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TDK's Ribbed Undersuit; links, suggestions and discussion.


I already posted this on the RPF, but thought I could bring a bit of focus to this aspect of the suit over here:

Beneath the mesh of the Dark Knight suit is a ribbed undersuit, as seen here:

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Now, I'm having the hardest time finding this stuff.

From what I can tell it's simply black poly or poly-blend ribbing, but I can't track down anything similar.

Have any of you run across this fabric before, or have a hunch where it may be located?


The undersuit is a major contributer to the appearance of the suit. It creates contrast, giving a sharper appearance to the mesh, and, through the ribbing, creates depth. It also helps to disguise the contours of the body and give a uniform appearance to the mesh that would otherwise wrinkle and fold.

Anyone have a lead?

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Re: TDK's Ribbed Undersuit; Let's Track It Down


Im not seeing 2 suits here. I think the shadowing is giving you that effect. According to that documentary that was on the History Channel, this was simpy a stretch lycra mesh material. Kind of like a shark suit, only not as thick.

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Re: TDK's Ribbed Undersuit; Let's Track It Down


it's def. corrugated...

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Re: TDK's Ribbed Undersuit; Let's Track It Down


Isn't there already at least 1 thread dedicated to this topic?
 :huh

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Re: TDK's Ribbed Undersuit; Let's Track It Down


It's running the opposite direction from the mesh, it isn't the shadow.

And as far as the "Batman Tech" special covering the suit:

"The separate plates of armor of the new Batsuit are anchored on an elastic mesh."

That's all they have to say about the real world construction. Regardless of the mesh, there's a suit underneath that, and as can be seen it is a ribbed material. Any other appearance is indeed caused by the mesh's shadow.

And there are a couple threads dedicated to the mesh itself, but none about the real undersuit.
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Re: TDK's Ribbed Undersuit; Let's Track It Down


The mesh material has been enough of a headache for me to find, that ribbed material is going to be a nightmare. As much as I want to be authentic, I'm wondering if its worth it?

If so I have no idea where to begin. My original plan was to track down the mesh and interface that over the lycra, but this ribbed material is going to be something else.

Looking at it I wonder if the ribbing was only used in the areas of the costume that required more movement such as the shoulders, abdominal area, and hips. Ribbing following the contours of the body is good for that. You are right that it does provide depth. I just don't know where I'm going to find any.

-Mike

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ya the mesh was mainly eas(e)ish but this stuff is going to be a pain :cussing :eyes

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You know what the funniest thing is? Despite the difficulties, we are going to identify every material and found piece on this suit sooner rather than later, and despite the efforts of the Batsuit team to make this thing near-impossible to replicate we're going to do it before the end of the year.

Any disagreements on the material type? By the way it's reflecting the camera flash, I strongly feel it's polyester or a poly-blend. If we pinpoint the fabric type, we can then work on tracking down the proper ribbed type we need.
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Re: TDK's Ribbed Undersuit; Let's Track It Down


you could always MAKE it ribbed,
i've seen it done, and if we can't find pre-ribbed poly-spandex, we can try and replicate it.
granted that would be the most labor-intensive thing most of us has ever done, but whatev. :)

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Is it ribbed for his pleasure???

:dropjaw

Sorry I just had to say that!

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