AMT CONTINUES ITS CELEBRATION OF Batman movies by reissuing the Batwing air combat vehicle. The kit is to 1:25 scale, so it assembles to make a good-sized model, even if it is only a single-seater.
Mat Irvine: Perhaps the most distinctive of Batman’s flying machines, the Batwing kit has been reissued much as it was when first released in 1990, shortly after Tim Burton’s Batman movie of 1989 had become a smash hit.
The box base for this kit (below) includes plenty of useful extra information.
You also get a diorama background, as is now common with AMT and MPC reissues from Round 2. This one features a spectacular cyclorama of the Gotham City skyline. But the kit itself remains much the same. The components (below) are moulded in black and transparent plastic.
Rear view (below) shows the neatly moulded engine exhaust louvres, and the positionable air brakes, one per wing.
The finished kit (below) looks excellent, especially when posed against the supplied moody backdrop.
The cockpit area (below) looks extremely busy, with the somewhat undersized Batman working hard at the controls.
Assembled wingspan: 325 mm (12.5in)
Manufacturer’s ref: AMT948
SMN note: Not a criticism of the kit, but of the original design… The Batwing’s landing gear looks about as feeble as the ridiculous appendages supplied by Revell on its otherwise excellent SnapTite aircraft models. Sooo… use the supplied Batwheels to stay true to the original, but for a more realistic look you could swap them out for bigger wheels, or even use skid-type gear, perhaps from a Star Wars X-Wing.