The Batman Begins Tumbler is one of the most difficult fully functioning scale models that I built. It took me a lot of time and effort to come to this. I feel very happy to have completed this project.
About this creation
First I didn't make a choice betwen building the 2005 Christopher Nolan Batman Tumbler or the 1989 Tim Burton Batmobile. Yet I started and saw what happened. LAstly, I decided to build the Batman Begins Tumbler. The reasons to do that is because I prefer the rugged and aggressive design and for me it was a huge challenge.
The most difficult part was how to start. For a couple of weeks I tried to form the frame. It took me around fifty times to create a solid frame all over again. Sometimes I hesitated about being the right person to build this model. After putting my act together and ignoring the hesitations, I worked my arse off. To avoid tunnel vision, I constantly interrupted the building process and constantly looked back 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, but I did my best to build something that could help converting my skills into competence and display my enthusiasm as much as possible.
It took me nearly four years to complete the first prototype of the Tumbler. Especcially in the beginning, when I started to build something without any instructions. The benefits are that I decided what sub assembly to build and how to build it.
First I tried to build the Lego Tumbler as compact as possible, while it had to contain every single function to resemble the movie version, except the guns. Because of the many functions, I had to create a bigger Tumbler than planned before. I added the following Power Functions:
- battery box (1)
- extra large electric motor (1)
- medium electric motor (2)
- servomotor (1)
- power functions lights (3)
After building the first prototype, most of the sub-assemblees failed. Building the second prototype took almost three months and this also failed miserably. At this point I almost gave up, but after a month of spending zero time on Lego I continued building the third prototype. I was surprised that everything went smooth and that I built the final prototype in under one month.
The mechanisms I built in are:
- working steering (RC)
- working feathers
- cabin opens as a rose (RC)
My biggest thank goes to two people who inspired me to continue building this Tumbler: 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 couldn't build the steering system as compact as possible, yet properly functioning. I researched 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!