Anthony Le, 25, has been a fan of Iron Man since he was a kid, but when he heard that the comic-book superhero was hitting the big screen in 2008, he was inspired to build his own Iron Man suit. That version was more of a costume, but his new one, finished just in time for the movie's sequel, edges much closer to the real thing. With its dent-proof exterior, motorized faceplate and spinning mock Gatling gun, his take on the movie's War Machine suit could easily frighten a supervillain.
Le, a fitness consultant, studied some concept sketches of the suit posted on the Internet. He used thin, high-impact urethane for the armor, cutting it into plates and joining them with some 1,500 rivets and washers. He sculpted a clay helmet mold and then used a liquid resin mix to create the final product. But that was just cosmetic work. He also added a small servo motor that opens the faceplate, as in the movie, and built a gun out of pipes and a motor. LEDs in the eyes and chest-plate further add to the illusion.
Le plans to wear the suit to the movie and already has quite a following, especially at sci-fi conventions. "I'm kind of hard to miss," he says.
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Le built a replica of the machine gun on the suit's shoulder out of PVC pipes and other materials. He added a small motor and belt drive to make the cylindrical gun spin like the real thing. To activate it, he presses a button in the palm of the suit's glove. He says the gun could also be converted into a paintball shooter.
Le built an LED-based replica of Iron Man alter ego Tony Stark's arc reactor for the chest, but unlike the movie version, it doesn't actually power the suit. Instead, all the LEDs and the motors that drive the gun and the faceplate have their own batteries hidden within the suit's large frame.
Inside the chestplate, Le added a hands-free button that activates the helmet. When the faceplate is open, he just stands up and points his arm forward, causing his chest to press against the button, triggering the servo motors in the helmet to close the mask. This, in turn, switches on the red LEDs set inside the eye openings, which are large enough for him to also see out of. To open the mask up again, he presses another button.
Le says he focused on the War Machine suit, donned by Stark's buddy Jim Rhodes in Iron Man 2, in part because "it just looks more hardcore." But he also built a new-and-improved replica of the suit that Iron Man himself wears in the film, the Mark VI. That version also has the LEDs and motorized faceplate but, alas, no cannon.
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The costume is pretty good, but the guy inside it a midget with a chip on his shoulder. He refuses to share techniques or advice with other builders, almost everyone on the RPF thinks he's a dork.
Also, Adam Savage from the MYTHBUSTERS called him a douche...
"almost everyone on the RPF thinks he's a dork"
He's a grow man (I assume) who spend $4,000 on a replica Iron Man Suit so he could play dress up.....what did you expect.
LOL THAT IS SO TOTALLY AWSOME!!!
i would really like to take that suit paintballing.
Going to the bathroom must be a frantic endeavor.
This guy and his suit+ boeing&Lockheed Martin+ 40 billion dollars + 5 years= and i think we have a nice real iron man suit
If everyone on the RPF thinks he's a dork, so be it. I guess it takes one to know one.
4000!?!? sorry. you guys have been had.
The truth is he made is out of Rubbermaid garbage bins from walmart, thats what he calls "high impact urethane" plastic
you can get the same result. He just doesn't want anyone to know cause hes worried that someone more skilled will make the suit more movie accurate and take away his fame on the internet, lol
I'd say the build is worth about $300-$400 in materials.
Also he didn't sculpt the helmet, his buddy did,
this guy has no sculpting talent whatsoever.
man you guys need to do some research, this guy is a douche to everyone he encounters online.
Tons of better iron man/war machine builders out there doing better things and you find this clown. Must have stumbled on this guy from one of the many places he whores his crap out and not seen anything quality.
This guy does charity work which is great but also brags about it. That's not what doing charity is about,
He announces to everyone whenever hes going to do charity like "look at me I'm better than you all. i'm doing charity work" all the time, it gets annoying
sounds like its more to get attention then the actual deed which is probably more fact.
You know what, the guy might be a jerk and a braggart, but if he made that out of trash cans he certainly has some talent, and last I checked Pop Sci was about shocasing new and innovative ideas/things and not about delving into the pschye or taking a close look at personality disorders.
So, jerk or not, the guy obviously invested a lot of time and energy into making something that 99.99% of the population could never have done, and he accomplished it with trash cans, pop rivets and a bit of paint. It looks pretty darn cool, give him some credit.
