Kevin Core's Batmobile Tumbler

Nathan Edwards

Living with his family on a 50-acre spread in rural Washington, Kevin Core explains that computers allow him to stay connected. However, he isn’t satisfied with simply running an OEM black box; instead, he explains, modding allows him to combine his interest in computers, cars, and photography into one hobby.

Fitting all the components into this 1/6-scale model of the Tumbler was one of the biggest challenges Kevin faced when building this rig, but he came up with a two-level arrangement, with the motherboard up top and the power supply down below, that gives all the components plenty of room to breathe. Up next? A 1/8-scale 1932 hot rod mod.

A total of 28 LEDs keep this rig lit up, and an optoisolator circuit allows the seven hard-drive indicator lights to work simultaneously.

Kevin’s first step was to remove the RC car components and molded plastic from the body of the Tumbler. In this case, the Batmobile was no match for Kevin’s trusty Dremel.

For his winning entry, Kevin wins a $500 gift certificate for to fund his modding madness! See all the hardware deals at!

To Enter: Your submission packet must contain your name, street address, and daytime phone number; no fewer than three high-res JPEGs (minimum size 1024x768) of your modified PC; and a 300-word description of what your PC represents and how it was modified. Emailed submissions should be sent to Snail mail submissions should be sent to Rig of the Month, c/o Maximum PC, 4000 Shoreline Court, Suite 400, South San Francisco, CA 94080.

The judges will be Maximum PC editors, and they will base their decision on the following criteria: creativity and craftsmanship.

One entry per household. Your contest entry will be valid until (1) six months after its submission or (2) January 1, 2008, whichever date is earlier. Each month a winner will be chosen from the existing pool of valid entries, and featured in the Rig of the Month department of the magazine. The final winner in this contest will be announced in the March 2008 issue. Each of the judging criteria (creativity and craftsmanship) will be weighed equally at 50 percent. By entering this contest you agree that Future US, Inc. may use your name and your mod’s likeness for promotional purposes without further payment. All prizes will be awarded and no minimum number of entries is required. Prizes won by minors will be awarded to their parents or legal guardians. Future US, Inc. is not responsible for damages or expenses that the winners might incur as a result of the Contest or the receipt of a prize, and winners are responsible for income taxes based on the value of the prize received. A list of winners may also be obtained by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Future US, Inc. c/o Maximum PC Rig of the Month, 4000 Shoreline Ct, Suite 400, South San Francisco, CA 94080. This contest is limited to residents of the United States. No purchase necessary; void in Arizona, Maryland, Vermont, Puerto Rico, and where prohibited by law.

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