A German Lunatic Actually Built Iron Man’s Rocket-Launching Gauntlet

I don’t actually have to do this, legally speaking, because websites are generally insulated from anybody dumb enough to see a bad idea on the Internet and decide they want to try it out. But, so I can sleep better at night, please, I’m begging you, do not build Patrick Priebe’s rocket-launching Iron Man gauntlet. Now, let’s talk about Patrick Priebe’s Iron Man gauntlet, which launches rockets.

Blast From The Recent Past

Priebe will be familiar to anybody who follows prop-building or general weird stuff on the Internet; he’s very popular among the kind of people who you always marvel don’t die in an accidental explosion. And, yes, he’s built an Iron Man gauntlet which is also a launching platform for rockets.

In fact, it’s fully automated; Priebe can press a button and the “rocket” part of this thing will pop up like a malevolent, explosive gopher. And then, of course, you launch.

Don’t Try This At Home. Seriously.

Perhaps least surprising about this build is how incredibly dangerous it is; Priebe got a line of burn spots on his arm testing it out, unsurprising when you manhandle rocket engines and launch them off your arm. And we can foresee other ways this thing is dangerous as well; for one thing, Priebe constructed it entirely of aluminum, which is lightweight, but not the best insulator, and that’s kind of what you’re looking for in a wrist rocket.

Build To Suit

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Priebe has a standing policy, with his builds, of never disclosing the plans or even explaining how he made something he shows off to the Internet, with the rather logical justification that if you don’t know what you’re doing, you could die. But that said, Priebe does at least have something cool to show us for his effort, which is probably worth the burn ward trip. Probably.

Dan Seitz

Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.

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