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Mini Batmobile by Tiler & Kaitimar LDD
Recreation
About this creation
Based on Mini Batmobileby Tiler.

EDIT - It has just been brought to my attention that Tiler's design is a refinement of an earlier design (circa 2008) by Kaitimar so a joint credit should go to both these two for the original concept.

As long time watchers of my gallery will know, from time to time I attempt to recreate in LDD designs I discover on the net which have been created in real bricks. The challenge is to attempt to retro-engineer their building techniques so I can learn new building ideas to add to my own future designs.

This one I discovered on Cuusoo months ago when I was brainstorming a Batman themed mecha. For its size I was very impressed, but my attempts to "figure it out" didn't go so well.

Last week, suffering a little from insomnia and a distinct lack of inspiration I took the parts I could identify and just used trial and error to figure out what was underneath. Strangely my error and the secret to the shaping is an axle plate, I was using the wrong one. The rest as they say, just fell together.

Please support this design on Cuusoo, I know it isn't mine, but Tiler did a fantastic job with this, he needs some praise.



Since this isn't my design but a recreation, I feel it is appropriate for me to do a little review of the design. So here goes.



The design is based roughly on the Tim Burton version of the batmobile, and features a very low profile. This clearly is a roadster, unlike the "tumbler" it isn't going to manage too well off road.



It's a very streamlined design, with lines that flow remarkably well. For the scale I've not seen a design so organic looking for a 4 wide car. Correction, the wheels actually lie 6 studs apart not 4, so technically the dimensions are 6 x 12.



The batwings spoiler requires your imagination, but until Lego come up with a part that has tiny 2x1 wings this is the closest you can get. At least with parts available in LDD anyway.



I've tried to imagine what I might have done differently, but other than adding headlights and braking lights, it really is close to perfect. So nothing much, I might have swapped out the slopes at the front and back for transyellow and transred, but having said that, the black makes it look like the bumpers are rounding in like bat ears or wings, which is a lovely little aesthetic touch.



Overall, I'm so pleased with how this design turned out, I've supported both version on Cuusoo and hope everyone who sees this will do so as well.


By the way, the ideas for my Bat mecha V2 in this scale have gone out of the window since the techniques I thought were present here cannot work in a t-bar frame design. But I'm still not giving up on the idea. If it comes together it will be my best fusion piece to date.

As always feel free to rate and comment, or don't your choice. Spam and duplicate posts will be deleted, abuse reported, constructive criticism welcome. Remember this is a recreation when giving credit.



Comments

 I made it 
  July 25, 2013
Quoting David Roberts I love the mental challenge of looking at other folks' creations and working out how they did it and reverse engineering it. It's like doing a good crossword. I've popped over to Cuussoo and supported this as Lego already have a licence and this is a fun, small, affordable build that would be a great toy for kids. Quite different from what seems to succeed normally.
I look at these challenges like puzzles, and I love puzzles. Like I said in the description, it was only ONE piece that I had wrong in my first attempt, but nothing fit because of it. That was infuriating. Have to admit after the "debate" I got sucked into about "why" an unusual design was getting lots of support has convinced me more than ever that Cuusoo is populated by too many kids only interested in Minecraft and the latest fad movie.
 I made it 
  July 25, 2013
Quoting clayton Marchetti Awesome batmobile . Great design.
:)
 I like it 
  July 25, 2013
Awesome batmobile . Great design.
 I made it 
  July 25, 2013
Quoting Chris Roach cool ride!
Sure is. :)
 I like it 
  July 25, 2013
cool ride!
 I made it 
  July 25, 2013
Quoting David Roberts
Yeah it certainly was a puzzler. It's odd how only one piece can be the secret to an entire design.
 I like it 
  July 25, 2013
I love the mental challenge of looking at other folks' creations and working out how they did it and reverse engineering it. It's like doing a good crossword. I've popped over to Cuussoo and supported this as Lego already have a licence and this is a fun, small, affordable build that would be a great toy for kids. Quite different from what seems to succeed nomrally.
 
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