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The Batmobile from the classic TV show is a challenging Metal Earth model with about 40 pieces on two sheets of metal. The 1966 Batmobile was a modified Lincoln Futura concept car. Assembled, it measures 3.5"(L) x 1.3"(W) x 1.0"(H).
Each Metal Earth model is laser etched in meticulous detail on 11 cm (4.33") metal sheets. Pop out the pieces by hand (or use wire cutters to get especially crisp lines), bend the tabs using needle-nose pliers, and fit them together as shown in the simple pictorial instructions. For maximum dramatic effect, display your model on the LED Display Base or the Solar Spinner (sold separately, see below).
Please note that Metal Earth models have sharp edges and are not suitable for children under 14.
Are you curious...?
Artisans from Italy's Ghia carved forms from logs and tree trunks, then hammered the body panels of Ford's Lincoln Futura concept car over those wooden forms to make the stingray shape that would eventually inspire the original Batmobile.
Do those tail fins look more like the 1950s than like 1966? The Lincoln Futura was actually built in 1955 at a cost of $250,000. Ford never put it into production. In the mid '60s George Barris of Barris Kustom City took the car off Ford's hands for $1. Not long thereafter the Batman TV producers hired Barris to create a new Batmobile for their upcoming show...but they needed it in three weeks. The Futura had the right bones so Barris was able to complete the job on time for just $30,000 -- quite an investment when you consider that it would sell for $4.2 million in 2013.
The Batmobile debuted on Jan. 12, 1966. The windshield is bulletproof, and naturally the vehicle is chock full of gadgets like a nose-mounted chain slicer, lasers, rockets, radar, a police beacon, futuristic stuff like an onboard telephone and computer, and just about anything else the show's writers decided to include. It was so popular that they built three fiberglass copies to tour car shows and drag strips, and they're still in circulation today.