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Re: Chad's Batmaking Thread (The first Bat Shaper in Scotland?!)
« Reply #105 on: August 09, 2023, 09:21:37 PM »

Very cool mate. Well done.
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Re: Chad's Batmaking Thread (The first Bat Shaper in Scotland?!)
« Reply #106 on: August 09, 2023, 09:51:03 PM »

This looks amazing! I was around 12 when I was watching the 05 Ashes (my favorite series)


I also have a few bats with replica woodworm torch stickers. I put red bull stickers on the back toe as KP did.  :D :D :D
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Re: Chad's Batmaking Thread (The first Bat Shaper in Scotland?!)
« Reply #107 on: August 22, 2023, 08:31:10 PM »

Lovely work.

Fun police will be along in a bit regarding the fake stickers 🤣


Hushhh, they've not noticed yet! ;)


Looks a cracking effort Chad!!

Love the shape and the stickers really set it off nicely.

I'd be more than happy paying for that as a punter.


Thanks Jake! Always good to hear feedback from other batmakers :)


Great effort on the Woodworm mate dont think people would understand how hard that little grove in the top edge would be and shape looks almost Identical. Top work mate and hope your still enjoying it


Thanks Chris - yes, it takes a lot of time. It's not 100% even I'm sure, but even when Hunts were doing it, most likely it was all done by eye, so it wasn't 100% perfect everytime. Still enjoying it - just not enjoying the tidying up I have to do after every 2 or 3 bats 😂


That looks amazing!


Thank you! :)




Oh nice! That has scratched my funky bat shape itch for a while  :) Thanks for sharing.

Been thinking of doing a weird shape for my next attempt. But I'm more of an old school V12 or Bubble era, so I'm digging up photos for research.


Thank you! Yes, funky bat shapes are awesome, at least the classical ones are. Just unique ways of rebalancing, or just simply gimmicks to make the bats stand out! I'll see if I have any V12s or Bubbles in the collection and fire over some pictures for you mate. :)


Very cool mate. Well done.




Thanks Charles!


This looks amazing! I was around 12 when I was watching the 05 Ashes (my favorite series)


I also have a few bats with replica woodworm torch stickers. I put red bull stickers on the back toe as KP did.  :D :D :D


Thanks mate! And yes, how could I forget the Red Bull stickers! I knew something was amiss haha
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Re: Chad's Batmaking Thread (The first Bat Shaper in Scotland?!)
« Reply #108 on: August 22, 2023, 08:32:38 PM »

Apologies in advance for the spam - I'm probably just gonna dump some more pics of my batmaking attempts lately - I PROMISE I'll get round to reviews of bats from other brands etc at some point this week!
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Re: Chad's Batmaking Thread (The first Bat Shaper in Scotland?!)
« Reply #109 on: August 22, 2023, 08:37:28 PM »

Brief for this one - Just make a big bat! Had drawn the edge profile of an Aus GN Maax HS bat I had in for a refurb, and finally got round to shaping it up. Was a Red Ink part made, and boy oh boy does she sing - the flat face does help with the exaggerated size, and the press is pretty much perfect.



















   






And after dressing with some Helygen stickers. (Sadly a brand that's no longer around, due to health reasons from what I gathered...)


   








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Re: Chad's Batmaking Thread (The first Bat Shaper in Scotland?!)
« Reply #110 on: August 22, 2023, 08:55:04 PM »

Next up, an Amplus interpretation - I mostly did this from the top of my head and actually did the shaping when down in the presence of @Perkins17


      




      





















Well, a few things to note about this one I guess. This was my first time using a Garrard part made - these come with the handle unfitted, and have actually been preshaped on the spindle moulder setup that they have down there. They are pressed extremely well, but have an odd shoulder shape - they are more sloped, and actually have had the vast bulk of the shaping done, which does leave relatively minimal work to do. However, due to the handle fitting required and minimal shaping, I'd probably recommend anyone looking to begin shaping to probably consider using someone like Red Ink or H4L first. You'll get more bulk to remove and become more confident with your tools over time. You'll also not have to worry too much about accidentally fitting the handle incorrectly.

