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.