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Mike's Batmobile "The Technic Tumbler"
Batmobile Tumbler in Technic. From Batman Begins
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Batman Begins Batmobile “Tumbler” in Lego Technic.
By Mike Loh


Before I began this project I had written to Lego asking them if they would ever release a Technic version of the Tumbler and their reply was “No” and said that I can built it myself. And I thought why not? Isn’t that the whole point of Lego’s?

When I was a kid I'd played with Lego’s then I grew up and got a job as a graphic designer for Ad Agencies and forgot about Lego’s. Then I saw the Batman Begins movie and I was totally inspired again to build something with Lego’s.I decided to buy something that would have the necessary parts for the Tumbler and was “technical” enough to work almost like the real car.

Before I knew it I had bought about four Technic sets, mostly trucks and a F1 racer that all the flat panel parts, springs and black colored pieces that could be used for making the Tumbler. A year and a half later I had gathered enough research materials with over 1000 pictures and videos of the Tumbler from every conceivable angle including some accurate schematics all acquired over the internet. If I had half a million bucks I could actually built this thing for real.

Since I don’t, it could only materialize as a Lego interpretation. I had built it over 4 times, with each stage refining it until it looks something like the real thing. The object was to build it with a working drive train linked to a v8 engine, working front and rear suspensions and it all had to be proportionately accurate to the real Tumbler. One of the most prominent features of the Tumbler was the 4 large wheels in the back. And since everything else but the wheels can be modified in size so I based the length and width of the car on the back wheels. I took pictures of my own creation and overlaid it in Photoshop with an actual schematic and compared the proportions. This process of refinement and also working pretty much 1-2 days a week (I had a 9 to 7 day job) took me about one and half years to built it.

The last stage is to shoot it professionally design a mock package if it were to be released as a real set from Lego.

As for the Motorized version I have already explored the possibility using a RC Racer Buggy (8475)and about to start the motorized RC capable Tumbler. Stay Tuned!

Enjoy the pictures! Thanks for the Suggestions and kind reviews.






