Captain America Avengers Costume 2012 WIP - ceije

Discussion in 'Marvel Costumes and Props' started by ceije1010, Jan 23, 2012.

  1. ceije1010

    ceije1010 New Member

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    So I've been going through a lot of the post and collecting great info from a lot of talented individuals making the CA Avengers costume.

    I've been working on the helmet lately. I got it from Maulfett. (great skills that man) After about two weeks of reshaping the interior to fit my strange shaped head and trimming, sanding, priming, sanding again then final pain and detail... it's about 90% done and I may still darken and fade the blue.

    I'm going to take some motorcycle jacket material (cordura, I believe) for the neck piece since the material is stiff and will hold a shape but still be flexible and breathable and give the "printed" fabric look.

    I'm going to go with the Oakley Assualt shoe and build on that as being done by TheCrusader on his posting

    Icon red pursuit gloves and build on gauntlets as TheCrusader is doing in his post

    I'm debating the torso piece between having it made pro or going the motorcycle jacket route and chopping it up and building off that. I like the build of the jacket and material is easy to color.

    Bamabat supplied me the chest star and was nice enough to through in some extra ones, I used to test paint. Found auto interior trim paint was the best for the rubber. No cracking... (3rd times a charm)

    Shield will be done to Valor's 10" center specs

    And the pants will be a built up pair of dickies

    The belt will be a Molly system belt I have from my days in the military with the pouches. I will most likely test color with fabric paint then if that doesnt work I'm going to wrap it.

    I'll post update pics as I go, I'm thinking all in all about a 6 month build (finances mainly, mouths to feed and such)

    side note: hopefully I'm giving credit where credit is due on my ideas. Greatly appreciate the inspiration.

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  2. ceije1010

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    Helmet done.

    Now I'm on the shield. I going with the sled design. Here is what I have so far

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  3. payton paison

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    The star looks good. What did material did you use? I cut out pieces of thin gauge ductwork for mine but I didn't use it. Do you have an idea how to fasten the star to the shield because of the curve?

    Looks good so far. Great job
     
  4. ceije1010

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    Thanks for the compliment.

    I used a aluminum caution sign from home depot. Used aircraft stripper to take off the coating on the back. And a pair of tin snips to cut it out and a rubber malot to flatten it.

    I have a few ideas to attach it. Either pop rivet it on but I'm concerned about creating a dent in the star itself or I'm going to try copper epoxy. It's flexible and and bonds most metals. I've used it on a lot of steam punk weapons I've made.
     
  5. ceije1010

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    I've had a lot of free time the past two days.

    I've made more progress and am stopping at the paint for now. It's a 7 day curing process on anodized paint. To make the "perfect" circles in a cheaper way than buying a 10 inch compass and then having to make my own I took a 10 inch styrofoam circle taped the edges of it and found it's center then secured it to the center of the shield and outlined it. then from there I measured out to around 3 inch stripes.

    I took a paint stirring stick and measured the distance and drilled holes at those distances to place a pencil in the stir stick. Then secured the stick to the center of the shield and ran it around the shield to make the circles. worked pretty well with some adjustments.

    Then to make it easier to mask the circles I took regular masking tape and stripped it to about 1/2 inch strips to make them easier to run around the shield. Then from there I can just mask the rest with tape and paper.

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  6. ceije1010

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    you ever get the feeling you talking to yourself...

    Shield 75% complete

    after the paint fully cures then onto the rear for straps then star attachment

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  7. Jet Beetle

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    Looks AWESOME. You got the chin for the mask too.
     
  8. ceije1010

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    Thanks!

    My chin works out well but my nose has been broken so many time I had to try and shape the helmet around it so it didn't look as crooked as it is
     
  9. captiancaleb

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    very niiiiiiiiice, got a question tho buddy, I'm working on a captain britain movie mask and can't seem to find the right paint, what did you use?
     
  10. ceije1010

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    The paint I'm using is duplicolor anodized metalcast paint for the shield. I've tested on other materials and it bonds well, but clear coating has been an issue.

    For the helmet I'm using a basic 2x coverage krylon paint.

    The duplicolor can be found at autozone or pepboys, etc. and the krylon at any hardware store.

    I've seen a Captain Britan helmet on this forum today actually fully painted, I'd search that see what he used.

    Hope that helps.
     
  11. ceije1010

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    I'm waiting for the paint to cure so I'm working on what I can for the actual costume.

    This is the abs section of the torso piece. I used armor from an old motorcycle jacket and found while I was stripping it down that the CE armor for the forearms will make good gauntlets for the arm pieces.

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  12. captiancaleb

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    thanks I hope it will work, any chipping from the mask paint wise?
     
  13. ceije1010

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    Mask has 3 layers of primer then wet sanded. Then 4 coats of the Krylon paint for the blue and three coats of aluminum paint for the A and wings then 3 coats of clear coat... That being said I have dropped it and banged it against a wall (cause I'm clumsy) and just scuff marks I can wipe off with my finger
     
  14. ceije1010

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    Star attached via copper epoxy... and holding with the bends to the star points. Yeah, I'm stoked. Now onto the brackets. I may just go with functional arm straps and not go movie accurate.

