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Lou Szabo
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Aurora Batman model question

Post by Lou Szabo » Fri Nov 01, 2019 8:11 am

So many of us have built a variant of the Aurora Batman model, whether it was a 1964, 1974 Comic Scenes or Revell or Polar Lights iterations

My question are these: What color did you paint the shorts and how old were you when you built/painted it the first time?

Same dark blue as the cape/cowl/boots and gloves. Age 13 or 14
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Re: Aurora Batman model question

Post by John Mack » Fri Nov 01, 2019 9:15 am

Hi Lou,

So, when I was 11 I painted my 1974 Comic Scenes Batman trunks the same blue as the Cape, mask, gloves and boots. It was a lighter blue than Navy blue, but darker than say sky blue.

When I was 22 or so, I bought the 1984 Super Powers kit. It was so nice to have a chance to do the "tree" model again. By this time however, I was very experienced in painting and building model kits and created a mixture of colors for Batman's blue/black costume parts.

Trivia: The Super Powers box side panel says something about the kit being Batman from the new movie, although we wouldn't see that new movie for 5 more years and Keaton's suit looked nothing like the traditional Batsuit we all know and love.
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Re: Aurora Batman model question

Post by AndyFish » Fri Nov 01, 2019 10:33 am

I'm with John-- my original kit with the rough molded emblem was blue and gray-- trunks matched the cape. When I did the Superpowers one-- great kit but they gave him a new head I didn't like- I went with black trunks which seemed more right. Behind me I have an original 60s kit that someone else built and painted, and they went with the matching blue and I dig it. It just feels right for the vintage. I think it was a matter of where we painting the Adam West costume or the cartoon version in making our color choices.

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Re: Aurora Batman model question

Post by Lou Szabo » Fri Nov 01, 2019 10:42 am

Andy,
Can you post a pic of the version with black shorts. I’m trying to picture it.
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Re: Aurora Batman model question

Post by AndyFish » Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:45 am

Here's my painted model-- I didn't paint it-- a boardie gifted this to me from his personal original collection. I love it's charm and it's blue shorts.

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The black short version I had is long since lost to the annals of time. But one need only look to the box art to see the black shorts of Carmine Infantino;

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Of course the PHOTO of the model included on the box has blue shorts so it's no wonder kids were confused.

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Re: Aurora Batman model question

Post by Lou Szabo » Sat Nov 02, 2019 11:30 am

And the instructions say blue also. Also in the drawing, the edges of the shorts show a blue color, like Lois and Clark’s hair. Again, no wonder there was so much confusion
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Re: Aurora Batman model question

Post by Chuck Williams » Sat Nov 02, 2019 1:56 pm

The kit really tapped the Adam West market and I think most of us painted the trunks blue.
I recall I painted one of these with blue lines on the side seams and black in the center.

Years later when I painted my little bust of Adam as Batman, I painted it like an inked comic image.

I had an intense conversation with an animatronic company owner about this very issue.
The rendered artwork showed a hat with a black body and two blue highlights.
Explaining why it wasn't blue on the final piece was a tedious afternoon!!
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Re: Aurora Batman model question

Post by AndyFish » Sun Nov 03, 2019 7:56 am

Anyone know if the original instructions are out there as a high res scan anywhere?

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Re: Aurora Batman model question

Post by Lou Szabo » Mon Nov 04, 2019 6:29 pm

No, but I did put the page in question at the top of the page. I may redo my 1974 comic scenes version in black with blue highlights.

Chuck , I love that little bust. When I finally retire, I want to build these models again.
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Re: Aurora Batman model question

Post by Lou Szabo » Fri Nov 08, 2019 1:25 pm

So I searched the internets ;) and could not find a single instance/photo of black shorts, unless the cape and cowl were black. In fact, every image seems to have the shorts, cowl, cape and gloves with matching colors.
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Re: Aurora Batman model question

Post by AndyFish » Fri Nov 08, 2019 1:28 pm

I think that owes to the Adam West suit.

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Re: Aurora Batman model question

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Re: Aurora Batman model question

Post by AndyFish » Sat Nov 09, 2019 5:33 pm

Beautifully done- that’s the second issue kit right? No moulded emblem but it doesn’t have the super powers head.

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Re: Aurora Batman model question

Post by Lou Szabo » Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:31 pm

The comic scenes, which I think of as the second issue (1973/74) doesn't have the BATMAN script on the tree. I thought the Batman tree script was limited to the 1960's. Also, the Owl was only a 1960's release. If they did 2 releases in the 1960's then this may be a second release minus the owl and the molded chest decal. I know in 1974, they had no owl, and the bat logo was a "sticker".

That's a nice build-up. The black shorts don't really stand out, which may be why I never really picked up on them until the release of a Batman 2 pack a decade ago. Now all I see is black shorts in the comics, on the Megos, etc.

So much for my attention to detail.... :roll:
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Re: Aurora Batman model question

Post by BATWINGED HORNET » Thu Nov 14, 2019 4:04 am

Lou Szabo wrote:
Fri Nov 01, 2019 8:11 am
So many of us have built a variant of the Aurora Batman model, whether it was a 1964, 1974 Comic Scenes or Revell or Polar Lights iterations

My question are these: What color did you paint the shorts
I had the Comic Scenes version, and used the comic/art as my painting inspiration. Took a good deal of time to find that right blend for the highlights in the folds.
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