Moebius Models 1/25 The Dark Knight Trilogy Batmobile Kit First Look
by Steve Causey
|Date of Review||August 2013||Manufacturer||Moebius Models|
|Subject||The Dark Knight Trilogy Batmobile||Scale||1/25|
|Kit Number||943||Primary Media||Styrene|
|Pros||New-tool kit||Cons||Nothing noted|
|Skill Level||Basic||MSRP (USD)||$39.95|
Batmobile! The word conjures up many visions for many followers of the Dark Knight. This isn't your father's or his father's Batmobile. This one has a vector-controlled jet engine for jumping over obstacles in addition to a 500 HP Chevy engine. This one is wrapped in a body that is a cross between a Lamborghini and an F-117 stealth fighter with glass cockpit instrumentation and heavily armed and armored.
From the first look this is an impressive kit. The box alone weighs over a pound. The kit comes in a two part sturdy box with Color graphics on all six sides. Upon opening the box one is impressed by the sheer volume of plastic bags neatly packed inside.
The plastic parts are molded in a shiny, crisply molded black plastic, with subtle but well-defined detail. Very little flash is evident. The clear sprue is very transparent, and the parts show little damage, two parts had light scratches (a quick dip in future will solve any problems).
The kit comes with a full cockpit, and the details seem very well done, though not much will be seen through the few windows. It would be easy to open up the roof access panel for a better view into the highly detailed interior.
The vinyl tires look great and will look even better with the well defined tread sanded down a little (the back end of the car is very cool looking with a jet exhaust and dual truck tires).
The kit has a very highly detailed suspension and running gear. Along with all the struts and flaps that give this version of the Bat mobile such a distinctive look.
The instructions are provided in a full color 11"x 8.5" 14-page, 19-step booklet. Moebius has come a long way in the instruction department, and this booklet is a great example. Color pictures, but with Tamiya like graphics. The only downside is that all color callouts are only at the back of the booklet, but most modelers will read the entire booklet several times before starting assembly.
If the fit is anything like the Moebius kits released in the last several years, this kit will go together well. I'll be doing a full build up coming soon. I can't wait to see this one all finished and crouching on its six huge tires!
My sincere thanks to Moebius Models for this review sample!