Tony Stark - Iron Man Movie


Auchinawa 2010




Loved the film so I started off with the basic Arc Reactor wearing Tony Stark.

The arc reactor is completely built from scratch.

The base is balsawood with a parallel circuit attached directly to it, feeding out the back. The surface mounted (SMD) LEDs are powered using a 3V coin battery which is incorporated in to the back of the reactor so its a single stand alone unit without any external wiring.

The diffuser ring is made of polymorph, while most of the other pieces are made from card cut out using a scalpel. The copper wiring finished it off.

May progress to a partial ironman suit for another event at some point,and perhaps do some minor touch ups too.

Arc reactor cost around £10 to construct, while the facial hair turned out to be the most expensive bit at £30.


Sephirayne posted on 18 November, 2010 - 15:15
Looking really epic. Love that your making the arc reactor from scratch. That s awesome.

callmemilo posted on 18 November, 2010 - 15:22
tis a thing of beauty! well done! i'm kinda damn jealous you have an arc reactor, lol

Captain_Marvelous posted on 18 November, 2010 - 17:45
More should comment because this is amazing work!

Lozzie posted on 18 November, 2010 - 19:39
ohhh my god! it looks amazing! *worships you*

KhaosKreator posted on 18 November, 2010 - 21:08
Prosaide! That will glue the reactor to your manly chest!

Mighty Odango posted on 18 November, 2010 - 21:21
Tab, manly chest has hair on it, not conducive to Prosaide...

Ranma1-2 posted on 24 November, 2010 - 16:04
Your arc reactor ring looks like a real piece of electronics to me - nice job! :) What a brilliant use for polymorph! Lights beautifully. Are the leds within the polymorph ring or behind it?

theKillingDoll posted on 25 November, 2010 - 13:04
Thanks for the comments Ranma1-2: The LEDs are underneath. They are surface mounted LEDs so they have a really low profile. However, I did find that they will happily push in to warm polymorph and continue working.

Ranma1-2 posted on 25 November, 2010 - 15:45
Mmm it diffuses really nicely. I will remember this for my future lighted cosplay pieces. :)

theKillingDoll posted on 25 November, 2010 - 16:05
The wide angle of the LEDs also helps. The ones I used have a viewing angle of 120 degrees to spread the light

MangaChild posted on 5 December, 2010 - 20:07
loving the reactor ring :D also you should also grow a beard, it really suits you:)

Newdles posted on 22 May, 2011 - 15:42
That arc reactor is the shiz! That's amazing!

Progress Journal

5th December 2010

Arc update 2

Found out I could keep the arc reactor in place with just a small bit of fishing wire, so it was almost invisible. Since the battery was in the back of the unit there were no wires coming out that I had to hide.

Ran for over 5 hours on a simple 3V coin battery and didn't look like it was going to run out any time soon, result. I shall make the final cosmetic updates and then it will be finally complete. May consider moving on to making the arm section of the suit.

18th November 2010


Well I focused on completing this over the last couple of day and it is finally done. Now I have just to figure out how to keep it attached.

6th April 2010

In the begining

After much thought I have decided to go for a custom build for the arc reactor rather than attemtping to modify an existing lighting unit. This required a crash course in electronics and wiring.

To create the diffuser ring, I creating a mould out of balsa wood, sanded it smooth and pressed the heated polymorph in the the ring.

The angled pieces are three pieces of card folded and glued together to give the correct shape. This bit was very fiddly since the pieces are really small and need to be slotted together to give the final shape.

I then wrapped copper wire around each piece.