Photo by: Norm Chan
Photo by: Jarvis
My second costume for Dragon*Con was a Tony Stark Heads Up Display/Interior of Iron Man's suit. So many of the shots from the Iron Man/Avengers movies showed Tony's face with graphical information and targeting displays that look really cool. I aimed to come up with a way to bring that effect to life.
I started with some very nifty source material. The artist who designed the HUD and a lot of the graphics for the movies had some materials that I used to design my own HUD.
I took elements that I thought would look cool and work well in my design and created a Vector image in Inkscape. I created two layers that would nicely compliment each other when I combined them as red and blue. These images were taken to a local maker space that had a laser cutter. The edges of the acrylic were cut and the pattern were etched.
These two panels where then heat bent with a heat gun and a large cylinder (of oatmeal, if you're curious).
Sooooooooooooooo...how'd they light up? Well, if you've read my original Tony/Pepper build, you'd see the tablet we made by shining light through acrylic. Any scratches glow due to internal reflection. (SCIENCE!) I simply controlled where the light would diffract with my etches. I put some surface mount LEDs along the edge to create the effect. I added three reds and three blues, but it was probably overkill.
Here's Bill trying out the sweet view.
The two layers were epoxied together using a spacer and I put a foam edge over the wiring.
The whole thing got a stiff wire to hold it place on my shoulders. I had to Velcro it to my belt loop to keep it from tipping forward.
That's pretty much it. It is actually a pretty simple build that could be done with a knife and time, if you don't have access to a laser cutter. As usual, I did my best Stark Stache and used my brother's arc reactor shirt to complete the Tony transformation.