Monday, June 23, 2014

Happy 25th anniversary to Batman 89!

I designed this special new movie poster for the occasion:

And I'll be screen printing it today!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Wheels Tires Trunk Sides and Tail LIghts

I got new wheels and tires!
Front: 15x8 0+ rims with 225/50r15 tires
Rear: 15x9 0+ rims with 295/50r15 Mickey Thompson tires in the rear!

I had to trim the fender wells 1" in the front and 1 1/2" in the rear (even with 1" suspension spacers in the rear) to get them to fit without any rubbing.

Then I finished the new trunk sides and tail lights!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Elgato Peralta Art Batmobile Designs!

I'm a huge fan of the art of Fernando (Elgato Peralta Art), who's created a stunning vision of his own mythological sci-fi space universe, illustrated it prolifically and shared it with the world here:


Already it's a staggering mind-blowing body of work, and it seems like there's much more to come.

I emailed Fernando and asked if he might like to design an original Batmobile for me to share here on The Batmobile Show.

He designed THREE!

And here they are!




Thanks again to Fernando for these beautiful designs.
Again, check out his artwork at:

Friday, December 20, 2013

My Pinewood Derby Car

DIY Batmobile Pinewood Derby Cars!

In third grade I lost the Pinewood Derby.  Big time.
I built my own car 100% myself after bedtime one night (not a Batmobile.)  I stayed up with a dimmed lamp and a jack-knife and chiseled out a crude blocky hunk of junk with a rubber monster finger puppet taped to the driver's seat.
My car got last place, but was the only car in the race built by a boy scout.

But I digress.

Time for some DIY Batmobile Pinewood Derby Cars!

No car is more homemade than a Pinewood Derby Car.  And no Pinewood Derby Car is cooler than the Batmobile.  So here's a random collection of Pinewood Derby Batmobile pictures I put together.

Sorry for the lack of image credits.  The pics are from a folder I put together a while ago.  Some of the file names will give you a clue as to the image source.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Time for an update!
I built a big Bat fin for the BAT 01.
It's lightweight, mounted, lights up, and is strong and stable.
I wanted to experiment with rivets, thin aluminum sheet and coroplast. It's fun to fabricate with, and the results are about as good as I hoped.

 And . . . . . BAT FIN!

 I added dual rocket exhaust (tail-lights from a 61 Thunderbird.)

Well let's see.  Flat black, giant Bat Fin, dual rocket exhaust, BAT 01 license plate.
I'd say it's a Batmobile!
So far I've overheard several people say so, and one fine but mistaken gentleman called me Batman in the grocery store parking lot.
One dude cruising in a big hoopty with chariot wheels and an extra wheel and all that was checking me out as he drove by.  He had a look on his face like, "Is THIS the new thing that I have to do to my car?  How the #@*& did I miss this one?  This *%$# gettin' too crazy."

Anyways, Batmobile Stage 1 achieved.
Everything I do now is simply an upgrade.  And I have a few upgrades in mind . . . .
Right now I'm mocking up trunk sides and rear quarter panels in cardboard:

 Here's a Photoshop mockup of what I have planned: