That paint job is GNAR! I can't wait to be finished with mine.
Big Thanks to Robo for these files! Huge thanks to Stealth, I know I've asked him a few questions, especially on scaling for size. Thanks to Stevie and Rob as well, and anyone one I've asked for help. I'm hit or miss on getting the hot glue to look right. The same goes with cutting good 45 degree angles. this is very addictive though!
Ok two questions, How do you properly scale the Thighs? I'm assuming just measure from top of femur to the side of the knee?
Abdominal section, is it the same scale that you use for the chest RT and back? I don't have a real gut or anything so I'm guessing the scale for the chest is the same for the abs.
Stevie, your MK VI is awesome. Hope mine is as good!
Badass! looks dead on.
Last edited by wristracer; Mar 8, 2012 at 10:32 PM. Reason: wrong post
No probs, WR.
Thanks for the kind words everyone. its appreciated.
No build thread unfortunately, but I'll get any new pics up as/when they get taken.
EVERYONE in the thread in particular has been a huge help and inspirational. I've costumed, and worked with foam to create small stuff but this suit is a first for me. I appreciate all the previous posts and tutorials from this RPF community. Thanks!
Thanks MSLEEPER. I do love my dremel, I'll give that a try. good idea!
Awesome work Stevie ! You would have to be pretty close up to see that's its made from CAMPING MATS !! lol
Can i ask what your dimensions are if you don't mind ? Chest, Waist, & Height.
msleeper, i've been using this method, works great at tidying bits up and getting the right shape.
Last edited by AdamJ; Mar 10, 2012 at 3:49 PM.
Make sure you wear eye protection and some kind of face guard (not like a full on respirator, but one of those throwaway white cloth ones). You get foam dust EVERYWHERE. It's too large and heavy to worry very much about inhilation, but getting it in your eyes and mouth sucks.
I redid my War Machine chest using this method after my first attempt was less than amazing. The results are already fantastic.
wristracer - What brand/size of foam are you using? Where did you get it from?
Last edited by msleeper; Mar 10, 2012 at 4:01 PM.
wait so you dremeled the outside of the joined edges? wouldnt that roughen up the surface there, and give a different look?
or did i missunderstand something due to language barrier
You dremel the edge that should be angled inwards to create the convex shape. It's the same method as cutting on an angle, but the dremel gives you much more control over the depth and angle.
i still dont quite understand it, but ive not worked with foam yet, maybe im just stupid
I'll take a photo next time I'm dremeling to show the difference if nobody else does. Currently all of my cut/dremeled parts are assembled.
ah i think i get it now. if you have a curved pieces, and need to glue it in an angle, its easier to dremel the angle on the inside instead of cutting it with a xcto
or at least thats what i think is meant
I have the angled cutter from xacto and just purchased more blades this week. it works well but you definitely need to keep the blades sharp. Thanks for the Dremel tip Msleep, works great, and you're correct, super dusty. I have a couple dremel tools and I used the sanding drum to shape plastic before, so I don't know why it didn't dawn on me to use it for the foam. So yes, just like Adam shows in his photo there, that looks like Roy, I cut the 45 with sissors or the Xacto mat cutter then clean it up with my dremel. I even have the small cordless dremel, and low speed on it is perfect. it's even quiet compared to my regular dremels. I actually pulled my chest piece apart yesterday because of two big seams I didn't like, cut some new foam for two spots, used my dremel and it looks much better. Msleep, I'm using some 5 or 6 mm foam sheets from michael's. It's probably the closest store too me other than Home Depot and I didn't like the selection at Home Depot. I spent months reading the RPF threads, and watching tutorials so I budged for the foam, etc. I even looked at online sources for foam. I know everyone here might gasp, but I'm thinking of covering it much of it in styrospray, leaving the parts i need to flex, just foam...I'm taking my time. My buddy wants me to have it ready by May for a charity but I want to fully pep the helmet and I don't see it ready by then. Shame I didn't start sooner, I'd love to have it for C2E2 in Chicago this year.
wristracer, could you take a photo of the brand (like the card that comes attached to it)? I'll do some more searching next time I'm at Michael's, maybe I'm crazy and missed some of it somewhere. But the foam I found there was much too thin to even be worth doing angled cutting or dremeling.
im a little stumped on how to mount the abs and how much of the actual under brace are you guys using??
Last edited by Mig407; Mar 12, 2012 at 3:08 AM.
yeah Msleep I'll take a picture for you...I wasn't sure if I was going to use the underbrace? not sure if the more experienced people on here are using it in their builds?
I think the underbrace is for paper pepakura builds. With the thickness of the foam it's probably not necessary. Though I haven't done an Iron Man build, I've been sticking with War Machine.
Helmet finished. In the interest of full disclosure... i did not make this helmet. I bought a raw copy from Pannaus Props, i trimmed painted and fitted the magnets etc to this one. I have previously pepped, resined and bondo'd two other iron man lids. One was too small, the other too big and i couldnt be bothered doing it all over again. This one is a great lid and was a good deal from Fulvio. I don't ever see me figuring out how to make the eyes light up, so i'm just gonna leave that. I did, however, randomly find the perfect LED's in the perfect size/shape for the chest light the other day at the scottish motorcycle show. so that'll be the next thing. Anyway, some pics of the lid....
Nice. I'd be interested in seeing how you did the magnets. I had planned to do the same thing when the time comes.