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    Jul 18, 2008, 10:02 PM - Iron Man Mark 1 armor #1

    hey guys what would be some good material to make a not to fancy amateur descent looking mark 1 armor? im making a helmet out of a welding mask but i need armor. thanks. o and it has to be uber cheap
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    Jul 21, 2008, 3:59 PM - Re: Iron Man Mark 1 armor #2

    I personally love working with sintra...I picked up 45 1'x1' sheets on ebay for about $20...that was a pretty amazing deal though they are kind of small. Try going to a sign making shop and looking for PVC based plastics or styrene. I've had a lot of luck with both.
    Kody
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    Jul 21, 2008, 6:46 PM - Re: Iron Man Mark 1 armor #3

    thanks kody. any more ideas? ( from other people)
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    Jul 22, 2008, 8:56 AM - Re: Iron Man Mark 1 armor #4

    Cardboard??
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    Jul 22, 2008, 11:18 AM - Re: Iron Man Mark 1 armor #5

    You could

    1) Download a free trial 3D modelling program like Sketchup.

    2) Track down some 3D files of the Mark I like these.
    (although that particular one looks little flat to me).

    3) Download Pepakura. Its a paper folding application.

    4) Import the Mark I 3D file into pepakura, unfold it into many, many,
    sheets.

    5) Print the sheets onto 110lb. cardstock and carefully cut, score folds,
    fold, and glue together the armor.

    6) Fiberglass resin the armor for stability.

    7) Use full fiberglass on the inside for strength.

    8) Bondo the outside to get it smooth.

    9) Paint it and come up with a mounting system to wear it.

    10) Enjoy!

    Note: All credit for this method goes to the 405th.com. I read their
    many informative tutorials here.
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    Jul 22, 2008, 1:16 PM - Re: Iron Man Mark 1 armor #6

    I'd agree that pepakura would work...but...its a lot of work to do all the unfolding and stuff yourself...you could get away with doing a helmet out of pep because I also browse the 405th and they have a lot of awesome pep and scratch builds over there. I got my pep file from one of their members....doing the helmet would be a start and they might have armor files idk...http://405th.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=10589&st=0 I'd go with the file that is the newest as the faceplate is a bit rounder and the older ones are pretty flat...just check the first post!
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    Jul 22, 2008, 5:53 PM - Re: Iron Man Mark 1 armor #7

    thanks guys! any other cheap alternatives? also i'd like ideas for materials to make the mark III
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    Dec 6, 2008, 9:54 PM - Re: Iron Man Mark 1 armor #8

    well im making a mark 3 suit, and im using 3mm sintra, which is fantastic stuff. just stick it in boiling water for a little and you can do whatever you want with it
    you can get online, at sign shops, or at plastic manufacturers (look for them in the yellow pages). of course there is ebay also. costs about $50 for a 3mm thick sheet of 4X8
    good luck!
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    Dec 7, 2008, 6:11 AM - Re: Iron Man Mark 1 armor #9

    I made my Iron Man statue out of card, cardboard and wood filler. It's solid, but you could use the same principles to make a hollow costume:

    http://www.xrobots.co.uk/Iron Man/

    The finish is auto paint, but I never lacquered it which would have made it more glossy. The head on that one is fibreglass, but this may be of interest if you're making it from flat sheets:

    http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/paulmarkh...ask_Plans.html
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    Dec 15, 2008, 2:14 AM - Re: Iron Man Mark 1 armor #10

    That's pretty incredible!!!
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    Dec 29, 2008, 5:26 PM - Re: Iron Man Mark 1 armor #11

    yeah, that´s i'm looking for, I start to construct my own Vaccum Forming Machine, but I've had problems with the molds, that is a great idea... using a maniqui... but my problem is going to lose like a 10 kg.

    Regards since mexico
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    Jun 20, 2009, 6:07 PM - Re: Iron Man Mark 1 armor #12

    hey idk if this will work out ok cuz i havent worked with it yet, but maybe craft foam?im doing same thing as well agent007 i might do it out of either craft foam or just do what paco death did

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