Taiwanese man creates full body replica of Iron Man suit

Taiwan's Wu You-ting occasionally wears the suit in public and draws onlookers. -- PHOTO: SCREENGRAB
Taiwan's Wu You-ting occasionally wears the suit in public and draws onlookers. -- PHOTO: SCREENGRAB

(REUTERS) - Taiwanese man Wu You-ting has taken Iron Man fanaticism to a whole new level.

After seeing the film's third instalment, the 28-year-old was inspired to build his own suit of armour.

With the help of his friend Guo Weng-sheng, it took approximately eight weeks and US$164 (S$220) to build the custom Iron Man suit. The duo combed the Internet and searched through fan websites to get ideas.

Wu did most of the moulding and cutting for the polyester putty-made suit, while Guo designed and rigged many of the lights and electronic mechanisms.

He occasionally wears the suit in public and draws onlookers, and it is easy to see why.

The Iron Man suit's "Arc Reactor", the centre chestpiece of the suit, glows, and the LED lights on his palms and helmet light up, just as actor Robert Downey Jr demonstrates in the film.

The helmet can also open and close at the click of a button.

But Wu will have to work harder to get his suit closer to the real thing. Marvel's official website notes that the original Iron Man in the suit measures a total of 1.98m while Wu only stands at a total of 1.65m.