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Posted 4/18/2011 11:36:44 AM


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Hi guys,

I should introduce myself first I guess?

My name's Andrew but everyone calls me Skip. I'm a 32yr old father of 3 amazing kids and I'm lucky enough to be a full time dad to them too.

I'm into prop making and costuming but have done a few scratchbuilds and model kits of ships, characters and cars from the big screen.

My latest project/obsession is a scaled scratch build of a 1:6 scale Batmobile from Arkham Asylum. I loved the game(played it three times) and can't wait for the sequel but I really liked the Batmobile! I loved how the designer incorperated elements from previous screen cars and also something from the comics too. I had to have a go.

I didn't want just a static model to display though. My kids also LOVE Batman(my girls adore Harley Quinn) so I thought it'd be nice to make this build a radio control car so we can take it to the park behind our house. I'm no R/C wizard though so any advice on that would be hugely appreciated!

There isn't a great deal of reference material for this car except one concept pic and game stills which makes this more challenging. Fortunately the concept pic is an orthographic style which was ideal for my approach.

Batmobile

I've seen a few guys here using CAD and 3D software. Some even using Pepakura which was nice to see. I've been using that for 8yrs now designing card models and also using it to make props. I plan to use it again for this project.

Last week I started modelling the car. The different views on the concept pic didn't line up correctly so admittedly there was some creative license used to get it done.

I finished the modelling yesterday morning Then spent the past 24hrs "unfolding" it all and here it is.

Batmobile

I tried to capture the overall look, get the curves and angles in but at the same time keep the model simple for Pepakura. The unfolded model, in 1:6 scale is 110cm long and is made up of 219 parts printed over 74 pages of A4 card.

On the issue of scale. I couldn't find an exact length or any other dimensions for the Arkham Asylum car so I based it on its closed sister car(in my opinion anyway), the '89.

This isn't perfect science I know but I think it'll be close enough for what I need here. I looked for better dimensions but just didn't find them.

So, the pages are printed out(took 3hrs!) and I'm ready to start.

I look forward to hearing opinions and feedback from you guys as I go.

Many thanks.


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Building a 1:6 scale Arkham Asylum Batmobile.
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Posted 4/18/2011 2:50:45 PM


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Looks great. AA was my GOTY back in 2009 and AC will definitely the same 2011.






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Posted 4/18/2011 11:48:34 PM


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Thanks, I'll have more to show as the build continues. Hopefully next week I'll have started assembling it.

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Posted 11/7/2011 11:00:25 AM


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Afternoon chaps.

For those interested in this project, I apologise for not updating sooner. A lot has been going on over the past few months that has kept me from working on this project. But I'm happy to say that over the past week I've managed to build the card base model I created!!

It's very big, which I knew it would be but much bigger to see in person than I expected. LOL! But now that this stage is complete I can't wait to get cracking again.

I compiled some of the latest WIP pics into a slideshow style vid.

VIDEO HERE

Apologies, I'm not sure how to embed the video here so you'll need to click on the link.


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Posted 11/7/2011 1:27:05 PM
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Looks fantastic! Very original too. Cant wait to see it with full electronics! How do you plan on implementing the RC into it out of interest?
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Posted 11/7/2011 1:40:06 PM


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Thanks very much.

Well, I had a friend hook me up with two chassis plates for the RC version. 3mm aluminium, the idea is I can cannibalize a 1:5 nitro car and bolt the parts onto the new Batmobile chassis. I think the main problem for this will be finding dog bones(axles) to fit the bigger chassis. I've joined a few RC forums asking for help with this issue but so far none have offered help. It's a shame as my lack of knowledge in this area may prevent me seeing that part of the project through.

But if that is the case then I'll still see this through as a display model. I plan to build a cockpit interior for it.

Here's a pic of the chassis:

Batmobile

And the donor car I picked up earlier this year:

Batmobile

It's a great little car this, speed is good, it's 4WD so could possibly serve me well for some Batmobile videos or just entertaining the kids. LOL!


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Posted 11/7/2011 6:39:24 PM
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Wish I could help you out with the RC but unfortunately I know nothing about it! I'm sure someone on here will know something that will help. And if they dont, learning's half the fun. Just learn on something other than your brand new Arkham Batmobile! Don't want anything happening to that!
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Posted 11/8/2011 12:32:30 AM


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I know what you mean, but I've built two RC cars from scratch before. Not strictly from scratch, they came in a kit form. So I'm comfortable with building the car. It's knowing where to find the right parts or knowing someone able to fabricate them.

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Posted 11/9/2011 1:33:19 AM


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Morning guys,

Ok I have a question for you chaps. Do any of you have any thoughts on how the Arkham Batmobile cockpit might open?

We never see this happen in the game as far as I can remember and I've not seen any pics showing this either. I've read and checked the Arkham comics that were done for both City and Asylum and came up empty.

I even sent a message to Carlos D'Anda who did most of the concept work for both games including the Batmobile design but have not had a reply.

So, unless I find something, I think it's going to be an educated guess as to how Bats gets in and out of his car? Any thoughts? Or pics if you have them.


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Posted 11/9/2011 6:55:58 PM
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i think its a canopy set up like the 89

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