Wednesday, October 30, 2019

It has been a while...

Since I moved to a better town I haven't spent any time working on the Batboat.

However, I have been approached by a very motivated buyer so now I hope to finish it in 2020.

Will it be done??

Will the buyer be happy???

Find out next year!  The best has yet to come!!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Last work before moving to a new city - August 30, 2012

This was the last day of work on the boat before I moved, IIRC.

As you can see I did the right thing by remaking the flotation box.  However, it was fiberglassed in while the hull was flexed open from its own weight, making it impossible  to put the top deck back on.

A slit was cut in it so the lip of the deck would fit over the hull.

The below photo shows the outside hull cracked from being flexed in too much while trying to get the deck on.

Hopefully I can get the boat finished in 2017.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Batboat work from 2012

 Its been a long time but I am back.

In late 2012 I bought a house in a different area which caused work on the Batboat to stop.

Here are some of the photos of the progress from the summer of 2012.

More to follow.

 The template for the new dash board.

Holes for the gauges are marked and cut.

 The horn cover bat for the steering wheel is based on the design used on the prototype bow-tie steering wheel mentioned elsewhere in this blog.

 All is put into place temporarily.

 Fixing the historically correct bow light with the identical gauge of aluminum used in the original, broken part.

 Gage light up now.
 More work on the horn cover.

 Turned out alright but I would have been better off spray painting the emblem on rather than paint.

As of 2016 the detecto scope still isnt finished.  Here is how far I got on it.

 The plexi glass that will act as the radar indicator.  It will rotate backlit behind the green oscilloscope grid.

 I ditched this design for the fin.  The plywood is too heavy.  I plan to make a new one out of just fiberglass cloth.

 Light parts for the detecto scope.d

 Laminating black Naugahyde to the detectoscope.

 Back in 2012 I had a tight dying business.  Only did 1966 Batman.  It officially closed June 17, 2016 as I haven't had any requests since 2012.
 New wheel covers did not fit right and I ended up putting another type on.

Stay tuned. I am endeavoring to have the Batboat finished in 2017.