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A few weeks ago I went to a toy store in this nice far-away country I am living, named Azerbaijan, and I found Hot Wheels had recently released a model of the Batwing from the classic 1989 Tim Burton's movie "Batman". I loved that movie and it influenced me in so many ways! And in my opinion, all the gadgets and vehicles built for that film will always be the best of the whole franchise.

But then I saw the price tag: USD $20! For this small model?

Later, I searched for it in Amazon and...USD $244.44? SERIOUSLY???!!!

That's crazy! For that price, I could build my own batwing. And bigger. So I decided to do exactly that. Using the power of Tinkercad and a small 3D printer, I will show you how to design and print your own batplane. Its size will be limited only by the size of your 3D printer. And in my case, it's small; so at the end, my model will be Hot Wheels sized :-)

Also, this project was amazing to compare traditional ways of making to CAD/CAM. In 2007, I took a seminar in props and model making, and my first project was the same Batwing. It took me one week of drawing, cutting, sandpapering and painting to complete it. Now, it feels so different to design it sitting down in front of my computer and not modeling it with my own hands... (being honest, I miss the tools but I don't miss to be fully covered in sawdust in the middle of the summer.)

If you want to download the Batwing for printing, this is the link.

Mmmm... I think I need to return to that toy store. Quick.

Step 1: Get the Blueprints and Photos of the Original Batwing

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Thanks to the magic of internet, now it's easy to find blueprints of almost any Hollywood prop or vehicle. And I found a very good one created by Georg Joergens. Also, I found several photos from the set of Batman, where I could see the Batwing prop from different points of view.

The following step was very important: Using a small ruler and the blueprints, I measured every part of the Batwing in all the views, and transfer most of the measurements to the design in Tinkercad, to have the most accurate possible scale. I must recognize that's a little bit... embarrassing, because probably there must be a smarter or more "technological" way to do that than a using a physical ruler over a computer screen. Even Fusion 360 has the option of importing the photo and sketch over it! But I wanted to do it with Tinkercad, I didn't have a better idea at that moment and, at the end, it worked perfectly!