Engineer builds cyborg body armour to become real-life Iron Man

An engineer has built a "fully functioning" cyborg helmet in a bid to turn himself into a real life Iron Man.

Diego Valdes spent seven months creating his own mechanisms that can be controlled and powered by buttons inside the hat.

The 33-year-old, who is a fan of character costumes, even used 3D printing for parts of the helmet which was inspired by Gray Fox, from the video game, Metal Gear Solid.

Diego – who lives with his wife Kristen, 31, in Seattle – used a model of his head and assembled the piece by himself.

And just like his hero Tony Stark of Iron Man he is a mechanical engineer by day – and a super hero by night.

He is now finishing the rest of the suit.

Diego said: "I started cos-play back in 2008.




"I was fascinated by it and how people recreated the costumes.

"I found it really fun. It was a novel concept for me back then.

"I started building my own in 2012. I started off with fabric costumes. I taught myself to sew and bought a sewing machine.

"I then moved into making mechanical outfits after two or three fabric outfits. It allows me to apply my knowledge in a creative way.

"I made the first version of this helmet back in 2012.




"For me Iron Man is my favourite of the superheroes. As a fellow engineer that makes him an easy choice.

"Since making this helmet every time I go to conventions I get recognised.

"This particular helmet took seven months to complete – the longest I have ever spent on a piece.

"The artist had gone into such great detail and I knew it was feasible to make.

"The purely fabric costumes normally take around two months."

Robert Downey Jr is back as Iron Man today as the new movie Avengers: Infinity War hits the big screen.

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