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Re: Batman Begins Batsuit Armoire & Wayne Enterprises Equipment Case


Always exciting to see you posting here! About the plate: As far as I know, plates like that are on the front side of a storage box because on top and on the side could be other storage boxes. Always in a corner. In the factory I work we put 2 labels, front top left corner and left side top right corner.That way you are able to store the box in 2 directions. I would not really put it on top, you could put a logo on the top? Anyway, thanks for posting and hope you will be happy with the result.

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Foam!

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The cutout for the grapple gun needs a little trimming for a better fit, and I will need to engineer a way for the belt to fold up properly for the look shown on screen. Which is a shame, because it hides most of the belt.

The Grapple Dart cutouts are a little deep also, I might pad those up a bit. They are in place in this shot and you can't even really see them.

I spent the weekend refinishing the surface of the lid, and I hope to be able to show that soon. I have some very cool ideas about how to handle that.

Those are also the wrong latches on the box, but they were a test. I have the correct latches on hand now, and hope to be able to finish up the outside details soon.

Next step after securing the foam to the shelf tray will be to build the side panel risers, and then onto the angled block bumpers and feet -- which, in full disclosure, I am not making (Thanks Leiter!)


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Cool display you've got there Greg.


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Thanks! I'm also building a complete "utility harness" from Begins to go with the belt. I've been craving one ever since kbillan posted his a couple of years ago. I've been working with a really talented CAD modeler to come up with the 3D designs for all the buckles, and they've been CNC'd in aluminum. I should have them all in hand within 2 weeks, and then they'll be paint matched to the belt.

Here's a layout mockup using the models we made

(I am aware the 4 quick-release buckles have an asymmetry issue, and that was fixed before these were sent to production)

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Reference was either screen grabs or the Hot Toys version for parts there was no clear view of. I'm least sure of the Back buckle since the 1/6 and 1/4 figures do it completely different ways, but I opted to copy the 1/6 version.

The Leg connectors were particularly interesting, since on screen it's clear how they are made, but none of the toy versions reproduce this, opting instead of a simple trapezoidal buckle at the hips. Weird!


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You might consider powder coating the metal parts of if there a gold anodize try that. It will be more costly I suspect but more durable than paint. Just a thought.

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You might consider powder coating the metal parts of if there a gold anodize try that. It will be more costly I suspect but more durable than paint. Just a thought.



Thanks, that's a great idea and I will have to look into that. I definitely would love a more durable finish. My first thought was to have Leiter paint them to match the belt, since he made that and has the Begins color down 100%. He would also repaint my Grapple to match in the darker Begins bronze-ish color.

All the buckles are machined and laid out here, in (mostly) the assembly order. Of course I can't sew anything together until all the coloring is done, but this gives me an idea of how the final harness will look. Obviously the leg wrap connecting straps are missing and some nylon lengths are off, but it's generally right. Also, I only recently realize that this thing is supposed to have shoulder pads. So I picked up some generic pads to sew in once all the other placement is done.

I've been waffling on this harness project for about 18 months, so it's really gratifying to actually have the parts produced and nearly ready for final assembly.

Next 1/6 scale Hot Toys harness for comparison.

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Looks great so far Greg

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Riser panels are installed around the top, along with the correct latches.

Next steps are a couple more small metal serial number plates and the cast rubber bumpers and feet.

Harness buckles and Grapple are still out for painting, but shouldn't be more than a few weeks to wrap this up.

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As always Great Stuff Greg.

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Grapple Gun and Harness buckles are back from Leiter, and they are beautiful!

Grapple got a full repaint in Begins bronzish gold, some metal upgrades, and some casting flaws fixed.

Harness is about 80% built. Should be able to finish this weekend.

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