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  1. Fetthunter's Avatar
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    Aug 11, 2007, 6:23 PM - Re: ROTJ Gauntlet Build-Up & Painting #26

    Quote Laan said: View Post
    Fantastic work man! The finished product looks amazing!
    Quote webchief said:
    Beautiful work and an awesome step by step guide. Thanks for posting!

    Thanks, gents. Your compliments are very appreciated.
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    Aug 11, 2007, 6:38 PM - Re: ROTJ Gauntlet Build-Up & Painting #27

    Quote hellopike said: View Post
    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

    I've used a homemade rocket for 5 years that I was VERY happy with. It can't touch Russ's, though! If you get the opportunity, do the upgrade. It's a HUGE piece of metal and really pulls everything together.

    The rocket gives the gauntlets (and the costume as a whole) a bit more "credibility" (for lack of a better word), too. With lots of METAL parts, everything looks more "realistic". Maybe that's just me, though.
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    Aug 11, 2007, 6:41 PM - Re: ROTJ Gauntlet Build-Up & Painting #28

    Quote never_ending_fett said: View Post
    awesome step by step "instructions". this thread should help me alot when I start on mine!

    I chronicled this for people just like you!

    I wish I could have posted more pics, but 20-something is enough!

    Hope it helps out!


    Thanks,

    J
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    Aug 12, 2007, 12:23 AM - Re: ROTJ Gauntlet Build-Up & Painting #29

    those look awesome! great job!
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    Aug 12, 2007, 2:20 AM - Re: ROTJ Gauntlet Build-Up & Painting #30

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    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.
    J
    Looks great! What are the toggle switches and where do they go?
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    Aug 12, 2007, 10:25 PM - Re: ROTJ Gauntlet Build-Up & Painting #31

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    those look awesome! great job!

    Thanks, Brian!


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    Aug 12, 2007, 10:26 PM - Re: ROTJ Gauntlet Build-Up & Painting #32

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    Looks great! What are the toggle switches and where do they go?

    They're on the right side of the right gauntlet, up at the top, sort of near the nozzle part. Let me see if I can find a pic that isn't HUUUUGE to post...
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    Aug 12, 2007, 10:42 PM - Re: ROTJ Gauntlet Build-Up & Painting #33

    Ok... This is a pic of the original from MoM. The toggle switches have been lost over the years, but you can still see the holes where they were mounted(pointed to by the arrows):



    Hope that helps!


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    Aug 12, 2007, 11:31 PM - Re: ROTJ Gauntlet Build-Up & Painting #34

    Thanks for the picture, that definitely helps.
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    Aug 13, 2007, 10:11 AM - Re: ROTJ Gauntlet Build-Up & Painting #35

    Quote Fetthunter said: View Post
    With lots of METAL parts, everything looks more "realistic". Maybe that's just me, though.

    i'm right there with ya! i'm just waiting for the day that i can get some nice heavy metal gauntlets
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    Aug 13, 2007, 11:27 AM - Re: ROTJ Gauntlet Build-Up & Painting #36

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    i'm right there with ya! i'm just waiting for the day that i can get some nice heavy metal gauntlets
    Don't wish for that. I have some heavy resin Predator gauntlets that weigh 5.2 pounds for the pair. I've worn those around conventions and that does wear on you.
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    Aug 13, 2007, 12:19 PM - Re: ROTJ Gauntlet Build-Up & Painting #37

    Quote Mr Fett said: View Post
    Don't wish for that. I have some heavy resin Predator gauntlets that weigh 5.2 pounds for the pair. I've worn those around conventions and that does wear on you.
    wow, that's pretty chunky! maybe this isn't such a good idea...
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    Aug 13, 2007, 2:29 PM - Re: ROTJ Gauntlet Build-Up & Painting #38

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    i'm right there with ya! i'm just waiting for the day that i can get some nice heavy metal gauntlets

    The rocket is close to a pound. The raw gauntlet, with the 3 layers of fiberglass I added, feels like it weighs a pound. Then you add the UHF connectors, resin parts, and paint... My left gauntlet is darn near 3 pounds, EASY. My right gauntlet is about 2 pounds (no rocket, but it does have the fiberglass and brass and aluminum parts on it).