Well yeah, he built it in a cave! With a box of scraps!
I believe that most of you are talking bad about him because, one, that's a really really cool looking suit. Two, you don't have the talent nor money to do such a thing.
Please, don't bag on people because you're jealous of what they've made.
I'm interested in posting this on my blog (students.egfi-k12.org). How can I find more info about using the above images?
"You Built What?! A Real Iron Man Suit" Is it just or should a "real" Iron man suit shoot stuff and fly? The title should be...."You Built What?! A Replica Iron Man Costume". I mean come on, if I made a tank out of carboard boxes with no engine, that didn't drive, and had a cardboard tube with a red light in it for a gun....would you call it a "real" tank? This is popsci, not scifi, and definatly not some costume forum.
Let me know when he actually makes a REAL iron man suit and I will be happy to read all about it on popsci....for now, go back to playing dress up.
Just think, if he's acting like a jerk, he's also playing the role of Tony Stark (who also is quite the jerk and braggart)
Alright. the guy made a elaborate costume for holloween, thats about it. The cheering nerds combined with cheezy moves on stage was just to dorky to watch.
doing anything is worth doing right, that was obviously just a nerd trying to get other nerds to think hes cool. Now the guys who make the replica Halo stuff, thats the idea.
If I had the money and the resources, I could build with a group of people just as dedicated, some really cool Halo stuff. Im just to poor to do it:(
Need to rich friends with time on their hands.
Some ingredients for a good iron man suite would be some thin steel for the cosmetic outer shell, like whats on cars these days.
have the actual armor underneith made with teflon coated, thin ceramic plating or something cool like that. using tiny motors and some realy thin high output battery cells conceiled in strategically in the suite to help assist with walking and movement, then you would have a cool suite that can actually take a slight beating by Nerds in a fan club.
Yeha, thats how you do it. lol :D
wow they really did a lot of photoshop on that suit.
I've seen it up close it looks like crap compared to these pics.
It was falling apart from everywhere.
He also has a giant head, in both senses of the word.
He invested a lot of time cause he has no job and lives and home and just does this shit all day
way to cement your future. lol
@TRUTH_SERUM no words can express how negative you are.
lol it's very funny that you can use so much negativity to only show that what is in yourself.
People like you need to really look at life and live it, instead of leaving hateful comment like that.
"Some ingredients for a good iron man suite would be some thin steel for the cosmetic outer shell, like whats on cars these days"
your comment if very rich.....Not. Yeah if you like to dish out alot of $$$$$$ for real armor then good for you "since you already stated that you aren't rich nor have talent for such things".
This i created "cosplay/costume" for fun purposes and charity occasions.
Oh btw the cosplay/costume can actually take a beating. please research before assuming another person life. is this and that.
@ariez93 i tend to see that a lot from people who don't have talent or just plain hating. I've seen people make a wonderful bumblebee costume. 60% of the time i see Troll's/haters bag on something just because it something out of there league.
Its like they have nothing better to do then just leave negative comments.
@TRUTH_SERUM wow just reading more of the comment you leave are just very negative.
it funny how you say i brag, when its not the case at all. It is me only sharing my life experience with people "its called conversation". Just because i share this and that about my life doesn't always mean its boastful/bragging.
Seriously if you dont like me, stop following me and being obsessed with everything i do in my-life. Its really sad that you follow me to even here... Just to spread your negativity... Really??? get a life seriously, and i mean not following me everywhere i go and bash on the way i live and do things.
Live life with a passion and no regret - Anthony Le
sorry just FACTS based on seeing you in action communicating with people online.
Everywhere you go you drag drama with you because you're a DOUCHE.
You cant hide from the facts, no matter what you say little boy
oh wait youre 25...time to get a REAL job... a beachbody coach isn't a real fitness consultant
It wont be long before MARVEL send you a nice C & D.
for selling unlicensed merchandice under the table.
@stumpy Your funny, whats wrong with being a dork??? don't act like your better than me or anyone else by name calling.. I NEVER refused to help and or share info. Only somethings i like to keep for myself. Its a way of being an individual, like an artist, and Magician. Like they say "why blend in when you can STAND OUT!!"
