Ok, here are some updated pics of the project. The Boba style flamethrower, ripcord housing, and right gauntlet hose attachment(have no idea what it's called) will hopefully be molded up this weekend and ready for making resin casts asap. I was satisfied with how well those three pieces turned out and forgot to take pics of two of them, but trust me they look really good and to scale with the rest of the gauntlets.
1st pic is of the finished masters
2nd pic is of the...well you know
3rd pic is of the "bucks" casted from the mold of the main pieces and used
for some vacform test runs we did this past weekend.
4th pic is of vacform prototypes using 1/16" styrene for the pair on the
left; and 1/8" styrene for the pair on the right. Noticed the difference
in detail between the two pair.
I don't like the way the vacform turned out using 1/16" because they are too flimsy, and the 1/8" stuff is nice and thick but too much detail is lost.
However, I do like the way the bucks came out so I think resin is going to be the best bet for me to be able to make this a prop available to others. Right now I'm looking into aluminum and/or nickle additives that I can add to the resin so they will cast looking like metal and then can be polished, painted, sanded, etc. For Boba gauntlets it could mean not having to first paint them silver for the exposed metal effect. Let me know if you think that would be a good idea or not.
Thank and I'll keep you updated,