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#1 Pellaeon

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 01:31 AM

Batmobile
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Update: see updated Batmobile in post #10 below.

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Howdy folks! This is my first MOC in the licensed forum: the Batmobile, as seen in Batman: The Animated Series.

This MOC has been a long time in the making, but well worth the effort. B:TAS was one of my favorite shows growing up, so with some inspiration from the work of others (including the excellent Batmobile by blueandwhite), I've put together my take on the Batmobile. It is intended to be minifigure scaled, though at 10 studs it'd be slightly wider than even a tractor-trailer. The Batman minifig does fit in the cockpit, as shown in the final photo.

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Lots more photos can be found on flickr.

I'm particularly proud of how the front turned out, and that I was able to get the wheels as far forward as I did — I think they're as close to the front bumper as they can possibly get! I've used SNOT techniques to give the rear a gentle U-shaped curve between the fins, and I'm using a Belville Bucket as the big exhaust. I'd like to get some stickers to use as headlights on the front, and I may continue exploring ways to do the air intakes in front of the rear wheels (they should be angled, but I haven't gotten anything to work in such limited space).

Comments and criticisms are welcome, thanks for looking!

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 01:57 AM

Great job on the Batmobile 'Pellaeon'! Posted Image I like the overall smoothness of it, really very sleek-looking. The design is simple yet resembles the real vehicle. It would have been nice to see more curves (reduced blockiness) but I know it's impossible due to limited curve slope parts available in lego.

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#3 super curry max

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 03:41 AM

I love it. The animated series batmobile was one of my favorite toys as a kid. You should make it so the back comes out into the glider like the actual toy did. That would be neat. :)

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 04:04 AM

Excellent Batmobile 'Pellaeon' - now that's one COOL black car ! :grin:
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Posted 12 July 2010 - 04:06 AM

Great job! It looks very clean, as it should since it's from a cartoon :thumbup:

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 05:40 AM

Nice work on the Batmobile.  I tried building this car a few years back.  Im many ways this version is everything I hoped to achieve (but couldn't quite manage) when I was working on mine.  I really think you nailed the general shape of the car.  In particular, the back end of the car is really nicely done with the SNOT work on the four fins.  The front end is also quite beautiful.  My only real suggestion would be to consider extending the mid-section of the car by two studs or so.  The BTAS Batmobile was very exaggerated in its length.  I think an extra two studs length in front of the windscreen might go a long way to enhance an already beautiful MOC.

Again, this is really great stuff.

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Posted 13 July 2010 - 12:51 PM

Pellaeon, I will now worship you for posting this  :wub:  Seriously, this is just as awesome as blueandwhite's version, which I am also supremely jealous of. The back in particular is lovely, good studless work and a faithful adaptation of the rear boosters. And the slightly metallic silver along the front really lifts it. Not a fault that I can spot!

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#8 Pellaeon

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Posted 15 July 2010 - 12:29 AM

Thanks for the kind words, everyone!  I'm glad you enjoyed it.  :classic:

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My only real suggestion would be to consider extending the mid-section of the car by two studs or so.  The BTAS Batmobile was very exaggerated in its length.  I think an extra two studs length in front of the windscreen might go a long way to enhance an already beautiful MOC.
Longer, really?  You're right that the length is very exaggerated, especially when it appears in the cartoon (like the image I posted above), which may be a function of how "off model" the animation was at times. I mostly worked from a handful of line drawings I found online (presumably from one of the "Art of…" books) and the Hotwheels toy car.  The Hotwheels version is not nearly as exaggerated, or at least it has a different width-to-length ratio than the line drawings or the TV show. I went for a design that was about 30% longer than Hotwheels' model. I'm worried that making it longer will look ridiculous, though the midsection should be longer (relative to the rest of the car) than I've depicted it.  Do you have other source materials you based your design on?  I'd love to see a top-down view of the car, from either the TV show or original artwork... then we'd have a better idea what the dimensions should be like.
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Posted 16 July 2010 - 10:48 AM

