Thanks, I use high impact plastics general HIP styrene or ABS, and it's in a sheet form and must be heated and vaccuum formed in a machine and parts are welded together and finsh work on top, fiber glass is a whole different material and different method in crafting.
I think the easier method people try is Pepakura using a 3D model and a program that makes patterns off the model ad you print out the 2D patterns on paper fold and glue them together then use resin to hard coat the paper and make shells sure there's enough tutorials on that style, I've never tried it myself but last year it was the big way of fan made prop and costume building.
The MKV can be done I'm just saying it would be expensive doing it accurate I'd charge like 4-5 grand for something like that which I guess is a bit cheaper the those ugly TMP MK3 suits on ebay for 5-7 grand but I think the other suits would be more cost effective buils in compare.
The MK 4 is my favorite of the full battle suits I don't mind the 6 but the off colors didn't look as cool.
When I do commission work it's half up front but for the MK 4 or 6 in the Raw version unpainted no lights would be about $2300 and $3,000 fully painted with the Lights and so on same price I charged for the MK3 but those are far easier then the MK5 do to the uniform layer and joints but the MK5 has sliding and functional parts it's alot of work plus the helmet folds and opens completly different and would take some engineering to get the function correctly.
Well it started out as commission work I guess but I made a 2 raw kits and the one finished suit, but to be honest it's not very cheap to do, and the suit is pretty much 1/1 scale but can be tweeked a bit but fit's the range 5'8-6'1 the best.
Well to be realistic it cost about 2 grand to build a iron suit that's about how much it cost in materials so like I said it's not one of the cheaper costumes.
Worth investing if you can make your money back I imagine but that's one of the reasons I haven't made a bunch as it's not cost effective, but I seen other people selling suits for 4-7 grand on ebay I guess that makes a little more profit.
Well, the materials and machines used to build such costumes are far from cheap, and the oil prices going up has not helped just makes even more expensive, I've never even built myself a suit just because it's so expensive to make.
there's cheaper materials if you want to build it yourself, I just prefer the higher end plastics as they will last much longer and take a huge amount of stress.
fiber glass is cheap hazardous crap, itchy, stinky, doesn't flex just cracks and chips up, and just too damn heavy.
High impact plastics are smoother, super light weight, much stronger and flexible easier to customize and just all around better materials, hell it's what they make motorcycle helmets and paintball armor out of can't really go wrong there.
No real brand it all comes from CA plastics just need to check with your closes polymor distributer there's only 2 places that make the plastics in the USA but it all goes to California and all Polymor companies just buy from them.