The Batman Begins Tumbler is one of my most difficult built fully functioning scale models. It took me a lot of time and effort to come to this. I feel very happy to have completed this project in 2013.
About this creation
My first intention was to build the 1989 Tim Burton Batmobile, so I started building. Eventually I ended up building the 2005 Christopher Nolan Batman Begins Tumbler. The reasons is that I prefer the rugged and aggressive design. Besides that, it was a huge challenge for me.
The start was the most difficult. I took me around fifty times to create a solid frame. In the beginning it was pretty frustrating, but I worked my arse off. To avoid tunnel vision, I took short breaks while building it to evaluate my progress before continuing.
My motivation grew as I found out that many Lego builders already created their own Lego Tumbler. They inspired me and I partially followed them. I am not claiming that my Tumbler is the most beautiful or best functioning at all, but I did my best to build something to show my skills and competences. This build was also about displaying my enthusiasm as much as possible.
It took me a while to complete the first prototype of the Tumbler. Like I said before, the first step is the hardest, especcially when building something without any instructions. The benefit is that I make the decisions about how to build.
First I tried to build the Lego Tumbler as compact as possible, while containing every single function to resemble the movie version, except the guns. The problem was, that the Power Functions parts did not fit inside, so I had to build bigger. I added these Power Functions parts:
- battery box (1)
- extra large electric motor (1)
- medium electric motor (2)
- servomotor (1)
- power functions lights (3)
Most of the first prototype's functions failed to work properly. The second prototype also failed, but more miserably. At that point I almost gave up, but after a week of building nothing I built the third prototype. Everything went smooth and that left me sursprised! The fourth and final prototype was the best functioning of all.
The working mechanisms are:
- working steering (RC)
- working feathers
- cabin opens as a rose (RC)
My biggest thank goes to two builders who inspired me so much: Mike Ioh and Gyuta K. Since particularly Mike Ioh inspired me to build a Batman begins Tumbler, I thank him for sharing his Lego Tumbler pictures with us.
For a long time I struggled to build a properly working compact steering system. I researched and found Gyuta's pictures and videos. I used them to translate his steering system to my own and 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!