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    Sep 29, 2009, 9:23 AM - Re: Original Costumes from 1966 Batman #26

    Cleverlilminx said: View Post
    I have a question about the cowl. I read recently that Batgirl's cowl had a buckram shell and was wondering if that is the same for Batman's cowl. I am in the process of making the Batman costume for my son and since I happen to be sitting on a bolt of buckram...

    Oh and please put me on the list for a set of patterns pretty please!!!!!
    Thanks Guys!!!!
    We'll be making the patterns available as soon as we can. We won't be making costumes, just providing the patterns at this point.

    The batman cowl shell is made from fiberglass. It's very thin. Approx 1/16" at it's thickest. I don't see why you couldn't use buckram for a child's costume. I frankly hate working in fiberglass!

    Yes, the costumes we are wearing in the photo are the originals, not replicas. The original batman cowl has faded to that berry purple color. The rest of the suit is fading to purple too except for the cape. It's silk and still looks great.

    Chuck
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    Sep 29, 2009, 9:03 PM - Re: Original Costumes from 1966 Batman #27

    Cant wait to see the patterns, this is exactly what id love to make for a halloween costume.
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    Oct 2, 2009, 8:45 AM - Re: Original Costumes from 1966 Batman #28

    Thanks Guys!!!

    Here are a few more images.

    I was really happy with the work we've done so far.
    Here's our cowl fabric next to the original cape.



    Our Utility Belt.



    Somethings were a big surprise. Like the color of the Robin vest. It's pictured here on top of a comtemporary replica.



    Finally got a rubbing of the Utility Belt Buckle "Bat"!!!!



    We matched everything with Pantone color numbers.




    We're planning on doing a very limited edition release of the patterns with fabric swatches of some of the more obscure and rare fabrics like for the cowl and for Robin's trunks.
    Here are the original Robin trunks on top and the newly sourced fabric on the bottom.




    It's been a slice of Heaven for this classic BatGeek!!

    Chuck...
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    Oct 2, 2009, 1:21 PM - Re: Original Costumes from 1966 Batman #29

    wow... this has to be one of the coolest threads on therpf

    love all the pics and details
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    Oct 3, 2009, 4:34 PM - Re: Original Costumes from 1966 Batman #30

    AWESOME!!!! I will be watching this one closely

    GFollano
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    Oct 3, 2009, 8:45 PM - Re: Original Costumes from 1966 Batman #31

    No other Batman comes close. I just love this stuff.
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    Oct 3, 2009, 8:55 PM - Re: Original Costumes from 1966 Batman #32

    I sold my costume earlier this year, miss it so!YOURS ARE PERFECT! Bravo!Hey I have a fiberglass cowl base for the mask.Just a raw fiberglass, to attach the fabric to.How do I go about re-creating the mask- cowl?Now go get the Car to go with it!!!!!Tom***** Turbins to power, power to speed.....- Robin
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    Oct 4, 2009, 12:39 AM - Re: Original Costumes from 1966 Batman #33

    It's fantastic to see the detailed photos of the original costumes, as well as the amazing accuracy with which you've matched the fabrics, colors, and patterns in your recreations. You and your wife look terrific in the original costumes, too. Thank you for sharing all of this with us, Chuck!

    The West Batman cowl you made for me a few years ago remains one of the most treasured pieces in my collection.
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    Oct 4, 2009, 7:29 PM - Re: Original Costumes from 1966 Batman #34

    It always amazes me how, when someone puts on that old TV Bat cowl, they suddenly LOOK like Adam West! Holy Bat-Magic!

    Very cool experience!
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    Oct 4, 2009, 7:40 PM - Re: Original Costumes from 1966 Batman #35

    Absolutely. The costume is very chameleon-like. You instantly become West. It's Magic.
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    Oct 5, 2009, 9:11 AM - Re: Original Costumes from 1966 Batman #36

    Thanks Guys!!!!

    Speaking of the cowl, it was VERY asymmetrical. At one point I used to think the original form was a "Balsa Block" head form used in hat making. After seeing it in person and other input , it looks to have been completely hand sculpted on Adam's life mask.

    It's such a unique look that is hard to replicate because we wouldn't be happy with something that looked like this!!
    That's quite a "bump" to one side of the forehead!! You can also see that one side is further forward than the other.


