Calgary based iron man build

Discussion in 'Marvel Costumes and Props' started by canusracing, Nov 2, 2011.

  1. canusracing

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    Hey everybody. Starting this topic now and will obviously keep it updated with pics etc.

    I'm going to be building my own set of the ironman armor. I really like the mark iv armor, but I'm thinking I'll build the mark vi armor instead. Am planning on wearing it to comic con here in April, and possibly both the avengers premiere, and the new ironman 3 when it's released.

    I just picked up some card stock today from staples. 250 sheet bundle for about $20. First piece I plan on pepping is the helmet. Most recognizable piece. Once I get a printer, hopefully on Friday, I'll let everyone know my progress.
     
  2. SGT Tasty Wheat

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    Hey man. Good luck in your build. Just remember that all costume builds are a trial and error process. If fiberglass doesn't work out for you, look at the many threads on this site about foam iron man suits. I haven't tried foam so i can't help to much. If your using fiberglass just remember BONDO IS YOUR FRIEND! Good luck, ill make sure to watch for pictures.

    :thumbsup Bob.
     
  3. canusracing

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    Also will be working on completing my girlfriends black widow costume to wear with me. If anyone has any ideas for helping me out, let me know!

    She will probably shoot me if she ever finds out I posted this pic, but this is what we have as a starting point for her.
     
  4. Broadway204

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    Hey I'm in Calgary too! I'm working on some reach stuff and N7 for myself. If you need a build partner let me know. I have a good lazer printer for pep files.

    PM me
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  5. Finhead

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  6. ZacharyHurst

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    STOP!!!!! Take it from a first time Iron Man builder, Do Not start with the Helm!!!!!! trust me. You are taking on the most eye catching part of your build with zero practice. I did that and it just doesn't give you what you know you need for your dream to come alive. If you are iopen to a strangers advice try starting with the shins or the cod. that gives you a cool piece when you are done but doesn't give you a lopsided start to what could be the build of your life. Take a look at my threads. I started in paper pep and morphed into a foam build. I hit all the mistakes you are about to do!!!!!! My build took 6 weeks, 10-12 hrs a day, really 7 days a wk to complete. The resin and bondo stage will kill any neuro-typical person/ If you don't have Aspberger's or O.C.D you need to consider a foam build over paper. I bought the same ream of paper you just purchased and you will need it for foam templates but no-one should have to exacto out all thaose damned tabs and angles! It is far easier in foam cause you can simply scissor cut your patterns out.

    I am sorry for the rant but I love having my completed armor and I hate to see guys burn out!
     
  7. canusracing

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    Haha thanks for the advice Zachary. I've thought about all that but I really don't like the look of the foam builds I've seen. As for starting with the helmet... Trust me when I say this is one project that I will not leave alone. I'm somewhat OCD when I've got something like this that I want to be absolutely perfect.

    It is good to see other albertans on here. I thought I may have been the only one. Thankfully I'm not. Look for pms coming in guys!


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  8. wickedoffroad

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    I also just started in the realm of building. I started with the head, and there is some truth to it being hard to start with. My suggestion is to pile all your parts in seperate piles depending the the number in majority on the peice. That makes it easier to find the peice your looking for. In looking for a place to start the numbers dont really matter, just grab one and go from that point.
     
  9. ZacharyHurst

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    Hey Canusracing,
    I think that wicked has some good advice about the piles idea. If you go paper for the helm, I found the very worst part was the tiny, nanoscopic mobeus strips they try to make you use for the eyes! You don't need them and if you spend the hours trying to get them right, Surprise you just have to cut them completely off and throw them out after the resin and glass stage. On the subject of Foam finish vs. paper resin finish, I used a process that was never tried before, (yes very scary) on my foam suit with no test spot and it work out really well. There is a product called StyroSpray 1000. It is made in Texas by a group named Industrial Polymers. It has a 3 day pot life in a sealed container but cures on the suit in less than an hour. Take a close look at the smoothness of my Iron suit. That is a foam suit. I may even come back to paper and res for a new helm but you just can't seem to get that "movie accurate" bulk out of paper for the body.
     
