Iron Man Mk III From Foam, Cardboard And Scraps

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  1. writefast

    writefast Active Member

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    Like the failed Batman I tried. Cardboard, foam, and whatever else I can scrounge up. This is only my second build ever so be gentle.

    Iron Man begins:

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  2. j0wE

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    git er dunn!
     
  3. jaycee9

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    Good luck!!! Take your time and research, research, research!!! That's how I built my R2...
     
  4. writefast

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    Here goes my THIRD set of templates. The first two were abysmal failures.

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  5. writefast

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    Yes indeed!

    Thanks man! Research. Yep. Most of my time has been spent going after techniques, now I'm on to the armor itself. Time. I've given myself 10 months...:confused
     
  6. writefast

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    ... CRAP! I'm out of duct tape!!!
     
  7. writefast

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    Aha! I have some small success!

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  8. writefast

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    And we have the beginnings of a chest.

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  9. BGL

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    Thats a Start good luck
     
  10. writefast

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    Tiny update.

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  11. writefast

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    Update. Chest plate is done.

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    Comments? Suggestions?
     
  12. writefast

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    See my most obvious mistake. I need to round out that neckline a lot more.

    And increase the angle on the pecs.
     
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    A corrected collar.

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    I hate the fact that the duct tape really hides the details. Will be going back to packing tape for the mock-up. My plan is to mock-up the individual pieces then when I like what I see finish w/hot glue... and maybe a duct tape overlay. Now to hang some ribs.

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  14. Raddar

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    Masterpieces from garbage. Never ceases to amaze me. Brilliant work.
     
  15. writefast

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    And we have a rib.

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    Some small alignment issues showing and I think I still need to tighten that neckline but I'm pretty happy so far.

    Oh, and I need to trim the ribs.
     
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  16. writefast

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    Thanks! That really means alot! I'm just hoping I dont fumble the thing. :behave
     
  17. GASH

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    Can't believe how creative you guys are! Can't wait for progress pics!
     
  18. writefast

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    And we have some hot glue.

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  19. writefast

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    More hot glue and just the tiniest bit of trimming.

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    Angle is still a little off on the chest but I'm locking it in for now. I'm also starting to think about fit and finish. MCL34N's duct tape on cardboard idea seemed to have turned out really well for the exterior. I'm thinking about doing that and the going the extra step and adding a couple of coats of Krylon... or something a little cheaper. I would like to get as smooth a texture as I can with as little investment as possible.
     
  20. GASH

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    What parts of the suit will be cardboard and what parts are going to be foam?
     
  21. omel

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    looking great so far bro...keep going and keep everyone posted!! dont let frustration from trial and error get you down.
     
  22. Lord Magneto

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    * you realty have me tempted to trying this out as my next project. I have a ton of card board boxes that I've been hanging on to.

    Looks great so far. What are you using for that chest piece place holder?
     
  23. writefast

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    Right now I'm thinking camping mat for the cod and foamies for the elbows, knees and some random detail work should it be called for.
     
  24. writefast

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    Thanks dude! If can can turn out something half as good as some of the work I've seen you do I'll be happy!

    The place hold is a lid from an instant tea container. Don't remember the brand but I'll post a shot of the container when I get a chance.

    On the subject of cardboard the stuff is so forgiving in the shaping and it's free! I'm using a two ply board right now.
     
  25. catkraze

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    dude i HAVE to have your templates please please please post them!
     
  26. writefast

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    New rib templates.

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    I'm trusting them for now but they look terribly skewed to me.
     
  27. writefast

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    Collar glued in.

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  28. writefast

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    Dude, your sig is HILARIOUS.
     
  29. writefast

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    Done! Although, I have roughly the same progress a glacier makes...

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    This is the canister I was telling you about. I use two of these lids, nested to get the depth I want.

    Man I am doing everything by hand. I am keeping the templates I am creating but there is a TON of trial and error. It is all being done with pen and paper and razors and cardboard. Sketch this, erase that, trim here, snip there, and add that back. However, when I get done I will make an effort to put up my final temps. Right now I am just hoping the final product is worth that kind of attention.
     
  30. catkraze

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    thank you sooooooo much!!!
     
  31. writefast

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    Adam has ribs! ... well, half of them anyway...

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    This was my 4th or 5th cutting for the ribs. Took forever for me to get happy with them. I was thinking of some ways I could get a rounded effect to them. There are a couple of models of the MK II I've seen with this effect and I really like the way they look. Got too caught up in the hotglue to attempt it.
     
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  32. writefast

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    Yep. Welcome.
     
  33. NexusFX

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    looks good! keep it up!
     
  34. writefast

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    Quick question. I'm going to do some research on this but I thought I'd tap the braintrust here until I get the chance. What are my options for painting raw cardboard? I am guessing that this stuff will drink paint but is there any chance of getting a nice smooth glossy finish? Without having to get too crazy with the prep and process?
     
  35. writefast

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    Chest complete!

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    Already starting to see some mobility issues. The chest plate appears to be too wide for my shoulders so I am getting impingement when I try and reach straight forward. Not looking forward to having to trim without a board to press on. Also not looking forward to cutting glue. Have to be more careful in the future.

    As I study it I am convinced that I am way out of scale across the pecs. May be easiest for me to just cut it down the dead center and trim from the inside.

    Plus side is in spite of the several imperfections I am still quite happy.
     
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  36. writefast

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    Also just realized I have NO idea How I am going to cut in the detail work around the arc. Best guess is lots of razors and LOTS of time.
     
  37. writefast

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    Thanks! Slowest build EVER!
     
  38. catkraze

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    I am soooo going to try to do war machine. mind if I post pics when I get some of it done?
     
  39. writefast

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    In this thread? Sure. I'd love to see them.
     
  40. writefast

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    Ugh. Toy manufacturers and prop makers really need to get on the same page with these models. As many diff varieties of Mk III's out there as there is Iron Man makes period. And all slightly different.
     

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