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

About: i am now a full-time 3D Artist, constantly believe i can be a better man, Just be the change you wanna see in the world, thats why i am here...

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

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

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

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...

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