Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Pinewood Derby Batmobile

Here is a pinewood derby car from a couple of years ago.  It is a reproduction of the Batmobile from the 1960's Batman TV series that many of us know and love.  I found plans for a paper model of the car online and resized them to fit a standard size pinewood derby car.  The car's body is built up from many pieces of basswood.  For example the rear fins, front cowling, arch between the bubble windows, front fins and doors are all glued onto the pine body.  This made the car end up just about at 5 oz because basswood is denser than pine.  The bubble windows are made from clear plastic and are held in place by super glue.  The interior details are decals except for the fire extinguisher between the seats which is made from dowling.  The orange pin stripes and exterior markings are also decals, the siren is paper and the wings on the sides of the siren are brass The paint job is black lacquer with a clear coat covering.

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