Charlie's Gaunts

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charlie1

New Member
Whew. It's been forever since I've been able to work on any Predator gear (work has been beating me into the ground). I still have my skins to work on, and various other parts, but due to the weather and my schedule I'll be working on some gaunts in the near future. I've been doing design sketches; I'll probably run very close to the original P1 style gaunts, of course, with a few personal touches. I'm starting on my LEFT gaunt, which will in fact have the blades. The right gaunt will be my computer gaunt. (One of my personal touches).

I finally managed to get my blades in.

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They are 1/8" thick aluminum, laser cut. The edges are dulled, and I won't be sharpening them, but I am considering bevelling the edges slightly so they don't look so dull. With my current gaunt design, they will be able to move forward and backward in the housing, but it will have to be done manually. Originally I was going to have them done 1/4" thick, but the shop couldn't do that. In retrospect, 1/4" might have ended up being too thick. Now they have a very nice, sleek look.

I went with the cutout look because I thought it would be fairly unique, and honestly, to get the blades laser cut it had to be a "flat" image. Since they are aluminum, I will be using a jeweler's polish and very fine (800 grit) sandpaper to make them gleaming bright when I get the guants finished.

I'd love to say I'll be posting updates often about this, but I know my schedule is going to be problematical for working on props. (In addition to real work, there is also a short film I'll helping put together). But I haven't given up yet!

Charlie
 

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charlie1

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Totally forgot (like an idiot) to mention:

they are 16.25" long, about 2" wide (varying of course), and thank you to VinMan for the templates they are based on!

Charlie
 

Elkman

New Member
Very interesting look. I've never really thought about cut-out blades for a Predator wrist blade gauntlet, or indeed for any other fictional characters who carry blades. It's definitely a unique concept.

If you're disappointed at having to move them manually, check out my "Wrist blade mechanism from an old CD-ROM drive" thread. I made plastic casts of the gear track and I have a few more dead CD-ROM drives to play with, so I have the ability to make more of those bad boys.
 

syldar

Active Member
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Wow they turned out rather nicely. There is another tutorial on here using elastic and a stopping mechanism that locks the blades in when out and when in - quite simple too so it would help with manually moving them o_O
 

charlie1

New Member
Yes, I haven't really seen any cutout Predator blades before. I do carry a Boker knife for work, and it's basically the same idea as my Predator blades (except on a MUCH smaller scale) so I knew the metal would still be sound and not flex.

I'm not disappointed with having the blades manually retracted. It's obviously not as cool as remote moving blades, but I'm not sure yet if my finished work will be wearable or just a static display. Given how little I would end up actually wearing it, I'll probably just end up static and the blades will rarely be moved anyway.

Charlie
 

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xdmray

Well-Known Member
Chawlie sliced off my finger. that huwt Chawlie, and it's still huwting.

:rolleyes:
sorry every time i see your thread i cant help but think of that vid
 

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