Workshop 12

Motorizing the Canopy

Building The BatBerry

It was a long tiring day in the garage Sunday.  I was contacted by the Discovery Channel last week about bringing the BatBerry down to the studio to be filmed as part of their HighTech Toys week on the Daily Planet show.  So I’ve been working hard to make sure all the gadgets are working.

The main goal for the day was to get all of the mounting mechanisms working for the 24″ linear actuator used for the canopy.  The day started at 9am and ended at 7pm filled with high paced fabrication!  The video at the top of this post shows the final product 🙂

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The Turbine is ALIVE!!!!

Building The BatBerry

It was a beautiful day today so I absolutely needed to get out to the garage.  I had recently received my new sound board from Greg at Real Sound and I was eager to get started on the fabrication I had planned.  Greg was awesome to deal with, he creates a high quality board and keeps you updated on your build every step of the way.  I would definitely recommend Real Sound to anyone who’s looking for some cool sounds for their car 🙂

I posted the video of today’s end result at the top of this post because it turned out so freaking cool!  The neighbours thought there was some kind of jet taking off on the street because I had the stereo volume blasting to get the full effect.

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Final Light Pattern for the Afterburner

Building The BatBerry

After yesterdays post about the completion of the afterburner fabrication, I started playing around with the LEDs and how I could position them.  I never really liked the look of exposed LEDs but I wasn’t sure how much light would come out if they were tucked away. I guess the only way you find out is to give it a try 🙂

I pulled out the speaker enclosure and wrapped the LED strip around the cylinder area where the speaker attaches.  This hides the LEDs unless you are looking into the afterburner on an extreme angle.  I taped the strip in-place, popped it back into the turkey feathers and the video shows the result.

I really like how the lighting looked using this technique, so I think we have a keeper and I’ll now move onto another item of the TODO list!

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Building The BatBerry

After just one day of shipping my dash panels have arrived.  There was a lot of work that went into figuring out all the panel measurements and details along with creating the vector art for the cutting machines but in the end it was all worth it 🙂

I’ve been working with Bill from TechniSoft who has been absolutely awesome!  Bill double checked my work, found mistakes and gave me a chance to correct them before the machines did the engraving and cutting.  The whole experience working with Technisoft has been an absolute pleasure.

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Workshop 12’s current active vehicle build is dubbed the BatBerry.

This is a custom ground up build of a replica 1989 Batmobile which has some of its axillary systems controlled by a BlackBerry smartphone application using an Arduino board as the control module.  This software controls aspects like the canopy, afterburner, bat-disc doors, replica 30 caliber machine guns and more.

Like all Workshop 12 vehicle builds, the BatBerry has its own website including a blog covering the entire build along with progress videos where you can view the history of the build.  This vehicle has been fabricated 100% from the ground up requiring detailed metal, fiberglass, software and circuitry work.

The goals of this car are to stay as true to the movie version as much as possible while actually making the vehicle drivable in an everyday world.  There are lots of real life details that the movie car didn’t have to deal with such as water getting on the car without it becoming a bathtub 🙂

So far the BatBerry has only been out to a couple of events (while it was only partially completed) such as the Yorkville Exotic Car Show (pictured above) it drew massive crowds.  There are also lots of visitors who drop by to check out the car when the shop doors are open and building is under way.

The current target completion date is the end of January 2015, but you can browse through the build history as well as keep up to date on the progress through the BatBerry build blog.

The TMBLER was Workshop 12’s first vehicle build. This 450hp widebody street monster has won many awards from wildest Subaru to best paint at many different car shows including national shows such as Importfest. The TMBLER represents an aggressive exterior with absolute attention to detail from the engine bay all the way to the trunk.

This vehicle was where I cut my teeth learning about car modification and fabrication.  All body work, interior, stereo and engine bay wire-tuck and shave were performed by Workshop 12.  Even the custom paint was a Workshop 12 creation which draws lots of attention when attending local car shows.  It has also been a featured ride on Stance Is Everything’s website.

Like all Workshop 12 vehicle builds, the TMBLER has its own website including a blog covering the entire build and a gallery from various photo-shoots and events where you can view the history of the build.

So sit back, checkout the TMBLER’s website, and see what goes into building a show quality WRX!

And so it begins!  My name is Tim Neil and I’m very excited to announce that Workshop 12 has finally opened its doors for business 🙂

Over the years I’ve had countless people ask me to build customized products for them.  Whether it be custom software, provide consulting, build a vehicle or fabricate a display or part for their car or business.

Essentially people have really responded to the creative projects that I’ve been a part of.  However whenever anyone had asked if I could build something for them I would decline.  I was using my free time to work on the projects that I wanted to build for myself, so there wasn’t time to do all of my projects, hold down a full time job and also build creative projects for others.

After gaining over 18 years of software experience, and over 10 years of fabrication and car building experience, I’ve decided to provide services surrounding what I love to do as part of a new business called Workshop 12.

The goal of Workshop 12 is to provide custom creative services for those who need uniquely built items.  Whether that be software, go to market strategies, full vehicle builds or different types of custom fabrication.

So if you or someone you know is looking for a unique build, check out our portfolio and services, and then give us a shout to be added to the build schedule!