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Old School Bat Radio

Post by rickrickrick » Wed Mar 12, 2014 8:22 pm

So, just for giggles, to have another recognizable handheld prop I could easily carry to conventions, etc, I decided to make a Bat Radio. Out of real wood, like the original prop.

I beg your tolerance and forgiveness, as I am NOT someone skilled at woodworking. I am just hacking away at this for fun, so be kind! :lol:

I used screen grabs and auction photos to make a template, totally taking a guess as to the size, based on what seemed to be the relative scale of the prop as seen in actors' hands. I used a hunk of pine I had lying around, cut it out on the jigsaw, and then gutted the back - rather painstakingly - using a small chisel and a dremel sanding drum.

I like the shape so far, and the fact that the body of it is more or less made the way the original prop was amuses me. I have little brass balls for the tops of the antennae coming, and will order some brass rod for the antennae themselves. I think the biggest challenge will be the brass grill - I do not like CY's replicas with flat screens. It is obviously slightly raised, not flat. I'm thinking I will vacuform that part and then paint it as best I can.

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Re: Old School Bat Radio

Post by Ben Bentley » Thu Mar 13, 2014 3:44 am

Looks like you're off to a great start! Keep us posted!

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Re: Old School Bat Radio

Post by Scott Sebring » Thu Mar 13, 2014 7:35 am

Coolness. Love to see how it turns out.
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Re: Old School Bat Radio

Post by elmrgraham » Thu Mar 13, 2014 7:42 am

Me too.

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Re: Old School Bat Radio

Post by rickrickrick » Thu Mar 13, 2014 11:11 am

I can't quite figure out what the grey button at the bottom is. Is it some kind of push on/push off button with a rubber cap over it?? Is there an off-the-shelf equivalent? Anyone with a CY replica chime in here - Clint seems to have nailed it.

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Re: Old School Bat Radio

Post by Chuck Williams » Fri Mar 14, 2014 6:01 am

VERY COOL RICK!!!

It's looking great!

I look forward to seeing it as it progresses...:)

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Re: Old School Bat Radio

Post by Batfanman » Fri Mar 14, 2014 12:08 pm

It would be really cool if you could integrate a real walkie-talkie into it for a working model!
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Re: Old School Bat Radio

Post by Jim Akin » Thu Mar 20, 2014 7:35 am

Very cool. That raised grille always looked to me like the sieve from a garlic press. :)

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Re: Old School Bat Radio

Post by rickrickrick » Thu Mar 20, 2014 1:57 pm

Ha - QQ, is does look like one of those, doesn't it? Except in brass.

This is on hold for a few more days - the balls I ordered for the antennae tops were too small. Oops.

Still looking for input on that switch at the bottom! Anyone? Bueller?

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Re: Old School Bat Radio

Post by rickrickrick » Sat Mar 22, 2014 7:57 pm

A super quick update on the small amount of progress I've made.

Procured the solid brass rod for the antennae, and vacuformed the piece for the grill, with which I am very pleased.

Awaiting the arrival of the brass spheres for the top of the antennae, and figuring out what the heck the bottom switch thing is.
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Re: Old School Bat Radio

Post by batfan1705 » Sat Mar 22, 2014 10:46 pm

On the CY replica, the switch is a simple momentary on switch that turns on a light behind the frosted plastic. It looks like the sort of switch you might find at Radio Shack or similar store. The pushbutton cap is round and painted silver. Sorry I can't be of more help but I don't wish to take it apart.

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Re: Old School Bat Radio

Post by Chuck Williams » Sun Mar 23, 2014 5:03 pm

This just looks like a brass piece to me.
The back looks to be a nut soldered on.
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Re: Old School Bat Radio

Post by rickrickrick » Sun Mar 23, 2014 5:10 pm

I guess I always assumed it was a functional switch of some kind, since Clint's replica has a working light. Honestly, I can't remember ever seeing it illuminated on the show or in the film.

But why would the interior be hollowed out if it didn't need the room for a functional light installed?

I think I'll proceed as it appears Clint did - fabricate my own top to stick on a small push button switch, so I can put in a battery operated light.

Thanks, all, for the input!

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Re: Old School Bat Radio

Post by Chuck Williams » Sun Mar 23, 2014 5:27 pm

It probably did light up but the switch could have been anything on the back and not seen.

That doodad does beg to be used as a proper switch/button though.
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Re: Old School Bat Radio

Post by rickrickrick » Sun Mar 23, 2014 5:54 pm

And the way the bottom is hollowed out perplexes me - why was the bottom left open? For wires to go to electrical lines? If it actually lit up, did it use an external power source, rather than running off an internal battery? On Clint's replica, the bottom is not open.

:?

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