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Posted 10/18/2021 4:57:45 PM


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Was sitting here researching images to help me get the perfect design for my dash panels I am drawing up. I never noticed until tonight that the returns Batmobile's dash has a different panel to the far left than the original 89 car. Looks like they use one of the panels from the Batwing in that space now.

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Posted 10/18/2021 5:02:31 PM


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Nice catch, have you tried downloading Tim's drawings?

He did an amazing job drawing them in a format that can be used by an engraver to print/cut the panels

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Posted 10/18/2021 5:13:56 PM


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I did. I used his drawings as a base for mine. I am doing mine in layers as some of the knobs and lighting is recessed in the studio dash. Not all of them are surface mounted. That and I am taking aspects from both the 89 and the 92 dashes that I like and combining them into one perfect dash (for me).

I have even gone as far as tracking down all of the original gauges they used in the Returns car. Took me over 3 months to identify them all. I am waiting on 2 more to show up and I will post about them, what they are, and where I got them. The only gauge that is original that I wont be getting is the Speedometer. It took me a couple months but I managed to find what they used in the Returns car for the speedometer. It is out of a 1985 Porsche 911 Carrera. They run between $650 to $800.+ dollars. A bit to rich for my blood at the moment.


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Posted 10/18/2021 8:00:32 PM


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Nice catch, have you tried downloading Tim's drawings?

He did an amazing job drawing them in a format that can be used by an engraver to print/cut the panels



Where can we find Tims drawings?
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Posted 10/19/2021 5:24:32 AM


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Nice catch, have you tried downloading Tim's drawings?

He did an amazing job drawing them in a format that can be used by an engraver to print/cut the panels



Where can we find Tims drawings?


Here you go, credit goes to Tim/BrceWayne, make sure you read all his build log, its a wealth of knowledge

https://batberry.wordpress.com/2012/01/22/dash-panels-converted-to-vector-art/

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Posted 10/19/2021 3:02:47 PM


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I've read through Tim's blog at least 3 times already if not more. Very informative.

His templates are beyond perfect. I had to change a few things on mine because I am going with 100MM Speedo and Tach gauges instead of the 85mm. I think they look more accurate to the original car. So I had to resize a few area's but everything else is dead on. I also had to shift around the some of the smaller 52mm gauge openings because of the larger size of the speedo and tach. Not to much at all though.

Anyone using Tim's templates will be very happy. He saved people a lot of work. Thanks for offering them to everyone Tim!





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Posted 10/19/2021 3:11:06 PM


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Here are my gauges laid on on the templates I drew using Tim's templates.
These are just printed on cardstock and taped to poster board. I am doing it
this way so if if changes needed to be made before I attempt to make the real dash.
I can't wait to get these laser cut and see how they look on the real templates.

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Posted 10/30/2021 7:47:25 AM
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Brian -
thanks for that post w/ your pics. I was planning on the 100mm tach and speedo also - agree with you ref their size. Can I ask you what brand those are?
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Posted 10/30/2021 8:15:01 AM


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They are Smiths. I got a package deal on ebay. speedo, tech and 4 or 5 other small 52MM gauges for $44.00. They are reproductions that come form India. I got them in a couple weeks with no problems. They are perfect. If using Tim's panels, The panels will need to be adjusted/enlarged just a but to accommodate the larger gauges. The smaller ones will need to be adjusted as well as to not touch the larger ones. I used his as a base but ended up redesigning most of them to fit the look I wanted.

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Posted 10/30/2021 8:29:45 AM


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Links to the ones I got:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/254742552019?hash=item3b4fd6ddd3:g:UkAAAOSw~5Zffr4k

I also grabbed these extra 52MM gauges as there is a couple that wasn't with the main set:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/143998723974?hash=item2186fe2786:g:W5oAAOSwzOVgara7


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