Batmobile (TNBA)
Posted on August 31, 2023

When I started to dive into the world of resin 3D printing, I had one primary goal: BATMOBILES. And at the top of that list was a 1/12th TNBA (The New Batman Adventures) Batmobile to complement my DC Direct figures. It took me the better part of two years (and a LOT of mistakes!), but I finally got there.

Fortunately, my quest got a turbo boost from digitallyforgeddesigns, who had prepared a number of great Batmobile models ready for printing. Without him, this (and future) projects could not exist. Thanks, man!

I printed this on an Elegoo Jupiter. For most of the parts I used Siraya Tech Blu Nylon. (It’s black, despite the name.) For the canopy, I used SUNLU Clear Blue. The wheels and interior pieces were printed with Siraya Tech Fast.

I strongly recommend Siraya brand resins. I had been using Elegoo resins, assuming the manufacturer of the printer would make compatible resins. I was wrong. Once I switched to Siraya resins, I jumped from a 60% success rate to 95%.

Ultimately, I had to cut most of the already-divided pieces into smaller chunks. The larger cuts proved too much for the Jupiter to handle. But smaller bits solved that problem. Of course, I have more seams showing now. And you might ask why I didn’t put more effort into sanding them down. In truth, I did fill them as needed, and applied some light sanding. But the nature of resin printing, even in 6K, results in a “wood grain” effect. If I sanded down one area, I’d have to sand the entire surface to keep the texture even, and I just don’t have the time or patience for that.

The body was painted black, to maintain uniformity. I masked out the windows on the canopy before spraying most of it black.

For the interior, I referenced several episodes, and crafted some interior stickers based on the the screen-used designs.

The full car is roughly 23″ long, 11″ wide, and weighs 8.5 pounds. Bear in mind I printed most of the major pieces hollow, and it’s still a weighty beast!

The end result is oh-so-satisfying! I worked long and hard to achieve this. Now on to the next one!

Oh, and before anybody asks, no I will NOT print you one on commission. This cost hundreds of dollars in resin, to say nothing of my time and effort. (The print time is measured in days, not hours.) So unless you plan to make me an offer I can’t refuse (such offers start with four digits), do not ask. You will be ignored.

Created July 2023


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