'66 BatCowl finally finished

Discussion in 'Replica Costumes' started by clayslinger, Dec 5, 2005.

  1. clayslinger

    clayslinger Well-Known Member

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    Hi All,

    Just wanted to share photos of my Adam West style BatCowl.
    The shell is fiberglass and the fabric is the modern version of the original fabric.Same weight and weave.
    The color was arrived at using a swatch that was originally dyed under the supervision of the costume designer for the show at the same dyehouse about 15 years ago.The dyehouse I use color matched it in a more permanent dye.

    Hope you like it.
    Chuck...
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  2. clayslinger

    clayslinger Well-Known Member

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    Thought I would show a couple of shots of my suit so far for those that haven't seen it.
    Chuck...
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  3. GeneralMayhem

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    Beautiful work.
     
  4. Magic Man

    Magic Man Well-Known Member

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    Very well done.

    Brad
     
  5. lesternessman

    lesternessman Well-Known Member

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    That's a really nice setup you got there. Looks pretty convincing. Nice job.
     
  6. Funky

    Funky Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Ever notice that just about anyone in that cowl ends up looking like Adam West? :lol
     
  7. blubeetle3

    blubeetle3 Well-Known Member

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    You need to add about 25 lbs. to get that Adam West physique. B)
     
  8. clayslinger

    clayslinger Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Guys.

    Maybe only 20 pounds.
    Man, tights aren't very forgiving are they. ;)

    Chuck...
     
  9. Boba Frett

    Boba Frett Sr Member

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    Great work.
     
  10. Archie Opteryx

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  11. clayslinger

    clayslinger Well-Known Member

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    Thank you....
    That really means a lot coming from you.
    I checked out your site and let me say your work is beautifully done.
    Top notch.
    Thanks again,
    Chuck...
     
  12. WinstonWolf359

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    Wow, that's amazing. Great work. :D

    There are so many subtle nuances to the AW Batman costume, and it looks like you hit them all.

    Thanks for sharing.

    :)
     
  13. micdavis

    micdavis Master Member

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    WOW..

    That is fantastic work.
     
  14. clayslinger

    clayslinger Well-Known Member

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    Thanks so much for the great response.
    I'm glad to share this with folks that know and see the little things that are important to me as well.

    I've had a few questions about it .
    Here are some of the answers.

    The cowl shell I resculpted and tweaked from a warped stuntman copy from the show. It took 5 revisions to get it to where you see it.
    The shell is 1/16" thick vinyl ester resin and fiberglass matt.

    I made the belt and it is leather over hand made aluminum boxes. I made the buckle in 1/16th inch brass and sandblasted the design myself. Yes, the boxes actually work.

    I had the emblem screen printed from a cleaned up scan of an original emblem from the show.

    The cape is being made as we speak from a satin silk like the original, from a tracing of an original cape pattern.

    Overall it's taken just under 2 years to get it where it is.

    Thanks again.
    Chuck...
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  15. Ghost Host

    Ghost Host Sr Member

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    Man I just love this stuff. Beautiful work. I sure would like to have a utility belt.
     
  16. Apollo

    Apollo Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Wow.. Awesome Work..
     
  17. Eaglewood

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    Sweet looking---Good Job--Are you going to try for the Batman Begins cowl next..????
     
  18. clayslinger

    clayslinger Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys.

    Nope,I'm a fan of the '66 Batman first and foremost and I never felt that it had been done the way I would do it. The suit design is actually pretty ingenious for it's time but I feel it got lost in the humor of the show.

    There are plenty of guys making beautiful modern Batsuits now. I sculpt for a living so that would just feel like more work to me.Working outside my medium has been eye opening.

    Chuck...
     
  19. GeneralMayhem

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    Did you take any pictures of the uncovered underskull piece? I'm curious as to what the real shape of it is.
     
  20. Galactifan

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    AWESOME Batman.
     
  21. clayslinger

    clayslinger Well-Known Member

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    Here you go GM.

    I was horrified to find out that the originals used no gelcoat. I was making them with navy blue gelcoat but went with the more authentic in the end.

    Chuck...
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  22. Osssifer

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    Excellent work. You could always polish the buckle.....it's not shiny enough. J/K

    Joel
     
  23. GeneralMayhem

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    Wow. I didn't realize the underskull extended that far...

    Again, nice work.
     
  24. Darth Kahnt

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    I am not too big into Batman but I know good work when I see it. The suit looks awesome. Great job.
     
  25. Pauleysolo

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    That looks almost perfect..
     
  26. YeOldeSweezilteets

    YeOldeSweezilteets New Member

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    You look rather inconspicuous in the unfinished cowl pic. As if everybody wears flesh-colored helmets.
    .....Just the way your eyes are averted.

    Bloody great job on the costume though..


    ....God...I'm such a n00b.. :cry
     
  27. Doh!

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    I'm new here but let me just say this:

    WOW.
     
  28. blufive

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    Great job. I have always loved this costume and I'm glad you were able to do it justice.

    :)
     
  29. GundamZeppelin

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    Dose adam west know you've been in the bat cave. :D amazing.
     
