Iron Man: Seven foot model of the Marvel superhero made out of cardboard for sale in Midlothian
A Dalkeith man has decided to sell his lockdown project - a seven foot statue of Iron Man.
The MARVEL-lous piece of work was put together by Kirk Wilson, Dalkeith man born and bred, while he was shielding during lockdown.
The 33-year-old made the statue out of cardboard and has explained that now he is back at work, he is halting the project and is offering it to the highest bidder to give someone else the opportunity to finish it.
Kirk told the Edinburgh Evening News: “I was diagnosed with a condition called neurosarcoidosis about 2 years ago after I was taken into hospital for going blind.”
He was blind for a couple of days before his sight returned.
He continued: “I was put on medication to suppress my immune system to treat it.
“Last year I got a bad infection in my jaw and was rushed to hospital where I had emergency surgery and was put into a coma for a week.
“I recovered but still take immunosuppressants which is why I had to shield as I’m extremely vulnerable.”
Kirk was looking for a project to keep him busy during lockdown, and remembered a previous project he’d worked on.
“A friend of mine that I worked with at Tesco called Tony showed me clips of people making them (the Iron Man statue) online and where to get the plans so we gave it a go.
“I built it but then when I moved I binned it.
“I enjoyed making it more than having it.”
He decided to make the statue again while he was inside for months, taking him about three weeks to get the structure to where it is now.
“It’s fairly straightforward to do. The templates online are great, just transfer them to cardboard which was easy to get as I work for Tesco
“Like I say as I was stuck at home and it helped pass the time. It's really easy to do, it just takes patience.
“The plans for them can be found online by lots of people who have made them before and made one's way more detailed and accurate than I have.”
Kirk now doesn’t have time to finish his project now that he has started work again.
“The reason I’m selling now is I’m back to work and I’ll never really get the time to finish it so I would like to sell it to someone who will.
“If I’m honest, the response to it has been unbelievable, I honestly didn’t think anyone would be interested in it but my phone has never stopped since I listed it on Facebook.”
Click here to have a chance to buy Kirk’s Iron Man statue.
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