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"The Tumbler" Desert Camouflage Batmobile
The original Desert Camouflage version of the Batmobile from the film Batman Begins.
About this creation
After creating my original black Batmobile Tumbler I was stumped for ideas for a new creation. While I thought about it I figured I'd be lazy and just make a different colour one. In film Batman Begins, Bruce Wayne discovers the tumbler in the basement of Wayne Enterprises, designed for the military and never used it is painted in a desert camouflage paint scheme. He repaints it black and repurposes it as the new Batmobile.

After a quick search I discovered Lego didn't manufacture all the pieces I needed to create it in either Tan or Brown. That put me off making it for a while but I soon learned that Lego pieces could be coloured using vinyl dye, usual only used for car interiors. I bought a can and did some tests on some old blocks and it worked almost perfectly on any colour without the underlying colour being visible. The only downside was the fact that the colour would chip off on the studs when pieces were connected, but I was only putting my creation together once, so the studs would never be seen.

I ordered all the parts I'd need in white except for a few pieces which I couldn't get in white so I had to settle for the next lightest available colour. I assembled it in white to make sure I had all the pieces, disassembled it and then sprayed them all tan for the base coat.

Once it was dry (it's touch dry in 10 minutes, but takes 72 hours to cure properly) I used tape to mask the areas I wanted brown, one piece at a time. It took about a day to paint the brown, doing 2 to 3 pieces at a time, a coat every 10 minutes or so. I tried to paint the pattern layout as close as I could to the film reference, but a few spots I had to change as it was very difficult to get the tape to stick around the studs and paint would seep in under the tape. It came out a bit rough around the edges of the brown pattern, and a few nights later I touched it up here and there. It's still a bit dodgy in some areas upon close inspection, but after my fixes I think it holds up fairly well.


The actual design is pretty much identical to my original black Tumbler. I made some internal changes to both models to improve the strength of the little flaps that stick out in front of the back tires, but apart from that it was only colour changes. The camouflage version has a black interior rather than a dark grey one and it chrome silver grills on the back along with a few different printed pieces inside and out.

The end result I'm reasonably happy with, I may go back and try and touch up some of the paint here and there, but it's much better than it was and every time I try and fix it I risk making it worse. The brown is darker than it appears in the film, but it was the only brown vinyl dye I could find unfortunately. While I am happy with it, I would probably never do it again, I think I'm just too impatient to take my time to paint it properly and the final result suffered from it.



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Comments

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  January 27, 2014
As usual, Lego's factory model cannot even sniff the excellence of this creation. Top of the line stuff, Brent!
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  April 4, 2013
I saw this on CUUSOO before it was cool.
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  April 4, 2013
Your toughest critic is almost always yourself, so don't tear yourself down. You did great!
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  April 4, 2013
Excellent! Very deserving of MOTD!!
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  April 4, 2013
Nice work, gratz on MOTD!
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  April 4, 2013
Quite impressive! I admire your immense patience...I certainly could not have done that! Congratulations on getting the MOTD. Will support on CUUSOO. -LB Jr.
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  April 4, 2013
Awesome! congrats on motd! it deserves it, one of the best (if not the best) Tumblers i've seen!
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  April 4, 2013
"We will need it." Lots of DNR stuff lately, but this stands out.
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  April 4, 2013
Dude, That is amazing! Well done!
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  April 4, 2013
You know, even the snow varient looks cool. This is probably one of those times I don't mind a creation not being Purist. The detail and accuarays is fantastic.
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  April 4, 2013
Wow!
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  April 4, 2013
Nice MOTD!
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  April 4, 2013
Very nice! Good luck with Cuusoo, and congrats on MOTD!
 I like it 
  May 20, 2012
Very cool, I always wondered how you got tan and brown camo bricks since I first saw it on Cuusoo.
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  February 22, 2012
This looks perfect! I hope it gets it's 10,000 votes on Cuusoo. :)
 I like it 
  January 7, 2012
Oh. My. Gosh.
 I like it 
  March 14, 2010
Who produced the vinyl dye (spray?) you have used?
 I like it 
  August 4, 2009
i like it! now batman can go in the desert to!!!!! by the way please look at this moc!!!! its not mine but its fully epic!!!!! http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/140822
 I like it 
  April 26, 2009
"I gotta get me one of those..." :) were did you get the vinyl polish thing from???
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  January 18, 2009
We're frequently told by our LEGO peers that painting non-minifig parts is somehow "cheating," but the skill and effort that went into this definitely proves otherwise. Well done!
 I made it 
  January 16, 2009
Quoting Legomad 100 go minfig fit inside?
yes, just like the black one a batman minifig will fit inside
 I like it 
  January 16, 2009
Can a lego minfig fit inside?
 I like it 
  November 4, 2008
This is a perfect job. Incredible work!
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  August 24, 2008
This is awesome! The way you put so much effort into the finished product and the way it came out is astounding.
 I like it 
  July 28, 2008
-HTRA- Hey That's Really Awsome
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  July 26, 2008
epic, words escape me...
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  July 13, 2008
super model ! excellent ! sa c'est une bonne batmobile
 I like it 
  July 3, 2008
EXCELLENT
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  June 1, 2008
this is very cool. I tried to do it, but i had a hard time trying to get my guys to fit. I don't thinkk yours can fit the two people, like in the movie. can it?
Brent Waller
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Gert-Jan Hallink
  April 11, 2008
The camoflage totaly looks great! This is the best minifig scale batmobile I know of!
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  April 11, 2008
Wow this is asweme. Really accurate to the movie. I like the idea of using paint to get the camo. I like to paint legos too, but I paint halo mini figs instead of models. You can take a look at them if you want.
 I like it 
  April 11, 2008
that is awsome. the camo is perfect
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  April 11, 2008
While I am generally against colouring pieces, yours is really high quality- I wouldn't let colour get in the way of an awesome moc like this.
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  April 11, 2008
This is just to damn cool! Excellent painting/dyeing job, looks fantastic. This definitely deserves MOC of the day.
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  April 11, 2008
the color is very good and the design ofcourse
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  April 11, 2008
its very good and i like the paint you used i also like it that u painted it quite accuratly and there are no realy visable mistakes also where did you get the paint from since i have been lookin for paint for ages that will work on lego.
 I like it 
  April 11, 2008
Does it come in black?LOL I rated the black one too these are great mocs it looks just like the real thing. by the way I have the same color problems when building on lego digi designer. awsome job please rate and review my mocs
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  April 11, 2008
Oh My GOD! this is SOO GREAT!! so nice!!! ur talented man!! its so nice! good job! keep up the good work!!!
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  April 11, 2008
wow! this is amazing! great job in design and personal painting!
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  April 11, 2008
It's really good~~I like this one more than black one.
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  April 11, 2008
Great job men, very great job
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  April 11, 2008
HOLY....wow thats REALLY COOL!
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  April 11, 2008
Dude that's fantastic. The time and effort you've put into this is amazing. Chipping of the paint in some areas, although not visible to me, could be wear and tear from field testing? Hmmm, vinyl dye you say...?
 
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