Comments

 I like it 
  January 5, 2014
Wow, impressive Tumbler! Any chance you've been able to build the instructions for sharing or sale or if you sell these? Thanks!
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  March 15, 2013
I'm a boy and love legos and absolutely love the MODAL please can I get instructions please my gmail is lukejarrodstumporioli@gmail.com Type it just Luke that pleases end me some thanks!!!!!
 I like it 
  March 12, 2013
mike could you sale one for me!?
 I made it 
  December 21, 2012
Quoting paul clancy Hey, i was wondering if by chance you ever created instructions for this magnificent model?
If i had a program that I can use to rebuild in 3D then I would be able to output it. Is there such a program? I've had no luck. I would also rebuild this thing in less parts and more functional flaps and such. Also the steering would have to be re-engineered.
 I like it 
  December 21, 2012
Hey, i was wondering if by chance you ever created instructions for this magnificent model?
 I made it 
  August 14, 2012
Quoting David H This might work: http://sr3dbuilder.altervista.org/ Absolutely fantastic model. Well done.
Thanks for the link. Rebuilding this 3D gonna be nuts.
 I like it 
  August 14, 2012
This might work: http://sr3dbuilder.altervista.org/ Absolutely fantastic model. Well done.
 I made it 
  August 12, 2012
IF anyone knows of a Technic builder program that I can download somewhere it would be great. I would rebuild the whole thing and offer up the instructions for cheap!
 I made it 
  August 15, 2011
Sorry no instructions its all top secret. I didn't have time to put together anything. U can always cheat a little and paint the parts black.
 I like it 
  August 15, 2011
Ok wow that's the most amazing Lego set I've ever seen!!! I saw the box on google and I couldn't find the set anywhere!! Could I get the instructions? I have a ton of tecnic but there like red and yellow so it won't be as good but still. Good job on it I couldn't do anything like that in my own. And I hope your making an RC one cause that would be crazy cool keep up the great work please!!!
 I like it 
  July 5, 2011
congrats on MOTD!
 I like it 
  July 5, 2011
Weird, I just watched Batman begins and the Dark Knight on Saturday!!
 I like it 
  July 5, 2011
It looks great but the top is a bit overly cluttered in my opinion.
 I like it 
  July 5, 2011
It looks great but the top is a bit overly cluttered in my opinion.
 I like it 
  July 5, 2011
It's amazing!
  July 5, 2011
Good - make it steer and it jumps to excellent.
 I like it 
  July 5, 2011
Excellent MOTD!
 I like it 
  January 21, 2011
That's beefy!
 I like it 
  August 19, 2010
Wow! how does the steering work?
 I like it 
  May 6, 2010
That's the nicest MOC what I've seen ever !! Wooow...
 I made it 
  March 6, 2010
Sorry No instructions as of yet. Thanks for your comments :)
Quoting Victor ruiz Hey Man!Your tumbler is helluva EXPERT work!Even though i got two technic sets I believe i got all the pieces ready to go.By the way your tumbler is greater then the dude at www.sariel.pl.What has got into your mind to make a really cool/Beyond technic tumbler.More better than the most complex set ever.Please send instructions at vruiz.010@gmail.com.
 I like it 
  March 6, 2010
Hey Man!Your tumbler is helluva EXPERT work!Even though i got two technic sets I believe i got all the pieces ready to go.By the way your tumbler is greater then the dude at www.sariel.pl.What has got into your mind to make a really cool/Beyond technic tumbler.More better than the most complex set ever.Please send instructions at vruiz.010@gmail.com.
 I like it 
  January 12, 2010
Supaaaaah!!! I admire your work and it's great to take a look at the most precisely resembling Lego Batman Tumbler ever made. Lego should hire you for some heavy duty projects to build some good stuff. Also I do like to build large scale models using Lego. There are some future school projects in which I'm going to use Lego as well, because my education is about industrial product design. Like you did, I made out a red pickup sports truck and photographed it on ice to resemble the real thing for school presentations. Keep going the good work. PS: I also like your large scale Titanic.
 I like it 
  December 30, 2009
uhh, Mike, is there a link to this, most wanted lego sets thingy you said previously? Amazing after 3 years, there a people still interested in these
 I like it 
  December 14, 2009
Now that is a batmobile!
 I like it 
  December 14, 2009
Now that is a batmobile!
  November 30, 2009
Mikey, This is John, your former manager from Dairy Barn in Baldwin. How the heck are you? It is good to see that you now have a girl you can call your own. Hey do you have a Facebook Account? Let's keep in touch. Best to you, John jbismonte@shaw.ca - home john.bismonte@aecom.com - work
 I made it 
  September 19, 2009
If I had it I'd be a rich man by now. Unfortunately I don't have a technic builder program that can do it. Sorry
Quoting Sanket Panda Instructions
 I like it 
  September 19, 2009
Instructions
 I made it 
  August 2, 2009
The last 2 pics on the Tumbler page has the chassis.
Quoting patrick teefy hey mike, i have the same idea. im trying to make my own tumbler except my problem is tht i can't get my chassis right. i was wonderin if u could give me some plans or even some good pics of ur chassis. it would be a big help to me thnx mike. :)
  July 12, 2009
hey mike, i have the same idea. im trying to make my own tumbler except my problem is tht i can't get my chassis right. i was wonderin if u could give me some plans or even some good pics of ur chassis. it would be a big help to me thnx mike. :)
 I like it 
  March 23, 2009
I like the red one better p.s great moc
 I like it 
  November 13, 2008
I'd pay good money for this!
 I like it 
  September 17, 2008
i love this thing. should be a real LEGO set. when its Remote controled! lol this one could be a showcase one. the other for play. BTW i have a mini. its one of the 6 most popular Tumblers at the moment along side Apple Pie's mini. both of ours are cool. but AP... mines better... haha just kidding, you gave me insperation if you see this.
 I like it 
  September 10, 2008
awesome! check out my mini 4-wide tumbler
 I made it 
  August 19, 2008
Everyone who wants a Lego Tumbler should copy the link to this page and send your request for Most Wanted Lego Sets to Lego directly. There's a minifig version of Tumbler coming out, not sure why they're not making a TEchnic version.
 I like it 
  August 6, 2008
would you make instructions?
 I like it 
  July 29, 2008
this is amazing! this should be official lego ultimate collection series! all i can say is wow! WOW!
 I made it 
  July 22, 2008
For steering version check out the RC Tumbler.
 I like it 
  July 21, 2008
I'd so buy it... even though their is already a lego batman tumbler in production at lego.
 I like it 
  March 30, 2008
Very nice! it puts my little minifig scale tumbler to shame.
 I like it 
  February 20, 2008
What an absolutely superb model, your a genius I'm going to try and have a go to make this model myself! (Try being the operative word!)
 I like it 
  April 24, 2007
Incredible. I recomend you make a lego ruber band gun. Im sure the mechanism for it would be genius.
 I like it 
  February 12, 2007
This thing is utterly stupendous (see dictionary.com) If you pitch it to Lego surely they could release it as an official model (with enough support). I'd buy one in a snap! They've done it with the UCS Falcon...
 I like it 
  February 10, 2007
impressive accuracy! its too bad you had to paint pieces :/
 I like it 
  February 5, 2007
This ownzors. U should send the pics to the lego peeps. Love the suspension system. Add some firing missiles and u got urself a perfect reproduction.
 
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