastic model by Moebius "The Dark Knight Bat-Pod" in 1/25.
A small box at 9.5" X 6" X 1.5"

Assembly begins with the Frame halves (22, 23) and Engine part (24). The next step is the assembly of the Front Chassis parts (15, 34, 35) and some modification needs to be done for proper fit and alignment.

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There is a gap between the two subassemblies. This gap doesn't allow the key to engage the proper position between the (Frame) and (Front Chassis). The stance of the completed vehicle will be off and the gap visually noticeable.


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To solve this just trim and drill :

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I cut and sanded smooth approximately 1/32" (0.8mm) material from the end of the suspension pivot peg of part (23). This peg is 1/8" diameter.


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With a 1/8" bit, drill out the Front Chassis Connector Tube, Upper and Lower Half parts (34, 35) after gluing together and the glue has set. These parts want to split while inserting the pivot peg part (23) otherwise.


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After I did this mod, I noticed the assembly was easier and the keyway registered properly. And no more gap

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 11:21 AM

Wow, yours is off to a better start than mine...I didn't even pay attention to those areas. This is how mine ended up, not movie exact, got some wires on it and a gauge panel
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Hope you don't mind me putting mine on your thread. Can't wait to see your build-up!!!

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 02:55 PM

I don't mind at all brother! That is a tight build esp with all the detailing you added

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part (27) Right Side Brace doesn't look exactly like the illustration in the I-Sheets.


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I didn't glue part (29) Shock Absorber to parts (20, 21) Brackets. (The joint as arrowed in the picture)
This will allow articulation of the shock part (29) for easy painting later. Cleaning the parting line between each peak and valley of the coil spring detail isn't necessary. Engine Cover part (2) will later conceal this



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Posted 10 August 2012 - 05:50 PM

There are three spots that could use some putty filling. These places are arrowed:

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The two hollow spots on the top of the Large Air Tank part (9) and the middle joint spot on the Left Side Brace part (28)



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These two spots are ejector pin marks on the front of part (26) Left Foot Rest/Radiator.

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 01:14 PM

coming together and looking trippy sci-fi

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 07:05 AM

The battery pack detail is a little shallow and flat on the model frame part.
Research of images of the prototype on-line show images of parallel battery packs on both sides of the frame just forward of the rear wheel.

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This is roughly blocked in which I'll wire up later

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There was something tubular running horizontal in this area on the prototype. I visually estimated then glued stretched sprue to replicate this

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 02:45 PM

Tire Damage:

Heads up with the tires and rims. I read what RotorheadTX (from another modeling forum) already clearly described about the tire damage that can occur if you don't sand the ribbing off of the outside diameter of both rims.



The I-sheets told me to insert Front Wheel part (31) into the Tire part (48)

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It's a tight fit and this happened

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I filed off the ribs that are molded onto the outside diameter from both rims

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No damage and a more realistic final look

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 02:53 PM

That's looking pretty cool!! That is a goofy thing to have molded on the wheels, I just shoved mine on!! LOL!!! ;)

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 03:46 PM

Fantastic, this one's got my attention. Keep it going.

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 08:03 AM

I gotta have one now, nice work.

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 08:54 AM

Sixx - yup!

Dr. Cranky - will do, thanks for looking in

Terror - I bought two already.... :)

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 08:55 AM

Sweet... neat replica.

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 02:33 PM

Thanks and yes, it's a really cool little model kit

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 12:31 PM

I forgot to ask the last time Ed.Does it come with the Batman figure?

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 02:19 PM

Thanks for the very detailed build report! Too bad that Moebius could never make the deal to release the Batman and Joker figures, but the 1/25 Tumbler is still on the schedule. There will be another, slightly larger Batpod with a Catwoman figure coming out sometime. I think it'll be 1/18 scale.

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 11:35 AM

Terror - no figure included as Futurabat already described.

Chief - I'm looking forward to that Tumbler release

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 11:39 AM

This is something I saw so I had to fix on my model. You really have to look close to spot it but the Front Munition Cluster boxes are hollow.

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inside left side

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inside right side

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The holes (arrowed) were punched with a standard paper hole puncher.
After the holes were punched, the Munitions Cluster parts were placed face up onto the styrene sheet. A sharpened pencil was traced around the parts then cut out

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After cutting these out they were cemented in place. Don't forget to trim out some material for the CO2 Cartridge parts registration tabs

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 11:42 AM

Man, that's turning out really cool!!! I have a second one...gonna steal yer tricks!! LOL!!! ;)

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 01:03 PM

cool, go for it. :)

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 01:12 PM

Fantastic, this one's got my attention. Keep it going.


You know it's just gonna be a matter of time before Cranky adds a flathead, some wide whites and calls it the Rat Pod.

And personally I'd rather have a Catwoman rider figurine.

Edited by Jantrix, 19 August 2012 - 01:13 PM.