S.H.I.E.L.D. Protocol - Create Captain America's Weapon and Guard
Welcome to a DIY Films tutorial. Since Monday was Independence Day, I'm going to show you a totally American-built Captain America shield...
Now, I know Indymogul built one, too, and you're going to say, "What? You copied their idea." But, no, I didn't, because it's a different model, the one I'm going to make. They made the round-shaped one - the disc shield, the one that he (Captain America) throws - while I'm going to make more of the war-type one. So, yeah...And I'm going to make it for a cheaper price, and it's not going to be so heavy, and it's not going to be so hard to build; because it's just poster board and paper. $25 I say (it's going to cost)...
- poster board (regular)
- foam core poster board
- random paintbrushes
- old leather belts
- an X-Acto knife
- hot glue
1. I started by tracing the shape of the shield on a foam core poster board (1:47); I rounded the edges with a round-shaped thing I had. Then I cut out the shield with my X-Acto knife, and cut out the edges and sanded them smooth. I made sure that I was very precise.
2. Right after that, I got out my normal poster board. Then traced on it the exact same shield shape, using the cutout foam core poster board itself, to make 2 pieces: one of them foam poster board (thick) and the other one normal poster board (not thick). Then I cut the second shield tracing out with my X-Acto knife.
3. Then I cut a wedge shape out of one of the ends of the normal poster board shield (2:37), so that when you fold this shield, it'll be a little pointy and curved. Then I measured this shield on my foam board shield to make sure they were both the same size. I don't know why, but they kind of weren't. So after gluing the two boards together, I had to do some more trimming (of the longer regular poster board).
4. Then I coated the glued board pieces with resin. Resin smells very bad, and is kind of bad for your health, so don't do like me and be stupid - wear a mask and gloves. You don't want to ruin your clothes or your hands or your health...I painted the boards in layers. Now don't use an expensive brush that you got from a paper castle shop, because it will be gone (i.e., destroyed when you're done). Then I did the red-and-white striped effect with tape (3:36), then attached some poster board stars, and then I was done. Well, not really...
5. To put the handle (for the shield's reverse side) together, I just cut up two old leather belts that I had laying around. I made two loops with one belt and one loop with another leather belt. The attachment strap I (also) cut out from the belt, laid it across the loops, and glued it to each loop, connecting them. I think it looks pretty good (4:07).
Now if you want to add some more details, then do so; be creative. I think it's very good for a Captain America shield...
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