  10. Finhead

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    I will have to disagree with 100% on that statement, I will say my build and Mat's(serial studios) build for 2 are better than any foam suit for movie accuracy. I also disagree with not starting with the helmet first, the first thing I ever peped was my Mark3 lid. Just because some people try and fail does not mean others will. ;)
     
  11. sitzombiesit

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    Hey! I'm in Calgary too. I was wondering if there was some kind of community for this sort of thing or if I was the only person working away in their basement on this sort of thing.
     
  12. canusracing

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    We can share stories on our build wins and fails. lol
     
  14. Temperance

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    Haha I'm also from Calgary. Who knew there was so many of us XD

    Good luck with your build. I'm thinking it might be a little optimistic on your part to get a while Iron man done in 5 months though. That's a lot of work to do (especially in winter) when work like bondo-ing, fiberglassing, sanding and painting that needs to be done outside.
     
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  15. canusracing

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    Haha yea it's quite the goal that's for sure. But I've got a great support staff (aka girlfriend) who is also into art and modeling so she will be able to help out.


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  16. Finhead

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    If you have proper ventilation in your work space you can work inside no problem. Do it all the time with my builds, just use a proper respirator and a ventilation fan. ;)
     
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  17. wildabeast

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    Lethbridge here and CCEE is only 6 months away now.....need to have a RPF get together for Albertans
     
  18. Crank729

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    Hey I'm from medicine hat, which is just three hours away from calgary!!!!!! Maybe I'll see you guys at the con in april, I'll be rocking my daft punk costume there. Have fun on your build!!!!!!!!!
     
  19. Temperance

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    True... I forget not everyone has a tiny house, no garage space and an unheated shed like me ^_^;;;

    I still don't like working with chemicals in the house. Even with a fan and respirator, I can't fit my cats with them and their little lungs can't take the abuse a larger animal like humans can.
     
  20. Broadway204

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    I'm down for a cup or two... just drop me a line or PM me...

    Thanks
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  21. sitzombiesit

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    My son and I are shooting for Batman and Robin for the expo. He picks the costumes and its my job to make it happen. His original choice was Space Marines a la Warhammer 40k. Thankfully, he changed his mind. Haha
     
  22. canusracing

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  23. sitzombiesit

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    I'm glad he changed his mind. I'm not confident enough in either my fibreglass/bondo or foam working skills to undertake that project quite yet. Haha.
     
  24. RAGE88

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    I'm from Edmonton (like Finhead) I'm a noob to costuming... but I thought I might be the only one in this area that was into this... good to know that there are like-minded individuals out there (even if they are in Calgary) ;)
     
  25. canusracing

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    Hey now. There is nothing wrong with us down here in Calgary. Well. Nothing wrong with me anyways lol.




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    Keep up to date on my Iron Man Mark VI build!

    http://www.therpf.com/f24/calgary-based-iron-man-build-131134/
     
  26. hankey01

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    Another Calgarian here..well I live in High River..but I work in Calgary. :)
     
  27. canusracing

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    Just met with Broadway204. Should be pepping some files this weekend possibly. I'm excited now! Even if my girlfriend won't let me do an "Iron Dog" costume to go with mine. Lol






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  28. RAGE88

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    Seems Finhead and I are the only Edmontonians round these here parts.
     
  29. Finhead

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    LOL not quit. There are quit a few others. ;)
     
  30. RAGE88

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    How many other E-towners do you know of on the RPF boards? So are I've only met you.
     
  31. canusracing

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    Update time. Met with Broadway204 on Wednesday and he and I discussed a few options both with regards to my IM VI build and my BW costume for my better half.

    I also got some pep files from him, in exchange for some card stock. Including back, one shoulder, neck seal, and mark IV chest. After a night doing sound at a local bar, I came home and began work cutting and gluing the shoulder.

    It's not much, but it's definately a start. Pic is with Broadway204's loaned helmet for reference.

