Introduction: Letz Build an Ironman Mark 7 Paper Model (no Pep)

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Welcome to this Ironman paper model tutroial...

As you may have already know, most people on the internet build awesome Ironman models using pep files (pre-made 2d pattern that assemble 3d forms). But the process usually includes back and forth in softwares, missing pieces and digital format or printing issues... pre-made pep files is cool, but took away the best part of paper craft... creativity and experimentation...

Dont be a slave of the pep file, we are artist not cutting and sticking machines!!

This tutorial features:

  • no pep files,
  • no need to be a computer wizard
  • fully recycled materials...
  • three short youtube videos tutorial
  • and once you master the technique you can build whatever you like!!
  • old-fashion and raw truepaper craft experience..
  • can be carry out in any size and level of detail you wish, in my case its about a foot tall...

Letz start this wonderful journey...

Step 1: Step 1: Material and Tools

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the project is a low budget one hang tight...


  • plenty of recycled paper boxes (tissue or cereal box)
  • some draft paper for drafting and sketching
  • pens, pencils, and markers
  • adhesive tape


  • scissors (normal scissors will do)
  • cutters (optional)
  • hot glue gun (you can any glue you like i like hot glue gun cus its fast and firm)

This is it for material and tools, scissors, cutter and hot glue gun could potentially be dangerous use with care.

Step 2: Step 2: Preparation

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Production pipeline usually compose of PPP, pre-production, production and post-porduction...

The process of pre-production is crucial for the project,

conceptual preparation:

  • write down the intended sizes and dimension of your work
  • start googling reference fotos (models from hottoys made good reference)
  • draw or print a 1:1 sketch (blueprints) for your work
  • come up with simple plan of constructing the 3d shapes and forms

physical preparation

  • have a clean working table (which i cant...haha... my table is so messy)
  • unfold your paper boxes and estimate how many will be use
  • do some experiment on playing around with paper

p.s. the better the preparation is done, the easier the project will get along...

drawing your own sketch takes time, but really reveal a lot more details and realism... Make the production stage smoother and more efficient...

Step 3: Step:3 Start Doing the Helmet!!

First rule, dont giveup, practise made perfect.

It took me some trial before i am happy with my work...

you may as well prepare some rough sketch of layers of cardboard, which piece you should handle first, like my example...

this is a youtube vid of summary of my work...

  • build the helmet as a cynlinder, and add more and more layers to it,
  • layers can be flat vary in shape
  • layer can also be 3-d using technique similar to pep files
  • i called it human pep files haha
  • always refer to a 1:1 reference to prevent major off scale

Step 4: Step 4: Build Different Part of Body Armor

If you follow my youtube vid and got a helmet done Congrats....

Please unleash your creativity, and try to do the same things with the chest piece, arm pieces etc...

Here are some reminders i have thru making mistakes and experience...

  • keep things in scale
  • Always draw the pattern on paper card before cutting
  • you would like to start with the helmet then the chest piece then the limbs
  • do the individual part first don't stick them together at this point
  • pay attention to the symmetry of both sides of the model
  • keep a copy of complex pattern that you are proud of

Step 5: Step 5: Ironman Assemble

Following previous steps you should have all parts ready....

Assembling them all:

  • come up with a pose (pay attention to the center of gravity(belly button))
  • start gluing the part together according to you pose plan
  • check if the model can stand on its own every time you stick a new piece...
  • if you want a base for better display like i did (the shield icon), feel free to make your own special base!

Step 6: Step 6: Post-production

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you probably have your own paper model built, you can paint it with arylic paint, spray paint, and finish off with some glossy surface and battle damage....

I personally left the texture of paper as they are because paper is raw and pretty in a sense....

Letz build your own Ironman paper model and share with me i would love to know...

p.s. these technique can be apply to any model you want, attached with an optimus prime i did with same technique and similar procedures hope you like my instrutable, if you do pls vote....


pls comment and give suggestion below, constructive criticism is most welcome...


djgriff0001 (author)2014-02-10

please tell me that you entered this instructable in the papercraft contest...ill vote for you.

mchau2 (author)djgriff00012014-02-10

As a matter of fact, i indeed entered the papercraft contest with this piece... feel free to vote in the contest, if you like my work, please vote for me... thx for your support...

mchau2 (author)mchau22014-02-10

the orange ribbon on the top right hand corner, i think... thx again for appreciation...

darrenhall (author)2016-02-15

Great build - your really talented, with a good eye for detail

mchau2 (author)darrenhall2016-02-15

Thx man!! I built this one with pleasure!! Talent i dont know, but hardwork is the key to good instructables like yours and countless example on this site!!

rohann2 (author)2016-01-06

i am going to make it in summer

mchau2 (author)rohann22016-01-07

I really really look forward to seeing your build!

