The Batman Begins Tumbler is one of the most difficult fully functioning scale models that I have created. It took a lot of time and effort to come to this. I am very glad to have finished this project so I can present it to you. Enjoy watching the pictures.
About this creation
It started four years ago, when I found out that I have enough Lego parts to build a Batmobile. Right then I decided to make a start. First I wanted to build a model based on the Batmobile from the 1989 movie Batman, which was directed by Tim Burton. Then I thought about the Batman Begins Tumbler. The outline is rugged and the design shows quite a bit of aggressiveness in both appearance and performance.
The most difficult part was how to start. It kept me weeks and weeks to try to construct a solid base as a frame. It took me an estimated fifty times to build a frame and break it off, then start again all over. Sometimes I thought that I wasn’t even the right person to build something that difficult like a Lego Technic Tumbler. Then I told myself to put my act together and work my arse off. To avoid tunnel vision, I interrupted my building process and did some research before continuing.
My research began by collecting images. My motivation grew as I found out that there are many Lego builders who already did create a Lego model of the Tumbler. For building my own Tumbler, I partially followed their path. I am not claiming that I created the most beautiful or best functioning Tumbler, but I did my best to build something that could help display my skills and enthusiasm.
It took me nearly four years to complete the first prototype of the Tumbler. Building models from Lego is my hobby, not my profession. During those four years I spent most of my time to college and work. During nights I spent my remaining time to assemble.
What made it more difficult was that I wanted the Tumbler to be relatively small, but it has to fulfill every single function that the Tumbler did in the Dark Knight movies, except the guns. These are the power functions I added:
- battery box (1)
- extra large electric motor (1)
- medium electric motor (2)
- servomotor (1)
- power functions lights (3)
When building the first prototype most of the subassemblies failed and just a couple of the mechanisms worked. The second prototype took almost three months and this also almost failed miserably. After my second prototype I almost gave up, but after a month of spending zero time on Lego I started to build the third prototype. Surprisingly, everything went smooth and that final prototype was built under one month.
The mechanisms I built in are:
- working steering (RC)
- working feathers
- cabin opens as a rose (RC)
I want to thank two people who helped me building this Tumbler, Mike Ioh and Gyuta K. Since I was inspired in particular by Mike Ioh to build a Batman begins Tumbler, I want to thank him for sharing the photos of his Lego Technic scale model with us.
When I could not make up my mind about how to build the steering system as compact as possible, I watched Gyuta's pictures and videos and translated his steering system to my own. It works great.
You did a beautiful job. Yes, there are a lot of tumbr's out there (I have one built and posted on my own page) but very few out of Technic. Technic adds a degree of functionality but takes away from aesthetics, but you did a great job with both. Who cares on how long it took to complete, everyone has different time demands? Congrats on completing the model and congrats on completing your education!