by Chris Marks
Robin Laid an Egg
The BatMobile lost a wheel
And the joker got away!"
The scene: Winter in Gotham, and the Joker has escaped police custody yet
again. After a brief battle with Batman and Robin the Clown Prince
leads the Dark Knight on a car chase on the snowy streets of Gotham.
Just as Batman is closing in there is a loud screech of metal and the
BatMobile lurches to one side. Out of control, the caped crusader
smashes into a holiday lawn display. Bolting from the vehicle the
dynamic duo spring into action, but upon seeing the extent of the
damage our hero flings the BatJack to the snow covered ground in
disgust and sets out on foot.
This is the Polar Lights BatMobile built fairly straight out of the
box with a few minor exceptions. I did not build the engine since the
scene called for the hood to be down. I also did not include any of
the decals because the control panels were not going to be on and I
felt the hood decal looked silly. The model was painted using craft
acrylics. The 'BatPhone' was dulled using a flat black acrylic to make
it look turned off. I also switched out the fire extinguisher on the
middle console for some random looking gadget. The pine tree air
freshener hanging from the steering wheel was made by cutting a tree
shape out of sheet styrene. Robin's egg is made of Epoxy sculpt then
painted with eggshell white and flecked with Robins egg blue.
The base is built up from foam core and covered with decorative snow
used for Christmas crafts. The hedge is a fabric plant cut down to
size, while the Christmas lights on the hedge are a holiday wine glass
decoration (I think you are supposed wrap it around the stem of the
glass). The unlucky nutcracker is a wooden Christmas ornament as is
the drum. All these were purchased at the Dollar Tree.
boxes are small squares of Styrofoam wrapped in scraps of Christmas
wrapping paper. The 'BatJack' was made from a 1/35 scale shovel
handle, some bits from my parts bin and the bat from the missing
wheel's hubcap. The newspaper was designed using Photoshop then
shrunk down to size.