AMT/Ertl (kit #8381)
Other Batmobile Models
2005: Detective Comics #800
2006: Legends of the Dark Knight #198
1969: Detective Comics #394
2006: Batman: Man-Bat
1948: Batman #47
1964: Batman #164
1989: Detective Comics #597
1966: Batman (Review)
1972: Batman #246
2005: Batman Begins/The Dark Knight
1977: Batman #288
1980: Batman #330
1979: Legends of the Superheroes
1990: Legends of the Dark Knight #5
This is the first time I've managed to complete a Batmobile while the story it appears in was still in-progress. The particular story was the miniseries Man-Bat, in which Kirk Langstrom seemed to be losing control of himself. The Batmobile only appears briefly, but it's roots as a GT90 concept car were unmistakable.
I had picked up a GT90 kit when it first came out, though until I saw this Batmobile I didn't have anything particular in mind for it. I thought it could be a fun "quick build," since modifications to the car are relatively minor. The biggest challenge was cutting the top of the canopy off to form a solid roof. After carefully marking off where to make my cut, I put a strip of masking tape over the glass to protect it and started cutting. Once the top was removed, the door seams were filled in and a new drip rail was added around the edge. The fins & bat mask were cut from .040" and .020" sheet styrene (respectively), made to match the comic while flowing with the lines of the car as smoothly as possible. I also modified the mirrors to match the comic, opened the front grilles, and hollowed out the driving and reverse lights for better realism. The angular design of the GT90 is reminiscient of the F-117 stealth fighter, so I went with flat black for all of the bodywork. I liked the look of the chrome trim against the flat black, so I kept it for the grille, wheels, fuel fills, and rear bat symbol (taken from the Johnny Lightning '60s Batmobile).
The interior of the GT90 was done in a garish blue, which I updated to a series of neutrals. It was suitably high-tech for a Batmobile, so aside from modifying the steering wheel to match the comic, everything is box stock. The same went for the engine, which was detailed with paint but otherwise untouched.