New guy w/ another Captain America Mask

Discussion in 'Marvel Costumes and Props' started by roblenzz, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. roblenzz

    roblenzz Active Member

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    ***Updated***
    Here is my final result, but what follows is how I got there...

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    Hey, just wanted to show you guys a First Avenger mask I've been working on. I was inspired by a few of you on here and undertook the project myself. I have a large head (23 1/2") around and I could not find a styrofoam head to build my base on, so I had to cast my head in plaster, fill the plaster cast with spray foam, unwrap the plaster from the foam then fiberglass from there. This is what I have so far.

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  2. Kevin Gossett

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    Welcome! That's a great first project, seems to be coming along nicely :thumbsup
     
  3. roblenzz

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    ...and here is the progress as of tonight.

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  4. roblenzz

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    Thanks for the compliment, I'll keep posting updated photos until I finish. I'm very happy with it so far. I added a bit of a textured finish which I'll knock down a bit for the final coat. It is a bit dark and I would like to find a bit more of a "grayed" blue. Also I think the helmet looked like it was hardened leather type and I tried to replicate it making the seam look like folded material. Let me know what you guys think. Does anyone have a good source for a good FA helmet color?

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  5. roblenzz

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    So this is the unweathered cowl so far. I knocked down the texture to give it a uniform leather-like look. I gray primered under the white so I plan to wet sand the white to allow more of the gray to show through and thin out the sharpness of the white. Now to start on the leather work.

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  6. roblenzz

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    I think I posted this under the wrong topic. If a moderator checks this could they move it to the Replica Costumes board please? Sorry, new guy screw up...
     
  7. rensole

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    not bad not bad at all!! :D
     
  8. BlindSquirrel

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    Nice! Love the texture!
     
  9. roblenzz

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    Thanks for the comments guys. I picked up the leather for an interior skull cap and will start sewing tomorrow. I thought I would make it removable with some snaps, but my head tolerances are pretty tight and didn't want any pressure points. I ended up using Ace Hardware Textured Spray then a gray primer w/ a coat of Gloss Ace Hardware Royal Blue then covering the whole thing with a Rustoleum Satin Finish.
     
  10. roblenzz

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    Here are a couple of shots of the sewing progess... Coming out nicely!

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  11. roblenzz

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    I've been getting a few PMs about if I'm going to sell this and even though I do appreciate the offers, I don't have a way yet to pop this out with any consistancy and as of right now my cost for my "prototype" would be unrealistic. I am trying to make patters and tools to ease the process and I'll respond to those who wrote me when I do. Thanks guys!
     
  12. third3ye

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    Texture on the shell looks amazing, my favorite part.
     
  13. roblenzz

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    So here is where I am with the liner. I wanted a kind-of stand alone liner reminiscent of what I thought would be like an old WWII tanker's leather liner. Here is what I made:

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    If I put the liner on first it makes it easier to put the shell on. It's pretty snug on my head. And the two together:

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    I want to change the chin cup. Didn't like the way it came out and I want to find a real metal side release buckle for the chin strap. Going to add the metal "pin-head" looking things to the ear cups and we should be about there.
     
  14. bativac

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    This thing looks fantastic. Definitely the best of the many Cap helmet replicas I've seen! Nice job!!
     
  15. roblenzz

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    Thanks for the comment bativac!
     
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  16. HeroWorship

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    Awesome progress on this! Especially like the leather helmet liner. Great stuff!
     
  17. roblenzz

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    So, I've made some upgrades, like an aluminum side release buckle and have even done a mold and popped out some casts. Let me know what you guys think. I'm still trying to come up with a "chin cup" to better mine, but it's coming along...



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  18. GBrittelleJr

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    These are coming out beautifully. I'd love to get my hands on one with the leather liner!
     
  19. ecl

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    That's really excellent work! Finely crafted
     
  20. Finhead

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    Looking pretty good. Should know though that the leather was never a liner but just an edging glued around the parameter, eyes and the ear pieces.
     
  21. roblenzz

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    Thanks GBrittelle, ecl and Finhead,


    Just glueing the leather on would have saved me a lot of work. I've never seen the original and was just trying to think if I were to wear it, a bit of pad, fabric or anything would be better between my head and the helmet. I was just trying to come up with something better that a couple of self adhesive foam pads. I think the liner really finishes it off inside and out.

    Sincerely thanks a lot guys
     
  22. pRoJectEarth7

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    Very good... very good indeed!(y)thumbsup

    You are one clever guy... that's what its all about "being creative"...

    I salute you :)

    cheers!
     
