I know I know, yet another foam build Iron Man, probably very similar to many others out there. But bear with me. Hopefully this suit will have a few neat features, and might offer some helpful tips to other builders.
If nothing else, the suit's outings will be a little more lively than some others!
So, a few facts. Im based in Wellington, New Zealand (where the hobbits come from). It's my first ever time doing anything like this. Im using 7mm EVA foam (camping mats) which are about $10 for a double bed sized sheet, and im cutting with scissors.
The suit is being made primarily to be worn at an event in 2013 called the Wellington Sevens which is basically a huge costume party, centered loosely around a Rugby tournament, with plenty of alcoholic lubrication, and about 25,000 people all in various outfits of some sort, invading the beautiful Wellington waterfront and its environs for two days non stop partying.
Below are some WIP pics from mid June. Ill add a few more a bit at a time, as im cheating and am already at painting stage Here is the raw foam, and some of the first pieces I made. I sized the chest and back slightly larger than the other files as I have 'reasonably' broad shoulders compared to the rest of me, and im quite long in the torso. Plus I was going for plenty of room in the suit, which will be worn in summer.
Also, here is a good place for some thanks.
I started out with Robo3687's pep files, modded by Stealth for foam, and sharkman's helmet, again for foam. Thank you to you all for your hardwork on these files. They are excellent, easy to use, and look fantastic.
Thanks to James (xrobots.co.uk) for the inspiration. After stumbling on his instructional on how to make a foam suit I realised I wanted one. I link hopped my way through youtube, eventually finding some videos made by Stealth. These cemented my desire, and his relaxed and 'fun-centric' approach to foam building, and actually using the suit to have fun in, meant I knew it could be done in the style I wanted. Thanks to you both for your excellent videos.
Finally thanks to the builders on this forum, so many helpful, friendly and positive people on here. It's great to see an online community not full of trolls and ingrates.