View PostPellaeon, on 15 July 2010 - 12:29 AM, said:

Thanks for the kind words, everyone!  I'm glad you enjoyed it.  :classic:


Longer, really?  You're right that the length is very exaggerated, especially when it appears in the cartoon (like the image I posted above), which may be a function of how "off model" the animation was at times. I mostly worked from a handful of line drawings I found online (presumably from one of the "Art of…" books) and the Hotwheels toy car.  The Hotwheels version is not nearly as exaggerated, or at least it has a different width-to-length ratio than the line drawings or the TV show. I went for a design that was about 30% longer than Hotwheels' model. I'm worried that making it longer will look ridiculous, though the midsection should be longer (relative to the rest of the car) than I've depicted it.  Do you have other source materials you based your design on?  I'd love to see a top-down view of the car, from either the TV show or original artwork... then we'd have a better idea what the dimensions should be like.

I wish I still had the source materials, however it has been a while since I completed my batmobile.  I worked primarily from WB studios line art as well as a number of photos I found through Google.  The problem is that I did my batmobile a few years ago and the images that come up after a search are completely different.  My batmobile is slightly longer in the midsection and I still find that I could have gone further with it.  The only way to know for sure is to give it a try and see if you like it.

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 08:57 PM

View Postblueandwhite, on 12 July 2010 - 05:40 AM, said:

My only real suggestion would be to consider extending the mid-section of the car by two studs or so.  The BTAS Batmobile was very exaggerated in its length.

View PostPellaeon, on 15 July 2010 - 12:29 AM, said:

Longer, really?

View Postblueandwhite, on 16 July 2010 - 10:48 AM, said:

The only way to know for sure is to give it a try and see if you like it.

That is one of the best things about LEGO: it's never (too) hard to try something different! So, I have finally tried extending the mid-section a bit... I think it looked a little deformed when I tried extending it by two studs (no pics, sorry), but extending it one stud helps a lot.

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The proportions look more accurate this way. Thanks for the advice, blueandwhite!  :thumbup:
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More on flickr... first 8 photos are new. Enjoy!

PS: I hope to post pictures of my Tumbler Batmobile next week... stay tuned!  :grin:

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 09:24 PM

Quite simply, a vision in SNOT.  That series was still some of the best Batman ever committed to the screen.  Nice job, keep up the great work!

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 08:26 AM

That looks awesome man!
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Posted 09 April 2011 - 08:53 PM

Hey Pellaeon, Im trying to reverse engineer your Batmobile, right in front of the rear wheels there seems to be a 2x1 cheese wedge turned sideways. How did you affix that on so that it is flush with the wedge plates that sandwich it?

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Posted 09 April 2011 - 10:21 PM

View PostSolscud007, on 09 April 2011 - 08:53 PM, said:

Hey Pellaeon, Im trying to reverse engineer your Batmobile, right in front of the rear wheels there seems to be a 2x1 cheese wedge turned sideways. How did you affix that on so that it is flush with the wedge plates that sandwich it?

It's just a new-style headlight at the right spot... 2 bricks wide = 5 plates tall, so use the headlight + 2 plates. The wedge plates are the old-school version without stud notches, btw.

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Posted 09 April 2011 - 11:40 PM

Thanks. Yeah when I was trying to build the Batmobile in in LDD, I noticed the wedge plates had notches and yours dont.  Thanks

Also the wheels are from megablocks rally cars right?

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Posted 10 April 2011 - 06:12 AM

no the wheels come from some of the racer sets.
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Posted 27 April 2011 - 11:37 PM

At first glance, this looks exactly like the Hot Wheels 1:30 BTAS batmobile. Kudos. My friend who's a huge BTAS geek will go crazy when he sees this. He's also been vying for Lego Batman sets, but I tell him Lego might do it for the new Batman movie.
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Posted 27 April 2011 - 11:44 PM

Great likeness!

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