I bought this kit to build for my dad as a Father's Day gift. He has been collecting this car in just about every form that is out there since he was a kid growing up in the 60's, so I figured this would fit into his collection quite nicely. When I finished it, it indeed turned out well enough to be gift quality. Here are a few concerns I ran into along the way:
First of all, read the above review. It's totally spot on, and I ran into the same issues that he did. Also, I know the description says that this model does not require paint and glue, but I assure you that it does. I suppose this model does not REQUIRE paint, but technically nothing really requires paint. If you want it to look anything like the Batmobile however, order some paint now. Glue will be necessary for small parts like the antennas, and for holding the two pieces of the body together.
You are also going to have to know the car in order to paint it correctly. The box is a decent guide, but I would recommend looking up some detailed pictures. The directions tell you some of the parts that need painted, but not nearly all of them. Some are open to interpretation such as the antenna on the back of the car. Black or silver? Depends on which version of the car you are trying to paint...
The small decals were the biggest problem I had with this kit. Waterslide decals being what they are, they are nearly impossible to use at this size. Some are not even the correct size to fit on parts such as the steering wheel and fire extinguisher, and this creates a problem. The bat decal did work for the extinguisher, but the other labels for it were not the right size and did not work. Like the other reviewer, I decided to just paint on what I could, and this worked out quite well for the buttons on the dashboard and such. I used a tooth pick in place of a paint brush for the smaller details.
For someone thinking about building this kit, I would recommend NOT following the directions in order. They want you to put the roll bar on the body before putting the light and such on top, which just doesn't make any sense. This is the case for several parts of the kit. Just read through the directions and plan everything out in advance.
All and all, this is a great kit for someone who doesn't want to mess around painting the body of this car. It's a huge time saver that this is done for you, and done quite well. My body piece had a few little dots of red on it I had to cover up, but still pretty decent. Since I am giving the first one away, I am going to order another one to build for myself. This will look great when it's finished and up on the shelf!