    These are going to be like wearing those wrist weights that people wear when exercising sometimes! After an 8 hour troop and carrying an 8 pound EE-3, I'm gonna be BUFF!!! (more like exhausted! )

    I can't imagine wearing all-metal ones!
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    Aug 15, 2007, 9:29 PM - Re: ROTJ Gauntlet Build-Up & Painting #39

    Awesome tutorial FH! Congrats on your beautiful set of gauntlets!
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    Aug 16, 2007, 3:02 AM - Re: ROTJ Gauntlet Build-Up & Painting #40

    J,

    Awesome work bro! Love the WIP pics! As for the weight issue, I feel your pain bro...mine's about the same, with alittle bit more added for that 'firinf' effect. Will start a thread on it soon.

    Thanks again for sharing..

    Stay safe,

    Tim.
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    Aug 16, 2007, 8:33 PM - Re: ROTJ Gauntlet Build-Up & Painting #41

    Thanks, Harry and Tim!

    More being posted tonight. Time to wrap this puppy up!
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    Aug 16, 2007, 8:42 PM - Re: ROTJ Gauntlet Build-Up & Painting #42

    OK. I *finally* got the mini toggles today. I was near a Radio Shack and figured "why not?", so I dropped in and got them.

    I went with part # 275-626A, $3.99 EACH

    Once you drill two 3/16" mounting holes, they look like this:



    I might add some weathering to the metal parts on the right gauntlet using some "weathered black", but other than that...

    I think I'm finally DONE!!!
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    Aug 16, 2007, 8:59 PM - Re: ROTJ Gauntlet Build-Up & Painting #43

    I've received several PMs from people wanting to know how much these gauntlets ended up costing. Now that I'm done, I can calculate the total:

    Gauntlet kit assembled: $160
    Wisconsin Central Maroon paint: $4
    Rock Island Maroon paint: $4
    Weathered Black paint: $4
    PlastiKote Chrome paint: $4
    RussRep darts: $38
    RussRep missile: $128 (discounted)
    Original UK pushbutton switches: $10 for both
    Big toggle switch (left gauntlet): $3
    Micromini toggle switches (right gauntlet): $8 for both
    12V lamp: $3
    9V battery holder: $1
    9V battery: $2
    Fiberglass resin: $13
    Fiberglass cloth: $8
    Calc Pad: $7
    Dental Expander: $7
    Aluminum rod (right gauntlet): $4
    Brass fittings (right gauntlet): $12 for all
    Braided hose (right gauntlet): $6 for 12'

    Total = $426
    + tax (about $34)
    GRAND TOTAL = $460

    Man hours = about 50


    I hope this has been a useful "tutorial", or at least an entertaining one!


    Thanks to everyone!

    J
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    Aug 16, 2007, 9:45 PM - Re: ROTJ Gauntlet Build-Up & Painting #44

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    After an 8 hour troop and carrying an 8 pound EE-3, I'm gonna be BUFF!!! (more like exhausted! )
    yeah, the more i think about it, the more i think that's a BAD plan.

    my avatar now is from a "gentle giant" style photo. i struck the pose, bronze/wood/aluminum EE3 out at full arm's length. after a few seconds, it got downright uncomfortable. after a minute, i was DONE, and anyone that didn't get a pic just wasn't going to.
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    Aug 17, 2007, 1:24 AM - Re: ROTJ Gauntlet Build-Up & Painting #45

    Totally. I've been pretty healthy, then last December I suddenly pulled a muscle in my back, beside my spine, under my left shoulder. It swelled so badly that it cranked my spine over to the right. When the swelling finally subsided, my vertebrae pinched a nerve bundle as it was settling back into place. *OUCH*. I still have nerve issues in my left arm (the top of it goes numb from time to time, along with my thumb, index, and middle fingers.

    Point being, it's *really* fun on long troops with the jet pack on for upwards of 8 hours, then the blaster, and NOW the gauntlets are sure to make it even MORE exciting!

    I'm just going to have to muddle through and do what I can, I guess. Probably have to keep my gauntlets and blaster close to my body so as to not strain anything. arrrrrrgh.....

    Be careful and don't hurt yourself for the sake of a picture (that said, I would've done it too! ).



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    yeah, the more i think about it, the more i think that's a BAD plan.

    my avatar now is from a "gentle giant" style photo. i struck the pose, bronze/wood/aluminum EE3 out at full arm's length. after a few seconds, it got downright uncomfortable. after a minute, i was DONE, and anyone that didn't get a pic just wasn't going to.

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