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Sonar Functional Belt Buckle Project


Hi Bros,

I have been working on this on and off for the past year trying to get it right before showing something off. So I haven't post much recently, just wanted to give you guys a look at what I've been working on.


FUNCTIONAL SONAR BUCKLE

This has been something I've wanted to do for quite some time. Henry Wayne did a great job on his functional METAL PANTHER BUCKLE and it inspired me to take on the challenge of attempting to make my own Functional Sonar Buckle. I reached out to Bob Causey who was able to help by providing me with original molds of the frontplate of the sonar and the strap molds with the clips in place. So first and foremost, A massive Thank you to Bobby!

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EARLY PROTOTYPE

I originally modelled the inside of my backplate after Henry's Panther. After some trial and error, I decided my prototype was a little too rough and not as nice as I wanted the final piece to look, I did it all by hand up to this stage. But wasn't happy so in the end I brought what I had so far into 3D modelling. Here is the early pictures of how it started out.

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3D PRINT PROTOTYPE

As said took what I had and brought it into 3D Design via FUSION360 with help from a friend Colin Nichol who was able to 3D design what I had and between us we worked on how to support the locking mechanism more freely. And have them screwed in for extra support with it being a resin piece and not metal.

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FINAL VERSION

Backplate was 3D printed along with locking clips and buttons. Then a final clean up of the resin pieces where done and all screwed and locked into place. A few tweaks here and there and it was done.

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I still don't know if there is enough interest in this to justify doing a run of these... I know some people like the Sonar Belt, but there is also the problem that some prefer the REDBIRD or CLOONEY version of the belt... I unfortunately don't have access to the REDBIRD OR CLOONEY Belt Symbol's so the Forever Sonar is the only option I can offer. Also... I haven't inquired about running these in metal as Henry did with his Panther Buckles. If it can be done cheaply enough then yes certainly it's an option. If not then they would be just run in Resin and finished by myself in standard Sonar colours.


If your interested in one, let me know and if enough interest I will do a small run.

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Very nice. Is it safe to assume that the buckle hard parts will be mostly plastic with the straps being rubber?
We had a guy here (Henry Wayne) a few years back that did some great Panther and 89/Returns buckles out of cast metal but though they were fantastic to look at and play with the weight of them rendered then all but unwearable. They also couldn't be displayed on a suit unless they were backed with something like Velcro to hold them up. In the end I let all of the copies I had go and went back to all rubber belts for my suits.
I'm looking forward to seeing how this turns out. :up

Also, I might be able to hook you up with Clooney and Redbird parts. I need to check downstairs and see if I still have them.

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Thanks Ed, at the minute everything is made in hard resin plastic. Personally I don't have a desire to do them in metal so if the interest is not there with others then they will stay resin. The screen used functional Panther belt buckle & Sonar buckle where made in resin. The straps will indeed be rubber urethane. I still have to try my method out to have the straps attach to the resin clips to give it the effect it's all one piece. I have a good method in place which will cure the both of them together as one and create the effect that they are one piece.

That's great news you may be able to help out with a Clooney & Redbird belt symbol. I really appreciate it man emoticon
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This is awesome. I would definitely be interested in one. :up

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Same for me! I've been gravitating toward the Sonar suit lately.
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Thanks Todd & MattgomeryBurns, will hopefully open a list on these in the new year 👍 still have a few things to sort out with sorting attachment options to the belt straps. But great to see some interest in it.
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Fantastic work! Love the Sonar Suit, and the buckle is excellent!



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Thanks Red emoticon

Hopefully can do the Clooney & Redbird versions also.
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I have castings from this mold.

Bob D. cast the straps as single pieces with hard urethane in the clasp, transitioning into a softer urethane past the clasp so the rest of the belt was flexible. It wasn't a resin clasp joined to a urethane strap. He was pretty proud of that. Said that was how the real ones were done. If you contacted him, he might share some tips.

I would even do the top buckle plate in the harder urethane and just do the mechanism in resin.

Stunning job. Just incredible.
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Thsnks for the info Tony, will reach out to Bob and see if he can talk me through his process 👍

Need to wrwp this up asap and move onto other batman related stuff emoticon
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Eagerly awaiting this. It's such a sleek design.
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Sorry for being quiet on this build, I didn't have any success tracking down a Clooney bat or Robin Redbird for the Sonar Belt. So looks like I will only be able to make the Forever Sonar Belt.

Good News is my Method worked for attaching the resin clip arms to the rubber urethane belt to my surprise. A little extra work had to be done with material and new moulds made also. But literally can't separate the two pieces now and painted they will look like a one piece with durability with the resin locking clips.

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Fantastic! Love it!!
  

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Turned out great, nice work!
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