MY METAL SONAR BATARANG PROJECT

Discussion in 'DC Costumes and Props' started by Henry Wayne, Mar 13, 2006.

  1. Henry Wayne

    Henry Wayne Active Member

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    Hi Guys,

    I am kicking the idea to make a metal foldable Sonar Batarang and I have just finish making the resin prototype.. :lol

    Basically, the Sonar Rang consists of 8 parts (including the two spring coil). You can see only 7 parts in this pic cause one of the part is the switch and it is stuck inside the Sonar Rang and I cannot pull it out to take the pic. :p

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    Here is how the mechanism works.

    First insert the metal cylinder which is the hinge (axle) of the Sonar Rang.

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    Then insert the two spring coil and the two half ball like parts. This two parts are the locking system to lock the Sonar Rang in its opening position and the folded position. These two parts also will have a ball bearing effect for smooth opening of the Sonar Rang. ;)

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    The switch is inserted here on the Sonar Rang.

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    Assemblemed is like this.

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    To open the Sonar Rang, first you have to press the switch to unlock it.

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    Then you can open the Sonar Rang, the switch will keep in the pressing down position when you open it.

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    Once the Sonar Rang is opened, the switch will automatically pops up and lock the Sonar Rang in its opening position.

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    Sonar Rang in opening position.

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    Vice versa, you can press the switch down and fold the Sonar Rang, once it is folded, the switch will pops up and lock it. :lol

    Does it looks cool guys? B)

    Still needs some sanding and refining work to get it all done. :p

    In my planning, I want to make this Sonar Rang in light weight metal so it will not feel to heavy to hold or hang it on the Bat Belt but unfortunately the metal factory told me that the cost for light weight metal is very high :( , so I decided to make it in durable diecast metal. :D

    This Sonar Rang will be chromed in two kind of color, Chrome Silver and Metallic Black.

    I will post pics of the finished Metal Sonar Rang once I have the test shot.. :lol


    Henry :D
     
  2. LiquidPhoenix

    LiquidPhoenix Well-Known Member

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    Sounds good so far.
     
  3. Lawgiver

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    How is the hinge pin attached to each side? Is the axle two piece or a simple pin?

    It seems a simple pin may work itself loose with the constant spring pressure and the rotation (one or both sides will have to spin on the axle).

    Very cool project. :thumbsup
     
  4. Eaglewood

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    Give me a shout--I may be able to help.

    Appliedmetal
     
  5. blufive

    blufive Sr Member

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    Cool project. Keep us posted.

    :)
     
  6. Henry Wayne

    Henry Wayne Active Member

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    LiquidPhoenix,

    Thanks..
    I am glad you like my idea.. :lol



    Lawgiver,

    You are right on this. The axle is just a simple pin. I am now working with the metal factory to see if there is a way to get the Rang assembled in this way. I don't want to use a screw to go through the axle to attach the bottom part and the top part of the Rang together cause the Rang will not looks good with a visible screw. I'll keep you posted on my progress. ;)




    Appliedmetal,

    Thanks man.. If there is anything I may need your help, I'll PM you. ;)




    Blufive,

    Thanks.. I'll keep you posted.. :lol




    Henry :D
     
  7. Eaglewood

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    Check out the Constantine knucks that I am doing . That may give you a better idea of what we are capable of.


    What you have looks awesome so far. I can help with making these look like metal also. I have a metal that looks like Black Chrome with metalflake.

    It looks awesome


    Here is a quick example of some of the machining-


    Appliedmetal
     
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2007
  8. Screwdriva

    Screwdriva New Member

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    Hi Henry!

    Did this project ever complete? Were these ever available for sale?
     
  9. ave4uevoli

    ave4uevoli Sr Member

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    Project was finished in 2007. Henry has since made some other very cool batman props. I'm pretty sure he's out of the prop making game though. It would be best if you didn't bump 4 year old threads. Best bet is to wait and find a rang in the junkyard.
     
  10. Clutch

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    THlS^^^^!!!!!
     
  11. dualedge

    dualedge Sr Member

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    Yeah, an old project and one of my favorites... I've seen them pop up once in a while in the junkyard too. I've got one in my meager prop collection and it's still one of my favorite replicas.

    Here's a link to one I found on yourprops.com (not mine, mind you - I'm pretty sure this is a Henry Wayne replica at least) if you want to see a finished one:

    Batman Forever (1995), Sonar Batarang, other replicas

    It's really heavy and the chrome picks up fingerprints like a son-of-a-gun so I don't handle it much but it's simply a stunning replica. Definitely worth the money when one pops up for sale.
     
  12. IFA

    IFA Sr Member

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    I think that Henry still sells some of these Batarangs on evilbay...sometimes !!
     
  13. RoCKo

    RoCKo Sr Member

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    Wow, a blast from the past! Still a stunning replica!
     
  14. Luuke

    Luuke Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I just picked up one of these on ebay. You might want to check again. I think I saw one up there yesterday.

    And btw, no harm in brining up old threads. It can spark new interest which is a good thing. ;)
     
  15. Screwdriva

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    whats a good price to pick these up for?
     
  16. IFA

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    Well, if my memory serves, the price on eBay is really interesting...about $100 or something like that.
     
  17. Screwdriva

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    Just got my sonic batarang. I have to say it is a VERY well made prop. Such a heavy and solid feel makes it feel very real. Very well worth its Ebay price!

    I've tried to find a way to reach Henry, to congratulate him on a truly well made prop, but he seems to have disappeared altogether.
     
  18. arowling

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  19. Clutch

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    He'll have to deliver a LOT of newspapers to be able to afford one of those.
     

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