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Build Ironman Mark VI out of makedo and cardboard paper

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The idea of making an ironman simply came from my 3 kids... I wanted to make them a toy suit for roleplay and halloween, but ended up making my own size model.  In any case, they had fun during the month long period I spent making this model.  If it were not for the daily 'Daddy, where is the ironman?', I would not have been able to finish it!

The goal of this project is to use 100% makedo, nothing else, to make an Ironman robot (not suit) out of 100% cardboard paper (with exception of the electronic part).

To totally make use of the benefit and concept of makedo, I have decided NOT to design on paper at all.  I started by collecting ironman images of every angle possible online and sketch the pattern shape on cardboard based on what I see from the images.  The best part of usining the combination of cardboard and makedo is that I get to connect parts together and still be able to take them apart for modification (trimming, re-shape...etc), and connect back again.  There's a extremely high degree of freedom in the making/designing/re-designing process.

I also found that this works best when I need to 'copy' and 'paste' any part, like an arm or a leg... I can simply take the arm apart and copy the pattern, then connect them back again.

I'm 183 cm, so I thought it would be quite right to use my size for scaling purpose... The ironman should turn out to be around 210 cm tall.

Below is a 2 min movie showing some of the building process and assembly.

 
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Step 1: Make Helmet

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First try with ironman, though not a perfect look, but I'm satisfied when my daughter found so much fun putting it on :)

this took me around 5 hours... If I have had a designed pattern, it could have been done much faster.

Step 2: Make Chest Armor

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I made use A LOT of the makedo hinges to create the shape of the armor.
yihungkuo (author) 1 year ago
During the making of this model (this is actually my first try in this sort of model building), I came across to Pepakura, and realized that there are actually great templates built for foam... So after making this Ironman, I did try to build a helmet with the template, but with makedo and cardboard as well (I find it much accessible to use these materials). I'm attaching a few images to share with you.

but really, using a template will never be as satisfying and fun as creating something from scratch :)
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bradshep10 months ago
Could you draw out some templates please?
Great build!
amazing design procedure my only problem . . . it doesn't look like him, . . . very intuitive though
That is awesome! Nice Work!
repguy20201 year ago
Beautifully executed, sir. It looks as if it could fly.
yihungkuo (author)  repguy20201 year ago
Thanks ;)
Paint it! please! i am currently building a suit out of aluminium sheet using pepakura for my template!
yihungkuo (author)  genericusername61 year ago
Sorry, don't plan on painting it, not yet... I think the cardboard color gives it the unique look ;)
jawasan1 year ago
Very good work indeed! Wow!
I am so accustomed to seeing the foam suits...this is a refreshing break for sure from the foam (which are still awesome though)
yihungkuo (author) 1 year ago
Thanks!
poofrabbit1 year ago
This is fantastic!!! You should send a picture to makedo!
Kiteman1 year ago
Awesome job!