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  1. Jul 31, 2008, 8:02 PM - MOW New ESB Gauntets Run #1

    Hey Guys,

    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
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    Jul 31, 2008, 8:27 PM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntets Run #2

    Those are looking good.

    That looks like polyurethane resin to me. I guess it is the color that is throwing me off.


    Because doesnt polyester resin crack easily if not used in congruence with fiberglass?
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    Jul 31, 2008, 11:43 PM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntets Run #3

    Dangit.

    Time to sell some stuff to make way for new, better stuff!
    Outstanding work, Christian, as always! PM to come soon!
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    Jul 31, 2008, 11:55 PM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntets Run #4

    And I've been thinking about looking for a new set of gauntlets. Your timing couldn't be better, just hope I'll be able to afford them.
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    Aug 1, 2008, 12:54 AM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntets Run #5

    Wow, looking pretty good !

    Can´t wait to see the assembled gauntlets..

    It seems that the next order from MoW is planned
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    Aug 1, 2008, 2:03 AM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntets Run #6

    where can i sign up?
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    Aug 1, 2008, 3:06 AM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntets Run #7

    i need those. real talk.
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    Aug 1, 2008, 5:01 AM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntets Run #8

    Great work Christian, whats the cost on a set of these, and will they be assembled?
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    Aug 1, 2008, 5:31 AM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntets Run #9

    Yipee...
  10. Aug 1, 2008, 6:55 AM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntets Run #10

    987654321a,

    Yes, your correct it's not polyester resin it's urethane resin. In fact it's Alumilite. I'll edit that in the original description, thanks.

    All the component parts are solid Alumilite..The upper portions are poured using a mold and plug system. Again I've incorporated these arched ribs in the design. These arches give them the added strength needed. Plus the castings have a good thickness made from this Alumilite. I've handled these quite a bit and I'm very satisfied with the quality. My only concerns are the bottom portions of the gauntlets which are vacuumed polystyrene..We're all familiar with the ups/downs of vacuumed formed parts..Many of you requested the more authentic vacuum formed bottoms sections on this run. I wont be held responsible for chipping and/or tearing of the vacuumed formed sections. Polystyrene is prone to damage as we all well know and you will be repairing them from normal wear and tear.
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    Aug 1, 2008, 8:56 AM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntets Run #11

    I suppose thats to be expected, one person may use these for display and another for trooping, it would be simple enough for that person to re-enforce that section if they deem it necessary Looking great
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    Aug 1, 2008, 9:54 AM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntets Run #12

    MoW,

    I loved your jet pack. Please put me down for the ESB Gauntlets.

    You are my hero. This saves me from having to build one, as if having 6-7 Vader projects isn't already enough for me!
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    Aug 1, 2008, 9:57 AM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntets Run #13

    very nice! i've had great luck with the resin gauntlet i made, and i barely know what i'm doing! i'm sure that yours will hold up well!
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    Aug 1, 2008, 2:04 PM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntets Run #14

    Wow these look sweet. Very interesting indeed.
  15. Aug 1, 2008, 7:37 PM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntets Run #15

    Hey Guys,

    Assembly is going very well..I'll probably offer these in kit form.

    Sorry this thread is posted in the soft parts section..That was an error on my end..Sent a pm to the Heads about switching it to the proper armor section but guess they're pretty busy.

    Keep you posted.
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    Aug 2, 2008, 12:16 AM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntets Run #16

    Alright thanks for clearing things up. Either way, even if it was paper mache, I would still buy from you haha.


    Good stuff man, they are looking real good.
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    Aug 2, 2008, 6:27 AM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntets Run #17

    Quote Man of War Studios said: View Post
    My only concerns are the bottom portions of the gauntlets which are vacuumed polystyrene..We're all familiar with the ups/downs of vacuumed formed parts..Many of you requested the more authentic vacuum formed bottoms sections on this run. I wont be held responsible for chipping and/or tearing of the vacuumed formed sections. Polystyrene is prone to damage as we all well know and you will be repairing them from normal wear and tear.
    How in the past did you do it to make the bottom shells stronger? Did you use ABS or Fiberglass? Haven't been around for your past runs.
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    Aug 2, 2008, 6:40 AM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntets Run #18

    As soon as you get a price for these

    Also, I was wondering w how big the gauntlets are. I am a tiny person!
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    Aug 2, 2008, 2:07 PM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntets Run #19

    as soon as these go rotj, i'll probably want a set. if i don't get to my fp rotj's by then. love your old gauntlets!
  20. Aug 2, 2008, 6:31 PM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntets Run #20

    Hey Guys,

    I'm putting together a set of gel-coated fiberglass upper sections at the moment..This way I can decide which one I like better for the final product, urethane or fiberglass?

    I think I'm leaning towards the gel-coated fiberglass...

    Keep you posted,
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    Aug 2, 2008, 8:02 PM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntets Run #21

    Hey Christian, I'm PMin you a question right now.
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    Aug 3, 2008, 5:33 PM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntets Run #22

    REALLY interested in these if you have some to sell.
    Please let me know.
    It's the last thing I need for my suit.
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    Aug 3, 2008, 9:22 PM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntets Run #23

    Once your ready for the price, I will probably hop on the band wagon.
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    Aug 4, 2008, 4:22 PM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntets Run #24

    any news?
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    Aug 4, 2008, 4:40 PM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntets Run #25

    Quote Man of War Studios said: View Post
    Hey Guys,

    I'm putting together a set of gel-coated fiberglass upper sections at the moment..This way I can decide which one I like better for the final product, urethane or fiberglass?

    I think I'm leaning towards the gel-coated fiberglass...

    Keep you posted,

    Gel Coated Fiberglass is stronger than just urethane resin by itself, but They are both strong enough to not break easily. After all we arent real bounty hunters. We just make costumes to wear and look nice. Its not like we are all going to have a fist fight with these gauntlets haha.