Batman Begins "Wayne Enterprises" transport case

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Been awhile since my last update, I was really busy finishing up my PASIV but now my attention is back on this. I'm about 75% done with the "riser" panels that mount around the top of the box, with only the long sides left to paint and then mount them.

I also have the 3D printed "latch mounts" in (the little brackets that fit on the lid that the latch catches screw into). In this shot, the latches are just hanging from them so far, as the main latch body will attach to the risers that aren't secured in place yet.

Hoping to get the riser painting finished tonight and, fingers crossed, be able to install them. Then the only things missing will be the rubber cast side bumpers and feet.
 

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Panels almost done. Just need to fill in the joint seams a bit and touch up some spots. Next up will be fully installing all the latches.
 

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All riser panels and latches installed.
 

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Harness buckles are painted!
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Huge thanks to my buddy Johann Leiter for the absolutely professional paint job on these. The paint work on his utility belt is spectacular, so I definitely wanted these to match.

We also took this opportunity to completely repaint the Grapple Gun in the darker, bronzier, Begins tone to make it fit in better too. There's a couple more nice upgrades to the gun I'll show later.

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Hopefully I can get most of the harness assembled tonight. I'm refraining from showing too much of the harness buckles until it's put together.

Progress on the transport case outer bumpers continues, nothing new to show just yet.
 

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I've decided to show more of my progress rather than just waiting for everything to be done.

First, the center barrel of the Grapple Gun has been drilled out and replaced with a metal spacer, along with the accurate retention screw for that front block:

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And I got most of the harness built last night:

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I need to redo the 1" straps connecting the leg T-buckles to the leg boxes, and put a couple of screws into those boxes. Then trim and attach the wide main straps to the bottom set of quick-releases, and overall just tweak the positioning of everything. The layering around the shoulder sections is deceptively complex once you start trying to actually put it together. There's 1", 1.5", and 2" wide strapping.

The only problem I've run into is that in all the designs, I never accounted for the thickness of the webbing. So one slot in particular is too thin to easily get the 1.5" wide strap through. I've tried a lot of things, including soaking and ironing the nylon, but it's just too thick to make it. I am considering two approaches to solving this:

1) Cut out a middle section of the aluminum cross bar and feed the nylon in sideways, one side at a time. The nylon will be folded over and attached to itself, so the cuts will never be visible, and the width will be tight enough that it will not come loose. The main con here is that these buckles were so well made and expensive, professionally painted, and I'm loathe to just cut into them, even on the back side, even on a part that will be covered up anyway.

2) Feed a short strip of 1" nylon through the thin slot, which is structurally different than the 1.5", and actually thin enough to fit through. Then attach the 1" to the 1.5" strap directly below the box, right up to its edge. The upside is I won't have to cut into my shiny, expensive buckles. Downside is that it might be noticeably weird that the main strap extending out of the bottom of the leg box doesn't actually directly connect to it.
 

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Harness is built. I went with option 2 for the leg connectors.
 

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The back, plus the harness as stored.

This just leaves the side bumpers and the rubber feet for the case
 

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The urethane parts of the suit (torso, legs, calf and forearm armor, gauntlets, cowl), gloves, and cape are from coofunkcurly. The boots are from UD Replicas. The belt is a resin build from Johann Leiter (leitPROPS). Undersuit I'm not sure of the provenance of; got it second-hand from someone on here.
 

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Slow going... but I finally found a source for getting the rubber parts made. I'm starting with the 4 feet as a test, which should be here in a couple of weeks. If that goes well, then I'll use the same method for the side bumpers.
 

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So I was digging through my various "Art of the Dark Knight Trilogy" type books, which usually come stuffed with fun little in-universe extras like GCPD case files on villains, blueprints for Arkham, etc. I came across these info cards for the harness. Well that's just too good to pass up, so I scanned them, did some slight alterations to make things fit, and Feezlenuts has printed them on aluminum plaques for me. These will be mounted on acrylic blocks inside the crate lid along with the others for the Grapple, Belt, and Memory Cloth.

Interestingly, this looks like an earlier harness design that isn't exactly what we ended up with on screen. But it does match the Takara 1:6 figure harness, which I always thought was oddly inaccurate. Now I know why.
 

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The new plaques from Feezlenuts came in and they are perfect. I’ll probably put them on the right side of the lid, but I’m not 100% sure yet. I have some ideas for a couple more plaques and I may need them all in hand to decide.
Also included in this package were the narrow Serial Number plates, and wow what a nice effect these add. I think there will be a few more on the short sides near the handles as well. Hopefully will have these riveted in place sometime this week.

But most exciting is that the bumpers are finished and ETA ~2 weeks. I’m still mulling over exactly how to attach these. I’d like something a little more than adhesive but they aren’t solid, so that’s going to be interesting.

I bought the wood for this box about a year ago. It’s been a long process but only weeks away from finishing touches.
 

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Feet have arrived and look great. Still need to be painted but very happy with how tough these turned out.
 

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