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  1. Fetthunter's Avatar
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    Aug 5, 2007, 8:51 PM - ROTJ Gauntlet Build-Up & Painting #1

    Well, it's been 5+ years since I made my last set of gauntlets, and while they've held up to more abuse and troopings than I care to remember, it's time for a new set.

    In order to speed up the process, I ordered a set of assembled gauntlets from Ruffkin. They are vac-formed Styrene with several resin detail parts (I ordered them without the calc pad and dental expander, since I make those myself, and without the missile since I bought one from RussRep):




    These would be great if they were going on a mannequin or being used for occasional trooping, but my garrison does events on an average of 1 every 2 weeks. I'm worried that standard vac-formed Styrene isn't going to take the abuse that I'm (and throngs of crazy little kids are) going to be giving there things...

    Time to fiberglass them!

    This is the first layer of fiberglass resin/mat/resin "sandwiching" (the red stuff is just ink from my red Sharpie that I used to mark the fiberglass mat before cutting it). I ended up with 2-3 layers on all pieces with extra resin in the corners since they take the most abuse.








    This shows what resin parts I replaced, and the metal parts that I replaced them with. The metal ones will certainly survive for years to come:
















    This is after replacing the resin connectors with metal ones, smoothing everything with spot putty (the red stuff), and sanding:







    After priming (at this point I've also installed the "correct" black pushbuttons on the left gauntlet. They were offered on TDH back in 2002 by a board member in The Netherlands):







    After 1st coat of Plasti-Kote automotive chrome:






    After wiring up the 12V lamp:





    It's an "old school" 12V lamp and toggle switch. All incandescent, for that "glow" that LEDs can't deliver!





    Time to apply the liquid masking fluid to the chrome where the scratches will go, and then start airbrushing!

    Windsor & Newton masking fluid applied where the "battle damage" will be:






    Right gauntlet shortly after airbrushing 1st coat of Polyscale "Rock Island Maroon". I first tried the "Wisconsin Central Maroon" paint, but it didn't look right to me. Even though it's what was used on film, my goal was to get that film paint color in real life.:







    Gauntlets after several more coats of Rock Island Maroon and dried masking fluid has been removed, revealing chrome basecoat scratches and damage. Note how much the color changes with the addition of extra coats of paint.:






    Close-up of right gauntlet showing addition of RusRep darts:







    Close-up of left gauntlet showing Fetthunter Designs dental expander & calc pad detail:








    How do you make metal detail pieces look like they're burned and charred?



    You burn and char them!!!







    The laser nozzles after the "heat treatment".:











    Polyscale "Weathered Black" paint applied to the inside of the nozzles.:






    I applied liquid mask to the rocket, and then painted it by airbrushing Floquil "Weathered Black" on it:






    The rocket after the iquid mask has been removed and the whole thing has been lightly sanded with a "fine" sanding sponge:








    THE FINISHED GAUNTLETS!!!






    A breakdown of "what's what":




    I think that's it (for now)! I still have to install the 2 mini toggle switches on the right gauntlet, but that's minor. I'll try and post pics when I get that done.

    Thanks for looking, and for your compliments!

    J
    Last edited by Fetthunter; Aug 9, 2007 at 5:21 PM.
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    Aug 5, 2007, 8:58 PM - Re: ROTJ Gauntlet Build-Up & Painting #2

    WOW! Those are sweet!
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    Aug 5, 2007, 9:48 PM - Re: ROTJ Gauntlet Build-Up & Painting #3

    Excellent looking gauntlets! Mine are Ruffkin's also, with some "altered" detail pieces like you're using.
    Keep posting progress!
  4. Aug 6, 2007, 9:07 PM - Re: ROTJ Gauntlet Build-Up & Painting #4

    Nice gauntlets man. Ever think about putting a blade/knife on one of them?
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    Aug 6, 2007, 10:41 PM - Re: ROTJ Gauntlet Build-Up & Painting #5

    I love the lighter trick!!
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    Aug 6, 2007, 10:55 PM - Re: ROTJ Gauntlet Build-Up & Painting #6

    Quote Dralkote T. Beskarborad said: View Post
    Nice gauntlets man. Ever think about putting a blade/knife on one of them?

    Ummmm... Boba doesn't have a blade/knife on one of them.
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    Aug 6, 2007, 11:09 PM - Re: ROTJ Gauntlet Build-Up & Painting #7

    Looking great Fetthunter.

    I like the lighter tip too. I'll have to put that one to use.


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    Aug 6, 2007, 11:20 PM - Re: ROTJ Gauntlet Build-Up & Painting #8

    Quote Dralkote T. Beskarborad said: View Post
    Nice gauntlets man. Ever think about putting a blade/knife on one of them?


