This is my first ever collaboration video with Adam Celadin. We decided to make a brand new shield for Captain America that fits both of our skill sets. This is that build…
Captain America Throwing shields
This is a great little project to introduce anyone to making fiberglass or carbon fibre with very cheap polyester resins. They also look awesome as comic book wall art, but if you attempt this project make sure it is legal to own or throw these in your country. My part of this build was to make the electromagnetic gauntlet and the shields for the purpose of shielding only. I then gave them to Adam who could test them for throwing amongst other things. In the UK it would not have been legal for me to have thrown these.
To make these quickly a polyester resin will work well, but epoxy would also work. Each shield if done correctly should use about 100 – 200 ml of resin. So with good technique each shield complete should only use 100ml… 50 ml on the first 2 layers, and 50 ml for the last 2 or 3. That means a simple 250ml polyester resin will build two shields. You could even use a car repair liquid fiberglass like Isopon or Bondo from a car repair shop. Just remember to use just enough hardener. You can learn more about fiberglass and building a large fibreglass shield in another project here.
The fiberglass and carbon fibre were all small scrap pieces purchased at low cost from eBay.
The blade used is semi hardened tool steel as found in circular saw blades and diamond cutting discs. The steel is hard enough not to bend or dull easily, but it can still be cut with a Dremel and sharpens well. It will also drill easily with a good drill bit. Preferably with a lowish speed and a little cutting oil. Vegetable oil will make a decent substitute if you dont have a dedicated cutting oil.
The only other hardware required were M6 bolts (domed for aesthetics) and M6 ‘Tee’ nuts.
Your eyes are used for seeing… Safety goggles on. Lungs are used for breathing air… This means dust of any sort from cutting, grinding and sanding need to be kept out with a good mask. Always follow instructions on the back of any resin or epoxy, don’t breath the fumes.
Throwing shield templates
The two blade templates used in the video can be downloaded, scaled and printed below. Obviously the Wakanda inspired blade requires a bit more work 😉
The above project is aimed at adults for education and entertainment purposes only, not to replicate. Anyone doing so takes full responsibility for their own actions.