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28 Mar 2014 - 19:35112331
Iron Man Arm - suiting up/repulsor wiring
I'm hoping to cosplay Pepper Potts from near the end of the Iron Man 3 movie, which will involve the Iron Man suit arm. I'm okay on the build itself but I'm having trouble finding good information on the following:

a) how do you suit up, so to speak (aka: put it on and make it stay)?
b) how do you wire up the light for a repulsor inside the arm?

Been looking round The RPF but maybe I missed something.


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03 May 2014 - 14:18113200
Not knowing what the repulsor is meant to look like outside of a lit up circle in a glove, I would probably say a circle of LEDs mounted behind a pane of frosted plastic would probably do the trick.

Wiring LEDs is easy once you've got the knack - I'd probably play with my breadboard electronic kit first as you'll seriously need resistors to stop the bulbs blowing. There's tons of how-tos on the Instructables site on how to wire up LEDS.

What are you making the arm out of? If it's foam I'd be wary of warm LEDs, potentially fire risk unprotected connections and melting foam. Resin/fibreglass I'd think would be less flammable but harder to work with if you don't have the kit.

Without knowing a little more, I'd mould the arm out of foam, mount the LEDs inside a thick plastic case and have it wired up to a battery pack on the outside of my elbow.


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03 May 2014 - 14:20113201
Check out Adafruit for dedicated circular LED boards, if that helps. There are UK based distributors available I believe, but this might be a good springboard:

https://learn.adafruit.com/kaleidoscope-eyes-neopixel-led-goggles-trinket-gemma/overview


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