    For those who haven't seen the inside.
    This is a third season cowl. Adam swears he doesn't remember this "Rig" on the inside. The stunt man had a smaller head than Adam and a lot of us think this was added for the stunt man. But we all know that memories can change.This was definitely a screen used by Adam West cowl based on photos.The eyebrows are like fingerprints!!!


    Chuck...
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    Oct 5, 2009, 9:42 AM - Re: Original Costumes from 1966 Batman #37

    very cool, is that a fiberglass dome?
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    Oct 5, 2009, 11:22 AM - Re: Original Costumes from 1966 Batman #38

    Yep,

    Strips of fiberglass cloth. Very thin.The thickest part I could see was only 1/16".
    This one had tiny holes drilled for ventilation.

    I made one this way with cloth and it was a pain in the rear!! I normally use matte. Goes much faster.

    The rig was put in after the main casting. You can see the small discolored patches of cloth holding it in.

    Chuck...
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    Oct 6, 2009, 8:21 AM - Re: Original Costumes from 1966 Batman #39

    Wow! unbelievable... definitely one of the most interesting threads! MORE PLEASE!
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    Oct 6, 2009, 9:26 AM - Re: Original Costumes from 1966 Batman #40

    was the helmet liner scratch built, or do you think it came from another helmet/hard hat?
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    Oct 6, 2009, 10:02 AM - Re: Original Costumes from 1966 Batman #41

    Thanks Guys!!!

    It looks to be from another helmet/hard hat of some kind.If you've seen one like this, PLEASE let me know. I've looked but had no luck. It's molded plastic(the white part) with a leather sweat band.

    Speaking of leather, Robin's gloves are made from "Peccary Leather". A South American hog. It's distinguished by the three hair bristles in straight lines.Used for top drawer driving gloves.



    He's a pretty easy "Make it Yourself" costume part.
    Robin's T-shirt was off the rack, literally!!




    Here's another Utility Belt curiosity. Brass rod attached to steel "found" part to receive the custom buckle.




    Glad you guys are liking this stuff!!!!

    Happy to share!

    Chuck...
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    Oct 6, 2009, 10:17 AM - Re: Original Costumes from 1966 Batman #42

    Awesome.
    Laffo.
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    Oct 6, 2009, 4:58 PM - Re: Original Costumes from 1966 Batman #43

    Fantastic photos!

    Keep 'em coming!

    Nick
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    Oct 6, 2009, 5:26 PM - Re: Original Costumes from 1966 Batman #44

    I've seen pics of different proto belts they made for Mr. West, some actually opened up and held stuff! I don't suppose the one you have does anything cool? I'd love to see how they built those!
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    Oct 6, 2009, 7:00 PM - Re: Original Costumes from 1966 Batman #45

    I've got some photos of those that I'll dig out. Nothing super detailed but you can make out that they are metal (probably aluminum) with piano hinges.
    The Bat-A-Rang pouch was metal with a leather strap over the top opening.

    I always cracked up when I saw him wearing these boxes.

    I always thought they looked like lunch boxes stuck on his belt!!

    Chuck...
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    Oct 7, 2009, 10:20 AM - Re: Original Costumes from 1966 Batman #46







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    Oct 7, 2009, 6:08 PM - Re: Original Costumes from 1966 Batman #47

    So a friend just sent me these images with the innocent title "Does this look familiar?"






    Well, there you have it!!!

    The rig came from a vintage 1950s hard hat!!!

    Man, I love the Internet!!!!

    Chuck...
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    Oct 7, 2009, 6:55 PM - Re: Original Costumes from 1966 Batman #48

    Any chance on an angle of the original cowl from the inside, looking forward (towards the face), rather than down into it? Thanks for all this reference!
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    Oct 8, 2009, 3:02 AM - Re: Original Costumes from 1966 Batman #49

    Wow Chuck thanks for the great cowl pics , Is there a forhead lump on your cowl as well?
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    Oct 8, 2009, 8:44 AM - Re: Original Costumes from 1966 Batman #50

    Ghost Host said: View Post
    Any chance on an angle of the original cowl from the inside, looking forward (towards the face), rather than down into it? Thanks for all this reference!

    My pleasure GH !!!!

    I don't think I have one square to the inside face but I 'll see what I've got.
    Chuck...

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