"The Tumbler" Desert Camouflage Batmobile . The original Desert Camouflage version of the Batmobile from the film Batman Begins. . 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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