Here are 2 photos of the new ESB's recently pulled from the molds and feature vacuum formed bottom sections. I'm no longer using fiberglass as a medium so everything will be made from a fast curing urethane resin (Alumilite) which has excellent surface detailing and very good overall strength. I've created a arched rib-like design shown in the 2nd photo for the upper portions of the gauntlets to help prevent them from being compressed and/or crushed. With the top portions measuring about 3/16" thick made from this hard resin as well as the new arch design I'm confident that this will make for a very good overall prop.
I've completely re-designed the flame unit detail and it's much larger than my previous versions. It's reinforced with 2 steel pins. I really like the overall look of it. Your all probably wondering why the 3 large holes in the flame units back section? Well, you'll have to wait for that one when I assemble and paint this set for photos sake. I've also removed the push button detail from the top of the right gauntlet and kept it smooth. I thought this would come in handy if any of you wanted to mount a functional push button or lever switch for an updated look. I'll provide the traditional movie accurate button as a separate detail, you can see it in the photo. I wont be including a rocket detail with this new set..There are too many beautiful metal versions around and most of you probably own one so I left that detail out. As for cost.....I'll have a better idea after assembly in a few days time. Keep you posted. Christian