    Should be getting more done in the next week. For now I need sleep. It's almost 0500 here.




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  32. canusracing

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  33. canusracing

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  34. Finhead

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    That is not default scale. I should know that was my first "test" helmet out of my first mold. ;)

     
  35. mothmonty

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    I'm from Edmonton as well
     
  36. stubudz

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    I'm from calgary too! I am also building a iron man suit. I have got the helmet and chest peped so far. Unfortunately its to cold outside right now for me too start the resin and bondo stage. I will post a few pics tomorrow. Also the duct tape dummy... is there a tutorial for this?

    Thanks
     
  37. GASH

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    Wow, is that your homemade suit in your avatar? That is badass!!
     
  38. canusracing

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    Look for STEALTH's tutorial thread on building the duct tape dummy.

    My helmet is almost completely pepped now. Pics as soon as its done. I think I'll either try my hand at the gloves (pun intended) next or move on to the chest and back. Not 100% sure yet. The gloves I have scare the crap out of me but they're small so we'll see how things go.

    What version of IM are you doing?




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  39. Wallcrawler248

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    Sherwood park Spidey here!! Love your Doc-Ock, should photo op some time :)
     
  40. RAGE88

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    That would be awesome! Except... that costume was from around 2000 and has long since been destroyed! Good to hear that there are more of us Edmonton area guys around here (I'm actually from Beaumont)
     
  41. RAGE88

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    Cool! I kind of figured that I would be the only one on here... but I guess there are more of us out there than I ever imagined.
     
  42. stubudz

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    hello, thanks for the help with the dummy suit. Might giver a shot on the weekend. I buildin the mark V1 the pep files are from robo3687. the helmet is from here - Samuray/dungbeetle Iron Man Helmet

    I got like 9 more pieces to glue on my chest(the triangle reactor..my son does not like the circle) then I will tackle the back.

    theres also a shot in here on a storm trooper hemet I pepped and resined - my first.
    did the resin in the house was not a good idea - it stunk.....

    which pep files you using?

    Stubudz

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  43. stubudz

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    - sorry pics a little big!
     
  44. Wallcrawler248

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    That sucks about the Doc Ock suit :(. Would still be cool to get us local RPF'rs together for some Timmy's. I'll stop sidetracking this thread now, sending a PM Rage.
     
  45. sterling archer

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    Can't wait to see more from this project.You should definitely check out some of the foam suits out here,they are quite detailed,even if you choose pep and fiberglass.You could do a hybrid of both like foam for the cod and waist for comfort.
     
  46. MinginDub

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    Nice to hear some fellow cow-towners are into this stuff. i too am a noob and have started a Rinzler helm to go with my UD Replica suit that is arriving in the spring, although probably not in time for the Con! i will probably wear my Sam Flynn suit to that. it's a shame there was nothing else to pep cuz the helm's are my favourite part of any costume. i plan on doing a Daft Punk Bangalter helm for my DJ brother and a Boba Fett helm for another brother after my Rinzler.

    Could there be a worse one to start with, all glossy black with very few good reference pics. but it is all pep'd out (about 10 hours) and ready to resin it tomorrow (Jan 20). i'm gonna start a thread for it soonish
     
  47. hankey01

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    Speaking of the Comic Expo..excited to meet Adam Baldwin and..just announced..Wil Wheaton! I'll have to wear my Wesley Crushers bowling T-Shirt!
     
  48. MinginDub

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    i wonder if he's sick of people shouting "WHEEEEAAAATTONNN" yet?
     
  49. canusracing

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    Well, after drifting away from this project for quite a while, I've decided to revisit it once again. New completion goal to be Halloween 2012. Started fresh and fired the forearm off in the past 24 hours. Need to up the size a little bit as my monster hands do not fit in it and it's a tad short for my arms. But at least I'm back into it!


    Hmm. Can't upload a picture using tapatalk... I'll get some up in the next couple of days.

    My plan for the abs and neck seal is to cast the final product and use some sort of flexible colored rubber to use with the costume.
     
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