Iron Man - Mark SEVEN WIP. ALMOST DONE

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  1. Hermes

    Hermes Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Well... I usually don´t post Work In Progress threads, but I felt this could be done, since everyone and his pet ferret is speaking about the Mark VII.

    I was challenged by none other than the worst person in the world - me - to do something uncanny. Until May 4th, I have to make the Mark VII, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Thor for the Premiere of the Avengers.

    Yes - you got that right - Iron Man, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Thor.

    No Cap? Well, Cap will be there, but the guy who will go is adamant in going with the First Avenger Suit. Apparently he and many others think that the Avengers Cap Suit was a let-down. I know "*I* think so....

    but on to the real build, shall we?

    I wasn´t even doing anything related to that prior to Thursday, but someone was kind enough to post the incredible Kotobukiya statue pictures, and I thought... what the heck.

    So I made this -


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    And while it didn´t quite work, it gave me the ideas I needed in the first place, so after watching something on TV, and at about 4-ish AM, I made this -

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    Which I felt that got the point across. So I slept at about 7 AM, (Jackass 3D was on and I felt like watching something really stupid), and after a while, about 5 PM, when a friend of mine came over with his girlfriend, I felt that the company was welcome enough, so I started cutting that on EVA while we were watching Boston Legal, which his girlfriend had never seen before, and we always thought very funny. Of course, being the somewhat smart fellow I am, I made both parts at the same time, and even though you´ll see the pictures of only one arm, both are ready. And it isn´t even 9 PM! :)

    Long story short, here are the pictures of my friend wearing it.


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    And, just as a reminder of what it looks like -


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    And so begins my very first WIP thread ever. I hope you guys like it. I´ll be here all week. Try the veal, and don´t forget to tip the waitresses!
     
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  2. TheManBat

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    Godspeed, man.
     
  3. MrAdamJay

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    Looking forward to seeing this my man ! I know it will be AWESOME ! :)
     
  4. BlackKaos

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    Looking good so far. Keep up the good work.
     
  5. IronWarrior777

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    I am doing the almost the same - Thor, Hawkeye, Iron Man, Nick Fury, and Captain America. I can't wait to see how your costumes come out.
     
  6. Hermes

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    oh, yes, I forgot I`m making Nick´s suit as well.... I kinda focused on the Avengers, but I´m also tackling that one. Heck, it´ll be good :) Would you like some pointers as to what I´m doing with mine?

    In a different note, I made the hand tonight (not the fingers yet, only the palm and the back together, and as much as I ´d seen the Papercraft files (thank you guys who made them), I couldn´t use them at all, so it was all via guestimation. I use the 1/4 inch foam, and I seem to have discovered that the files are intended to the 1/8 inch. Oh, well, no problem, the thing is done anyway :)

    I´ll post pictures tomorrow. 4 AM again :) I should try and get my beauty sleep, but if I am to try that one, I may have to pull a Rip Van Winkle..... :)
     
  7. IronWarrior777

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    Pointers would be great! Would you like to share info and tips in a pm?
     
  8. moose

    moose Active Member

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    No, you can't sleep forever, then we'd never see this beast finished!
     
  9. morfeus345

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    I don´t have words, nice work my friend. waiting to see more pics of your progress on the armor
     
  10. SickTag

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    Would love to see how the progress is going. Keep it up!
     
  11. Hermes

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    OH, well, can´t disappoint my readers, then :)

    I wasn´t going to post the pictures of these parts, but since it was work nonetheless, I think it´s about due, then.

    After that day I took a day off, just to hang out with my daughter, It´s carnaval here in Brasil, and loathing it as I do, I just picked her up at her home and brought her here, we have been watching nice movies ever since.

    Since that is of no consequence to the topic in question, in the other day, that same friend of mine came along, and we talked about him being Iron Man for the Premiere of the movie, which he accepted. That helped me tremendously, for now I had a solid base on which to build upon, therefore knowing what the final results will be. (that is fitting, considering he was C-3PO for quite a few years here too, wearing my suit of armor).

