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    Apr 12, 2018, 7:30 PM - Batman Forever Grapple Upgrade (Complete #8) #1

    I bought a kit off eBay years ago of the Grapple Clamp. This prop

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    I built it but, I found the resin blades a little disappointing. I recently ran across it and the blades were horribly warped. I decided it needed an upgrade, what about real metal blades. I decided to cut the blades out of aluminum to replace the resin ones.

    First I rough cut the shape with a scroll saw...


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    Then I rough cut the slots and drilled the holes...

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    More soon...
    Last edited by 13doctorwho; Apr 24, 2018 at 4:26 PM.
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    Apr 12, 2018, 11:07 PM - Re: Batman Forever Grapple Upgrade #2

    Me likey.
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    Apr 14, 2018, 8:33 PM - Re: Batman Forever Grapple Upgrade #3

    So, more work. I filed the slots to a better shape and rounded the edges. Then I polished the blades. It would have been better to get them done by machine, but I think they look really good for being made on a scroll saw and with a lot of filing.

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    I'm now working on the handle. I've sanded it and am currently priming and painting it. More soon...
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    Apr 15, 2018, 8:14 PM - Re: Batman Forever Grapple Upgrade #4

    End of the weekend update.

    I painted the handle flat black. When it's completely cured I'll clear coat it to protect the finish.

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    I test fitted the blades to see how it was looking. The round cap that sits over the posts that hold the blades still needed work so I left it out of the picture...

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    Now I have to wait a few days before I can clear coat the parts, then it's off to final assembly!!!

    More soon...
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    Apr 17, 2018, 9:30 PM - Re: Batman Forever Grapple Upgrade #5

    Very cool. All of those props from Batman are so well designed.
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    Apr 18, 2018, 9:44 AM - Re: Batman Forever Grapple Upgrade #6

    I'd be interested if you ever decided to do a run of these.
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    Apr 19, 2018, 11:30 PM - Re: Batman Forever Grapple Upgrade #7

    gregday said: View Post
    I'd be interested if you ever decided to do a run of these.
    Same here!
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    Apr 24, 2018, 4:26 PM - Re: Batman Forever Grapple Upgrade #8

    It's finished!! Here are some pictures of the finished prop. I've very pleased with how real it looks with the aluminum blades.

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    Apr 28, 2018, 12:45 AM - Re: Batman Forever Grapple Upgrade #9

    13doctorwho said: View Post
    It's finished!! Here are some pictures of the finished prop. I've very pleased with how real it looks with the aluminum blades.

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    Looks great man! So smooth. Are you thinking about making the hand attachment?

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