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I'm updating this thread for 2011.
I'm nearing completion of the Preproduction2 gauntlet. I actually attempted this gauntlet years ago but the flame unit was always a challenge due to the stress factor, resin was certainly not the way to go. One of the crucial details were these figure 8 details I'm holding in the photos. In the past I used many different materials to make them work but was never satisfied with the overall structural integrity of them until now. These details are now welded steel with some pre prep grinding and some post drilling assemble well with the heavy grade aluminum tubing design. I'm also pleased with the how the metal mounting brackets came out though I'm not satisfied with the size of the screws and the thickness of the metal used and am currently working on a better version. The flame unit is a 2-stage telescopic set up and is functional, I've actually added a small locking screw to secure it in place when fully extended or collapsed but the 8 gauge spiraling wire makes it a challenge to do this effortlessly. I'm guessing most would want it in the fully extended position anyway ")
Enjoy the photos..More to come!