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Posted 9/3/2004 2:35:24 AM
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How does the batman symbol stay stationary on all 4 hubcaps while the vehicle is in motion?
Was it movie magic or is that possible with simple mechanics?

Can someone explain how that works?
I searched on the net trying to figure out how such things could work but with no luck.

I appreciate any help as this has been one of my long unanswered questions.
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Posted 9/3/2004 3:07:17 AM
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it is possiable, but im not really sure how they did it in the movie
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Posted 9/3/2004 7:14:01 AM
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Although I don't know first hand if the is what the Kilmer car used, this effect is achieved by using a spinner wheel with a counter weight on the bottom. Here is a nice one.


http://www.dubspin.com/wheel.cfm?brand=3&cat=14
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Posted 9/3/2004 7:42:04 AM
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Here is one that also utilizes magnets

US Patent #06135569

If that link doesn't work just go to http://www.uspto.gov/patft/ and search the patent number. Also look at the patents that this patent references.

Tim

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Posted 9/3/2004 11:03:40 AM
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Not sure if above linked products would be it?
I've seen similar things in real life and those things are not necessarily stationary.
Even at lower speed, the hubcab would still wobble(?) a little.

In the movie, the logo is seen perfect stationary position (Even when Christ O'Donnel character takes it out for spin and bumps the car up and down).
I thought maybe it was super imposed with special effects later but I saw many shots in the movie (different angled shots that show very little of the hubcats but nonetheless show that the hubcap was still stionary) that suggest otherwise.

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Posted 9/3/2004 11:46:46 AM
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I think the style with magnets by the Chrystler Corp. would stay very steady. I'm sure they're not using refridgerator magnets...
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Posted 9/3/2004 12:22:30 PM
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Then what I don't understand is how come these types of wheels aren't installed in normal vehicles?

Woudln't it make sense for any advertisers to have their cars with their company logos fixed in stationary position? Or you can even put company website address on those
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Posted 9/3/2004 12:53:53 PM
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spinners is what i thought of at first but i dont think thats what they used, it takes up a lot more of the tire then just the rims, and while the same pricaple of spiners could work i just dont think thats hwo they did it.
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Posted 9/3/2004 2:12:29 PM
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Posted 9/3/2004 9:38:41 PM
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after looking at it some more, i do think they used spinners, least its the only logical soution i can think of. seeing as the the outter shell covers up most of the tires http://www.aloofhosting.com/gothamgarage/assets/images/db_images/db_foreverbatmobile37.jpg they could have had enough weight on it.

on a side note i actully like the forever tire rim deisgn more then the 89, will i do it on my 89, no. putting the logo on a replica, big no no, lol.
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