I've had share things in the past, and everyone on the costuming forums always want more and more. Like vultures, never being satisfied. When someone don't want to share a certain things he gets maimed and hated.. "like elementary school drama" Which is sad.
k I'll stop before you start crying, goodnight,
you're obviously mentally unarmed to defend yourself and this is just too easy to bring out the facts to everyone.
@TRUTH_SERUM your a very sad person indeed..... Dont think i don't know who you are... your like what now? 36 years old and you still have a grudge against someone younger then you.
Honesty its entertains me to know that your obsessed with me to continue to follow me.
Lol selling "unlicensed merchandice" under the table... hmm i dont think so.
Making fun of my beachbody coach, when i use my time wisely to help people.
what do you do? hmm as i see it obsessed with me and very full of negativity as i see it. seem like someone "you" needs a life, instead of hating on someone.
@TRUTH_SERUM yeah you should stop because all this negativity and false assumptions is really sad. I wish you luck in life and live in peace.
um would you like me to find all these "false assumptions" in text form from the various scenarios where you've been exposed and owned?
So like you, I obviously have no life so I have all the free time in the world like yourself. so this can easily be done,
Oh wait.. you might just go and edit all your posts like you usually do to cover your tracks...
thats whats pretty sad.
dude ur straight up stalker. You talk so much sh1t, to make yourself feel better. loser stalkin on someone else, ur considered a real damn low-life since you dedicate ur life into stalking someones life. What a sore a$$ loser. Really, you make a fool of yourself coming on here and letting the world know that you make this guy your priority. classic dumbass. Now come over here and be my bitch.
Truth Serum sounds like a complete and total asshole.
Ha ha you guys sound like your are really pissed at each other. Do you guys work with eachother?
And nice come back Master Fag by calling him a stalker. To me it sounds like your an aragant d!ck who brags about his money to poorer people. You probably made the other accounts to sh!t on truth serium. If you really do brag about how you give to charity, guess what anyone would gives 2 sh!ts because it makes you look like a d0uche. Also, if you really have enough time and care to build a stupid fvcking fake Iron-Man suit then you really are a totally loser with nothing better to do than to come up and comment on your own artical. To be honest the way you brag on here sounds like a woman. Haha have a nice evening to the both of you. This has a been a Random Comment special hope you enjoyed it.
It really is an interesting situation. On one had you have a guy that is really dedicated to churning out suits. Some are better than others, but they are all still pretty okay.
On the other hand, he's the kind of guy that has enough free time to work out two hours every day, staring at himself in a mirror the entire time. Despite all of his claimed "success" he is still single and can't even get a girl to hang out with him unless he builds them their armor. He attempted to get a bunch of girls to dress up as the "Stark Expo" dancers at the beginning of the sequel so they would follow him around and make him look awesome, he received no takers.
And while he claims to have done a "ton" of charity work, out of the forty threads I've seen him post across the internet, there aren't any pictures of him at a hospital. Plenty of him on the Las Vegas strip, or laying in bed with his costume contest trophy, or standing in front of a 7-11 with a radio station hawking Iron Man 2 tickets.
I call "bullshit" on his alleged charity work. If he wants to post pictures of him at a hospital or documentation regarding donations he has raised, then I'll shut up.
The point I think we're all trying make is that, though it may sound cliche, it really is what's on the INSIDE that makes a person awesome. Your trash can-armor is pretty, but you're a smug, desperate, selfish individual. Instead of expressing how grateful you are for Marvel not SUING YOUR ASS for selling unlicensed Iron Man helmets for $400 a pop, instead you are name-dropping that Jon Favreau mentioned you on his Twitter.
What it comes down to is, yeah, you totally are the personification of Tony Stark as an arrogant, unlikeable, flawed human being, but you completely lack the selfless dedication and heroism that make him 'Iron Man."
You're a prick who can't fly.
I really want that guy to check the comments out haha. But Stumpy and Truth Serum, you kinda sound like you have a personal problem with this dude. My advice, don't worry about him, as much of d!ick he might be there's very few reasons to be as angry at him as your are. By the tone of your commments it sounds like he ruins your day every day. Don't let him, he's fag and you know that. Haha I don't even know him so i guess i can't really say much, but you get the idea. Believe in what you believe and leave eachother be.