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.
Step 1: Make Helmet
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.