Version 2.0 Movie Metal Cap Shield

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  1. Valor

    Valor Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Hey everyone, I wanted to share the result of my second attempt at a movie metal Captain America shield. My first version was well-documented here: http://www.therpf.com/f9/metal-movie-cap-shield-budget-done-final-pics-page-4-a-128238/

    After completing that very satisfying shield from a $30 sled, I wanted to move on to an actual spun aluminum shield. First, I needed to sell my version 1.0 to fund the project.

    I worked with a metal spinner that Chris (thanks!) referred me to. I'm on the small side height-wise so I opted for a 25" (instead of 26") shield. The rings measure 2.5" with a 10" center circle to give it movie-accurate proportions.

    With this shield having V-shaped grooves in the front, I really slaved over getting the paint effect in those grooves correct. Meaning where the color rings meet, the paint from one ring is on the downward slope of the V-groove, while the color of the adjacent ring was on the upward slope of the other side of the V-groove. Sounds simple, but it took some very careful masking. And stripping the shield and starting over once. There's a couple detail shots here to see what I mean.

    For the back straps I followed much of the same brackets and detailing work as I did on my first shield. I did use a more chestnut brown leather this time to be closer to the movie look.

    What can I say? I'm thrilled with the result. And I'm done now. I will absolutely never, ever, ever sell this shield in order to make a version 3.0 .... ... maybe :)

    Valor
     
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  2. SirRamenNoodle

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    Re: Movie Metal Cap Shield 2.0

    That is beautiful. May I ask what you used to make your bracket?

    I have 2 aluminum spun shields and can never seem to find anything that meets my needs for those darn brackets.
     
  3. Finhead

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    Re: Movie Metal Cap Shield 2.0

    Very nicely done, looks like you spent the time and did it right. :thumbsup
     
  4. Valor

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    Re: Movie Metal Cap Shield 2.0

    The metal brackets are 1/8" aluminum. I used what is called a "sign blank". The blank aluminum shape used by sign companies to make stop signs and such.
     
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2011
  5. SonofJorEl

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    Re: Movie Metal Cap Shield 2.0

    Valor--Looks amazing!!
     
  6. CSMacLaren

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    Re: Movie Metal Cap Shield 2.0

    Stunning! I'm drooling!
     
  7. Valor

    Valor Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks for the compliments guys!
     
  8. Chris Fields

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    Another one knocked out the park! Great job. Getting the masking in those grooves is a pain isn't it, though I think i've done it so much now I can do it pretty quickly. I usually do some touch ups after though as well. I might be doing a stainless steel version soon if you are interested in making a stainless one as well.
     
  9. antman84

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    The paintwork is absolutely fantastic well done
     
  10. staticweb23

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    I just wanted to thank Valor for the very nice work done on the Star that I bought from him last week. It arrived and the star fits perfect with paint job I completed for the third time last night. Three times the charm. :)

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  11. Funky

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    That looks great! What colors did you use for the shield?
     
  12. Kerr Avon

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    Absolutely wonderful!
     
  13. Valor

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    Check out the thread in the first post for details on the paint. Its the Duplicolor Metal Cast Anodize paints.
     
  14. Tripleasg

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    Looks awesome!
     
  15. sgmorton

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    Where did you get your sign blank from... having a hard time locating what I need.
     
  16. cosmic_x

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    very nice!
     
  17. Deacon

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    Wow Valor, amazing work. Did you put a final clear acrylic coat on the top? Or what did you use? Do you do the back as well?
     
  18. Valor

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    I had been using clear lacquer, but after about 3-4 weeks it has been getting some blotching in it. I think the acrylic might do better, I'm actually running a test on it. For my Version 3.0 (and hopefully last shield) I am going to have a pro shoot a catalyzed clearcoat.
     
  19. Valor

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    Check out the Junkyard. I'm contemplating doing a run of the brackets similar to the ones on this shield. Let me know if you're interested.
     
  20. CousinDave

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    I had a bunch of brackets, stars and clips laser cut from metal. They turned out well...much cleaner than anything I could have ever cut with metal hand tools for my shield. I really only wanted a couple sets but the company had to use up the entire sheet anyway so they cut me a ton of extra's!

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  21. Valor

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    That's great. If you are looking to sell those, perhaps you could post them in the Junkyard.
     
  22. CousinDave

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    Hmmm, never thought of that, but I'm not really interested in selling them, but in the good spirit of sharing knowledge and skills, I would give anyone a set for free if they wanted to pay the shipping.
     
  23. mc1681

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    WOW! Simply amazing.
     
  24. disposablepal

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    that is incredible work! its perfect!
     
  25. dhizzled

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    Where can i buy one of these!!!!
     
  26. Rdmaul

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    Wow this is one of the best if not the best shield I have seen! Well done sir!
     
  27. G17RDY

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    Stunning Valor, after reading your sled shield thread, and seeing the fantastic job you made on that one, i didn't think you could of made it better..... I stand corrected!!

    The grooves made one hell of a difference, well done sir, a stunning example of what dedication, patience and true skill can produce!
     
  28. Valor

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  29. counteragent

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    Awesome job again!
     

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