Vader1974's Bat Cuffs Build

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Vader1974's Bat Cuffs Build

Post by Vader1974 » Thu Feb 28, 2019 8:43 pm

I needed another Batman 66 prop to go with my Bat Radio and Batgirl Walkie for the DFW Prop Party. I figured the Bat Cuffs would be a fun and relatively easy prop to tackle. So here it goes!

After a bit of research on the web and on the forums, I decided to start from scratch. I dug up some screen caps, still photos, other replicas, and even toys. I kept coming back to this B&W Still of what should be the actual prop and this compilation of Batman.
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I completed a couple of quick drawings in Illustrator and then off to the local library for a little private time with the laser.
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On the Laser
The cuffs are designed in six total parts (3 layers each for the top and bottom). The prototype looked pretty good but too thick! I designed them to use a bar magnet for closure.
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Bat Cuff Magnet Closure
I changed the outer layers to a 3/32" board and was able to get the total thickness to about .4".

Here is the version that will be making the DFW Prop Party, might try going thinner next time. Chain is 9 links of 5 gauge jack chain. I have not attached yet, waiting on the paint to dry.
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Bat Cuffs Closed
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Bat Cuffs Open
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Re: Vader1974's Bat Cuffs Build

Post by Meule » Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:25 am

Wow, those look fantastic, job really well done
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Re: Vader1974's Bat Cuffs Build

Post by Scott Sebring » Sat Mar 02, 2019 2:04 pm

A great addition for any good crimefighter's utility belt.
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Re: Vader1974's Bat Cuffs Build

Post by Lou Szabo » Sat Mar 02, 2019 3:32 pm

Have you considered an aluminum pair? It looks like the laser might be able to do it if turned up to "11"

It would be 1 way to get to a thinner set.
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Re: Vader1974's Bat Cuffs Build

Post by Vader1974 » Mon Mar 04, 2019 11:18 am

Yeah, I could easily get it thinner using aluminum, but I like the idea of getting as close to the original in terms of materials as I can. BTW - the laser at my library cannot cut aluminum.

I ended up using a painted jump ring to attach the chain to the cuffs. I might end up trying to build a thinner set and moving the chain attachment point closer to the edge, so that I don't have to use a jump ring. While I believe the 5 gauge chain is correct it is a bear to open and close a link.
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Re: Vader1974's Bat Cuffs Build

Post by floatinjoe » Tue Mar 05, 2019 10:33 am

First, very cool and well done. Second, your library has a laser??? Now that's awesome!

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Re: Vader1974's Bat Cuffs Build

Post by Ben Bentley » Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:40 pm

Those turned out wonderfully! Also, I think you did right going back to that image of the original - quite a lot of the replicas over the years have taken some pretty interesting liberties.

BTW..."Libraries with Lazers" is a B-movie I would totally watch! :D

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Re: Vader1974's Bat Cuffs Build

Post by THE BATPHONE! » Fri Mar 08, 2019 5:18 pm

Ben Bentley wrote:
Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:40 pm

BTW..."Libraries with Lazers" is a B-movie I would totally watch! :D
It’s one of my favorites, sorry I couldn’t resist! :D
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Re: Vader1974's Bat Cuffs Build

Post by Ben Bentley » Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:07 am

THE BATPHONE! wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 5:18 pm
Ben Bentley wrote:
Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:40 pm

BTW..."Libraries with Lazers" is a B-movie I would totally watch! :D
It’s one of my favorites, sorry I couldn’t resist! :D
Ahahahaha!

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Re: Vader1974's Bat Cuffs Build

Post by Troy » Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:02 pm

I WANT!!!!!

Stellar work!

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Re: Vader1974's Bat Cuffs Build

Post by batman1989 » Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:18 pm

Hi what are the real dimensions to fit properly on wrists ?? Thanks ryan

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