    Anyway, so we had some time during the past two days and we made the waist and the pattern for the thigh, aside from having enough time to try some techniques to paint it. The tried and tested technique of sealing with PVA glue onto the EVA then spray-painting it seems to be the best.

    Now onwards to the pictures.


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    This is the view of the palms, directed to the Repulsors. I was hoping I could use the Papercraft files, but again, working with 1/4 instead of 1/8 has some drawbacks, meaning basically I´m on my own, but I think it turned out OK :)

    In order to expedite the process, this is what I do - I just glue a lot of paper together and roll around mimicking the parts I need to make, and draw up on them the design. Since the design is symmetrical, I make the side I´m most comfortable with, then just flip it, making two sets of all parts by the time I´m to cut the EVA foam.

    This, for instance, is the ab plate, in the crudest of forms -

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    From then on, after the cut of the shapes, and gluing them to the main wraparound part, that´s what we have -

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    :)

    You will notice it is very much corset-like in appearance and function, but you will also notice the black strips of material running upwards.

    They serve a dual purpose. First, being 1/2 foam, they help structurally, so the holes are not likely to rip the foam apart, that and the corset (let´s call it thus from now on) is not tight, it´s fitting, and that´s it. The second purpose is serving as a mounting platform to the spine. By the time the armor was being done, I didn´t have time to do that prior to shooting it, but the raised black parts will have the fluffy Velcro part glued all over them. After that, the spine will be made in a box shape, with the bottom holding the hard part of the Velcro, thus once they connect, the box will help hold the shape in place, and be decorative, being the Spine as we see it in the pictures of the Kotobukiya statue :)

    Anyway, we were to make the center ab parts, but my friend felt it would be too weird if done in yellow. (that was prior to the paint tests, now anything goes).

    Today he dropped by and we did the paint tests I was talking about, and before he left, we decided to advance a bit the making of the suit - you will be able to see how crude the process is, but again, the important is the final result.

    This is the first pattern of a thigh. I know that some lines are off, but I also know which lines are off and by how much, the thing is I couldn´t do them in the same scale I would usually do because it´s skintight paper, not 1/4 EVA foam, which will yield us the result we want.

    So, here is the thigh, which was our work from today :)

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    More to come tomorrow. I am expecting this to be a really fast build. :)

    :)
     
  12. moose

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    very cool! can't wait to see it complete!
     
  13. cavedwellar

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    Hermes my friend, I can't wait to see your completed armor. I'm watching very carefully.
     
  14. Hermes

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    And so it is that time of the week.... (just kidding, I will do it much faster than weekly, just pulling your collective chains :))

    Anyway, here´s the update for tonight.

    I went out, had a soda with a buddy of mine, and decided to come home at about 1 AM, which was a time I thought to myself.... Heck, I`m doing nothing, I might as well do some work on Iron Man :)

    So here is the result of some time working, watching Doctor Who (I may have to find a way to get some episodes I´m missing.... ) and just plain enjoying myself doing this -

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    So, I know you guys and girls can see only one of the thighs, but the fact is that, thanks to Symmetry (gotta love the old gal), I made both at the same time, so I have the base of the legs already covered. Tomorrow afternoon, detail time :)

    Yes, I´ll keep you posted. :)

    :)
     
  15. nights

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    looks very clean, keep up the good work.
     
  16. cHARMcityXero

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    looks really good i am trying a similar feat by making all the avengers costumes before may 4 so good luck to you
     
  17. Rysjin7717

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    Hermes, nice work keep it up bra.

    Sent from my HTC Wildfire S using Tapatalk
     
  18. Hermes

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    And so....

    First of all, thank you guys, thank you VERY much for the encouraging words, I would like to say that they have been helping me in the time when my trust falters. (Hey, I´m only human :))

    HOWEVER, this one human here has managed to pull off something quite nice. I think you guys will like seeing this -

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    and even while I post it I regret not taking a good picture of the guy already with the shins, which are already halfway there. All I need now are some details on the legs, making the forearm and shoulders, finish the chest area and the Lid, and presto - Paint job time!

