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  1. Aug 7, 2008, 3:46 PM - MOW New ESB Gauntlet Kits Now Available #1

    Hey Guys,

    Here's the finished test model..After going back and forth I've decided to go with the original (Alumilite: urethane resin) as the casting medium for the upper sections of the gauntlets and all the component parts. The bottom sections will be vacuum-formed polystyrene. I went with the Alumilite due to it's strength, it's beautiful cured finish and more important there's no chipping! This had a tendency to happen with past fiberglass versions. The down side is my cost has tripled using the Alumilite as compared with fiberglass.

    Here's a re-cap: I've created a arched, rib-like design for the upper portions of the gauntlets to help prevent them from being compressed, crushed or what have you. There's a good 3/16th of an inch of Alumilite, a little thinner where the upper portions meet the bottom portions for a cleaner look. I've completely re-designed the flame unit detail. It's larger than my previous versions. It's reinforced with 2 steel pins imbedded in the casting just like my past ESB flame units. I've added a new feature..but you've probably already figured that one out . Yeap, the lever switches..That's what the holes were for in the original photos THESE SWITCHES ARE NOT INCLUDED WITH THE KIT (please don't ask me to provide them. They're simply way to far out of my way to get). They sell for around $3.00 a piece at your local Radio Shack. I've also removed the movie version push button detail from the top of the right gauntlet and kept the cast smooth. You can mount a functional push button or lever switch here as well for an updated look. I'll provide the traditional movie accurate button as a separate detail along with the Kit, you can see it in the original Kit 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.

    I'm planning to do a photo tutorial of the Kit assembly very soon which should help..I'll also post the original Kit photos as well.

    (The cost of the new ESB gauntlet kits are $275.00 with US shipping included. International orders will be $285.00 shipped)

    I'll be begin work on the Kits next week sometime so please PM me for further details and pre-paid orders..This will have to be a quick run so I can get on the ROTJ versions before a few of you guys hunt me down

    Thanks again for your support.
  2. Aug 7, 2008, 5:28 PM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntlet Kits Now Available #2

    Here's the Kit photos..
  3. Bubba Fett's Avatar
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    Aug 7, 2008, 5:36 PM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntlet Kits Now Available #3

    Been waiting for these kits!! I love the ribbing, nice touch.
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    Aug 7, 2008, 6:36 PM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntlet Kits Now Available #4

    How much would a kit cost that didn't include the flamethrower?
  5. Aug 7, 2008, 7:44 PM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntlet Kits Now Available #5

    Without the flame unit..Cost is $245.00 shipped in the US.
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    Aug 7, 2008, 7:48 PM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntlet Kits Now Available #6

    WOW!

    Simply - Beautiful...
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    Aug 7, 2008, 7:59 PM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntlet Kits Now Available #7

    Hey Christian. I am curious about your approach to the flame unit. I have never seen one like this before (with switches), but I have also never seen really good shots of what it looked like in the film.

    I know that you are a stickler for detail and am curious about how you came up with this design. Is it based on some new info, or is it an idealized version?
  8. Aug 7, 2008, 8:35 PM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntlet Kits Now Available #8

    Bubba Fett,

    I agree with you. I've yet to see a clear broad shot of the ESB flame unit in any reference material..There have been many recreations of the flame unit for action figures and such both large and small and there definitely appears to be these raised beveled sections on the flame unit itself. I've always been curious to know if these beveled sections were functional or just a decorative detail..I just went ahead and gave them a functional purpose and to simply change things up some. I like this design..opening and closing of the valves. I'm curious what other members think..Maybe Im wrong ?
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    Aug 7, 2008, 8:55 PM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntlet Kits Now Available #9

    Those kits look awsome!!!!
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    Aug 7, 2008, 8:57 PM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntlet Kits Now Available #10

    Would love to see if someone has any detail shots of these from ESB. The switches would certainly make sense from a logical standpoint, just never seen them before. Nice weathering on the flamethrowers btw!
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    Aug 7, 2008, 9:13 PM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntlet Kits Now Available #11

    [EDIT]

    Sorry for the dumb Q... so all I would need for these then would be darts, switches and rocket right?

