Captain America: Steve Rogers’ Hair

In case anyone needed reference pics of his hairstyle from “The First Avenger:”

Please note that the above shots should not be used for color-matching purposes, but rather as a general guide for Steve’s hair styling and tone.

The Red Skull: Promo Stills

A bunch of nice, high-res promo stills of Hugo Weaving as The Red Skull in Captain America: The First Avenger, below the jump:

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75th Anniversary of The Red Skull!

Yes, October 1941 was the first* appearance of Captain America’s arch-nemesis, The Red Skull; which makes this October his 75th anniversary!

*Side note: While there is a character known as The Red Skull in Captain America #1, CA #7 reveals him to have been an impostor; he is explicitly not the real Johann Schmidt / Red Skull we all know.

I’ll be celebrating by … posting Red Skull related blog entries! Join me, won’t you?

Captain America: “Heater” Shield Template

This is designed to fit within the ‘jigsaw’ edges of a 2 x 2 foot foam floor tile:


Because of this, it is slightly smaller than the ‘real’ prop shields. The proportions are as accurate as I can make them, with my limited reference material, so it can be enlarged, should you wish to do so.

Heater Shield Template

Captain America: TFA: Stark Transponder Update!

“You’re late.”

“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…

Captain America: Stark Transponder Replica

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.

Captain America: Stark Transponder

Howard Stark’s ‘personnel extraction transponder’ from Captain America: The First Avenger. Very poor references available for this, again. Gonna have to guess the dims.

“Are you sure this thing works?”

“Couldn’t call my ride.”