  30. Reel Fakes

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    Awesome work. :eek

    Can't wait to see the whole ensemble finished - just WOW.

    -Chris
     
  31. clayslinger

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    Thanks so much Guys.

    I'm really looking forward to the completed suit myself.

    It took 8-9 months of sifting thru silk samples from around the world to settle on the cape fabric.

    You know Joel,I thought the same thing when I saw the suit photgraphed. I felt it was too shiney so I knocked it down to a satin finish that would be more practical on set. As I'm sure you all know polished surfaces and film making don't always work well.

    Chuck...
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  32. lesternessman

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    That's really cool. Can't wait to see the finished duds.
     
  33. vaderdarth

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    That is absolutely excellent work man.... That is the best I've seen of the '66 batman costume...

    Dave :)
     
  34. DarthVader1

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    :eek HOLY COSTUME CLONE, BATMAN. :eek Now...WHERE'S THE BAT-BEER BELLY??? :lol

    Amazing, just amazing. Beautiful and professional job.

    Robert :fettrotj
     
  35. Tiberius Kirk

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    clayslinger,

    WOW. You did an excellent job.

    What fabric covers the Cowl? Is it the same as the cape?

    When do you expect it to be finished?

    TK
     
  36. clayslinger

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    Thank you very much Guys.... :D

    The cowl fabric is different than the cape fabric.

    The cape fabric is a satin silk. I've had silk samples sent from all over the world and finally found one that has the right weight and sheen of the original.It'll be dyed shortly.

    The cowl fabric is quite heavy and is the modern version of the original fabric.It has the same weight and weave of the original but instead of elastic threads made from latex, this gets its stretch from elastic threads made with a lycra.
    The rayon content is also more modern and holds the dye where the original fabric would eventually fade.

    This type of fabric has pretty much disappeared in the U.S. in favor of heavy spandex powerknit.The woven satin version was originally used as support panels in undergarment construction in the '50s and '60s.It only came in white,black and beige back in the sixties.The rayon fibers and the dye process they used back then was not that great and it would fade rather quickly.

    I'll post some cape fabric shots in a bit.
    Thanks again Guys.

    Chuck...

    I'm looking to have the suit ready for a show later this year.This month marks the 40th anniversary of the shows premier by the way.
     
  37. clayslinger

    clayslinger Well-Known Member

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    The cape fabric in these shots is the wrong shade but you get the idea.

    The costume designer really had a great idea using a shot silk fabic.It has black and blue threads in the weave in different directions causing a blue highlight and a black shadow like he's portrayed in the comics.
    Unfortunately the show was shot in a brighter environment and the effect was diminished.

    Chuck...
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  38. HAL9000

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    Oh...my...god.

    There are no words for how cool that looks man.

    No matter how muscled / molded / sculpted / rubberised they make the new
    BatMan costumes... nothing looks as super camp'n'cool as that.
    The way the Bat should look.

    Just great, great, great work.

    I'm sure I speak for all when I say I'd love to see some more pictures.

    :thumbsup :thumbsup :thumbsup
     
  39. clayslinger

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    Thanks HAL9000 .

    He's the Bat I grew up with and I agree with you.

    As soon as I finish, I'll post photos of the whole suit.

    Thanks again.

    Chuck...
     
  40. Icedevil

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    Amazing work. Now you just need to make a video of yourself beating up some henchman. :lol
     
  41. allosaur176

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    Brings back soo many memories of the show... You should be proud of that work :thumbsup
     
  42. Pauleysolo

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    That looks perfect-- well done-- all you need now is the classic 60's batmobile
     
  43. DarkLordSalvo

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    Great work on the suit. I have to say that my favorite part of your replica are the boots. Very hard to get right and yours look perfect.

    And by the way, you actually have the perfect build for Adam. Contrary to what people think or remember, he was a swimmer and a cliffdiver and was in very good shape.
     
  44. starfirephoenix

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    Wow. Brilliant work :) All your hard work has certainly paid off.
     
  45. Anheuser

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    That is sweet.
     
  46. clayslinger

    clayslinger Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Guys....

    It's really great to show this stuff to folks that know the work that goes into it.
    Here are a few shots of the last one out of the shop.
    These were taken in a mirror under bad light color but you get a feel for the shape a little better without all the satin reflections.
    Also a nice photoshop that a buddy did "just goofing around." I think it's fantastic.

    Chuck...
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  47. reevz666

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    NICE..you ahve the most polished 66 suit I've seen so far...now all you need is to get a batmobile and your in buisness :p
     
  48. Darth Detroit

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    BAtman with a gote' (sp?) ... man thats cool... :thumbsup
     
  49. maucutt

    maucutt New Member

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    Fantastic Adam West suit.
    I have been looking for an Adam West cowl that would fit a 25" head, found on on e-bay advertised for an adult but will not fit a child. Any thoughts?
    Mike
     
  50. KidL

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    Wow, just caught this thread... I've seen a number of fan-made replica '66 suits and while they generally capture the look of the show, they usually aren't very accurate. Yours, on the other hand, just screams 'craftsmanship' and 'attention to detail'. Very well done. :thumbsup :thumbsup
     

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