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I've always having had a soft spot for the 1966 Batmobile so I couldn't resist this Polar Lights kit.

Though the kit is moulded in black plastic it still requires painting to get a nice finish. The decals were a nightmare to apply, but with a little bit of luck I managed to get them to go more or less where I wanted them.

The kit is fitted to a PCS32 chassis with plenty of lead weight. The Batmobile is very quick on my track, but I now realise the motor I used from my spares box is actually a Scalextric 30K sport motor.

I used Penelope Pitlane alloys and the inserts supplied with the kit.

A very nice kit and always good to have something a little different.

 

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Looks good Pace, great job..

Still working on my Polar Lights kit, hopefully finished soon.

Keep up the "unusual" conversions....


All the best.. Martin.
 

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I read a review somewhere (possibly that other forum?) that said the Polar Lights kit was slot, poor plastic construction (i.e. will break easily), sad/bad wheels, terrible tires, as sluggish on the track as the 1:1 original due to the metal chassis etc. etc. which made it sound like a poor purchase.

Would those who have bought the SLOT CAR version please advise us on their experiences?

Thanks.
Cheers!
 

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Many thanks for the comments much appreciated


The decals are as supplied with the kit, these are nice and bright and fortunately didn't require any additional painting. However, they are quite fragile and would tear very easily. The Batman and Robin figures are the ones supplied with the kit and just required painting.

I've just received the Green Hornet's Black Beauty also made by Polar Lights,so I will probably get on and start that one in the next day or so.
 

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It's good they included the figures, though Robin with his arms sticking out in the air was a little fiddly to fit. It's a shame that the Black Beauty kit isn't supplied with a figure.

The wheels used, if memory serves me right, are the Penelope Pitlane (PPCL) 14 x 6mm alloys.
 

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Hi Pace,

I also had a soft spot for the 1966 Batmobile and was lucky enough to get one of these,
but I bought the Slot kit rather than static from Polar Lights.

The plastic bodyshell is fine for what I wanted, but I am having trouble getting the metal chassis to perform at all,
and was planning to switch to a PCS32 or other scalex donor.

Please do you have any chassis pictures?
 

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Hi, bemused
Several of us have worked with the metal chassis as-supplied
and ended up with reasonably well-behaved cars. In my case,
the biggest changes were changing the gearing and swapping
the stock tyres for urethane clones. I did several other things
including changing from the supplied plastic bearings to sintered
bronze but I think the gearing and tyres had the biggest effect.

Should you decide to stick with the stock chassis, let me
know and I'll make you up a set of urethanes for the cost
of the shipping (I'm guessing around £3).

cheers,
John
 

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Hi, as requested please see below a picture of the PCS chassis as requested.



With regard to painting the bodyshell, both the Batmobile and Green Hornets car are moulded in black plastic, but I found to get a nicer finish I sprayed both my kits black and using a grey base primer.

 
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