The Re-Inventors

Season 1 Episode 8

Ned Kelly

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 27, 2010 on Smithsonian Channel
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Ned Kelly
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In 1880, 80 years before the first Iron Man comic book was published, Australian outlaw Ned Kelly donned a suit of metal to fend off the attack of over 100 law authorities. This legendary standoff between the bushranger and the law brought the world its first bulletproof uniform. But did it work? The Re-Inventors rebuild this armor suit from period materials to see if it, in fact, offered any protection against weapons of Kelly’s day. They also put it up against modern ballistics. Will it stand up to the test or was Ned Kelly’s invention full of holes?moreless

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