MrMxylptlyk (author)2015-10-29

nice... now make it out of metal, like pop cans!!

greganim (author)2014-10-28

very cool!

mchau2 (author)greganim2014-10-28

Thx man

Verticees (author)2014-08-01

The fact that this was done without pepakura is mind blowing. Excellent job!

mchau2 (author)Verticees2014-08-27

thank you... i do like papercraft with out pep file...

AssassinzSinpZ (author)2014-04-19

I'm building a mark III

mchau2 (author)AssassinzSinpZ2014-06-29

Hows that now? Keep me posted

AssassinzSinpZ (author)2014-04-19

This is way better than that hot toys mark 7 I have!

mchau2 (author)AssassinzSinpZ2014-06-29

OMG this means quite alot... I think hot toys are awesome too!!

mobiansstech (author)2014-05-19

What a cReativity

mchau2 (author)mobiansstech2014-06-29

HaHa typo... i cant seem to find that...

Lord_Fyunae (author)2014-02-15

A very interesting project, I'm assuming that Optimus Prime was made the same way, ???

mchau2 (author)Lord_Fyunae2014-02-16

yes, should do an instructable on that too?

AssassinzSinpZ (author)mchau22014-04-19

Dude make qn instructable on Optimus he looks v. v. cool

mchau2 (author)mchau22014-02-26

wrong reply sorry

mchau2 (author)Lord_Fyunae2014-02-26

well u mean china? hong kong is in china...

mchau2 (author)2014-04-15

oh thx, and with your support along with everyone else, i won firt price so lucky thank you all!!!

mchau2 (author)2014-04-14

ha ha i am not sure wt you mean, sorry.

ecsaul23 (author)2014-04-01

woohoo!!! congrats on 1st place! way to go you!

mchau2 (author)ecsaul232014-04-02

super awesome... Thx for support.... I will try keep up the gd work

arnav chachra (author)2014-03-08


mchau2 (author)arnav chachra2014-03-19


epoveda (author)2014-03-10

good i need 1 :D

mchau2 (author)epoveda2014-03-19

build one! go and try... its somuch fun

Tgizzo (author)2014-03-04

I'm making a life size, wearable iron man suit :) this is an inspiration also :P

mchau2 (author)Tgizzo2014-03-19

are u using pep?

xenor (author)2014-02-26

Thanks for sharing. It's great to see the design process beyond the usual pep models.

mchau2 (author)xenor2014-02-26

glad u like...

ElCubano (author)2014-02-26

I really love both models mchau2. They really look badass though I don't really like the IRON MAN helmet. Good job mchau2! I voted for you in all categories.

mchau2 (author)ElCubano2014-02-26


Tarun Upadhyaya (author)2014-02-18

Saw your profile :)

No wonder why origami and kirigami has origins in Japan :), this is just brilliant :)

mchau2 (author)Tarun Upadhyaya2014-02-26

u mean china? hong kong is in china...

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)mchau22014-02-26

Oh I am sorry, I guess I read what I want to read.

mchau2 (author)Tarun Upadhyaya2014-02-26

its quite alright friend

rphillips27 (author)2014-02-15

Sweet, thanks

ElCubano (author)2014-02-14

mchau2 wuts ur youtube name?

ElCubano (author)2014-02-14

I voted for u. Man, I wish I culd make one like that!

ecsaul23 (author)2014-02-13

voted in all cats. great work

mchau2 (author)ecsaul232014-02-13

thx. really means alot... will you be building these kind of paper model ? its fun...

ecsaul23 (author)mchau22014-02-14

I dont think I have the brain power to figure it out! lol

rphillips27 (author)2014-02-13

Where's the link to your YouTube videos?

mchau2 (author)rphillips272014-02-13

Do you mean the vids i embed in the tutorial?
anyway here you go:
Hope you like my utube channel

jchau6 (author)2014-02-13

haha, voted! Hope you will win!!!

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