[MOC] Batmobile - Batman's vehicle from 1989

Batmobile I built appeared in two films by Tim Burton - Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992). Batman (1989) along with The Dark Knight (2008) is one of my favorite movies with the guy in black suit.

In general I rarely build things which are not my original creation. I rather design everything from scratch. But some things are so great designed that it is fun to recreate them using bricks. And it can be real challenge to do so.

Keeping proper scale and proportions using LEGO bricks is not easy. The mini figures have completely unrealistic proportions and using them as a reference to the size of vehicles or buildings is hard. You can end up with completely different conclusions. With cars, the biggest problem is that sitting minifig is not much higher than standing fig. So if you want to put driver in the car you need to build car with really high height (if you compare it with standing minifig near to it).

Well, back to the topic. The Batmobile was designed by Anton Furst. He did a great job. The vehicle is very recognizable and it is classic. Really epic car.

My goal was to make the Batmobile in a minifig scale (whatever it means ;) ). Batman had to fit inside. Vehicle is 6 studs wide. I always thought about The Batmobile as a huge car with exaggerated mask. So I made it a little bigger than typical cars from the City series. Overall length is 24 studs. It was also important for me to keep the wheels in different sizes. Same like in the original - larger in the back, smaller ones in the front.

I have to say I am very happy with the result. With so small scale I managed to put many details and keep proportions close to the original.

My Batmobile will be showed on exhibition during the festival of fantasy Falkon in Lublin, Poland (6-9 November 2015). That's why I added some small diorama. It is street of Gotham City based on my original concept. This is not a scene from any movie. I was a bit limited with the height of the exhibition' cabinet. I would like to add one more floor but it would be to high. I made only front of the building, because I like the most fronts in the buildings :) Also I didn't want to distract viewers from the main attraction - Batmobile.

1. General view.

1. General view.

2. Building in Gotham City.

2. Building in Gotham City.

3. View from the top.

3. View from the top.

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7. Policeman.

7. Policeman.

8. Crook on the Gotham City street.

8. Crook on the Gotham City street.

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15. You can easly remove roof. There is extra place for the cape in the back of the car.

15. You can easly remove roof. There is extra place for the cape in the back of the car.

16. And last photo. Had some fun with the lightning.

16. And last photo. Had some fun with the lightning.

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