The Batman Begins Tumbler was one of the most difficult fully functioning scale models that I have created thus far. It took a lot of time and effort to come to the end result. This time I present an almost totally white version of the Batman begins Tumbler. Not only because of its color, but also because its police decals I named it after White Knight tumbler. With ďwhiteĒ I refer to law and enforcement. Enjoy watching the pictures.
About this creation
The first Dark Knight Tumbler took me four years to build. This time I built the White Knight Tumbler in under one week. When I already finished the Black tumbler in 2012, I found out that I have as much as Lego components left to build two, maybe three more Tumbler models. After finishing the White Knight Tumbler, I still have choice enough to build a dark grey, maybe a white/blue and a red/black or totally red velvet tumbler. I donít think I will do that, because two Tumblers are enough for me and I want to concentrate on building other stuff too, like more motorcycles, other sports cars etc. I donít think I will do that, because two Tumblers are enough for me and I want to concentrate on building other stuff too, like more motorcycles, other sports cars etc.
For creating the White Knight Tumbler, I had to disassemble the Black Tumbler and it almost looked like I destroyed the Black one. Looks deceive, because I always try to create something out of Lego with patience and the ease to fit sub-assemblies back together, without thinking too much. In this case it wasnít part of my building plan, but sometimes I donít break off a model entirely and save one or more sub-assemblies from previous models from disassembly. Then I merge them with future models to save time.
During my research I didnít find much images of white Tumblers. Most of the builders choose to build a black Tumbler and a few build a Tumbler with a military color scheme. Those are awesome to look at and itís amazing to see how everyone builds their own Tumbler. On the other hand, I was actually inspired by the police decals from other Lego sets. Normally I never use any decals, but I liked the police decals and I saw that I already had enough parts to put an almost totally white Tumbler together.
On this particular model it was a bit more difficult to put the mechanisms together for the steering part. I only have one servomotor and already used it in the black Tumbler. Since servomotors are relatively expensive, I decided to go for a medium electric motor. Itís relatively easy to fit into a Tumbler, because I already used a medium electric motor for the steering part of the Ferrari GT4. It was already difficult to fit the servomotor inside the nose of the black Tumbler. Still I had to position a medium electric motor and the steering differential inside a part that was way too small to contain it. Yet I succeeded to strategically fit the motor and differential into position.
These are the power functions I added:
- battery box (1)
- extra large electric motor (1)
- medium electric motor (3)
- power functions lights (3)
A lot of weight went off my shoulders, since I knew that I didnít have to redesign the mechanisms again. I simply copied every moving mechanisms from the black Tumbler. Here and there I tried to remove as much items as I could without letting the model become too weak or have the tendency to fall apart while driving it. To make the front bounce more stiff I added on extra spring on each side, so now it has six feathers in the front and still two in the rear.
During the building of 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)
Quoting Starscream Soundwave
This looks superb, but please click 'large' when next uploading photos!
You are right. Due to my busy schedule, I didn't have the chance to take a proper look at it. I'll try to make some adjustments in the programming. Maybe the pics will be bigger if I enlarge the measurements of the thumbnails, because neither I was that happy about the size.