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In the comic books Tony Stark spent billions of dollars becoming the hero known as Iron Man, with a wide range of super suits he wore to save the world.

Many would try and fail to replicate his success with their evil motives adding to the storyline.

But Scotland may have found a hero in Steve Wild. After working as a joiner and having to retire from the marines, the father-of-four turned his hand to projects he had a special interest in.

And the 52-year-old, who lives in Arbroath, came up with the Hulkbuster – one of Iron Man’s suits which heavily features in the 2015 film Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Over seven months Steve used £1000 worth of materials to make the 8ft suit, a fraction of what Mr Stark forked out, but he insists he can make even better.

He said: “I’m probably the one person who doesn’t think it’s spectacular because I’m always wanting to make it even better.

“It’s so big that you have to put electrics in to move the arms, but I wanted full movement of the fingers for example.

“It needs someone fit and strong and because it is so big you can lose balance very easily and you’re not going to get it back.”

Steve, originally from Sheffield, cannot wear the suit himself and it needs someone to put it on. Luckily his friend Brodie Toriati was on hand to help save the day.

From an idea in Steve’s head he then made the suit as a 3D computer designed model before converting it into a 2D polygon jigsaw.

The jigsaw became the template to transfer the design onto 10mm EVA (Ethylene-vinyl acetate) foam sheets which were hot glued together to make the armour pieces before they were sanded.

It has an internal support system, to support the weight as Steve says, which include stilts added to the boots to allow the wearer to be in control of the movements.

And while Steve is lacking some artificial intelligence that Iron Man has, you are able to see via a camera hidden in the chest which can be connected to a phone which sits inside the helmet.

Steve said: “I’ve made things all my life and I particularly like working with new materials and techniques to make really big projects.

“I get interested in building something when I look at it and wonder how on earth you would go about making it.

“The prospect of failure is very motivating to me. When I’m not sure how to make something then I want to make it even more.”


It is not the first time Steve has ventured into creating something larger than life having also built a Dark Angels Space Marine and a metre-high rendering of Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony.

Earlier this week he unveiled his latest handiwork in the front garden of his Arbroath home to a stunned crowd and he has quickly become the talk of the town.

Steve said: “My youngest boys are getting a lot of attention from the other kids at school who love the suits I make.

“People are already asking me what I’m doing for next year, but it’s one of these things that I just wait and see what happens.

“The one from last year just stands in my living room but I’m running out of space. I’m quite restricted by the space I operate in. I’d love to make even bigger models but my garage isn’t big enough to feasibly do that.

“For now, I’m working on perfecting my skills with different materials but eventually I’d like to hire the suits out so that Iron Man can show up at kids’ birthday parties.”

Now there’s one way to make an entrance…”

Be sure to stop by the link below to see how the suit goes together!


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Badass Iron Man Hulkbuster DIY!

by Mark V time to read: 3 min