Help Requested: Iron Man on a budget...

Discussion in 'Marvel Costumes and Props' started by twistedscorpio, Sep 9, 2015.

  1. twistedscorpio

    twistedscorpio New Member

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    I heard you guys are the best of the pros, and from the things I'm seeing on these posts, I was not misled at all. I'm looking to make an Iron Man costume for my 8 year old (48 inches tall), and I need to do it on a budget, because I've got to split this year's Halloween budget between 3 kids. (Note: when the girls pick something, I may be back for more help! :) )

    I'm not even remotely experienced with costume making of this sort. My cosplay experiences have been limited to wigs + finding perfect articles of clothing and accessories that combined to make the costume. I can barely sew, but I can handle a hot glue gun and painting. Paper mache doesn't sounds too tough, but it's been 20 years since I've done it. I heard that's a good place to start. I don't know what I'm doing at all, I just want to let my son have a decent costume for a change. Anyone have any tips? Suggestions? Ideas on where I might find scrap costume pieces? I don't even know where to begin...

    Thank you for reading.
  2. blue2k

    blue2k Well-Known Member

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    If you are on a tight budget, might I suggest you download pepakura designer and familiarise yourself with scaling a pepakura file to fit your son? You can print out and assemble the pattern to build your IM suit. You could cover it in papier mache instead of body filler. It may require some final sanding, but it should be easy considering it is mainly paper + pva.
  3. Bogleo

    Bogleo Well-Known Member

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    I would recommend foam building. It's good for beginners, and inexpensive. Here's a useful thread:

    You need to download Pepakura designer, and whichever suit files you want. You'd need to scale them down in pepakura.
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  4. sjorsjo91

    sjorsjo91 Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I'm with Bogleo, use foam for a quick and cheaper build, modge podge as a sealer and some basic cans of spray paint. Worked okay for me. There is a pic of my foam mk VII on my Deadpool thread.

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