Fanhome supplies everything needed to build the model, but I have put together a list of items that I found that improve the experience. These are just suggestions, there is no need to do it exactly this way.
This model is going to take a long time to build, so having a good work space to assemble it is important. I created a dedicated location with a small table and laid down a self-healing 26×38″ craft mat by KC Global:
This has a nice Fanhome purple background with a 1/4″ grid, imperial rulers, and is big enough to cover the entire model.
A few basic tools are provided along with the issues. However, I found that these tools are not that great, so instead I used this precision screwdriver/tool set by ORIA:
This set has many other useful tools such as different sharp-point tweezers, razor knife, magnetizing block, pry tools, etc.
Another screwdriver set I recently picked up is fantastic, but it does not contain any of the other tools. This is the iFixit Manta Driver Kit:
This model is assembled using hundreds of tiny screws. The screws are marked by Fanhome with designations like AP, BP, AM, CM, etc. The second character in the type designation is the material each screw should be driven into: P = Plastic and M = Metal. As there will many types of screws for metal and plastic, keeping them organized is extremely helpful. And, since Fanhome includes extra screws in every issue, you will need someplace to store them all.
I bought a cheap 36-slot organizer from Amazon but any similar product would work fine. I taped the small designation labels included with the screw bags into each compartment to keep everything tidy.
I still recommend pre-threading all of the metal holes with the correct screw before attaching things into place. This simply involves driving the intended screw into each hole and removing it before actually fastening anything together. The screws are made of harder metal than the die-cast parts so they should create threads in the metal. This will make the actual connection straighter and easier to use.
However, a game-changer for the metal screws is to pick up some 3-in-One Multi-Purpose Oil and add a tiny drop to the tip of each metal screw (or into the hole). Using this, the metal screws feed much easier and won’t bind, break, and strip nearly as often.
Custom Modifications (Mods)
If you plan on modifying your car, you may want to look into some of the many mods available to us before you start building.
See my MODS page for details.
Finally, there are a lot of other Fanhome 1:3 scale Iron Man Mark III Armor partwork builders online where you can learn more about the model, build tips and tricks, videos, ask questions, and join discussions. Don’t be a stranger, we are friendly!
I found a few channels that are a great presentation of the build and may help provide insight into what it takes to build this model:
World of Wayne
This set of videos from Wayne Green documents his build of the Iron Man Armor over in the UK. His videos are fantastic and provide a lot of detail and camera angles for each issue.
This set of videos features follows a builder as he builds the Iron Man Armor, also in the UK. This is a great series as well.
There are also Facebook groups dedicated to the build. There is a ton of information and help to be found. Some of the groups I visit are:
Issue 1 – Helmet
Header imagery by Marvel Studios.