    Well. that wouldn't be "canon", and besides, I'd get kicked out of events and cons if I had one. That would be like putting a real flamethrower on it!
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    Aug 6, 2007, 11:22 PM - Re: ROTJ Gauntlet Build-Up & Painting #9

    Quote asok said: View Post
    I love the lighter trick!!

    Yeah, I think the end result looks more realistic than paint, and it should since it's caused by real FIRE!

    Don't try it on RESIN parts, though!
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    Aug 6, 2007, 11:23 PM - Re: ROTJ Gauntlet Build-Up & Painting #10

    Quote Gator Fett said: View Post
    Looking great Fetthunter.

    I like the lighter tip too. I'll have to put that one to use.


    Gator

    Thanks much!
  11. Aug 7, 2007, 2:15 AM - Re: ROTJ Gauntlet Build-Up & Painting #11

    Hey bro.Those gauntlets look great.can ya help me though?I need to know what you used exactly for the hose brass parts(empty package they came in maybe?, and the flame nozzles.I looked yesterday at some coaxial cable ends and they seemed a bit too small for the flame thrower end.
    Need some parts for my metal gauntlets.I'll do a search on the board in the meantime.
    Thanks
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    Aug 7, 2007, 2:47 AM - Re: ROTJ Gauntlet Build-Up & Painting #12

    I've already tossed the bags for the brass parts, but I got them at Lowe's in the plumbing/sink section. There's a thread that lists the part numbers, so it should be easy to find. Search "ROTJ gauntlets". I couldn't find the exact air compressor fitting, so I faked it. The look is still pretty close. 8)

    The nozzles are Radio Shack part # 278-188. They're PL-259 UHF Coax'es, which is why they're so big. They run close to $6 each.
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    Aug 7, 2007, 2:49 AM - Re: ROTJ Gauntlet Build-Up & Painting #13

    Hopefully the final piece of the project will arrive in the mail today. You guys can already guess what that piece is, I'm sure.

    I'm also missing the 2 mini toggles for the right gauntlet, but I'll take care of that the next time I hit Radio Shack. They can be installed any time, really. I'm not worried about those.
  14. Aug 7, 2007, 5:26 AM - Re: ROTJ Gauntlet Build-Up & Painting #14

    thanks bro.
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    Aug 7, 2007, 8:09 AM - Re: ROTJ Gauntlet Build-Up & Painting #15

    Wow, these are looking Awesome man!
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    Aug 7, 2007, 11:18 AM - Re: ROTJ Gauntlet Build-Up & Painting #16

    Quote Gator Fett said: View Post
    Looking great Fetthunter.

    I like the lighter tip too. I'll have to put that one to use.


    Gator
    Me too!
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    Aug 7, 2007, 12:04 PM - Re: ROTJ Gauntlet Build-Up & Painting #17

    You guys are just amused by fire, aren't you?
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    Aug 7, 2007, 12:05 PM - Re: ROTJ Gauntlet Build-Up & Painting #18

    Quote deadbolt said: View Post
    Wow, these are looking Awesome man!

    Thanks for the kind words!
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    Aug 7, 2007, 1:19 PM - Re: ROTJ Gauntlet Build-Up & Painting #19

    Quote Dralkote T. Beskarborad said: View Post
    Nice gauntlets man. Ever think about putting a blade/knife on one of them?
    The Dented Variants forum is this way:

    http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/forumdisplay.php?f=34
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    Aug 7, 2007, 5:53 PM - Re: ROTJ Gauntlet Build-Up & Painting #20

    THE FINAL PIECE IS HERE!!!


    that's right....


    THE ROCKET HAS LANDED!!!!




    It's a thing of beauty, especially if you're into metal parts. It's a lot of aluminum and brass, that's for sure! It's substantial and heavy. I'm now VERY happy that I decided to reinforce my gauntlets with fiberglass!

    Stay tuned for the weathering and installation...
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    Aug 9, 2007, 5:22 PM - Re: ROTJ Gauntlet Build-Up & Painting #21

    Updated 1st post with new pics!
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    Aug 9, 2007, 8:24 PM - Re: ROTJ Gauntlet Build-Up & Painting #22

    Fantastic work man! The finished product looks amazing!
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    Aug 10, 2007, 7:54 AM - Re: ROTJ Gauntlet Build-Up & Painting #23

    Beautiful work and an awesome step by step guide. Thanks for posting!
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    Aug 10, 2007, 8:01 AM - Re: ROTJ Gauntlet Build-Up & Painting #24

    You know, I've never really thought an aluminum and brass rocket was necessary, but I have to say, that yours make me think differently. Maybe one day I'll upgrade.

    Phil
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    Aug 10, 2007, 4:16 PM - Re: ROTJ Gauntlet Build-Up & Painting #25

    awesome step by step "instructions" I've got a set of ruffkin's gauntlets that I got for Christmas that I haven't started on yet (for various reasons including not knowing where to start) this thread should help me alot when I start on mine! Sometimes procrastinating pays, very rarely but this time it did!

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