Onto the bat itself, the press is exceptional. It really rebounds nicely and picks up very well for the weight. In terms of Amplus vibes - I'm afraid this attempt does fall short. If you don't really know what it looks like - http://custombats.co.uk/cbforum/index.php?topic=10016.0

There's also another one here: http://custombats.co.uk/cbforum/index.php?topic=31800.0 - @InternalTraining actually posted some pics back in the day?!  :D

I guess what I learned from this is that I need to be a little less afraid to 'swoop' the profile - there is a very gentle swoop from the toe into a 'sweep' for the swell area, into a more aggressive swoop into the handle from pictures I've seen, but I've also seen some with spines through the toe, hence why I left the spine in this attempt. I also used a random SS TON as an edge profile template, it does seem like I may have left the edge peak about 2-3cm too low.
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Re: Chad's Batmaking Thread (The first Bat Shaper in Scotland?!)
« Reply #111 on: August 22, 2023, 09:41:42 PM »

And the last one for tonight - I had a Chase Platinum in for refurbishment and toe guard/toe repair. I noticed it had a round face, and actually quite liked the profile shape, so drew it on a nice G1 round faced cleft, hoping to get round to making it after I had finished the repair and returned it to the teammate.











However, when I finally got round to making time to shape, upon looking and looking for a good 15 mins or so, and umming and ah-ing, figuring out the best way to tackle this, I came to the conclusion that I'd probably be wasting a cleft on the attempt. The Chase Platinum itself has quite a distinctive bow, while these round faced clefts I had asked Matt to press with a very subtle - no bow, and put in a thicker handle, in hope that I could try replicate a Screaming Cat if I eventually get my hands on one... Well, we were back to the drawing board, and I decided just to bite the bullet and rub out the edge markings, and attempt a real classic I've been wanting to replicate for a while now...


      

















And if the profile and yellow grip weren't giveaway enough as to what I was attempting, then clearly the interpretation wasn't quite faithful enough.  :( [size=78%] [/size]Here's the finished article, with some genuine stickers I'd been sitting on for years, and a sort of frame by frame comparison:

   































   




And here it is after a lick of oil:

         


And the mandatory Toblerone angle:




The real one weighs in at 2lb 9.5oz approx, and the copy weighs in at 2lb 12oz, and is slightly larger overall. Sorry if you feel this one is a waste of bandwidth for you and you don't like it, but I think this is probably the favourite of the bats I've made so far, and probably the one I've been happiest with. Yes, there are some inconsistencies, the shape isn't mm perfect, I should have duckbilled the toe a touch more in the last inch, I could have rounded the spine a bit more, etc etc - but given my current experience/skill level, I was very very happy not to have botched a G1 cleft. I think making this one reignited my love for batmaking as an art/escape, rather than focussing and obsessing on all the figures etc - focus on making the bat make sense, enjoy each process and really take my time and enjoy trying to make something elegant - inspired by legendary batmakers, but crafted by myself - not a clone of Tim Keeley/John Newbery or expert podshaver, just a mediocre cricketer absolutely fascinated by the craft. :)
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Re: Chad's Batmaking Thread (The first Bat Shaper in Scotland?!)
« Reply #112 on: August 23, 2023, 07:13:54 AM »

Love this.How do you reckon these bats pick up? I have a Rob Pack in similar shape and I might need to duckbill it. It weighs 29; maybe its just to heavy lol
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Re: Chad's Batmaking Thread (The first Bat Shaper in Scotland?!)
« Reply #113 on: August 23, 2023, 07:37:28 PM »

Great work Chad, love the Amplus copy, even if as you say it isnt quite right
« Last Edit: August 23, 2023, 08:55:00 PM by Chalkie »
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Re: Chad's Batmaking Thread (The first Bat Shaper in Scotland?!)
« Reply #114 on: August 23, 2023, 08:35:33 PM »

Love these, and your write ups! Got a very soft spot for the Mjolnir, with it being my first adult bat in the late 90s. Your copy looks great!
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Re: Chad's Batmaking Thread (The first Bat Shaper in Scotland?!)
« Reply #115 on: August 24, 2023, 01:36:32 AM »

One of my favourite threads on the forum. Love the pics, the description and the comparison. Keep it up Chad.
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