Tuesday, December 28, 2010

No origins history for the Batboat for a while. My PC is down.

All it had was a virus, a bogus virus protection software that installed itself and wanted me to register it.

I got it to the mall and all of a sudden they say my video would not work. When a monitor is hooked up, no picture.

I take it home and no picture so took it back to see what is up and they said one of the RAM chips died. yada yada yada.

Thankfully, I had backed up nearly everything to an external harddrive the night before.

No more posts from me for a while, including the origin history of the Batboat I had promised. I have a feeling that it will be a while before I'll have a computer to work on.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

1966 Batboat Origin Story Emminent. Stay Tuned!

I recently got a hold of Xeroxes of some of the original 1966 correspondences between the Glastron Boat Company and Greenway Productions and their contract to build the Batboat. Will be reading through it all tonight. :)

Stay tuned to this blog for the origins of the 1966 Batboat.

On The Set Of The "Batman" (1966) Feature Film

These photos were recently posted at the 1966 Batman forum.

Apparently, they are among many others from the filming of the movie and series originating from Adam West's personal collection.

These are the only ones featuring scenes with the Batboat, and to my knowledge are unpublished as of this writing.

New Photo of Batboat II Surfaces

Batboat II displayed outside a New Jersey Glastron dealership , May 20, 1967.

The scan was posted at the 1966 Batmobile Forum by johnwb88.

Photos of the original Batboats are rare enough and this is just one of the two dead-on photos I've seen to date looking at the side. This pix is indispensable for finishing my Batboat next spring.

Batboat-Style Steering Wheel Is Now Available.

The steering wheel I mentioned a while back [http://batboat.blogspot.com/2010/08/good-news-batboat-style-steering-wheels.html] that is similar to the one used in the 1966 Batboat is available now from Mooneyes. http://www.mooneyesusa.com/california-metal-flake-4hole-spoke-steering-wheels-p-2357.html

What makes it different in appearance from the Covico wheel used in the original Batboat is the spokes are not symmetrically spaced and there are four holes in each spoke instead of three. However, as far as I have found, this is as close you'll currently get to it in a new wheel.

The New Wheel

An original Covico steering wheel offered by Glastron. They listed it as an option only in their 1966 catalog.

Here are details I turned up a while back on the steering wheel used in the original Batboat.

As of this writing, this new wheel is available as 15 inch width. To my eyes it looks about the same size used in the original Batboat. Covico steering wheels were available in 5 sizes ranging between 12 to 17 inches so who knows for sure.

I found a couple more photos clearly showing the Batboat steering wheel and will scan them later.