I am the proud owner of a set of MOW's ESB gauntlets. I did a pretty detailed build thread over the course of about a year. They are now sitting proudly on my wearable display costume.
That's DarkSide's machined aluminum and brass rocket and a scratch built flamethrower featuring a few of MOW's resin ESB flamethrower parts, aluminum and brass tubing, a couple dart bodies, etc. I reinforced the clamshells with 2-4 layers of fiberglass. I think they look fantastic!
It weighs 2 1/2 pounds.
This is the right gauntlet. Aside from accurate alco-switches and Mojo's darts, it's all stock MOW gauntlet parts. Again, the clamshells were reinforced with 2-4 layers of fiberglass.
They weigh almost 2 pounds.
They look awesome on my display, but they're kinda beefy in a couple different ways:
First, the original costume gauntlets are very form-fitting around the forearms. My MOW gauntlets are much thicker. The second and more obvious issue is the 4 1/2 pounds of weight on my forearms and wrists.
So over the last couple months, I have been gathering the parts I think I need for a lighter and more form-fitting set of 'trooping' gauntlets.
I'm going with redkraytdragon's IOA gauntlet clamshells, and some of his resin-cast gauntlet parts.
RKD's gauntlet set is geared towards a ROTJ/SE set of gauntlets, so they will need some modification. I will need to chop up the resin whipcord launcher. I did pick up some Mojo darts on the cheap a while back, and a set of alco-switchs on the not-so-cheap. Yeah, they're technically the wrong ones but they'll look good enough for the 501st, I think. The rest of this is very useable as is.
The biggest technical challenge of this conversion will be the flamethrower. I will be making it out of mostly styrene rod, tube, and sheets along with a couple scratch built resin parts and brass rod reinforcement.