This year Connor went as Batman and the Batmobile. Daddy again had to start with the foam outline to make sure all brackets will lay on the right spots of the wheelchair/stroller to support it. We use standard sheets of foam core. The first layer is always the outline layer and bottom structure of the design He then had to build on top of the outline of what the Batmobile would look like. Cutting, carving, sanding, and then glueing shapes are then added to create the form of the Batmobile.
This year was particularly hard because the most complicated look was getting the front end to slope just right to create the sleek lines of the Batmobile. You also have to create the bottom structure with concaved wheel-wells so you have the correct turning radius for the wheels of the wheelchair and you can navigate at all turns and angles to drive the wheelchair. This is the most important part of the structure, and has to be precisely done and tested to make sure you can make a 360 degree turn if necessary.
Daddy has since become a master carver, since this is his 5th year doing outlines and carving the foam for Connor’s Wheelchair costume. I think each year has gotten easier since practice makes perfect. Each piece is glued on top of each layer to create the structure. The wings and top had to be velcroed on for transport.
This Batmobile Wheelchair costume is very simplistic in construction supplies. We used some foam wreath outlines from a craft store to create the look at the front end. Simple tap lights for tail lights and overhead lighting. A gallon of black paint, halloween lights for the tail pipe, strip lights for the side and car wheel rims for the tires. All the foam carving is what makes this Batmobile come to life! It seems that the Batmobile is still a fan favorite! Everyone loved it!