Foam Batman, Lighted chest signal test 29/2/12

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  1. familyman

    familyman Sr Member

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    Been wanting to do this for a while, and so figured it was about time. I have been looking at several different cowls and cut and pasting bits of several together and I have come up with a style I like. I sketched it out and then drew over it with hard straight lines. As this is going to be made out of foam it will not be able to be as smooth and round as normal cowls.
    Here is what I have, you see the basic shapes of the pieces I will need to cut.
    I start tomorrow, wish me luck..
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    Last edited: Feb 29, 2012
  2. Lord Magneto

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    Re: Begining a Batman Cowl out of foam.

    That looks pretty sharp. Not sure how it will be done out of foam but I like the look of it
     
  3. familyman

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    thanks, It will be a challenge, but I love that. I am sure the design may change a little as I start building and come across problem areas. But we will see tomorrow.
     
  4. Judge Spartan

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    Can't wait to so this build. Subscribed.
     
  5. Deakin Droon

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    This looks like it will turn out to be a really awesome cowl, I'll be sure to keep watching this :D
     
  6. NexusFX

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    Re: Begining a Batman Cowl out of foam.

    don roberts did one and it was awesome!!
     
  7. killacitykings

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    Best of luck, cant wait to see the progress and finished product!
     
  8. omel

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  9. Shades

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    Re: Begining a Batman Cowl out of foam.

    I think it can be done. Good luck!
     
  10. mikey123mushukl

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    Re: Begining a Batman Cowl out of foam.

    I would recommend using pepakura to make a rigid cowl then vacuforming foam over it to produce a foam cowl. I have a pep file for the arkham asylum cowl.
     
  11. familyman

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    Re: Begining a Batman Cowl out of foam.

    Just like all my other builds I have no means to vacuform anything yet. It is basicaly foam or nothing. I have little to no budget on this just like by Ironman foam build and my R2 foam build, my Dalek build and my Tardis build. I try to build what I can with what I have around the house. But thanks for the advice.
    Pics coming later tonight.
     
  12. Shades

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    @Fam-

    This is why I love foam. $100 bucks in foam goes a long way.
     
  13. Judge Spartan

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    Can you release that pep file?
     
  14. TJack

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    Re: Begining a Batman Cowl out of foam.

    Ditto, I'd love to have a copy of it. If I can't get my cowl sold soon so I can buy a different one, I'll have to make my own.
     
  15. familyman

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    ok so here is the work so far. Still a lot of work to do and a bit of redo as well.
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  16. Blurr

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    Re: Begining a Batman Cowl out of foam.

    Is that dome in the backround foam? It sure looks it. I don't suppose you'd care to sharehow you got it that way... Unless it's just a heatgun and time.
     
  17. familyman

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    Re: Begining a Batman Cowl out of foam.

    I don't secrets, I believe this site is a plac for sharing so I will be glad to share how I did it.
    First I heated the foam in the oven (please don't tell the wife!,) I have two of those childrens hard hats, you know the plastic ones. I layed the heated foam on top of one of them and then placed the other helmet over that and pushed down, sqeezing the foam inbetween the two of them, then I taped them together and stuck them outside in the cold to cool down. I have pics that I will post later today.

    Jamie.
     
  18. Blurr

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    You, sir, have just given me the way to do an affordable "avengers" Captain America helmet. Thanks!
     
  19. omel

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    Whoaaaa!!! way cool bro! gotta try that one of these days, big thanks for the how-to for that!!!
     
  20. familyman

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    You guys are most welcome. Glad I could help.
     
  21. Graphic Jordan

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    This is amazing! Please updates! I want to see that curved dome attached to the face mask version.
     
  22. familyman

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  23. Judge Spartan

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    Jamie, that link was great and very useful. Thanks..
     
  24. familyman

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    You are welcome.

    Small update here, still need to some work, I hate showing work in progress pics.
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  25. jjones

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    that's turning out to be all kinds of awesome
     
  26. Graphic Jordan

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    Put it on!!!
     
  27. familyman

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    It fits really well, I will take pics tomorrow when I am working on it more.
    Thanks for all the kind words.
     
  28. Judge Spartan

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    Can't wait to see that..
     
  29. Blurr

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    This is spectacular! Can't wait to see what it looks like on.
     
  30. Mig407

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    Looks awesome!!!!!....wanted to ask how you measured out /cut out the dome to fit the rest of the cowl?
     
  31. familyman

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    All measuring is done by eye, and trimmed slowely.
    I make templates with card all by eye and then use them to trace the parts onto the foam. With the dome I just placed the side template on it and drew the cut line. then looking down on the dome from above I retraced the cut line on the other side.
    Thanks for all thekind words I will be working more on it this afternoon and will post pics this evening.
     
  32. drago0013

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    This is a really interesting build! Thanks for sharing the dome trick!
     
  33. familyman

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    You asked for it. I have done a bit of fixing, I have finished the ears and the back of the cowl now, I have the ears a bit more of a curve. I also finished above the corner of the eyes. Next step is to work on the chin strap. Hope you like it.

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  34. Blurr

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    Looks great! Finish that chin strap! Haha.
     
  35. Graphic Jordan

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    You are insane. That looks amazing!!!
     
  36. Judge Spartan

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    That is looking GREAT!
     
  37. familyman

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    Thanks guys. I have been working on the chin strap this evening. Here is what I have so far.
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  38. Judge Spartan

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    Outstanding Jamie! You are a master at foam...
     
  39. Mig407

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    ok now thats cool!
     
  40. morfeus345

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    looks cool
     
  41. The Ronin

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    Looking good. Better than I thought foam would turn out for something with so many organic shapes.
     
  42. familyman

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    Ok small update here:
    I was able to finished the chin guard and also fix some elastic to the cowl that allows me to still put it over my head and yet gives it the snug fit I wanted. The Jaw area is now more face hugging and sticks out less. Please tell me what you think.
    Thanks J.


    Here is the elastic, it goes behind my head and makes the jaw area fit more snug.
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    Here are shot with me finally not having to hold the jaw area in.
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  43. familyman

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    Re: Begining a Batman Cowl out of foam. Added the elastic 21/2/12

    Here's a edit pic of what it should look like once painted.
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  44. Judge Spartan

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    Jamie, that is one of the best fitting cowls I've seen!! You should post this over at The Brotherhood Of The Bat if you have'nt already. Iknow they would love it there.
     
  45. familyman

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    Thanks man, I really apreciate the compliments. I will have to go check out that web site. thanks again.
    J.
     
  46. Judge Spartan

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    Jamie, The BOTB is an awesome site. A great brother and sisterhood with alot of fantastic people and awesome outfits and props. Just make sure to read the Terms of Service before posting first. Just a heads up. I'd love to see your work over there as well and I know everyone over there would too. BatTexan, Graphic Jordan and Matt Munson are over there as well, just to name a few.
     
  47. familyman

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    Just signed up and posted a few pics, and just got my first reply. thanks J.
     
  48. lukel4

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    this is incredibly awesome !
     
  49. familyman

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    Thanks guys.
    I really appreciate the kind words guys.
    I have just started work on the chest area of the body. here is what I did and have.
    I started by molding two more domes out of foam, (see previous pages for how to do that).
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    Then I cut out a template in card of the breast plate shape I wanted. Layed it over the dome and drew out the shape.
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    Then I cut the shape out.
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    I repeated that process for the other side remembering to turn template over so I didn't end up with two left or right pieces.
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    Then held them up to see what they would look like. I think I have just the right amount of curve to them, I didn't want to look like batgirl.
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  50. familyman

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    here is the design I am going with for the bat logo.
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