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INSIDE MY UTILITY BELT

Posted: September 6, 2010 in Batcave early days

Inside MY Batcave

Tools of the trade…

That’s what you see here.  Scattered along the top of the box are some more of my tools…I’m messy when I work.

My handy screwdrivers, miscellaneous bits, power tools (about 10 different ones), reference books, Batmobiles for sizing, and a lone Batman figure who gets to rule the cave. 

I tend to use the top of the cave as a workbench and storage area…I’m much further along, and it’s a mess right now.

I’ve got a 10 foot long workbench, two mobile workbenches in my workshop and a pair of sawhorses.  They’ve all been out at the same time on this project.  The chopsaw broke (Curse you China!) and I’ve broken a few drill bits, but it’s been worth it in the end.

This is the last nuts and bolts section that I’ll be posting.  I know that it bores most of the geek/fanboys, but for some of us, it’s this bit that allows us to bring our geek fantasy to life.  There is nothing more dangerous than a geek who knows how to build stuff…Oppenheimer anybody?

Anyways, it took me about 10 hours to get through the “early days” of the woodsman phase, and it wasn’t very rewarding.  People still looked at me funny at this point.  Hey, Walt Disney must have gotten that when he dug a hole in Anaheim in the 50’s and told people that he was building a “submarine ride”.  It was still just a hole…

but only for a while…

ROBIN, TO THE CAVE!

Posted: September 6, 2010 in Batcave early days

The Cave takes shape

It was a chill autumn day when I began…

The first thing that I had to do was go to the hardware store and buy tons of lumber…expensive lumber.  This thing was going to be big! 

It needed to scale around the classic BTAS Batmobile from the 1994.  Therefore, if the cave was going to have to be big, it was going to have to be strong.  If it was moved (and it would be), it would have to hold together.  With that in mind, I set to work making a frame out of 2×4’s and set to work drilling holes into the expensive lumber I just bought.

After making a 4×4 foot cube, I had to use 3/4 inch ply to give it strength on top and bottom.  The sides are paneled with 1/4 inch ply.  This thing actually bears my weight, but probably weighs close to half my weight… 

Looking at the picture, you can appreciate the size by checking out the power drill at the bottom of the shot.  This drill is big.  Scattered around the sides on the left are my screws, various tools, and to the right, various bits.

You can also see:

  • 3 platforms to the left – these will house the batcomputer (on the top-level…I lied, you can’t actually see this part in the shot), the Robin case (mid-level), and the work-out section (bottom-level)
  • The disc in the middle of the space is the rotating Batmobile Platform, and ramp to the outside
  • The level in the far back is where older models of the Batmobile will be housed, and underneath that in the caves will be the Batcycle and various contraptions.

THE BATCAVE BEGINS

Posted: September 6, 2010 in Batcave early days

 

This picture sucks...but you get the idea

It has been a dream of mine ever since the animated Batman cartoon (BTAS) aired in 1994 to make a diorama of the animated Batcave.  Here it is!  I’ve been taking pictures of it under construction since day 1. 

The Batcave measures 4 x 4 foot square, is fully wired with illumination, and the outside will look like a WayneCorp shipping crate.  The hinged doors will open up into a scale model of the Batcave that will host the animated figure line, vehicles, contraptions, standard batcave trophies, and more. 

Non-batfans that have entered into my workshop don’t get it.  They’ve just scratched their heads and christened it as a doll house for boys…all I can say is, if they’d had doll houses like this when I was a kid, I’d have worn a dress!

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be visually chronicling the Batcave’s progress on this blog.  My pictures sucked in the beginning, but that will improve as the blog progresses.

I dedicate this page to all those batfans out there who saw on, gnaw on, and basically ruin their plastic toys in hopes of imitating their favorite cartoon.  Here’s to the custom sculptors out there who have inspired me over the years.  Time to give something back…