    :)

    Oh, and a close-up of the ARC Reactor/Unibeam

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    Last edited: Feb 29, 2012
  19. TheNickFox

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    That's absolutely incredible! What thickness is the foam you're using?

    Keep up the great work. This looks better than most other people's attempts at previous Iron Man suits...and you're doing it with vastly less reference material.

    Can't wait to see this done, which at this rate, should be in about 5 minutes.

    -Nick
     
  20. Hermes

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    Hey, Nick! Thank you so much, man! It´s great to hear such a compliment from you! :)

    However... Five minutes? I wouldn´t know about that, mate! :) Though it wouldn´t be half bad to think it could be done. I think I might need a Time-Turner or a TARDIS to disappear for a couple of months and come back in time for breakfast :)

    I´m being silly, both of those artifacts are rather away from me.... yet. Anyway, it´s that time of the day! Updates!

    So tonight we worked on the Cod and on the chest armor. You guys will notice that in the newly-released poster, Tony´s armor has some sort of holes in the ribcage. Researching here and there I found the new poster in a decent size so I could add that to the armor.

    Amongst the immense amount of information, there´s that - clear as day - holes in the ribcage, and not only that! They look GOOD! So I felt I shouldn´t put them to waste, and therefore I added them to the armor tonight, and made the codpiece and some more detail work.

    Since last night I didn´t post any picture with the shins, I asked Gus to wear them to show you guys, and so here it is in all its rubbery glory... :)


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    Sorry about the really weird quality of the pictures tonight. He was rather sleepy, it IS almost 2 AM here, and we had to suit him up and down so he could rest. I hope he arrives at home safe, he´s still driving, left about 8 minutes ago.

    Again, I hope you guys like it :)

    :)
     
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  21. Rysjin7717

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    Hermes, ya just keep crankin this out bra very clean an detailed as well keep up th' awesome job bra.:cool
     
  22. superweasle

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    Amazingly quick progress and looking great!
     
  23. chimmera30

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    Beautiful work buddy!!!
     
  24. benhs1898

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    Holy crap! I love how resourceful people are with different materials.
     
  25. Royal Dump

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    wooooooooooooo
     
  26. TAZNITBR

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    Hermes, really clean and fast building, keep up bro, tamos aí!
     
  27. Jawafive

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    That work is absolutely stunning. I am so jealous of you right now!
     
  28. thorn13

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    Its unbelievable what you are accomplishing with foam
     
  29. cHARMcityXero

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    i think the holes in the rib cage are actually battle damage by the look of the poster dunno but they do look * good on your suit
     
  30. Hermes

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    Xero, you know, I was looking at the poster, and it felt like it was mechanical in a sort of pre-determined way, which made me guess that the flat plate that exists in front of them (yes, the plate is in the trailer, when Iron Man is landing you can CLEARLY see that it is closed down with a red plate), IS in fact the covering that got, I don´t know... mauled away. What I plan to do, after seeing that, is adding a covering that has a sort of HINGE, that angles out. Similar to the foils seen in ships like the Sea Harrier.

    MAN it´s great to remember some of my Aeronautics studies!! It even makes the suit have a little more sense !:)
     
  31. Judge Spartan

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    Very clean build! Nice work Sir...
     
  32. cloneprops

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    Good job!!congratulations!!
     
  33. cHARMcityXero

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    sweet idea with the hinge cant wait to see it finished
     
  34. jackieisrockin

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    Good job! Looks really nice hermes
     
  35. Hermes

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    And so.... sorry for taking this long to update, but I had to help my girlfriend move, make a Master Sword and Scabbard, a mask for a friend´s Heavy Metal performance, tidy up the Laboratory and work on a Wonder Woman suit, so as you guys can see, I had my plate full.

    Anyway, even then I had time to work on it, and I thought you guys would enjoy seeing the fruit of my labor.

    Today before we started to work on it, it looked like this -

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    After that I made the Shoulders (the upper part, at least, and tonight, after making Wonder Woman´s shield, I´ll make the hinges for the said shoulders, just to chill before sleeping.

