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Iron Studios 1:10 Batman & Batmobile

Iron Studios has released a 1:10 scale replica of the Batmobile, along with a Batman figure and base, from the movie Batman (1989). This product is notable not only for its sheer size, but for its polystone construction. Polystone is a compound made of polyurethane resin mixed with powdered stone. Attributes like hefty weight, a porcelain smooth finish, and the ability to capture fine detail make the material a good choice for cast sculptures. 

The Batmobile, Batman figure and base come fully assembled and painted. The Batmobile is advertised as having removable machine guns. It’s not known if the wheels turn. The Batman figure comes in a standing pose and isn’t articulated, so those wishing to position the figure in the driver’s seat will have to do some cutting and filling.

Lighting the car would make a worthwhile project. The large scale makes it practical to add dashboard lights, although it’s not known how much of the vehicle is hollow, so there may be lots of drilling involved. If you’re curious to see what a Batmobile miniature looks like with lighting added, check out Batmobile Winterscape and Contemplating Gotham. Comprehensive case studies of these dioramas are featured in Diorama Design and Forced Perspective Dioramas. 

Interpretations of the Batmobile over the years have ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous, and many are forgotten soon after they appear. The fact that replicas of this particular version are still being released three decades after Batman’s debut proves that it is one of the most enduring Batmobile designs ever. Conceptual illustrator Julian Caldow, who worked with director Tim Burton on the film, created the original design. It received additional nips and tucks from production designer Anton Furst before the final version was reached.

At 70cm (27.5”) in length, this replica is sure to be an impressive addition to any bookshelf. If it had been released back in 1989, it would probably have been offered as a glue-together kit rather than a finished replica. Ready to display miniatures have been stealing market share from styrene kits for many years, reflecting the dwindling number of customers who enjoy crafting things with their own two hands—but that’s another story.

Now all we need is a 1:10 scale Vicki Vale, and we’d have all the ingredients for a great diorama!  

-Ivar  

Contemplating Gotham (1:35, 1:700)

The Batmobile is back. This is the same 1:35 Bandai kit which I used in Batmobile Winterscape, a large tabletop diorama featured in Diorama Design. Now repurposed for a more compact wall-mounted display. 

A white metal Batman figure joins the Batmobile against a forced perspective backdrop. LEDs were used for lighting. The case is acrylic and birch wood. 

If you like to build dioramas and want to learn more about how to optimize the visual impact of your work, you might like my book, Diorama Design. It’s available in both ebook and print formats at Amazon.

-Ivar


Batmobile winterscape (1:35)

This diorama was inspired by the night scenes of the Batmobile stealing through snow-covered streets in Batman Returns (Tim Burton, 1989). I liked the contrast of the Batmobile against the fresh white snow.

I used Bandai’s Batmobile, a white metal Batman figure, a kitbashed Miniart Ruined Garage, and roof trusses from a gantry crane kit. Everything else was scratchbuilt.

-Ivar