“Couldn’t call my ride.”
This came in the mail today. Aside from some print lines visible in the shallow, angled ridges (not unexpected), it’s quite nice straight outta the printer. I’ll have to prime and putty it, and paint it, and add some phony guts, and bend the antenna, but, as Winston said:
…Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.
H-Day is less than 60 days away…
Rather than attempt to make the Hydra battery first, I thought that the transponder would be simpler. I may have been wrong. The moral of the story is: don’t let a certain set of software skills sit unused for two years and then think it will all come back to you in minutes…
First, I gathered all available reference material, which sadly consisted of screencaps and professional and amateur auction photos. Nothing in the art book, no solid dimensions. So I guessed at the size based on comparing the width of my gloved thumb with the Captain’s. Then I scaled the images to match. Redrew the whole thing in Illustrator, then made some ‘blueprints’ for myself. Built it from scratch in 3D, with plenty of mistakes & compromises along the way.
Exported the final model, uploaded it to Shapeways, chose a material and ordered it. Ideally, it will ship out on the 30th of August.
In the meantime, I may try my hand at the battery. Problem with the battery is that it really has to light up for the full effect. The transponder doesn’t have to do anything.
Assembling a Captain America: The First Avenger POW / Bucky Rescue Costume Using Purchased Parts
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:
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: