1. Cruzer's Avatar
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    Aug 2004
    Jul 10, 2015, 2:58 PM - Seeking input before molding ROTJ gauntlets #1

    Hey guys. I wanted to see if the experts here could give input on what they feel needs to be changed before I mold these gauntlets for fiberglass casts. They were modified from a set of my Jango gauntlets, so I hope to dial in their accuracy as much as possible to your acceptable standards. I owe a couple sets to people but would be happy to make them available thereafter if there's a need.

    I will be making a quick temporary mold to make solid casts for any modifications before making the master mold. This is so I can move the split lines between the tops and bottom shells if necessary. They also will be molded without the calc pad and dental expander because those belong to RKD, as well as without the various electronics and darts.

    Any input would be appreciated.


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  3. Mullreel's Avatar
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    Jan 2010
    Jul 10, 2015, 4:55 PM - Re: Seeking input before molding ROTJ gauntlets #2

    I am not a gauntlet expert but when you decide to sell some I would be happy to get a set from you. I have loved trooping your Jango gauntlets.
  4. Mullreel's Avatar
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    Jan 2010
    Jul 10, 2015, 5:59 PM - Re: Seeking input before molding ROTJ gauntlets #3

    I am home now so I can see the pics much better. I looked over the gallery pics and compared them to where you stand I am not seeing anything glaring. Some of your edges on the right gaunt may be a bit sharper than the edges in the Magic of the Myth gallery. I certainly like the sharpness but if you want perfect match you might soften the corners. But other than that I don't see much.

    I hope that description makes sense.
  5. Hunter930's Avatar
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    May 2014
    Jul 10, 2015, 7:17 PM - Re: Seeking input before molding ROTJ gauntlets #4

    IMHO knock these out in cold cast and the Boba crew will line up, ill be the first in line...
  6. dv8r's Avatar
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    Mar 2015
    Jul 11, 2015, 11:54 PM - Re: Seeking input before molding ROTJ gauntlets #5

    Hi Cruzer,

    These look very nice, and your paint job is killer! Maybe I just can't see it in your photos, but isn't there a lip around the nozzle end of the flame thrower? You can see bits of it in some of the promotional pictures and some of the screen images:

    Although, it's clearly broken away or missing in some other shots.

    I have a question about your gauntlets pictured if you have a moment to answer -- it looks like there are hinges along both sides of each gauntlet. While I am slow AND old I can't figure how this works... do you fit them over your arms and insert one of the hinge pins from the elbow-end to secure them?

    Thanks for any info!

  7. Mullreel's Avatar
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    Jan 2010
    Jul 12, 2015, 8:07 AM - Re: Seeking input before molding ROTJ gauntlets #6

    Yes that is how the hinges work. One side is a normal piano hinge set up. The other side you install the hinge but make the pin removable and put a bend on the end. (then personally I sand down the pin quite a bit so it comes in and out easier), When you close the gauntlets the hinges fit back together and you insert the pin to secure it. I use this system on my Jango gauntlets and it works incredibly well.

    And back to the topic: I know that the lip around the flamethrower does appear in the several shots but it is missing (not broken, just not there) in pics from Magic of the Myth. The lip is also missing in the new Costumes book they put out last year. They picture several gauntlets in the book but none have that part.

    There is no doubt that it is there in the screen shots. I think it is accurate to make them either way. I am not sure what happened to the set that had the lip/flange on the end but they don't seem to show up in the archives.
    Last edited by Mullreel; Jul 12, 2015 at 8:15 AM.
  8. Cruzer's Avatar
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    Aug 2004
    Jul 12, 2015, 8:57 AM - Seeking input before molding ROTJ gauntlets #7

    Thanks buddy for answering that. Just like Mullreel said, there are two lengths of piano hinge whose opposing sides are glued to the insides of each halve that hold the gauntlets closed when the original length of pin (plus 2-3 link lengths more for the handle) is reinserted. I prefer to use the 1-1/8" wide hinge from Home Depot because it's largest in diameter and seems to pull out the easiest. As I'm pulling it out, I also clear-out the insides of the links by carefully drilling them out with a long drill bit. I can't remember off the top of my head but I think it's a 3/32" drill bit that works best. My local Ace Hardware usually carries them. The pics below show them with the pins. So far it's been the best method I've found to join two fiberglass shells for the constant on/off process associated with trooping.

    I'll add a pic of the hinges removed and laid out once a return home after this weekend.

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