I was lucky enough to have another Batmobile builder give me a lead on some very cool clay pigeons. You might ask, what the heck do clay pigeons have to do with the Batmobile?
The simple answer is that they were part of the arsenal used by the car to knock out the bad guys doing bad things along the street. You can see them in action at about the 45 second mark of the below video
There’s a door on each side of the car that open up and shoots the clay pigeons out towards the front of the car. I’ll make sure that the two doors on my car can open up as well, but I’ll have to figure out how to get everything to look as though it’s functional
As a follow up to my first post about the 3D printed side mehcanics, I thought you might like to see the model for the Donut that some guys have created for the side mechanics of the car.
I had a chance to check out one of their first pieces and this new one has just surfaced. Hopefully I’ll be the test fitting car since the fella printing them is just down the street from me
Today I decided to tackle some speaker boxes. First up was the driver’s side box for the 30cal speaker. These will be blasting away using the sound board and mini-amp when I press the trigger
I decided to mount the speakers right underneath the machine guns so that it sounded like they were actually firing. First I created a template of the shape I needed, cut it out of steel and welded it into place.
For some background, these speaker boxes actually serve two purposes. They are both a speaker box and the removable side supports for the body. While I was at it, I welded a nut to the back of the support so that I could enclose the speaker box, and also removed one of the previous bolts. The new box will also act as a good anchor point for the hood latches that go right in this area.
Once I had everything detached from the car I cut some more sheets of metal to close everything in.
All that was left was to bolt it back into place and see how it fit. This box took me about 3 hours to build, but the first time building something usually takes a little longer because you’re figuring everything out. Hopefully the passenger side takes a little less time.
This whole area will get a lot more finishing work to make everything look all smooth and connected. But that will likely come once the body is permanently attached to the chassis in the spring.
After some much needed assembly work from Rob, the sound board for the 30 cals is now up and running. Everything for the board came as a kit and needed to be soldered together and this is where Rob came through big time! My soldering skills are really quite crappy
I recorded a machine gun sound effect onto the board and gave it a try. I also soldered on two leads for the play switch so that I can trigger the playback from the throttle quadrant. Check out the video below which doesn’t quite capture the full sound and volume of the playback, but it will give you the general idea.
My fabrication goal over my Christmas holidays was to finish the canopy window frames, and I’m happy to say Mission Accomplished!
It ended up being an incredible amount of work, but the process got faster and faster as I moved along. I learned a bunch of tricks along the way that eventually made things move quicker. I also ended up moving from 1/4″ plywood as a backing material to 1/4″ MDF which didn’t splinter like the plywood and also had some nice flexibility.
Today I was able to finish up the canopy support skeleton. These 5/16″ bars will be fiberglassed right into the canopy shell to provide a solid/rigid frame so that the fiberglass doesn’t flex as much. It should also provide some good tie-in spots for the wiper arm supports.
You can see the two support arms that go from the skeleton out to the window frames. Once I have the frames secured, I’ll end up welding these pieces to the top of the frames as well as welding small braces from the bottom of the window frame to the bottom ridge of the skeleton. This should be a nice solid canopy piece once I’m all done.
The final part of the window frames will be creating anchor points for the bar that runs just below the top of the window which was used as a slide for the fake wipers on the movie car. Below you can see an up-close photo of what I’m talking about from the 92 Batman Returns car. Once I have these anchor points (which should just be a couple of nuts) welded into the frame, I’ll glue the backing of the window frames to the canopy and do the welding of the tie-ins with the skeleton.
I decided to brave the -19 degree Celsius weather today and try and finish up the drivers side window frame. I was only able to stay out in the garage for about 2.5 hours before turning into a Popsicle, but I did manage to finish the frame!
Once I finished the drivers frame I started building the bottom canopy support for the passenger side. I was able to get it all welded into place and added the support screw to allow me to remove the window.
Saturday and Sunday sound like they are going to be a bit warmer with temperatures around -2 degrees. Hopefully I’ll be able to stay out there longer and get more accomplished. I would really like to be able to finish the canopy window frames before going back to work on Monday.
Oh, and I thought you might like these little gems that I picked up. I’m always welding in spots where I can’t get light, and holding a flash light when you need both your hands doesn’t work out real well. These were call “mine” lights. They have magnets all over them and LED lights. I thought they had a very Batman-esk look to them
Since I ran out of 1/4″ material in the middle of the day today while working on the window frames, I turned my attention to a smaller project that I could finish during the second half of the afternoon. That way I could still use most of the afternoon fabricating and then go pick up some more material before I came inside for dinner.
My target…. the speaker boxes for the interior. I’ve been planning to have a 6.5″ speaker for each of the side panels down by your knee in the cabin and figured that I would use the marine speakers that I picked up earlier. The 6.5″ speakers were actually a bit too big to fit in the area at the rear of the car for the afterburner sound effect and I’ll have to get a couple of smaller ones for that area. The marine speakers actually had a nice little protective grill on them that I’ll end up painting black to match the interior.
Right at the beginning I made sure that I left enough room between the two vertical beams on the chassis for some speaker boxes. Now I needed to create both the mounting plates and the rear box enclosures.
Having the mounting plates made out of steel gives me a nice solid point to screw the speakers into place. Four holes were drilled for the mounting screws and then four exterior points were marked out where the steel would be screwed to the plywood backing.