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My UK based 89 build.


Hi all.
Well this has been a labour of love for some time. I've always wanted an 89 suit, but being around the 6ft mark always meant problems with the screen accurate armour.
So last year I decided to take the plunge and scratch build the parts I couldn't find anywhere.

First up was the chest. All the Keaton stuff I could find barely reached my belly button, so I had to sculpt a master version in wed clay first, then cover it in shellac ready to be moulded. Here's what that looked like.

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Once that was all dry I did a test cast in Urethane.
The first one was a disaster, first time I'd used Urethane and I didn't make it anywhere near thick enough, second attempt came out much better.

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Next problem was the cape. Plenty of latex ones out there, but I wanted the textured bat wing like effect on the screen used. Screen moulded capes of course, although accurate, are too short for me, so I did some research on here and tried my best to copy the films production methods. I had to use cheaper fabric due to budget constraints and made the cape from cloth first, and then latexes one panel at a time due to space issues.

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Here's a panel view to try and capture the texture I got.

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So that's where I am right now. I've glued my chest armour to my liquid leather look spandex undersuit, here is a test fit to date with cape, armour, cowl, emblem belt and gloves.

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Legs and boots to go then.....;-)
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Wow, what a great job you did brother!
All that hard work paid off really well man. The suit looks good on you. :up
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Wow, thanks Batnar, that's awesome feedback, especially coming from you. I followed many of your posts mate, your suit along with 89Batman has been inspirational :-)
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how did you texture the latex
did you lay leather textured vinyl over the wet latex?
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I got some heavy textured vinyl, painted three good coats of tinted black latex onto that, letting each layer dry. Then one more layer of latex, leave that wet and press the fabric panel into the wet coat, leave to dry. Then two more coats on top of the fabric. Leave to dry, then peel off the whole shabang :-)
The texture you get is a positive copy of the texturing on the original vinyl, VERY time consuming, VERY messy, thank god I have a VERY understanding wife ;-)
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The texture looks legitimate. :up
I saw a video clip where a fella who worked on the cowl for Batman Returns, claimed it was "elephant skin" textured vinyl fabric, which you can find all over the net in rolls.

Really smart move here. When I created my very first latex cape back in 2009, I remember trying to recreate the same texture by rolling half dry latex over the surface. It gave it a grainy texture. :lol

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That is awesome looks great on you.
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That looks absolutely amazing!
i've always wanted to try my hand at creating some latex armour but i've only had the guts to tackle the spandex suit.
How did you measure up areas like your shoulders, pecks and biceps for proper fir, when creating the original sculpt for casting?
Some of the work on this website is truly inspirational.
you guys never cease to amaze me.
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Thank you everyone for all your comments, really am pleased as punch with them especially coming from you guys! :-)
The measurements, I got my good lady to help me measure up my size and I had an original 89 torso that I used to get the position of the oval and the shape of the abs as close as I could.
Have a go at it mate, it's not as hard as you think once you get started :-)
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Loving that cape.

Wish I had went for a texture when I made mine...
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