Make a cool cardboard Captain America shield that flys!

by James


With a week to go for ComiCon, I simply don’t have time to make a Captain America shield from that extra DirecTV satellite dish I have sitting on the porch. I’d prefer it, because the technique produces a very realistic model. But then again, Cody complaining because he’ll be lugging steel all over the San Diego Convention Center and bumping into a sea of humanity makes me want to look elsewhere. Thankfully, I found this cool Instructable (with video) on how to make a very realistic shield out of cardboard and duct tape. Sweet!

The clever design and how two comes from Instructables member “Seamster.” And what’s interesting is that he doesn’t use any paint at all. Just cardboard, glue, rope and 4 colors of duct tape (red, white, blue and gray). With the PDF templates he includes, you simply cut them out in the numbers required, tape them together, glue on supporting rope and cover in tape where required (half the templates are for pieces of tape to create the rings and the star in the middle. Once finished, it is advised to clean marker lines and anything sticky with some denatured alcohol.

The result is a sturdy, but light weight shield that can act as a rather large Frisbee (the finished shield is 22.5″ in diameter, and weighs 27.5 ounces). Now granted, it’s not going to fend off a Nazi machine gun attack, but it will make your Captain America costume look really super cool. We’re definitely making this for ComiCon. If you make one too, drop us a line with your pictures … we’ll post them.

And if you don’t think it’ll fly, check out video below –

Hat Tip – Instructables

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Shawn Ghazban Says: September 20, 2011 at 7:09 am

Would lent work instead of duct tape?

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