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    If you look closely you can see a Cap sticker on my mirror and the TFA back pack... surprisingly I'm married and she is, well ok with it
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  15. john2daextreme

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    Dude nice great work
     
  16. ceije1010

    ceije1010 New Member

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    Thanks a lot. Really appreciate it
     
  17. Lord Magneto

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    that shield came out great... i've gotta try that
     
  18. Kevin Gossett

    Kevin Gossett Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Great work on the shield! I'm actually in the process of doing the same
     
  19. ceije1010

    ceije1010 New Member

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    Thanks. It's a fun build. I'm thinking of making a smaller version, reinforced and aerodynamic... and hopefully safe to throw.
     
  20. Chris Fields

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    Hey, just saw your thread, great job :) Looking forward to seeing more!
     
  21. ceije1010

    ceije1010 New Member

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    Thanks Chris, Got a lot of my design inspiration from you and Valor on the shield, much appreciated.
     
  22. ceije1010

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    Man when they say wait seven days for that paint to cure they mean it. Shield is clear coated and buffed and below are the images for the hardware for the rear of the shield. Made from leather and aluminum and some rivets I had laying around.

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    Placed on the rear of the shield w/ JB weld (not sure how it will hold, I'll update)
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  23. payton paison

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    The star looks great! You gave me inspiration to go back and put the metal on my shield for the star.
    Where can you find copper epoxy? Lowe's ?
     
  24. ceije1010

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    Thanks.
    You can find it at home depot but I'm guessing lowes would have it too. I think Gorilla glue makes it. Bonded perfectly on the star
     
  25. ceije1010

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    Update: Copper epoxy and JB Weld can mix and create one hell of a bond. I started with just JB weld on the rear brackets and they were flimsy so I mixed Copper epoxy with slightly cured JB weld and now it holds up to 20 lbs of weight.
     
  26. phantomknight

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    great work so far man. I can't wait to see the rest. That shield is EPIC!!
     
  27. Chris Fields

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    If you ever have a problem with the bond on the handles, try increasing the surface area of the metal brackets that glue to the shield, so you can spread the load out more.
     
  28. ceije1010

    ceije1010 New Member

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    Thanks, I'm getting hung up on the costume right now. Having to master sewing skills which I lack.
     
  29. ceije1010

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    Thanks Chris, I'm going to do that on the next shield. so it goes with the curvature more.
     
  30. ceije1010

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    Since I'm sitting here waiting for costume supplies to come in, my idle hands need to work so for now this is what I came up with... Just the paint job. Helmet is pre fab.

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    and yes I have an entire bookshelf dedicated to The Cap, again a very understanding wife
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  31. halowarmor

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    Looking Good dude
     
  32. jrenemtz321

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    this is looking fantastic
     
  33. ceije1010

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    Thanks for all the kudos. Much appreciated.

    I've sewn my first part to the costume tonight and my first time ever sewing anything not by hand.

    They are pretty simple gauntlets for the gloves I have coming in. I used forearm CE armor from a motorcycle jacket I had then made some socks for them cut out a center hole to slide them in and my arm then to keep them tight another hole for my thumb. I may tweak them here or there but for now they are good. I have a red webbed belt I'm using for the straps.

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  34. ceije1010

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    Gloves came in today. I'm trying a fabric paint first. It's thinner and hopefully drys thinner than leather paint. Keep you updated. takes 4 hours to dry...

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    My wife would kill me if she knew I was doing this on the dining room table
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  35. ceije1010

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    With a little bit of brush touch up on the red it came out great. Perfect red I was going for and holds well with the leather and doesn't crack. Only thing is I forgot my color wheel and went to paint blue on the palms and it took a few brushed on coats and a blow dryer to set right.

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  36. TheCrusader

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    nice job. looking great!
     
  37. ceije1010

    ceije1010 New Member

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    Thanks. Much Appreciated
     
  38. ceije1010

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    I've come to learn I can work with metal but cloth and sewing is not my strong suit. But I'm giving it a shot anyways and then I'll rework it as I go (lots of crooked lines)

    I finally finished the helmet with the ear pieces attached as of 15 minutes ago

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    My sewing job so far. I guess its ok for someone who has never sewn before(pats self on back)
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  39. GASH

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    Wow, that's pretty cool!
     
  40. Blurr

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    This really looks neat! Can't wait to see more progress.

    I love all these Avengers related project everybody has going on.
     
  41. Beatlesfan

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    I'm just starting on the same shield method with a Flexible Flyer sled (26"), and I was hoping you could answer a couple of questions. First, how did you take care of the lip around the edge? Second, what did you do about the handle holes? Thanks!
     
  42. SDUK

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    that is lookin pretty epic, you make it look real simple lol
     
  43. ceije1010

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    For the lip on the sled I took a double bladed saw since those cut smoother with minimal kickback and cut it off. Then for any rough edges I took it to a bench grinder and evened it out. For the holes I did two things. My first few shields I used bondo with a small cutout of sheet metal as the backing. But it looks bad and doesn't always hold up. So I started cutting below the holes and removing them all together, which actually gave my shield a better dimension, took away some of the curvature at the edges that didn't look right.
     
  44. steamshovel

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    This looks great bud! Keep up the great work and I'm looking forward to seeing it all finished!
     
  45. mark0017

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    Loving your helmet mate....looking forward to a full suit up pic
     

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