Captain America shield from 10 dollar satellite dish

Discussion in 'Marvel Costumes and Props' started by CousinDave, Nov 18, 2011.

  1. CousinDave

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  2. streetjudge79

    streetjudge79 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    What's the diameter! Pretty genius! Did you make that?
     
  3. CousinDave

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    Ya I made it. Took about 20 hours spread out over 2 weeks. Its 26" diameter.
     
  4. streetjudge79

    streetjudge79 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Is that size pretty accurate? Would you make more? And if so, what would you charge?
     
  5. hankey01

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    Well done!!!
     
  6. CousinDave

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    Thanks. I'm no machinist but from dimensions I've seen its accurate. I have 2 old satellite dishes, so I'll probably make another one. It weighs about 8lbs.
     
  7. Nexus6

    Nexus6 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Looks PERFECT. Excellent job! :eek:thumbsup
     
  8. Chris Fields

    Chris Fields Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Nice! I have two satellites myself that are just sitting there... but they're only 24 inches... My girlfriend has an american dream costume and I though about making a smaller one for her out of on those.
     
  9. MattMunson

    MattMunson Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    very nice work! I think I just gave you your first reputation points!! :lol
     
  10. saxe coburg

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    Well dang... I just threw away one of those dishes LOL
     
  11. geentool

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    I had that in mind for a long time. Great job.
     
  12. winghead

    winghead Active Member

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    Amazing!! Great Job!
     
  13. yt

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    That's great work! Can you tell me more about the metal brackets on the back?
     
  14. B4DW0LF

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    Very Nice, love the way this looks.
     
  15. terryr

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    I've been thinking of that as well. But I've only seen tiny ones, huge 5 foot ones, and oval jobs.
     
  16. Legendary

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    Well done, man! It's great to see the ingenuity on here. :thumbsup
     
  17. CousinDave

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    Sure....
    Metal brackets on the back is simply metal I cut with an electric shear from a template. You could use AutoCad to get the template very precise.
    The straps are just pant belts from Walmart with rivets in them. I also cut off the heads of rivets and used epoxy steel to glue them to the brackets to give the effect it was riveted.
    Then I used industrial strength two-way tape from Home Depot to hold the straps to the shield (incredibly strong tape, I was surprised)
     
  18. darthwhitey

    darthwhitey Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    That is really cool. Only on the RPF baby! :thumbsup

    Did you take any pics of the build along the way? Let's turn this thread into a tutorial! :love

    Thanks for posting!

    Brad
     
  19. frosty

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    Brilliant work, looks the part, have some rep points on me
     
  20. TallDarkandDisfigured

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    VERY Cool! I love seeing budget builds.
     
  21. yt

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    Thanks for the description, what kind of metal did you use and where did you get it? I built one up from a sled using Valor's great tutorial here on the board, but I can't find the 1/8 aluminum he used. I think yours looks great and sounds much more practical for me.
     
  22. Valor

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    BRAVO!!
     
  23. CousinDave

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    The metal was just some old duct work I had lying around. If you don't have any you can get some at Home Depot. They also sell thicker panels of various size too.
     
  24. CousinDave

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    I'll take some more photos for you along the way of the second shield I make if you are interested? I picked up 2 identical old satellite dishes at a surplus shop for $10 so I can use the first one I made as a template.
     
  25. yt

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    I had never really though about using such thin stock, but I don't see why it wouldn't work. Thanks. :thumbsup
     
  26. Valor

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    The 1/8" aluminum I used was from a "sign blank". This is a 24" x 24" piece of aluminum that sign companies use to make a street sign. Call a local sign shop and see if they can provide one.
     
  27. weaponx777

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    That is AWESOME!!!!
     
  28. HeatherShepard

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    Awesome work!

    One of my best friends wants to go as Captain America for DragonCon, but he never knew were to find a decent shield for a good price. Now I can just make one for him! :D
     
  29. CousinDave

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    Just started work on turning the second satellite dish into another Captain America shield. I learned a lot from making the first shield which will make this one more polished. Much easier the second time through.

    View attachment 75845
     
  30. EyeofSauron

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    im curious, how do you get those holes filled, and still get the metal look?
     
  31. TallDarkandDisfigured

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    EOS, I was wondering that same thing...
     
  32. jedikohnke

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    that is awesome
     
  33. CousinDave

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    There are a few products that are available.
    -JB Weld
    -Epoxy Steel
    -Bondo
    -Devcon

    I used Epoxy Steel for the first shield. Just have to take lots of care sanding it after it dries. The Wet/Dry automotive sandpaper works good. If you are a wiz with welding, you could tig/mig weld a piece in.
     
  34. TallDarkandDisfigured

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    DOH! Why didn't I think of that? I weld for a living. :lol

    But I just measured and both my dishes are too small...
     
  35. CousinDave

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    Actually I found something that seems to work even better. :thumbsup
    3M Bondo Plastic Metal. It is easier to work with and matches the metal color more accurately. About $10 a tube.

    Bondo(R) Plastic Metal, 901, 5 oz, 6 per case
     
  36. CousinDave

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    I started my second "Budget" Captain America shield from an old satellite dish. I had the arm brackets and star AutoCad'ed and laser cut from 14 gauge metal.

    View attachment 83161
     
  37. yt

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    Nice, how much did that cost if I may ask?
     
  38. CousinDave

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    Surprisely not much - I stumbled upon this place in the area, so I had a bunch of sets laser cut for a couple hundred. (One arm bracket being longer as is the case with the original shield)
     
  39. Ronan87

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    A couple set of brackets for a couple HUNDRED dollars... And thats not much!? :confused

    That sounds like a lot... i had CNC machine parts done in Montreal, which cost a fortune for like $300 + taxes. Thats complete CNC work in metal for some custom handguards for a rifle i used to own. I made 10 of them, and resold 8.
     
  40. terryr

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    I found 2 dishes about the right size, but they are slightly oval. I guess I'll have to measure from the center and cut the edge round.
     
  41. steeler80

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    Awesome! I think it looks fantastic and would love to have a go at it myself.
     

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