Make a life-sized Batmobile Tumbler and Batman themed Halloween display

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Here are the step-by-step instructions of how to build a full scale prop of the Tumbler from the Batman Begins/Dark Knight movies. I've also included some information for making an entire Batman themed display with things such as a life sized animatronic Batman, a rig of flying bats, and, of course, your own bat signal. It's the kind of project that I've always wanted to do since I was a kid. (Hasn't everyone wanted to own a Batmobile at some time in their life?)

My goal for this display was to make it as realistic as possible while keeping it affordable. I also wanted everything to be durable, reusable, portable, able to set up quickly by one person, and that it wouldn't take up much storage space when not in use. The cost for the completed Tumbler was about $600. It easily could have costed two to three times that amount, but I was able to use lots of scrap materials, found some freebies and saved a lot by purchasing used items on eBay. Most of the year was spent figuring out which items were needed and trying to collect everything on the cheap.

Please know that I am not a carpenter, and only have basic tools and limited construction knowledge. I'm sure there are more efficient ways to do this project (a table saw would have really helped), but I think it's good to show that anyone can do it. Also, I did this project in my spare time while running a business and juggling family responsibilities, so it's difficult to judge the true time required. Included are some notes about the general time line counting down until Halloween in italics.

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ljm9111 month ago
Wow you make me want to build an awesome batmobile like yours
nlamboy14 months ago
Where are you located? Would love to rent this for my Batman themed party!
jerjod (author)  nlamboy14 months ago

In Lansing Michigan. I do 'event production' for a living, so I'd love to help out!

nlamboy1 jerjod4 months ago
Your work is amazing! I'm actually in Jersey City, NJ ...Im sure thats an inconvenience for you but anything you can help me out with would be greatly appreciated!! The party is for my first borns sweet 16 and I want it to be fabulous! She wanted more of an elegant batman themed party so I been following some ideas from a batman wedding. Totally wish I had the time to make the bat mobile. Think you could give me some decorating ideas?
jerjod (author)  nlamboy13 months ago

Thanks so much! The biggest "bang for the buck" would be the bat signal. Send pictures after the party!


jbriese19 months ago
Crazy amazing
thegodof3d10 months ago

Hi , guys i cant watch this video , anybody can tell me video url on youtube?

please! i want to make one .

thegodof3d10 months ago

Hi , guys i cant watch this video , anybody can tell me video url on youtube?

please! i want to make one .

thegodof3d10 months ago

Hi , guys i cant watch this video , anybody can tell me video url on youtube?

please! i want to make one .

johnstat00011 months ago

Wow... just Wow... Pretty darn Cool!

AARENAARON1 year ago



milkdud551 year ago
Holy Crap! :O
JProjects2 years ago
hope its street legal
Bobkevin122 years ago
That's awesome. I was hopeing to buy a tumbler for 1.4 M but that was expensive so i tried to find how to build a tumbler. If you are able to modify it to drive, please tell me how!
ssonier2 years ago
Amazing work!!
jt08132 years ago
Holy Movie Quality, Batman! I can't stop checking this out!! Scope and Grandeur is nothing short of Amazing and Awe-Inspiring! And for someone who claims to NOT be a carpenter... you should be working on a Movie Set as a Production Designer! Gotta show this to my Girl's cousin, he will go APE S%^! Fav'd and Following...Thanks for sharing, Mr. Wayne.
jerjod (author)  jt08132 years ago
Thank you sir, for the kind words!
jt0813 jerjod2 years ago
You are quite welcome! If I ever attempt, I will post some pics. Definitely inspirational, esp your use of things you had available. Spectacularly achieved!
pghjim2 years ago
Holy Hot Wheels, Batman!
That was one Herculean effort. You are a true Batman fan.
Nicely done!
JonnyBGood2 years ago
Beautiful!! That has got to be my favorite use of a pt cruiser! I wish you could drive with your car like that.
spikelvr412 years ago
Wow!! That is so amazing. Love it!
that is so cool!!
Can you modify it so that it's drivable? If so, what mods would be needed and what construction would be necessary?
OMG!! how you..how you..ok i'll put out there YOUR CRAZY!!!!! who can make this stuff?!?!? (Besides you)
secretxax3 years ago
LOL, too bad you couldn't make a go-cart look like one...

been done :)
lol :D
Jedi91813 years ago
tinker2343 years ago
wow amazing could you make it out of metal and acutallly drive i have a old car i might mod to do this but i would like it to work
AMAZING! Very cool,thank you for sharing!
seanminator3 years ago
That is absolutely amazing. Not your average DJ!
gbredemeyer3 years ago
This is sweet, great work from start to finish!

-Graham, www.pypline.com -the online community for makers.
nmoraga3 years ago
a thousand claps for you sir.
tutdude983 years ago
hahah you are crazy :D but in the positive mean
What ever happened to this? I mean after Halloween? Did you through it out, or take it apart, or give it away?
cwdito4 years ago
Es muyyyy buennnoooooo!!! No me canso de verlo y mostrarlo. Felicitaciones!!!
Hellwolve4 years ago
How did you ensure that the seperate pieces of the panel were angled the right way when folded down? Extra pieces of scrap wood, I suppose?
Amazing, can you actually drive it?
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