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How to make a lifesize, wearable Iron Man helmet

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I think this is the biggest project I’ve done yet. My favourite movie is the Iron Man and I wanted to get an Iron Man helmet, but I’m a student and I couldn’t afford it. Then I decided to make one. Now I’ve done and I really like this helmet. I’m happy that I didn’t buy one.
 
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Step 2: What will you need

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What will you need:
-17 hard papers (I used 210gsm paper. (gsm = gramms per square meter). I tried 250gsm paper too, but it was too hard and it couldn't suck the resin in.
-Technokol Universal glue
-Polyester resin
-fiberglass cloth
-resin based filler
-metallic gold spray paint
-rally red spray paint
-sand papers (60, 120, 360)
-6 LEDs
-a small switch
-2 batteries
-a battery holder
-wires
-soldering wire
-electrical tape
-a piece of transparent plastic (for the eyes)
-two pieces of wood (10cmx2,5cm)
-small magnets

The tools:
-hot glue gun
-soldering iron
-scalpel or scissors
-engraver (isn't necessary)

Warning!
Always wear respirator while you are working with resin, paint or you are sanding! Fumes and dust can damage you lung, if you are not careful enough.

Step 3: Printing and cutting the parts

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The mask has a paper base, which is designed by a program named Pepakura. It makes 2D parts from a 3D model. Fortunately, you don’t have to design the model, here is the .pdf file. You have to print them to hard paper. Normal paper doesn’t work perfectly.
After you have printed you have to cut the staight lines out (don’t cut the interrupted lines). You can use scissors or scalpel.
If someone knows how to use pepakura here is a link where you can download the pdo file: http://www.4shared.com/file/Kd2YFv88/IronmanA4.htm
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A good job, I'm impressed

baron.ren.71 month ago

ok first of all. awesome. second. i used the file.but when i made it. it was too small. i made it bigger. but still. its too small

Hi Can you tell me the dimensions of this helmet. Is there any guidelines on how to scale up the size of the helmet. Really appreciate any help you can give. Thanks.

yodi.shadow1 month ago

how much time you took to finish this helmet ?

I printed it out last week and just finished it today. Only working on it a couple hours a day though.

j-vega4 months ago

Ten out of ten !!!!! ;-)

fcolon25 months ago

could you please share the .PDO file with me as well? ferdinandcolon41@gmail.com

masterluke1235 months ago

Can you please show me or have a tutorial on how to cut. Thanks

Do you cut where the dotted line is?

karora46 months ago
can u plz send d link of pdf for paper markings and cutting
rmiersch jr7 months ago
Love it, I'm trying to make it now for myself, where did you buy the paper at? Or if you made it how much if you were to sell it?
pheenix427 months ago

Too bad I can't make a motorcycle helmet like this!

JK Subhash9 months ago
hey...i'am new at this.so i just wanted to know if i coul use POP[plaster of paris] for hardening.

Great instructable......

yes you could. you can use the bandages that come ready, as for casting a broken arm, or the powder to mix with water.

geq1 (author)  JK Subhash9 months ago
I haven't got any experience with POP. You can try it, but most people use resin to make the paper model hard.
EKreed20007 months ago

Love the instructable geq1! Just have a question. Do you know what sections form up the back section of the helmet that way I can set those aside for a later section of the project. Im making a customized version of this helmet for a custom character for a convention Im going to and not 100% sure i want the lower section of the back. Any information would be helpful! Thanks.

asianoob8 months ago
hey, how much resin do you need for the whole helmet?

thanks
imaloney9 months ago
Hi so I'm making a similar mask and really like the backlight LED eyes but its really important for me to be able to see out. How well can you see out with the tiny slits in the eyes or have you come up with a better design to improve vision?
geq1 (author)  imaloney9 months ago
Hi, I'm going to improve the helmet with a motorized faceplate, so I don't always have to see out with the slits, but I think those are big enough to see people's faces and don't fall over. :D
mr_papabol9 months ago
im new to pepakura.how did you add the corresponding numbers to the flaps? i have downloaded another pdo file to make another 3d project but when i change it to pdf, it doesn't have any corresponding number to it, so im having a hard time to match up the parts.
spystealth19 months ago
If you can't upload it to the instructable, try emailing it to this email: R2RQ5x9iHFP3@meltmail.com . Great job by the way!
geq1 (author)  spystealth19 months ago
Thanks for the idea! You can download it from here: http://www.4shared.com/file/Kd2YFv88/IronmanA4.htm
spystealth19 months ago
I think it would be best if you uploaded the pdo file too so people could use pepakura viewer to guide them along. I don't want to have to give my email, I just want to download it like I did the pdf file.
I see you are pretty good at papercraft, could you please share the .PDO file of the helmet?

Thanks, and good job! :)
geq1 (author)  PixelKakashi1 year ago
Of course! Have you got an e-mail address?
lvathanak geq110 months ago
Hello.. Can you send me the Pepakura file of this helmet?? Thanks you "lyvathanak00179@gmail.com"
DId you design this yourself? I'm trying to make a real life Megaman blaster, and getting the looking right is difficult.
geq1 (author)  forsaknazrael1 year ago
No, I found the pdo file on the internet and I made the pdf version of it. Unfortunately I can't help you, but I recommend you to google: megaman blaster pdo.
Sure, it's: pixel_kakashi@yahoo.com

Thanks a lot =D
hardy181210 months ago
cheers matey,,, file received :-)
hardy181210 months ago
could u send them to my e-mail plz matey it's hardy4245@hardy4245.karoo.co.uk still trying to use the program so if u could send the file I can have a mess about with it,,,cheers matey,,,, started makin it tonite it takes a while hahaha but I'm getting there,,,,
geq1 (author)  hardy181210 months ago
I sent it.
hardy181211 months ago
this is awesome, matey,,, could I ask were u got the 3D image from as I'm thinking ov makin a smaller version for my lad,,have downloaded the pepakura program a would love to know were I could get more of the 3D images from,,,cheers matey,,,unbelievably great post,,,still gunna make this have started lol but keep gluing me fingers together lol,
geq1 (author)  hardy181211 months ago
I made these images with the printscreen button, using pepakura. If you want I can send you the pepakura file or write me which positions you want the images and i make you. :)
meldridge-tull11 months ago
Hey so the scale on the PDF is for A4 printing... How accurate is that because I feel its gunna be too small but I think thats just because its on paper not put together. A4 works alright then??
geq1 (author)  meldridge-tull11 months ago
Yes, A4 work alright. If you haven't got much bigger head, then average it must be good for you.
berlintintin11 months ago
Hi! Fantastic work, and thanks so much for putting so much detail online for everyone to share. One question, in step 5, you said:

"The first layer should be only resin on the outside of the helmet. The next layer should be resin with fiberglass in the inside. Then add two or three more layers of fiberglass with resin to the inside."

Did you mean for one of those to be on the OUTSIDE? Or is there only fiberglass on the inside of the helmet?

Thanks again!
geq1 (author)  berlintintin11 months ago
Hi! I'm glad you liked it! Sorry, I'm not fluent in english. :D There isn't fiberglass on the outside. All of the layers are inside.
vverma811 months ago
hey i am using cardboard to make the helmet . Can i skip the fiberglassing part ??
geq1 (author)  vverma811 months ago
i haven't tried it, but I think you should put at least resin on it.
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