1987 Batman #408 Batmobile

1987 comic book Batmobile
Batman 408 Batmobile interior Batman 408 Batmobile rear

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The time between the first parts coming together and the finished model getting parked on the shelf was probably the longest stretch of any Batmobile I have built to date. As a result, the finished piece shows a pretty wide gap between the skills that I had when I first started it and those I had when I finally called it a wrap. Still, it didn't turn out too bad, and I'm finally glad to have this one in the "finished" column.

I started with a box-stock build of the chassis and engine, adding only some basic detailing. The interior was nearly box stock as well, though I did add a keypad to the center console and a video monitor to the dashboard to create a Knight Rider-inspired theme.

Most of the work - and all of the delay - went into the body work. I replaced the spoiler tips and added a central roof fin to match the art, then replaced the NACA ducts with more aggressive air intakes. The upper engine intakes were opened up, and a pair of "eyes" were cut in the front. Finally, I changed the side windows by removing the vertical and horizontal dividers and making a new vertical break further back.

Once modifications were done it was painted blue with gloss black bat mask and lower back panel, and flat black bumper, scoops, standoffs, and other details.


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