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    Apr 20, 2010, 12:59 PM - Fetts $25 Iron Man - Mark V Suit Tutorial #1

    I've decided to make a tutorial on how to make a riveted plastic Mark V costume. The $25 dollars is the cost of the two buckets you will convert into your costume. Let me preface this with a little disclaimer. I'm kinda running through this build quickly just to make the tutorial. I'm not focusing on making the suit beautiful. It's more about getting all the information to you than me making a suit.

    AFettFullofDollars over at TDH figured out that you could make some pretty decent Fett armor out of a trash can 5 years ago. I guess I also assumed everyone knew about this method since the Fett builders have been doing something like it for so long.

    It actually turns out pretty nice and is cheap and easy to do.
    You may think that you've never seen anyone do this before. Well, odds are you probably have seen it, you just didn't know it.

    I'm not kidding. Go to walmart, buy a trashcan (comes in black too) it already has the curves you need. You don't even have to heat the plastic up with a heat gun and shape it, although you can a little if you want.

    Here I'm going to build the Mark V step by step. I'm posting my templates but they are a work in progress. You might want to keep an eye on the version of the template that is currently posted so you know what is the newest.

    Current Template version is 1
    templates so far are of the Chest - Arc, Breast plates, Ribs and pectoral section.
    Download Templates


    * Note about the Templates. Make sure you check the scale some will be 1:2 scale.

    I'm currently drawing the templates so some are missing. I'm posting them now so you can get an idea of how they work.


    The first thing I did was to go to Walmart and buy two 13 gallon plastic trashcans. Cost me $24 dollars plus tax.

    You'll also need some tape to tape the templates to the trashcans, a hand riveter, rivets, washers, a drill, and a hobby knife.
    I went with 3/16" 5mm rivets and washers, but it's up to you what size you wan to use.


    All you have to do is print out the templates at the appropriate scale, cut them out, and tape them to the trashcan.
    Try to utilize the curves in the can and match them up with how you want your part to bend. Then just carefully cut the part out of the can. Make sure you score everything. Make multiple, calculated, shallow cuts. Don't try to cut this out with one deep cut because the blade could slip and you could cut yourself very badly.



    One you get most of the chest cut out it will look like this

    The trashcan will look something like this


    Now just rivet it together. Where ever you want to place a rivet drill a hole in the through both layers of material, and pop a rivet.

    When you're ready to place the tread detail on the on the upper chest area, simply cut out the shape and super glue the detailing on. You can rivet it of you want, it's your suit.


    So, today we finish up with something looking like this. Not bad for about 2.5 hours of work.





    If you have any questions please let me know.

    Tomorrow I will show you how to make a flexing - expanding abdominal section. I'll upload the abdominal templates tomorrow.
    Last edited by Fetts.Sobriquet; Apr 27, 2010 at 9:14 AM.
  2. Finhead is offline Finhead
    Apr 20, 2010, 1:06 PM - Re: Fetts $25 Iron Man - Mark V Suit Tutorial #2

    Very cool buddy. You going to do the whole suit? The abs sould be pretty easy, pieces elastic strap across for movement and your plastic riveted on.
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    Apr 20, 2010, 1:16 PM - Re: Fetts $25 Iron Man - Mark V Suit Tutorial #3

    Finhead said: View Post
    Very cool buddy. You going to do the whole suit? The abs sould be pretty easy, pieces elastic strap across for movement and your plastic riveted on.
    I'm going to do the whole suit. It's really easy to make. Takes hardly any skill at all. As long as you can cut plastic and hold a rivet gun, you have it made.
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    Apr 20, 2010, 1:16 PM - Re: Fetts $25 Iron Man - Mark V Suit Tutorial #4

    very cool sir...can't wait to try this
  5. Finhead is offline Finhead
    Apr 20, 2010, 1:29 PM - Re: Fetts $25 Iron Man - Mark V Suit Tutorial #5

    Fetts.Sobriquet said: View Post
    I'm going to do the whole suit. It's really easy to make. Takes hardly any skill at all. As long as you can cut plastic and hold a rivet gun, you have it made.
    Do some up and get in the junkyard.
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    Apr 20, 2010, 1:33 PM - Re: Fetts $25 Iron Man - Mark V Suit Tutorial #6

    Well done, thanks for posting! I can see this technique being implemented for so many other costumes as well!
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    Apr 20, 2010, 1:56 PM - Re: Fetts $25 Iron Man - Mark V Suit Tutorial #7

    I love stuff like this... looking good so far
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    Apr 20, 2010, 1:58 PM - Re: Fetts $25 Iron Man - Mark V Suit Tutorial #8

    All those poor trashcans... between Fett and now Iron man... rubbermaid doesn't stand a chance!
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    Apr 20, 2010, 2:02 PM - Re: Fetts $25 Iron Man - Mark V Suit Tutorial #9

    ART ANDREWS said: View Post
    All those poor trashcans... between Fett and now Iron man... rubbermaid doesn't stand a chance!

