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Re: Upgrading a Rubies Dark Knight Cowl With a ton of Pictures


This is a good way to upgrade. I did mine a couple years ago. I also glued a square foam piece inside the jawline to fill it out.

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Re: Upgrading a Rubies Dark Knight Cowl With a ton of Pictures


Batmann539: Thanks Bro!

ScDarkKnight: Thats a great idea re: the jawline. That is a sweet begins suit too!

BatinTraining: I appreciate it man. Can you recommend a particular paint to use? My other reason for considering a coat of paint is to cover up the "blemish" that appear on the top, around the ears, and on the back of the cowl. The first pic is crap but the second one gives a clearer idea of what I'm talking about:

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I should point out as well that these spots are bumpy and may need to be sanded down(how I don't know lol).

Jason.

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BUMP

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I love seeing things like this. reminds me of the old days, where a lot of ingenuity and a little work were the norm. :cheers

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Re: Upgrading a Rubies Dark Knight Cowl Update Sept.20/08 Pg. 3


Hey bros,

Got bored recently (and wanted to do something other than work on my Tarmacs) so I came back to working on the cowl and managed to fix up the eyes which I noted during the first steps of the upgrade (Pg.1).

I used some chalk to determine how much of the plastic needed to be carved out of the left eye to make it even with the right.

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Using an exacto knife, I cut out the right eye. This was very hard to do an in the end I had to come back and "shave" parts of the eye to even it out. This is the finished product:

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Bad news: I accidentally cut the latex corner (it's only small and hardly noticeable)

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Overall, this was worth doing.

I tried gluing the cut back together but the glue will not hold (it's in a tight corner after all). I'm wondering if there is a tape that can be used to fix these sorts of things?

Next step is to upgrade the ears (after a blast from the blow dryer) which I will be using the plastic ears that were cut off of the mask, in combination with crayola model magic.

After that, I'm hitting the cowl with some fresh paint, IF I CAN FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET RID OF THOSE "BLEMISHES" I NOTED EARLIER IN THE THREAD.

Jason.



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Re: Upgrading a Rubies Dark Knight Cowl With a ton of Pictures (Sept. 20/08 Update Pg. 3)


This is the Project that convinced me to start mine.GREAT JOB,thanks for illuminating the way!!
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Quote:

This is the Project that convinced me to start mine.GREAT JOB,thanks for illuminating the way!!



Just trying to make it safe for new bats, thats all bro! lol Thanks man. Stay tuned as the ears should be a go soon (my local Zellers was out of model magic so I have to wait for a bit).

Jason.

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Re: Upgrading a Rubies Dark Knight Cowl With a ton of Pictures (Sept. 20/08 Update Pg. 3)


Okay time for the FINAL UPDATE because this thing is complete!

1) I decided against gluing the plastic ears into the cowl. Each time I went to "size it up" they would not cooperate so I tossed the idea and just went the traditional route - model magic. Just make a "cone" with the mold, shove it into the ears real good and shape till desired.

2) Plasti-dip is an amazing product. Just look at what it did to my cowl:

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The painting process: Altogether I did 3 coats, with 30 minutes between each. In my grandfather's garage, I took the cowl, on mannequin, placed it on a pole that is hammered into the ground. I held the plasti-dip can about a foot away from the cowl and sprayed heavily for the first 2 coats and a bit later for the last. I just walked around it moving the can up and down.

As some of you know, there are two effects you can get from using plasti-dip: shiny or dull/matte. Coats 1 and 2 were a bit on the shiny side (especially 1) with 3 being a bit more of a mist. #2 is definitely lighter than the first though. I made 5-6 passes for coats 1 and 2 and only 2 for the final coat. Leave 1/2 an hour between coats.

Plasti-dip is a huge help for the rubies cowl and I recommend everyone who is doing the upgrades to include this step.

Final thoughts: Rubies gets a lot of flack - and most of the time it is deserved. That said, with a bit of work the rubies cowl can be improved. Remember how it originally looked?:

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I'll admit that I will eventually upgrade to a "better" cowl, but the experience from doing this is invaluable.

And with that I pronounce this project COMPLETE! More pics to come soon, when it is completely dry and I can take it off the mannequin.

Jason.

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Re: Upgrading a Rubies Dark Knight Cowl With a ton of Pictures COMPLETE Oct. 12/08


G'Day Jason (sin03),

Thanks for that man, it has been a big help to me. I had purchased a Rubies cowl before I found this board and toyed with the idea of doind something similar to what you have done with the plastic mask inside the cowl. Mine fit easily and does bring out the definition of the brows and alike.

As I only have a small head (20") I used a rugby league headgear inside the mask to make it tighter. This has filled out the cheeks and back of the head brilliantly and makes it fit neatly around the eyes mouth and cheeks with no gaping or loose bits.

My question is, how do you intend fitting the lower part of the cowl to the rest of the suit? I am thinking of industrial velcro on the bottom of the mask and the top of the suit. The only problem I forsee is head movement will be nil.

Also, how much plasti-dip did you need. This stuff is almost immpossible to find here in Australia and when it can be found is about $30 a spray can.

Thanks, Paul.



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Re: Upgrading a Rubies Dark Knight Cowl With a ton of Pictures COMPLETE Oct. 12/08


Could I get the name or similar style rugby helmet w\ a link so I could see what this looks like. A lso,what size helmet did you buy?Thanks
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