Captain America: TFA: Rescue Costume Replica

Assembling a Captain America: The First Avenger POW / Bucky Rescue Costume Using Purchased Parts

Left to right: Chris Evans plays Captain America and Sebastian Stan plays James “Bucky” Barnes in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, from Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment.

As you may have guessed, I’m going to be the Cap this year for Halloween; it’s the 75th anniversary of the first appearance of Captain America (in March of ’41) and it will be the 75th anniversary of the first appearance of the Red Skull in October. Since we also had Civil War come out this year, it seemed apropos, though my chosen costume is probably not going to be the first one you think of when you think of the current Cap / Marvel movie series.

Why the “Rescue” Suit?

Cost and fit. Rather than buy one of the cheap off-the-rack printed polyester jumpsuit type costumes, I wanted something that would appear more impressive than a $40 trip to Wal-Mart. This particular outfit is composed mostly of ‘real,’ period components with slight modifications. Additionally, it should be a bit more forgiving for persons without the body of a super soldier. Because this suit is designed to appear to have been made from what was available to Rogers in mid-war, many of the ‘real’ parts can be purchased online, today, as modern repros designed for WWII reenactors. Aside from painting the helmet & acquiring a ‘heater’ shield, next to no modifications need to be done if you do not wish to.

The following is my analysis of the filming costume & suitable replica components:

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Star Trek: Into Darkness: Starfleet Academy Ring

Enhanced HD screencap:

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Mercado Hotel Shirts

As seen on the back wall of the lobby in Ghostbusters (2016):


Obviously, this looks best on darker colors. IIRC, the building is dark blue, but the bellhops’ uniforms are burgundy.

Super sexy “C” sample:

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Mercado Hotel at TeePublic


Paint Floyd

Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon album cover art parody, as suggested by my friend Brian:

It’s the top of a spray-paint can, har har. Art detail:

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“Paint Floyd” Available at TeePublic on Shirts, Hoodies, Mugs, Notebooks, and Posters!

Captain America and the Human Torch?

This is a set piece in the World’s Fair scenes:

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This is the ‘original’ Human Torch, AKA The Synthetic Man, in something close to his Alex Ross “Marvels #0” version. Oddly enough, Chris Evans played the ‘second’ Human Torch in the first two big Fantastic Four movies.

Captain America’s Compass

Captain America carries a lensatic compass with a picture of Agent Carter inside the lid. This is apparently a scrap torn out of a newspaper, suggested by the screened photograph:

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