    I'm going to buy some Rubbermaid stock.
  10. PAULFIERCE is offline PAULFIERCE
    Apr 20, 2010, 2:16 PM - Re: Fetts $25 Iron Man - Mark V Suit Tutorial #10

    Gen-effin-ius!
  11. darthchiro is offline darthchiro
    Apr 20, 2010, 2:24 PM - Re: Fetts $25 Iron Man - Mark V Suit Tutorial #11

    Nice Job bro I'm sure this will help a few people .You can also use Sintra or foamies but sintra does require heat.
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    Apr 20, 2010, 2:33 PM - Re: Fetts $25 Iron Man - Mark V Suit Tutorial #12

    I love seeing creative builds like this. Looking great already!
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    Apr 20, 2010, 2:33 PM - Re: Fetts $25 Iron Man - Mark V Suit Tutorial #13

    Love it!

    -Robb
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    Apr 20, 2010, 2:59 PM - Re: Fetts $25 Iron Man - Mark V Suit Tutorial #14

    Thank you so much for sharing! Thats very awesome and generous of you!
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    Apr 20, 2010, 2:59 PM - Re: Fetts $25 Iron Man - Mark V Suit Tutorial #15

    A new hero has risen.
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    Apr 20, 2010, 3:07 PM - Re: Fetts $25 Iron Man - Mark V Suit Tutorial #16

    Go, dog, go!
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    Apr 20, 2010, 3:20 PM - Re: Fetts $25 Iron Man - Mark V Suit Tutorial #17

    Very cool of you to show how to do this, and much appreciated
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    Apr 20, 2010, 3:45 PM - Re: Fetts $25 Iron Man - Mark V Suit Tutorial #18

    Oh! That is such a cool technique! How well does the super glue hold and what type do you use? I'm mostly worried about the glue crystalizing or falling off.

    Can't wait to see if you put up some helmet patterns! I was looking into getting a helm, but the high price or excessive sculpting work has been putting me off.
  19. Finhead is offline Finhead
    Apr 20, 2010, 3:56 PM - Re: Fetts $25 Iron Man - Mark V Suit Tutorial #19

    Ikariya said: View Post
    Oh! That is such a cool technique! How well does the super glue hold and what type do you use? I'm mostly worried about the glue crystalizing or falling off.

    Can't wait to see if you put up some helmet patterns! I was looking into getting a helm, but the high price or excessive sculpting work has been putting me off.
    Have you looked into pep files? There's a link to Ironman pep files on the first post of my thread.
    http://www.therpf.com/f24/delete-80159/

    Or if your wanting to make it out of sintra Gemini Khan has a template download in his thread as well.
    http://www.therpf.com/f78/iron-man-props-helmet-reactor-armor-45617/
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    Apr 20, 2010, 4:01 PM - Re: Fetts $25 Iron Man - Mark V Suit Tutorial #20

    Yep, What Finhead said. I was just going to direct you to Gemini Khan's awesome helmet tutorial, just to stick with the plastic theme. Gemini Khan did a fantastic job.
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    Apr 20, 2010, 4:07 PM - Re: Fetts $25 Iron Man - Mark V Suit Tutorial #21

    HA... Creativity at its best. Your of at a good start of a journey to Ironman.
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    Apr 20, 2010, 4:43 PM - Re: Fetts $25 Iron Man - Mark V Suit Tutorial #22

    I love this, a very classic, tried and true method of making effective costumes! Nicely done! Can't wait to see more.
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    Apr 20, 2010, 4:54 PM - Re: Fetts $25 Iron Man - Mark V Suit Tutorial #23

    That's wicked! It reminds me of when I was a kid, and would try to make a proton pack using cardboard boxes and tape that I stole from my mom's craft desk
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    Apr 20, 2010, 5:03 PM - Re: Fetts $25 Iron Man - Mark V Suit Tutorial #24

    Ikariya said: View Post
    Oh! That is such a cool technique! How well does the super glue hold and what type do you use? I'm mostly worried about the glue crystalizing or falling off.

    Can't wait to see if you put up some helmet patterns! I was looking into getting a helm, but the high price or excessive sculpting work has been putting me off.
    I'm just using generic superglue for now. I'm considering also using some Shoe Glue for a tight but flexible bond.

    I should point out that I'm not a huge fan of this look and this isn't going to be my Iron Man costume. I'm giving it to a coworker's kid when I'm done. I'm really doing this to get the information out there.
  25. MasterLe is offline MasterLe
    Apr 20, 2010, 5:10 PM - Re: Fetts $25 Iron Man - Mark V Suit Tutorial #25

    Fetts.Sobriquet said: View Post
    I'm just using generic superglue for now. I'm considering also using some Shoe Glue for a tight but flexible bond.

    I should point out that I'm not a huge fan of this look and this isn't going to be my Iron Man costume. I'm giving it to a coworker's kid when I'm done. I'm really doing this to get the information out there.
    lol nice thread, good budget for budget minded in hand. hope it work out for you

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