by: Andy Brazier [ ]
Iron Man is a fictional superhero who appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character debuted in Tales of Suspense No -39 (March 1963), and was created by writer-editor Stan Lee, scripter Larry Lieber, and artists Don Heck and Jack Kirby.
Most recently Iron Man has been bought to life in the live action films, produced by Marvel Studios, and starring Robert Downey Junior as the lead.
This kit of the IronMan MkIII suit is based on the IronMan film.
The kit retails at around £25, but at my local LHS I picked it up for £13.99. I have hummed and aah-ed over getting this kit since it was released, and then finding it on discount, I just couldn't resist.
The scale is unknown but the IronMan figure measures at 9 inches tall.
Packed in a sturdy top opening box, the four sprues are each packed separately in a cellophane bag.
Also in the box is a set of instructions and a flyer advertising a figure magazine.
The 37 plastic injected parts are moulded in a deep red colour and are free of flash. No ejector pin marks are any distortion can be found on the model parts. The plastic is fairly thick and very glossy for the parts but the sprue attachment points are very thin, and should be a breeze to snip the parts off, and a quick sand should take care of the shiny surface..
The detail for the IronMan figure is pretty good with raised and recessed areas for the armour plating.
The torso, arms and legs are split into two halves each, so a littler filler work may be needed at the joins.
The pose of the figure is a little static, as he looks to be in the motion of walking. You maybe able to modify the pose with a little surgery, as each appendage is a separate part, and by trimming the joining nubs you should be able to pose the arms at least in a different position, well that's the theory anyway lol.
A roundish base completes the plastic parts for the kit, and should set the figure off well.
The actual build looks to be pretty straight forward, and should be quite an easy build, no matter what the experience of the modeller.
The instructions are printed on a A4 size sheet which folds out into three A4 length long instruction sequence.
The first page covers the history of IronMan, with the second page containing a parts breakdown and handy tips for tools needed for the build.
The rest of the instructions are for building and painting the kit.
I must admit this is one of the best set of instructions I have seen, as each step of the build is a colour photo of the part, before and after assembly, and a written guide to help build the kit.
Four colour photos of the completed model for the paint guide at the end of the build, with a guide to Testors enamels and acrylics paints complete the instruction booklet.
The back page has an advertisement for other Moebius Models available.