  23. roblenzz

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    Thanks pRoJectEarth7,
    That comment means a lot. Your Arc Reactors are a thing of beauty, what a display of sheer craftsmanship.
     
  24. superDrool

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    OMG! O_O Great job on the helmet build rob!! Everything looks amazing. I love your leather craftsmanship mostly as it hits home and is my trade and hobby, and I approve 100%
    I will agree on lining the helmet all the way around the eyes and nose is SA, but what you've done thusfar blows my mind as it accuately looks compatiable with a WWII type technology with the design and stitching. Anything with metal parts is top notch in my book. I didn't even know solid aluminum clips were available in that style. Good find on that too.
    If you ever decide tho do commision work on these let me know, as I'll be first in line to sign up. ;)

    -Tony
     
  25. fettster

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    Very nicely done!
     
  26. Survivalist

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    Wow! This is looking Awesome!!
     
  27. MagicRobot

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    I loved the Cap movie, and after looking at what you're making, i find I must go watch it again. Nicely done!
     
  28. GeneralFROSTY

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    Holy cow dude! Amazing work! I love it! Rep points coming your way!
     
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  29. joshimus

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    WOW!!
    This is by far the best Cap helmet I have ever seen. Im a big fan of TFA over the avengers style helmet and you have nailed it!!!
    The leather cap its unbelievable and really does give that WWII feel about the whole thing.

    Pleasssssssse do a run of these for sale..pleassssssssssse!

    Great work.
     
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  30. roblenzz

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    All of the positive comments are great. It is nice to have folks respond so well to a project that I have put so much effort into. I have really been welcomed on this site and have seen a trend of very nice comments coupled with some PMs that contained well thought out constructive criticism.

    I reference to doing a run of these... I am very close. I have developed consistant pattern that has given good results. I'd like to get the few completed and out the door to a few folks that have shown a serious interest and get their feedback. Thanks again :)
     
  31. 4505marcel

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    Mate that is awesome, top job
     
  32. nlschutd

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    Great helmet!
     
  33. JKKS

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    I'll be in if you'll ever decide to start a run.
    This is the best replica of the CATFA helmet I've ever seen and the leather cap is indeed a really nice touch.
     
  34. Crusaderman2004

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    I'd definitely be interested in one of these bad boys as well. Let us know if you are doing a run! It looks fantastic, really love the leather liner too.
     
  35. thundrkiss

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    love the liner, if you do a run I'm in...
     
  36. GFord

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    Hi there,
    this is something new! really great job,i like to have one to! how much will cost this helmet?
    Thnx,
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  37. roblenzz

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    Okay, so I think I figured out what was off on my helmet. I took my shell and reworked the brow. I had too much I think and maybe this is a bit better. Let me know what you think. I don't like the "A" and I will redo that.

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    I think I found a nice chin cup and it is coming through the mail.
     
  38. Finhead

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    Looking very nice, great job on this.
    Can you share your source for the full metal buckle? I can find quit a few but most are too square looking.
     
  39. roblenzz

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  40. Finhead

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    Thank you very much. :)
     
  41. phantomdetectiv

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    I would love a liner.
     
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  42. phantomdetectiv

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    Pm'd you back.
     
  43. roblenzz

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    Okay, so my first edition was a bit off and I've got the new design all blocked out. Changed the cheek bone guards and made them rounded and smoothed out, more movie accurate IMO. Will probably start the molding process tomorrow. Finished product will not be shiny, this is just the finish of the color I chose. Will finish it off with a satin clear.

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  44. joshimus

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    WOW Rob, This was already great but now its AWESOME!!!!!!

    I havent seen a helmet or leather skull cap that comes close to yours. Cant wait to see a finished completed new model.

    Great work!
     
  45. roblenzz

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    Thanks joshimus,
    Here is what it looks like at close of business tonight. I'm pretty happy with it. Got the "A" and wings on and the placement and size looks good enough to me.

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  46. drakeprimeone

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    Very awesome, I would definitely be interested in buying one!
     
  47. rockeagle2001

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    how much would it be?
     
  48. pRoJectEarth7

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    Hey Rob... you know I'm a fan of your work... and you've done an excellent job on the revision of the helm...(y)thumbsup congrats!

    If I'll be nitpicky, I noticed from your photo reference that the 2 top lines of the helm are thinner and the lines on the top of ears seems like pointy... well it could be just my eyes...:lol... If you find it irrelevant/unnecessary then please nevermind what I said...:)

    Nevertheless, you my friend have done exceptionally well.

    Keep it up (y)thumbsup

    cheers!
     
  49. nlschutd

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    looking good! the A and wings already look better !

     
  50. nlschutd

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    the A in this picture seems smaller or is it just the angle of your photo?


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