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Edward Gore

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

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All Bat-Pod Blog pictures are here: https://imgur.com/a/4a7rF

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box art front (top)

 

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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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Thanks for looking... more to come

 

All Bat-Pod Blog pictures are here: https://imgur.com/a/4a7rF

Edited by Edward Gore

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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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All Bat-Pod Blog pictures are here: https://imgur.com/a/4a7rF

 

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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All Bat-Pod Blog pictures are here: https://imgur.com/a/4a7rF

Edited by Edward Gore

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All Bat-Pod Blog pictures are here: https://imgur.com/a/4a7rF

 

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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All Bat-Pod Blog pictures are here: https://imgur.com/a/4a7rF

Edited by Edward Gore

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All Bat-Pod Blog pictures are here: https://imgur.com/a/4a7rF

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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top view

All Bat-Pod Blog pictures are here: https://imgur.com/a/4a7rF

Edited by Edward Gore

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All Bat-Pod Blog pictures are here: https://imgur.com/a/4a7rF

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

All Bat-Pod Blog pictures are here: https://imgur.com/a/4a7rF

Edited by Edward Gore

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

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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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Terror - no figure included as Futurabat already described.

Chief - I'm looking forward to that Tumbler release

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All Bat-Pod Blog pictures are here: https://imgur.com/a/4a7rF

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

All Bat-Pod Blog pictures are here: https://imgur.com/a/4a7rF

Edited by Edward Gore

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

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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.

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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.

Haha true that!

Yes this kit does have a lot of potential for kitmash projects ;)

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All Bat-Pod Blog pictures are here: https://imgur.com/a/4a7rF

The I-Sheet describe the main guns as 40MM Cannons.

The way they are molded make them look too solid and chunky so I drilled mine out at the flash suppressor muzzle

 

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I used a sewing needle and a magnifier lens to make a centered pilot hole for the 1/16" drill bit to follow

 

 

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The flash suppressor muzzle detail was then shaped out with a No. 11 blade

 

After painting these will look much more detailed. However I have seen some delicately painted without the drilling out and they look good too. Just depends on your own style and how far you want to take this

All Bat-Pod Blog pictures are here: https://imgur.com/a/4a7rF

Edited by Edward Gore

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All Bat-Pod Blog pictures are here: https://imgur.com/a/4a7rF

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The headlight dome detail is cast together as one piece with the black plastic of the Munitions Cluster.

They can be painted to the desired effect because it's so small at 3/32" (2 mm). I couldn't however let this go and decided to drill it out for a clear lens.

 

 

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The same 1/16 drill bit was used and then a micro rat tail file cleaned it up to the final cavity shape and size.

The dome shaped lenses are casting tabs from the clear parts sprue of the Revell '66 Chevelle Station Wagon 85-2890

They'll be cut and shaped at the dotted lines until they fit the look

All Bat-Pod Blog pictures are here: https://imgur.com/a/4a7rF

Edited by Edward Gore

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All Bat-Pod Blog pictures are here: https://imgur.com/a/4a7rF

stance noun \ˈstan(t)s\

a : a way of standing or being placed : posture

b : intellectual or emotional attitude

Synonyms: attitude, carriage, poise, posture, station

from: merriam-webster.com

 

While dry fitting some of the parts together I played around with the stance.

This can be adjustable depending on the position that the Rear Wheel Assembly is inserted over the Chassis Assembly peg part.

I-Sheet page 4

 

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Prototype stance as designed

 

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riding high

 

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down low

All Bat-Pod Blog pictures are here: https://imgur.com/a/4a7rF

Edited by Edward Gore

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