Arkham Knight Utility Belt _ FINISHED!!

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  1. Valor

    Valor Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I've been asked to build a replica of the Batman utility belt from the upcoming Arkham Knight. He's looking for something a bit higher-fidelity than the leather version that is for sale. I've done as much research as I can with screen grabs, etc. This is also technically my first video game inspired build

    Beginning this build. Should be able to build everything up with layers of Sintra and styrene. Started with the little winged clips around the buckle.
     

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  2. Valor

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    Okay, that's it for tonight. Good progress on the buckle.
     

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  3. Rickhemingway

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    Seems like a great build! Can't wait to see what you do with it!
     
  4. Valor

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    Thanks! Yeah, there will be casts sold eventually. Keep and eye on this build :)
     
  5. Valor

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    Arkham Knight Utility Belt

    I built out the components of the main pouches. I am bit bit torn. My plan was to build this as a hero prop and cast all the pieces you see here and assemble them with a real leather flap. My only concern is how sturdy some of the small pieces will be for folks who (unlike me) actually wear the belt.

    One thought is to assemble the whole pouch and mold the entire thing assembled ... then cast it in Smooth-on's FlexiFoam ... which I have zero experience with.

    Any experiences with FlexiFoam anyone could share?
     

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  6. BlackKaos

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    Nice build
     
  7. coofunkcurly

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    This looks fantastic!

    I do have experience with Flex-Foam IT. I cast my Origins belt in their 17. 17 and 25 are very dense and self skinning.
    You'll need a mold with a fibreglass jacket. A full silicone mold won't hold the pressure of the foam expanding. And you need a backer board for your mold. Like mdf with a smooth side. Put a few holes in the backer board so the foam has somewhere to go and relieve pressure. Mold and backer will need release. The stuff sticks to everything. Basically pour in the foam, slap on the backer, and clamp the heck out of it.

    Foam will end up with bubbles here and there on a piece this detailed. So I'd recommend skinning the mold with urethane rubber to catch all that detail before doing the foam. That's how I'd do it at least based on my experiences.

    Good luck!
     
  8. Valor

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    Moving on to the twin capsules on each side of the buckle. I want to cast these as a single piece so I needed a way to build the assembly that would take to casting. It looks like the two capsules are meant to be bound by four thin metal bands. This would create a challenging cast. So I decided to build the whole thing another way. I'll be layering a number of nylon spacers I found at Ace. Instead of thin bands, I made an oblong spacer with two holes that, then everything is stacked together, will look like the capsule system on the belt, but made an strong, simple cast for the belt. I need to tweak the length of some of the spacers to get closer to the look from the game. But I'm pleased with this solution.

    Crappy pictures. Sorry. I'll post better ones once this is all glued up.
     

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  9. Valor

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    Finished the twin capsule assembly. Again, I'm thinking ahead about making mold making a simple process so I'm trying to eliminate cracks and voids that won't mold well.

    With that I have all the masters done for the various components to make a full belt. I do still need to source some black leather for the flaps. Or maybe pleather. The web belt material and functional buckle is on its way. As is more Oomoo silicon. Stay tuned.
     

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    Poured the molds today. This is actually my first two-part mold, so that was cool to get some experience with. I love the sight of happy little molds drying.
     

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    Casting multiples today. Plus I'm running some paint tests. Two options here. One is my favorite Rustoleum Classic Bronze. The other is Antique Gold Run N' Buff over black primer. The rub and buff is probably closer to the weathered look of the game design.

    Onward.
     

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  12. Athanasius

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    LOVING this build, can't wait to see more! Keep it up Valor, you're knocking it out of the park!

    When you start selling, I'll be buying!
     
  13. Rusty85

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    Man the work you're doing on this build is stellar! (y)thumbsup:thumbsup
     
  14. Valor

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    Alright, finished with my replica of the Arkham Knight Belt. The pieces are glued and screwed to a black web belt. The paint was actually a combination of the Rustoleum and a base with a gold Rub N' Buff layer on top. Looks like beat up brass. Considering the size of the pouches, it's actually lighter than my previous Utility belt.

    I plan on a small run of these kits. Check the junkyard if you're interested.
     

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  15. jjones

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    Another great belt!! Looks amazing.
     
  16. Reznor9

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    Looks fantastic. I need to learn to do this. Wow
     
  17. Athanasius

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    Holy balls, Valor!

    I didn't think you'd actually be finished so quickly, I am not at all prepared for this!

    My wallet may hate me forever, but I kinda just need to own this belt man, it's beautiful!

    I'll send you a pm very soon!
     
  18. Fawbish

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    Looks stunning mate
     
  19. Valor

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    Couple of new pic of the base belt. I splurged and bought a police tactical belt base for this one. It gives the whole thing some needed structure and weight. It's intoxicating to wear :)
     

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  20. teragon

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    It looks gorgeous. Only thing I'd suggest is to use a tan belt belt instead of a black one.
     
  21. bobdatrainer

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    Do u have one complete ready to ship out?
    I'm gonna try to cancel my ud replica belt if they let me.
     
  22. Valor

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    I have a raw kit. But I can paint and assemble it.
     
  23. bobdatrainer

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    Ok i'll prob order it in like
    3 weeks. How long would it take to paint and assemble it?
     
  24. bobdatrainer

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    Ok i'll prob order it in like
    3 weeks. How long would it take to paint and assemble it?
    Is it $350 with the police tactical base and is it adjustable?
     
  25. Valor

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  26. redhood 00

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    Amazing belt! Love this!
     
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  27. Fawbish

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    Absolutely stunning work. I was going to start a 3D print version of the belt. And now...no. Won't even get close to this quality. Great work, chief.
     
  28. D3ad1ywu1f

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    I'm a little late but I'm in dire need of one of these masterpieces. Is there anyway I can still buy one? Plz reply ASAP
     
  29. Valor

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  30. RINZLERTRON

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    Finished mine up.... It' a really amazing piece of art you've done.... I thought it was 3D printed when I first opened the box....

    Painted mine a little bit different than the traditional colors... went for a more "darker" and "older" brass look, and put patina on it as well.
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  31. Valor

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    Wow. Great job with the paint.
     
  32. D3ad1ywu1f

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    I would really love to buy one of your belts but with my current membership, the website will not allow me to. I also refuse to buy a $36 membership just so I can buy this 1 item. For some reason they are not offering monthly membership. If you can, I would like to find a way to work out a payment option.
     
  33. Valor

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  34. RINZLERTRON

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    Thanks pal, I really appreciate it! I thought about doing it the way you did yours, but I couldn't find any Rub n Buff anywhere, so I decided to kinda go my own way with it :)
     
  35. 1badevo9

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    Received my belt today. Amazing belt and top notch quality! Thanks Steve!
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  36. Valor

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    I built one and did an "as issued" paint job. Little cleaner.

    arkham_clean.jpg arkham_weathered.jpg
     
  37. Rickhemingway

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    Love this! Looks so good! Great work, you did an amazing job!
     

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