Batmobile Toy Car #1: How to make a batmobile toy car

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Blog entry by Tony Slattery posted 06-16-2015 02:15 AM 2882 reads 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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For anyone who wants to make one, here is a link to the free plans to the free plans. Scroll down to find the batmobile and download the zip file, which contains the full size patterns.

First off, I pasted the patterns onto thin MDF to mark the outline.

There is even enough spade for an extra wheel or two.

One another project, the fenders are marked out to miss the knots on a piece of recycled pine board.

Showing the outline of the two body halves. The idea is to have the end grain forming a V shape in the front.
There is even space for two wheels.

Not easy to make out, but this is my home made jig to cut the flutes in the manner of the Kreg pocket hole jig.
Tried to use colours to explain how it works.
Blue is the fender, in this case it is only a test piece.
Red is the jig itself, basically two blocks of wood joined together to form a T.
Green is the sacrificial pieces to guide the drill bit.
Yellow is the sliding bevel to help achieve the correct angle.

To glue the fenders to the body, use paper discs where the wheel arches are going to be cut out.

Using the trusty circle cutter (modified to make wheels) to cut out the wheel well. Note that the work-piece has to be firmly clamped and the lowest speed setting on the drill press.

Also discovered that this type of wood is not exactly happy to be cut by this sort of cutter, perhaps because it is a harder wood than pine, which is what I normally use to make wheels. Methinks would have been better off with a hole saw.

The wheel arch is cut out using the wheel cutter. The red line shows the groove the cutter has made in the bodywork in order to remove the bevel left over from the action of the cutter.

Hope you find the time to make one for the fun of it.

-- Tony, Australia,

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#1 posted 06-16-2015 04:20 AM

Good “Work In Progress” Tony for a great wooden toy…..

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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