A few big changes on post #19
I am so glad to finally get this up here! This project has been on the drawing board for almost 6 months now… way too long in my book but I have officially started. This might be a long project so hang in there.
Here are my plans so far-
Shield:Hoping to make this shield out of wonderflex.
I’m using wonderflex for its durability and weight (plus I don’t think anyone has done this before). My plan is to have an aluminum skeleton sandwiched between various layers of wonderflex. On this skeleton will be a metal plate that is attracted to a giant magnet placed on the body (more on that later).
Helmet:Due to time and money, I went the easy route for this part. I ended up buying a rubber helmet from ebay thinking it was going to be a dud and it turned out to be great!
It just needed some trimming and some future gluing and it’ll do just fine.
Gloves:I’m thinking of a two different options for these.
1- Sew myself (least preferred)
2- Buy gloves (motorcycle/military/form fitting/basic) and paint and modify what I need to
I’ve been on the lookout for similar gloves but with no luck. If anyone knows of any cheap ‘similar looking’ (doesn’t have to be screen accurate) gloves please tell me!
Boots:Again, I’ve got a few options…
1- buy military type boots, paint and modify
2- paint and modify my old snow boots (least preferred)
3- look online for similar costume boots then, paint and modify as needed
For the boot covers I plan to freehand with foam and paint as I did with my iron man suit. I like the final color of my iron man, so (hoping it matches the red fabric) I will probably do the same thing for the arm guards.
Suit:This is where it gets tricky. I’ve never sewn before….
But I learn quickly and I’m hoping to get advice from family. I plan to use ‘duck cloth’ for the entirety of the suit. I’m choosing this because I think it gives a similar look to Cap’s suit in the movie and again, I don’t think anyone has tried using this before (I’m not completely sure about this but if you know of any that use duck cloth, I’d love to see how it turned out). If anyone has worked with duck cloth before, any tips for a newbie? Here are the colors I’ve found locally:
As far as ‘layout’ goes this is what I’ve got so far:
For the pattern I was thinking a bit extreme. I'm planning to make a duct tape mannequin type mold of my torso, then I'll draw on the shapes and cut those out. From there its similar to a foam pep piece. Trace, cut, then assemble. I hope this technique works but I haven't seen anyone who has tried this for fabric... Does anyone know if this will work?
Shield harness:MAGNETS!! Yes, I am going to use magnets! Back from my years as a young magician (long story) I’ve acquired a very large magnet that has earned the nickname “B.A.M” (Big Ass Magnet). It measures and 2in x 2in x .5in and pulls at about 55lbs. To go along with that, I’ve ordered two more that have the same dimensions but pull at about 105 lbs each.
Remember when I said there was a metal plate on the shield? That is actually going to completely replace the upper forearm strap on the shield. I’ll have one magnet under the sleeve (magicians magnet+under the sleeve= tricks up my sleeve… made me laugh… never mind) of the suit to attach to the metal plate on the shield. This is beneficial in a few ways.
1- Fast on and off; from hand to arm, catch to arm, arm to throw, etc
2- Easy quick storage (tested the magnet idea with a quick foam shield) Can be hung on the back very quickly and also hung off of the elbow magnet without holding the front handle
The other magnet will be in a harness under the suit on my back for hanging the shield. I’ve created some test straps to map out where I want to have the magnet and so far they look promising. I 3d printed a bracket for the magnet to sit in while in use (possibly the same for both the arm and back or maybe two different models).
Belt:This should be a pretty easy piece. I’m thinking the duck cloth will encase either thin foamies or maybe even layer over itself for thickness and durability. The pouches will clasp either magnetically or with Velcro so I can still use them with gloves on.
Fitness!This is something I think is really important and I see getting overlooked a lot! (Not that everyone has to look a certain way to dress up like certain characters, I just want to see people give more effort into making it as close as possible)(I was super happy to see all the ‘spider-man fitness’ threads. Great Job guys!)
I have decided to put on some weight to get up to the size (or hopefully close to it) of Chris Evans during filming. Turns out I am the exact height of Chris so I think I will look pretty close at my goal weight of 200 (that’s what I hear he was for filming but everyone says different numbers…). I dropped weight a little for my Iron Man suit so I am starting a little behind but this time, I’m really getting serious. I’ve started up at a local gym and am taking some powders to help me get up there fast. So far I’ve put on 15 pounds in about 2 months
(sorry for the blurry picture).
So far that’s what I’ve got cooking. If anyone has any thoughts or opinions, please share! I love to see things from different eyes and enjoy hearing new ideas.