    I hope you guys like it, and I´ll have a more long-winded post soon enough! :)

    :)
     
  36. Onephattsi2

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    incredible.... i have never been a big fan of the foam suits.. but the more and more i see, the better they are getting....
     
  37. Hermes

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    It´s just a matter of being one with the foam.....

    be the foam....

    Or alternately you can do that by not knowing what you CAN´T do :)

    That also works wonders :)
     
  38. benhs1898

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    So cool! Are you "finishing" this? (i.e. bondo, fiber-glass) or are you keeping it foam?
     
  39. gaiatron

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    fiberglass/bondo and foam arent the best of friends bro.

    just a few more parts and ill be envy fevered on another masterbuild.
     
  40. benhs1898

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    Yeah, I figured.
     
  41. msleeper

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    There's a lot of techniques out there for "hardening" the foam builds. Guesso or PVA glue, and plastidip seems to be the winning combination.
     
  42. Shades

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    Can't bondo foam. The foam is too flexible to support the rigid bondo. Will crack for sure. None of these things harden the foam, they just seal the foam for painting.

    Bondo on foam defeats the purpose of a foam build anyway. If you want to sand and have a perfect finish, pep the thing to start with.
     
  43. Hermes

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    That´s right, Shades! It´s a heck of a work, but man, it´s a heck of a lot of fun!

    As I had some time off tonight I thought I should give the hands some TLC,and so I did :) I found one small LED Flashlight and I felt that it could be a good idea to just make the Repulsors, and some completely random parts later, and with no regards to movie-accuracy at all (I´m sorry if this bugs you guys, it does bug me, but if I were to be un-bugged there, it would be un-finished, so there), I made these:


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    :)

    And seriously, I think they look quite nice, and therefore as soon as I find another flashlight, I will make a second one just like that :) Luckily it´s pretty easy to come across these :)

    :)


    Editing to add some fun facts.

    The nicest thing was to assemble the parts that make up for the main center of the Repulsor :)

    So, you see, I had a pill box in metal, another made in plastic, a ring and a pair of Nerdy glasses (which I ... well, mine look better, so I never ever ever wore them)....

    yes, never.

    So, I got the lid of the plastic box, cut off its center, which was all I needed, took a lens off the glasses, CA glued it all together, then placed the Ring over all to make the design and presto ! :)

    :)

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    There you go :) Hopefully this helps out anyone in need.... :)
     
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  44. Dpeterson117

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    Great Job so far! Keep up the good work!

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  45. Hermes

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    You know, I´ve been rather delinquent as far as updates go.... however, here I am again... :)

    So, this is what it looked like early this afternoon -


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    (sorry for the biceps falling down.... )

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    and this one, just to show the Repulsors, also known as "Stop! Hammer time!"

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    Now only a handful of things remain. After that picture I have made the forearms, and so I need to make the hand guards, the fingers, the neck, neck brace , shoes and some detail work. Not too long to start sealing then painting :)

    And I´ve already made this week Thor´s pants, Black Widow´s belt pouches, got Hawkeye´s bow , and almost finished Wonder Woman, which I am to send Adam Jay in Australia in a couple of days :)


    One of Black Widow´s pouches -

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    :)

    Tomorrow, finishing Wonder Woman, making some more things on Ol´Shellhead and make more things :)
     
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  47. Hermes

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    Not bad at all, you´re off to a great start there :) Congratulations :) I hope that any of the pictures in this thread may serve you as some help...
     
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  49. Hermes

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    Indeed, not bad at all. Not to be a curmudgeony old man, far be it from me, but considering you´re rather "young" in the RPF, so to speak, I would advise you against doing something like that to another thread. You are fully entitled to start a thread of your own, in so being that you are a member, but this here is called "hijacking" a thread, and there are many people who wouldn´t be as kind-hearted as I am in telling you that, instead they might resort to calling bad names and all.

    Again, I would like to commend your efforts, just to say that small tidbit of information that might prove useful in your continuing future on this remarkable place :)

    :)
     
  50. IronLeoMan

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    thank u just wanted to show u what i made
     

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