Starboost Mk 39-Part 1


Wasn’t intending to do this as my next build but just kind of happened. So this is a kick off post. Having completed the War Machine and Mk VII with lighting (must get some final pictures of these 2 builds) I’m committed to doing them all with LEDs.  So first part of the process was to figure out what needs to be lit up.  There is the chest piece obviously, which for this one is the triangular version, and the booster pack which is the prominent feature of Starboost.

Starboost-Box Art
Starboost-Box Art

The Mark 39 (XXXIX), also known by it’s name as “Starboost”, is a Sub-Orbital suit and was one of the many newly built suits created by Tony Stark, sometime after the events of The Avengers.  It was featured in the movie Iron Man 3, and makes it’s debut in the movie when Tony ordered J.A.R.V.I.S. to initiate the “House Party Protocol” in which it was activated along with all the other suits to aid him in his fight against Aldrich Killian. The suit earned it’s name the “Starboost”, for having the ability to travel into sub-orbital ranges and for venturing into space, as it is derived from it’s name. It was built with an armor that could stand the cold temperature and radiation in space and was built in with an oxygen tank to allow Tony to be able to breathe while he was in space. The Mark 39 has a white, black and silver color scheme designed to suit space travel. The suit is made of a special alloy that absorbs Tony’s arc reactor signal. Attached to the back are removable secondary thrusters to get through the atmosphere. It also has a unique Arc Reactor design, with three lines from each corner of the triangular reactor joining together in the middle. Additionally, the gold coloring of the face mask extends further up the forehead than most armors, implying a larger field of vision equivalent to astronaut helmets.

The box art shows the helmet has being solid, with no lit eyes and a solid mask.  Seems plausible if this is a deep space suit.

Starboost-Box Art
Starboost-Box Art
Starboost-Box Art
Starboost-Box Art

But being the suspicious type (and thinking that the lit eyes are a key part of the Iron Man design) I tried to find some other images online, as I still haven’t bought the movie to refer to.  The movie trailer is available online and towards the end of it Starboost is clearly seen when the suits arrive at the platform.  Starboost is second from the left in the image below.

Starboost-Movie Grab
Starboost-Movie Grab

Certainly looks like the eyes are lit in that and this picture which is taken from the movie poster seems to confirm.

Starboost-Movie Poster
Starboost-Movie Poster

The kit does come with a clear eye piece so I will go with that being lit. So wanting to get the lighting sorted out first I thought I’d do the boosters first.  So hit the first problem in that the boosters are solid and no clear piece is supplied.  This is a bit of a surprise as the eyes and chest piece are provided as clear parts.

Starboost
Starboost

A little while with a drill, scalpel and file and got the first one done.  Will need to work out a way of sealing it with some clear though. Might look into getting some clear resin perhaps? I’ve fitted 2 3mm blue LEDs behind this section and although it will need some diffusing it looks good.

Starboost
Starboost

So started to put the main body together following the instructions.  Might be me but the fit of the parts doesn’t seem quite so good with this as the previous ones, but might be that I was rushing and didn’t test fit sufficiently well first.  Has left me with a few gaps to fill, which isn’t a major problem.  A single session got the upper legs and lower torso completed.  The chest piece is just attached at the moment and not glued in place as I need to fit in the LED to light up the chest piece before finally gluing up.

Starboost
Starboost

The booster packs haven’t been attached yet and I will need to run cables for the LEDs in the boosters prior to gluing this up as well.

Starboost
Starboost

Side view.  Lots of really nice detail and textures on this kit.

Starboost
Starboost

As mentioned above the chest piece still needs to have the LED installed.

Starboost
Starboost

I think one more session will get the majority of the assembly done  (must be getting used to the assembly of these kits) and then can start the painting.  The white is obvious but the dark areas are really a dark grey not black, with the raised part of the honeycomb a shade darker, which could be picked out with a bit of very light drybrushing.

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