Monday, October 11, 2010

Mattel 1/50 scale 1966 Batmobile

Well I told my friends I would post photos of the Mattel 1/43 scale 1966 Batmobile.  Ummmm, I suppose I better buy the 1/43  scale Batmobile before I post pictures of it!! Yeah, I had a Senior Moment.  What I DO have is the 1/50 scale 1966 Batmobile with trailer hitch.  In any case, this car is one of my all time favorites and a true icon of American automotive design.

But before we go any further I thought I'd share a couple of Batmobile stories.  Sometime in 1975 (or '76 or '77 - heck I don't remember now) I went to an auto show in West Allis, WI, just outside of Milwaukee, where I saw Adam West and one of the touring Batmobile's (there was one 'real' Batmobile used for filming the TV series and three cars built just for touring).  At that time it was painted in the black velvet 'fuzzy' paint, apparently used to cover up cracks in the fiberglass body.  Anyway, it was a neat experience.  

The second time I saw the Batmobile was in a most unusual place.  Some years back when they were still working on the then new Sunset Station Casino in Henderson, NV I took my daughter to see a movie there (here in Vegas, there aren't many stand alone theaters anymore, they're all attached to casinos).  We had to park in the back parking lot, as the temporary entrance to the theater was located in the back during construction.  And there, sitting in an odd niche of the building was the 1966 Batmobile!! And me without a camera, aaaaaarrrrgh!!!  By this time it had been repainted in a more appropriate gloss black.  Well, after drooling a lot we went in to see the movie.  I forgot what movie we saw, but I remember the Batmobile!

Today's photos presented a challenge and represented a tad bit of frustration.  After taking the photos I put the toy away and downloaded the photos to my computer and didn't get back to them for months.  Once I finally got around to working them (cropping, adjusting contrast, etc) I noticed the car was chalked full of teeny tiny little dust specks.  Oomph.  Well, I spent a couple of few evenings with Adobe Photoshop to get all the little specks out and today's blog shows the results.

Here's a couple of links pertaining to the 1966 Batmobile in case you're interested:

 Hope you enjoy the photos.  Sayonara!