New Round 2 Batboat Model Update

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We’ve been wondering about the new Round 2 Batboat model and how different or similar it is from Polar Lights‘ first 1/25 Batboat release from 2003. (which was in turn based on but scaled up and otherwise modified from the 1967 1/32 Aurora Batboat) Well, Tim from TPM Customs picked up the model last week and sent us a report that it is identical in every way to the 2003 release with the exception of an expanded decal sheet.

Now that may not seem like a big deal, but the original 2003 Batboat kit only included a scaled up version of the Aurura decals, which while being fun and nostalgic – were actually very inaccurate. For some reason the oval bat signal emblem that goes on the fin was too small, cartoony and much darker than it should have been, making it hard to see on the model. Additionally, the hull flames were incorrect and Aurora never included anything to help the builder get the white parts of the hull or fins detailed.

Round 2 has changed that with this model. The decal set includes most of the original 1967/2003 art but adds corrected fin bats, white fin scallops, and much nicer flames, with or without the white hull sections. Plus, a few extras like a brand new oval base nameplate option that is pretty cool. R2 has again added pinstriping, like they did with their 1/32 Batmobile release which seems impractical as a wetslide option – but I applaud their efforts and for including the option.

I’ve always thought that one of the genius moves that R2 made was to scale up the original Batboat kit from 1/32 to 1/25 . This is particularly noteworthy this year, as they get their 1/25 Batmobile ready for production. If you’ve never built that 2003 PL Batboat kit you’ve got in your to-be-built model stack in the closet, or if you never picked it up the first time – this model is worth the $19 for these decal upgrades alone! Now, who’s got a good, retro 1/25 scale trailer?

(Thanks again to Tim from TPM for the decal scan)

  1. Larry KAMBoURis

    August 10, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    I want to get this modelto go with my polar lights batmobile & would love to do it as a set just cant find a trailer.can anyone help

  2. admin

    January 19, 2017 at 11:38 am

    Sure, drop us a line about it.


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