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Re: Starboost

Alun » Jun 2 '14
So cracked and started a new Iron Man project.


Wasn’t intending to do this as my next build but just kind of happened. So this is a kick off post. Having completed the War Machine and Mk VII with lighting (must get some final pictures of these 2 builds) I’m committed to doing them all with LEDs.  So first part of the process was to figure out what needs to be lit up.  There is the chest piece obviously, which for this one is the triangular version, and the booster pack which is the prominent feature of Starboost:

The Mark 39 (XXXIX), also known by it’s name as “Starboost”, is a Sub-Orbital suit and was one of the many newly built suits created by Tony Stark, sometime after the events of The Avengers.  It was featured in the movie Iron Man 3, and makes it’s debut in the movie when Tony ordered J.A.R.V.I.S. to initiate the “House Party Protocol” in which it was activated along with all the other suits to aid him in his fight against Aldrich Killian. The suit earned it’s name the “Starboost”, for having the ability to travel into sub-orbital ranges and for venturing into space, as it is derived from it’s name. It was built with an armor that could stand the cold temperature and radiation in space and was built in with an oxygen tank to allow Tony to be able to breathe while he was in space. The Mark 39 has a white, black and silver color scheme designed to suit space travel. The suit is made of a special alloy that absorbs Tony’s arc reactor signal. Attached to the back are removable secondary thrusters to get through the atmosphere. It also has a unique Arc Reactor design, with three lines from each corner of the triangular reactor joining together in the middle. Additionally, the gold coloring of the face mask extends further up the forehead than most armors, implying a larger field of vision equivalent to astronaut helmets.

The box art shows the helmet has being solid, with no lit eyes and a solid mask.  Seems plausible if this is a deep space suit.





But being the suspicious type (and thinking that the lit eyes are a key part of the Iron Man design) I tried to find some other images online, as I still haven’t bought the movie to refer to.  The movie trailer is available online and towards the end of it Starboost is clearly seen when the suits arrive at the platform.  Starboost is second from the left in the image below.



Certainly looks like the eyes are lit in that and this picture which is taken from the movie poster seems to confirm.



The kit does come with a clear eye piece so I will go with that being lit. So wanting to get the lighting sorted out first I thought I’d do the boosters first.  So hit the first problem in that the boosters are solid and no clear piece is supplied.  This is a bit of a surprise as the eyes and chest piece are provided as clear parts.


A little while with a drill, scalpel and file and got the first one done.  Will need to work out a way of sealing it with some clear though. Might look into getting some clear resin perhaps? I’ve fitted 2 3mm blue LEDs behind this section and although it will need some diffusing it looks good.


So started to put the main body together following the instructions.  Might be me but the fit of the parts doesn’t seem quite so good with this as the previous ones, but might be that I was rushing and didn’t test fit sufficiently well first.  Has left me with a few gaps to fill, which isn’t a major problem.  A single session got the upper legs and lower torso completed.  The chest piece is just attached at the moment and not glued in place as I need to fit in the LED to light up the chest piece before finally gluing up.


The booster packs haven’t been attached yet and I will need to run cables for the LEDs in the boosters prior to gluing this up as well.



Side view.  Lots of really nice detail and textures on this kit.



As mentioned above the chest piece still needs to have the LED installed.


Had some difficulties running the wires through the feet where there is no real space and had to chop out some solid parts.  I ran the wires out the bottom of the foot and will hide it around the metal support.  I did think about trying to make a hollow tube to run the wires down but think getting the angle just right would be tricky and not worth the effort.

Will paint the wires silver to blend in a bit with the support.



More to come.

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Re: Starboost

Ellenbethsdad » Jun 3 '14
Nice start.
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Re: Starboost

Alan "Budgie" Murray » Jun 3 '14

looking interesting.. do these come with that stand and fitting tube or are these custom additions?


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Re: Starboost

Alun » Jun 3 '14
Yes the base and the metal stand come with it.

Got the arms and head done last night:


One question for those who might know. I need to fill the booster pack I`ve had to open up with something clear or opaque but not sure what. My chances of cutting some clear plastic to fit exactly seem very small so thinking more like clear resin perhaps? Just wondering is anyone has any ideas?
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Re: Starboost

Alun » Aug 19 '14
After a long summer lull I need to get back into a build and I`m going to pick up on Starboost where I left off.  So hoping to get the lighting completed this week and can then finish the assembly and start painting.


So expect to see some new progress soon.


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Re: Starboost

Alan "Budgie" Murray » Aug 22 '14

Re the booster pack - cant you cut a filler shape from thin card to make a template to cut a clear version for? cards cheap enough to make multiple copies if you muck it up a few times..


if its not as structural how about acetate sheet?


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Re: Starboost

Alun » Aug 26 '14
Unfortunately I am really rubbish at cutting things out to very specific sizes.  Really very rubbish.... So did think about that but not sure how well I can get it done.


Going to see if I can get a small volume of clear resin which could be used to fill it after everything is painted.  Or could even just leave it open I guess?

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Re: Starboost

Brian Wilkinson » Aug 26 '14
Try  clear silicone. Also on the stand ,what about a brass tube to cover the original pin and the wires?
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Re: Starboost

Alun » Aug 26 '14
The sort of silicon stuff you get to seal the shower in?


Great idea to surround the chrome support and wires.  Tried to bend some brass tube for the first one I built but just couldn`t get the angle right and it`s such a pain to do I gave up.  

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Re: Starboost

Alun » Oct 20 '14
Well, finally managed to do a little work on Starboost, and he is now mainly assembled, with the lighting now in place, with the exception of the head (which does just need to be pulled through and joined up. Also had a coat of white all over.






Just a couple more parts to add.  I do want to get the chest and head pieces painted before gluing in the clear bits, but that`s about all that needs doing now before I can seal it up.

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