Batman and Bane Tumbler Duo

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What do you say to a 3-year-old who asks, "Can I have one?"

In that moment my unspoken (and possibly foolish) answer was, "Well, yes, I could design a Batman Tumbler for him. It'd make a great Christmas present".
Thus began a quest to design a child-friendly, playable build that became a 3 year mission. These models are the result.

The first vehicle is the classic Batman Tumbler. This was the starting point for this project and where it all began, not just for me and my son but for the whole "Dark Knight Trilogy" itself. The Tumbler
is a two-seater and designed to echo the ‘feel’ of the film vehicle, featuring a raked front profile with angled forks, a hinged roof and a triple rear wing, as well as dual machine guns at the front.

The second vehicle is the Tank Tumbler, as featured in the final film of the trilogy, "The Dark Knight Rises". Along with the forks, opening roof and machine guns, it has the Tank Tumbler's distinctive turret,
complete with a side-ways mounted, raiseable arrow shooter. A thumbwheel on the side moves the turret into position, whilst a hidden worm-gear provides the resistance to allow the shooter to be fired.

The vehicles are designed to be fun to play with, as well as interesting to build. Both have SNOT details and make use of Technic pieces to allow for non-standard spacing and angles. Each vehicle features rear wheel hub-cab details, side air brakes/scoops and an 8 cyclinder-esque engine block with jet exhaust.

Note that there are two parts missing from the LFX file - these are the Hub Caps - 18978 and the black studs - 6141 that go in the rear wheels. Unfortunately, LDD still doesn't list the Hub Caps, so these assemblies are not in the file.
You need just one pack of 18978 for all 4 of the 5 spoke Hub Caps and 4 x 6141 (2 for each vehicle). I have added the relevant parts into the inventory list though.
Finally, the Tank Tumbler roof hatch in the LXF file is slightly different to the one in the photos - the LFX uses 1 piece less (4x4 Reddish Brown plate instead of 2, 2x4 Dark Tan plates) and the wing and 2 x 2 corner plate have been changed to Dark Tan instead of Reddish Brown to compensate for the increase in Reddish brown on this section.

Thanks for looking and I hope you like the designs.
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MOC-10466

Name Batman and Bane Tumbler Duo
Designer Argonaut
Designed 2017
Inventory 616 parts
Theme Super Heroes > Batman
Old Trafford

8 COMMENTS

  • 4 months, 3 weeks ago dentalcorp Level 11 PRO
    Just built it. The are very cool. The design of the Bane one is exceptional! I did it in LBG and DBG because I had those parts in hand. Something I found special is how different are the instructions for both models. The black one is way easier to build! Thanks to share!
  • 1 year, 3 months ago TurboRatRods Level 32 MOC Designer PRO
    Not a Batman fan, but these are very impressive!

    Thanks for sharing, especially the lxf files.
  • 2 years, 3 months ago Argonaut Level 5 Designed this MOC
    Thank you both for your comments, I'm glad you like them!
    @Lorenzoo92 - you are definitely right in terms of the timeline but, do we actually see the tank tumbler in Batman Begins? I didn't think we did but, now I'll have to go back and check!
    @LegoOri - it all came about when my wife paid for the parts for the old Lego 7888 Barman Tumbler. My son really liked it when it was built and asked if he could have one. That one is a bit oversized for a minifig vehicle, plus one of parts is super rare so, I made a rather rash promise and couldn't let him down!
    • 2 years, 3 months ago Lorenzo92 Level 13 MOC Designer
      Yep, we see Lucius (Morgan Freeman) showing the Tumbler to Bruce and he does a test drive inside. Either the weapons were removed and he painted it black (Batman doesn't use guns), or it was just a whole different design.

      Let's see how much it costs to build :)
      • 2 years, 3 months ago Argonaut Level 5 Designed this MOC
        Hi Lorenzo,

        Just had a look. :-)

        Bruce and Lucius do test drive a Tumbler with the camo pattern colour scheme in that scene but, it isn't the version we see in the TDKR with the turret mounted cannon, just the standard one, which Bruce then asks if it comes in black, so I think the implication is that it just gets a re-spray.

        I think I might have caused confusion when I called the camo one in this MOC the 'Tank Tumbler' (meaning the one with the turret mounted cannon), especially as the police do describe the original one (no turret) in Batman Begins as a 'tank' when they radio in about it in its first scene in the new black colour scheme.

        Thanks so much for your interest and the discussion, was fun looking at the original scenes again!
        • 2 years, 3 months ago Lorenzo92 Level 13 MOC Designer
          Hmm, it has been a long time since I've seen the trilogy. Either way it's a really good replica of an iconic car, well done!
  • 2 years, 3 months ago LegoOri Level 29 MOC Designer PRO
    Great builds, they look awesome and very realistic. I also think it's great you build for your children.
  • 2 years, 3 months ago Lorenzo92 Level 13 MOC Designer
    Wow. Great model for an amazing movie trilogy. I believe the ''Bane'' version was also in Batman Begins though, Bane only stole it in TDKR ;)
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