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Posted 1/23/2013 4:42:53 PM


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Thanks guys! Although the plaster method is working quite well, I have found that I cannot tape off area's that I do not wish to sand. The tape refuses to stick to the plaster. While this isnt a major concern, after discussing it with my wife, I have decided that for the rest of the build I will use bondo instead, hopefully giving me a tad bit more control, and allowing me to tape off sections that I dont wish to sand. OR if its not too expensive, I might consider Sculpting clay.

Also I'll be leaving out on the 25th to restart my trucking, and this maquette will have to sit untouched for a while until I see it again. The life of being over the road.

Thanks again for checking it out!


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Posted 2/3/2013 12:00:19 AM
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Hello, I was just wondering if you have a 2d model of the Batmobile in AutoCAD that i could use as a reference? I'm planning to do a 3d model of it in AutoCAD and i can't find any good reference, the curves are really hard to do as the measurements are off. If not, can you tell me what reference did you use? Thanks
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Posted 4/8/2013 5:34:12 PM


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I swapped to a body filler topping over the plaster, and it has done wonders! This is just the first attempt, covered in primer, but i gotta say, it is way more smoother than the plaster.

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Posted 6/13/2013 12:39:53 AM


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So I've gotten moved in to our new place, this is the first day I've had off and the wife gave me a large honey-do list. However I was able to squeeze in some time in the 89. I know it doesn't look like I did much to it, however it's cleaned up a lot for only 2 hours work on it.

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You see that brown mud? That's sculpting clay. I'm attempting it for the very first time. So far I love it...and hate it at the same time lol.

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Gotta go back to work in the early AM, so...until next time.


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Posted 7/28/2013 10:05:48 PM


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I took this rare weekend home and got some work done on the '89. The Alabama heat did not help the bondo curing process as you can see on the rear fender. No matter, I only needed to build up that area.

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I also tackled the side mechanics cove and intake. I thought that actually sculpting it would be too hard, so i got brave, and printed a template from the model in paper:

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Once I was satisfied with its fit after trimming the area a bit, I laid bondo on the car, sprayed the inside of the paper mold with mold release, and filled it too with bondo. Once it was somewhat cured, i ripped the paper from bondo and let it continue to cure.

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I'll trim up the part, and smooth it out, but this gives me a much better start than trying to mold the area from scratch.

Also, my son has been hounding me to get started on the 1935 Sedan, and i finally caved. So I told him I would, and we felt the best way to do it is one step at a time. I grabbed the hood off the car, and brought it with me, where we will restore it slowly, and put it back on the car, then grab another part, and repeat the process.

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Posted 7/30/2013 5:56:30 PM


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Elessa insisted on helping Daddy with his build over the weekend.

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Posted 7/31/2013 6:51:56 AM


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Beth now that is cute,a chip off the ol'block right there.

You can almost hear her now, (Dad the gun doors are supposed to go here.)

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Posted 7/31/2013 11:24:56 AM


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Thanks Nitro! No matter how muched I suggested she stay inside because of the heat, she badly wanted to spend time with her daddy. So I put the brush connection on the dremel and let her "sand" the body. Haha

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Posted 8/1/2013 6:29:03 AM
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Hi Shaggy,

I started reading this thread from the beginning and its amazing to see how you've progressed. Very impressive as is all your work. And what a good dad too letting your daughter have a go.

I see you made some paper bits, did you use pepakura and if so have you thought about making a whole car out of paper and then hardening that to make your mold / plug?

For what its worth I reckon the table idea is awesome.

Cheers mate
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Posted 8/2/2013 1:13:43 AM


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Smac, first off I'm very grateful that you took the time to go back and look at all my trials and errors. haha. I do use pepakura. In fact everything that I work with (with the exception of Coreldraw for the Bat Shirts) is freeware.

When i saw how well the molding worked on that side intake with the paper, i did tell my wife how much i did regret not trying it out with the whole car. Probably would have saved me a lot of time. However trying to print out, fold, and glue all those complex curves in 1/6 scale would have driven me batty. I personally have more control over the method that I'm going with, so I guess thats why I chose it. It takes longer, and is more expensive, but gives me more control.

If in the future i see myself doing, say...an 89 Bat Wing, then I might try printing it first, bracing it to keep it proper, then hardening it. Who knows where I'll go from here. haha!


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