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Hi Everyone,

I've been a member of this board for quite a while and have been working on a few bat related projects emoticon

I figured I'd give a little background of some of the Bat related things that I have fun with and then get into the meat of what this thread should hopefully contain.

I've been hooked on Batman since I saw the 1989 Keaton movie when I was 13. From that day on I knew that one day I would own that Batmobile!

I've been lucky enough to own one of David's UD Replica's TDKR suits and backpack. I hope to eventually build the "Cage" from the Dark Knight for display in my home office.

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This past Halloween we got really far along in creating a LEGO Harley Quinn for my daughter but then had to abandon it. Go figure, she couldn't get up and down stairs LOL

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My biggest current undertaking is that I'm in the middle of building a replica 1989 Batmobile that I call the BatBerry because the car's systems can be remotely controlled by my BlackBerry via Bluetooth :alert



I figured I would create a thread here to post updates for those whom are interested in following along. I'm about 2.5 years into the project now and its coming along nicely.

A little over a year ago I and a few others were approached by WB about being interviewed to be part of TDKR blueray extras for their section that they did on the history of the Batmobile. But, in the final hours DC squashed it because they had some litigation going on with a Batmobile kit shop. But below is some footage, minus the interview, that might have shown up for my car.



The car has come a long way since that video and if everything comes together, I hope to have it on the road by the end of this summer. I'm trying to make it very screen accurate but with some of my own flair.

I've ]created my own blog that covers my journey along creating this car. So if you're interested give it a read through. It's been a blast working on the car and just as much fun interacting with those who are interested in the project.

Until I have some new progress to post, here are a few pictures

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I would just like to say I hate you.... emoticon

That is just too cool for words...
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 :up :up :up

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are you in canada? i see roots
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So cool. One day, I hope to have my own 89 batmobile emoticon. Question - for the machine fund, why not use an oxygen/propane mix for actual combustion?
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So cool. One day, I hope to have my own 89 batmobile emoticon. Question - for the machine fund, why not use an oxygen/propane mix for actual combustion?



The answer to that one is easy emoticon

First... gun laws in Canada are EXTREMELY strict, even for replicas. I've already had a few conversations with the local Police departments ensuring that the cast resin replicas that I have will not pose a problem.

Second... I don't want open flames or combustible compressed gasses used with the car. It's the same reason I went with a lighting effect for the afterburner.

Polyester Resin is flammable and the last thing I want is for the car to go up in flames. Especially if someone is inside.

It simply isn't worth the risk :up


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Fair reasons emoticon. Did you put an auxiliary jumper port on the exterior of the car just in case the battery is drained? Figured everything is automated so battery consumption might pose an issue.
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are you in canada? i see roots



Yup I live in the Toronto Area :up

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Fair reasons emoticon. Did you put an auxiliary jumper port on the exterior of the car just in case the battery is drained? Figured everything is automated so battery consumption might pose an issue.



Yup it has exterior jumper ports. The Arduino board that is running via Bluetooth draws very little amperage when idle. It can run on a single AA battery for a month or two.

Once the Bluetooth connects with my phone it powers the rest of the control board on and starts to draw 12v. The electronics are only switched on when I activate them from the phone.

I will also have a manual exterior canopy switch just in-case something goes wacky with the Bluetooth connection.


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wow. i'm super jealous of you.
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Since there's some folks on here doing some 3D modeling and printing I thought you might like to see the model for the Donut that some guys have created for the side mechanics of the car.

They're working on a full set of side mechanics that are plastic printed (really hard material) for those of us building these cars.

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 emoticon

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Since it has been so FREAKING cold out I haven't had much time to get out in the garage to do some work. But I have been lucky enough to find some cool parts like these clay pigeons to take down some bad guys emoticon

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Thanks for posting your story, pics and vids.

Once I saw the (very overdone) "Batmobile 2000" take a freeway exit near my house, I watched around 75% of the freeway traffic FOLLOW it. Michael Jackson wanted to but it, but the owner wanted it to promote his anti crime business.

'Takes a lot of caution to drive it in public, as people get a bit too excited in traffic.


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Thanks for keeping the '89 torch burning.
VERY nice work on your car and I hope you post more shots & story about it.
What a blast it must be!

Whatever you do, just be extra careful when you are driving, as you will encounter some drivers that are taking photos WHILE they are driving.

cheers :cheers
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Yeah, I have talked to other Batmobile owners and you need to set aside extra time for getting to your destination.

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I’m getting really excited because I have a week of vacation coming up next week (24th-28th) where I’ll be spending the week in the garage working on the BatBerry.

Hopefully I can get a bunch of things done. Of course, I never get as much done as I want to, but every bit of progress helps emoticon

Stay tuned for hopefully lots of updates!

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I WANT IT !!!!!!!! :up
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Day 1 of Vacation was quite successful. I managed to actually get everything that I wanted done emoticon

I did a bit of work on the Canopy and I also finished off the passenger side speaker box for the 30 Cal sound effects

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Day 2 of my vacation was another productive one. Working on some more bracing in an impossible location. Half the time was staring and trying to figure things out. Also tried out my emergency release pin for the canopy.

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Tested out a theory on time during day 3 of my vacation. Everything seems to take half the amount of time when you build something the second time emoticon

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The BatBerry blog just crossed the 200,000 view milestone emoticon Thank-you everyone for your support and encouragement throughout the project!

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I tackled something a little more interesting than bracing & supports on day 4 of my vacation. This day was focused on building the speaker enclosures in the trunk for my afterburner sound effects emoticon

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damn! seeing this i emediatly want to start to build it as well! but my hands are cuffed! no time because of work and empty pockets! what u gonna do?!?!?! emoticon

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I finished up some odds-n-ends on my last day of vacation. Covers, canopy rails, A/C condenser mount, etc... Overall a pretty productive last day of the week emoticon

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when do think u can first run it on the streets? i mean, not finished, but all the components needed to drive the car!


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when do think u can first run it on the streets? i mean, not finished, but all the components needed to drive the car!



Hopefully by the end of the summer... keeping my fingers crossed emoticon

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good luck with that! hope it will work when u fire it up the first time! ill keep my fingers cross as well! :up

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With such a beautiful day yesterday I was able to spend most of the afternoon in the garage and made some pretty good progress on the exhaust tips. I have a few corrections to make, but overall I'm pretty pleased with my progress.

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Fixed up a bunch of the imperfections on my exhaust tips and mounting plates today emoticon

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I found a couple of hours today to work on the exhaust inserts. Pretty finicky work but it turned out pretty darn good. Now I just have to repeat the steps for the other exhaust tips.

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