    Jeez must get me a ref CD or 2...

    Sorry again!

    Dave

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    Aug 7, 2008, 10:00 PM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntlet Kits Now Available #12

    Christian,

    PM sent.

    Chris
  13. Aug 7, 2008, 11:05 PM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntlet Kits Now Available #13

    Quote mckenic said: View Post
    [EDIT]

    Sorry for the dumb Q... so all I would need for these then would be darts, switches and rocket right?

    Jeez must get me a ref CD or 2...

    Sorry again!

    Dave

    [/EDIT]
    That's correct
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    Aug 7, 2008, 11:43 PM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntlet Kits Now Available #14

    What about adding the switch to the top of the right gauntlet? That part of the costume, we have clear pictures of. What made you make this modification?
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    Aug 8, 2008, 12:21 AM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntlet Kits Now Available #15

    Payment sent, brother.

    Chris
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    Aug 8, 2008, 12:39 AM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntlet Kits Now Available #16

    Quote GCNgamer128 said: View Post
    What about adding the switch to the top of the right gauntlet? That part of the costume, we have clear pictures of. What made you make this modification?
    Think that Christian said it was a modified addition if you wanted to do it, but that the movie accurate one was included in the kit.
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    Aug 8, 2008, 12:50 AM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntlet Kits Now Available #17

    Hey Christian. Just watched ESB again. Slowed it down at the BF scenes. Found a screen cap from Bespin online too. I am pretty sure there are no switches on the flamethrower.

    What's really funny is, looking at the Bespin shot especially, none of the flamethrowers I have seen would be considered accurate. It actually looks like a solid block near the back, similar to yours, with a red stripe on it. There is no forward connecting block from what I can see. Wish some of the experts would post a pic of it, as I am sure I must be mistaken or this was a "stunt" gauntlet or something.

    Anyway, not knocking your flamethrower at all Christian (you know that I am a huge fan of yours) - it is a very cool design and looks functional. The switches just got me wondering what was there...

    The shot is of Fett when he walk in the dining area where Vader is on Bespin. There is a VERY good shot of the flamethrower when he walks out. Trying to find a higher resolution shot if I can.

    Also noticed something interesting on Vader's light sequence, but I will post that on the Vader boards. Maybe I just need new glasses...
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    Aug 8, 2008, 1:15 AM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntlet Kits Now Available #18

    put me down for a set,payment sent
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    Aug 8, 2008, 3:22 AM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntlet Kits Now Available #19

    Can I be absolute LAST on the list please?

    I'd need the time to pay my creditcard before I load it up again (stupid Student limit even tho Im 33!!!!)

    Dave
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    Aug 8, 2008, 10:35 AM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntlet Kits Now Available #20

    Bubba Fett are you talking about this pic?

    http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/misc/...ESB_HD_015.htm

    Great guants Mow! Amazing craftsmanship.
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    Aug 8, 2008, 11:13 AM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntlet Kits Now Available #21

    Afraid I cannot view that link. Keeps asking me for an ID and password, and my board info does not work.
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    Aug 8, 2008, 11:53 AM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntlet Kits Now Available #22

    username: tdhmember

    password: ilovetdh
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    Aug 8, 2008, 12:38 PM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntlet Kits Now Available #23

    Yep, that's the exact shot. It looks like a solid metal piece, not two separate ones.

    Sorry Christian, didn't mean to derail your thread...
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    Aug 8, 2008, 1:21 PM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntlet Kits Now Available #24

    Thanks for the screen shots...I had planned on doing that and ran across this thread!!! Hooooray!!!
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    Aug 8, 2008, 2:50 PM - Re: MOW New ESB Gauntlet Kits Now Available #25

    I think its just the metal adaptor plate underneath thats making it look that way on the screencap

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