With the new trailer for iron man 3 coming out i thought i would do a little pre film model of the arc reactor shown at the end of the trailer.
So as always lets get started!
As i always do when making a prop i started with a little research on the old google.
all i could come up with are the screen grabs from the trailers end plates and some shots from the facebook page.
These two images are from the facebook page before the most recent trailer was released.
This is the end screen of all the trailers and this is what made me want to give it a go at making it.
Im sure once the film comes out and there are more prop photos and detailed making of books and extras i will work out that i've made some mistakes about the arc but going from the front on shot i have this is the best I could do.
So after i had found the images i started on the plans.
i started with a few sketches on how the layers of the arc will fit together.
then i drew up some plans in illustrator so get the files for the laser cutter.
I cut all the parts out on a laser cutter in a variety or materials,1mm plastic, 2mm plastic , 3mm plastic and some very thin card.
I grouped the parts together and glued then together.
The rear ring assembly. 1mm plastic.
The main ring magnets. 1mm and 3mm plastic.
The oval ring. 2mm plastic.
Also not picture is the rear body of the Arc made from 3mm and 2mm plastic.
I gave all the parts that were to be painted a coat of plastic primer and then each set a different colour to match the source photos.
The oval ring and hex mesh are painted a dark gun metal and the rear casing and ring magnets are painted silver.
the front bezel and parts that sit on top of the oval ring are painted black and the rear ring assembly are painted gold.
Let the metallic paints dry as they are very slow drying.
I glued the fronts of the ring magnets to the clear ring.
when the glue had set i turned it over and glued the backs on and then i had the main Arc ring.
I glued the hex mesh (which is made from 0.7mm card) on to the rear of the oval rings.
I kept the offcuts from the ring parts to assist in the placement of the parts on top of the oval rings.
I placed the offcuts and the ring parts on top of the oval ring and waited for the glue to dry and then i removed the offcuts and the ring parts are in the correct place.
I then glues the gold rear ring assembly on to the rear of the oval rings.
The front bezel glass was etched with one design on the front and then it was taken out of the machine and then turned over and the second part of the design was etched onto the back.
This was to give the design a more 3D feel as it looks like in the source images i have.
I put all the parts together to see what it will look like.
I then cut a disk of EL panel inside the rear case of the Arc and glued it all together.
The finished Arc.
Thank you for looking and i hope you enjoyed the write up.
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