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Monday, July 07, 2014

1.01 Shield Build 1.0 Bill of Materials

To build this project, you need a few things.  Where it's possible, I have listed the prices of the parts and pieces.
  • 3 sheets, plain white mat board 30" x 40" (~ 762mm x 1012 mm) (about $7 each)
  • 1 can, Krylon ColorMaster Cherry Red Paint (buy the darker red, not the jolly red) (about $6)
  • 1 can, Krylon ColorMaster Navy Blue Paint (I used "true blue," but I think a navy would have been better) (about $6)
  • 2 cans, Krylon clear coat spray (I bought double coat from WAL*MARt at about $5 a can)
  • 2 cans, Krylon Silver Foil Metallic spray paint (about $7 per can)
    • NOTE: this makes fantastic Silver parts which cannot be touched ever again without leaving fingerpirnts.  You can substitute Krylon ColorMaster White if you want a shield which is a little more real-world friendly.
For the "advanced" version of this project which builds a back-side to the shield, complete with durable handles and the harness which Cap wears in "Winter Soldier" to wear the shield on his back, you'll need the following:
  • 2 leftover wire hangers from your dry cleaning
  • 10 wide-head assembly screws with nuts and large washers
  • 1 2-pack, velcro elastic straps (about $8 at WAL*MART)
  • 2 1-inch x 3 ft camping straps (about $2 each at WalMart)
  • 1 2-pack 65-lb magnets; 1 95 lb magnet (about $15 total from Harbor Freight)
Tools you will need:
  • 1 sharp pencil
  • 1 1-inch wide tempera paint brush (suitable for applying glue; about $4 at WAL*MART)
  • 1 wooden yard stick trimmed back to 16" and a large thumbtack
  • A simple classroom protractor
  • A metal yardstick
  • Drill or Drill Press
  • utility knife (pref: the kind which lets you snap off the end to get the tip sharp again, as below)

  • Waterproof wood glue (if you have saintly patience and a truck box full of clamps; also used for priming the paper before painting)

  • Hot Glue Gun with 24 glue sticks (if you are like me and have no patience for drying glue, but you need a very precise touch)
For the board, you can buy a cheaper (thinner) stock which will be easier to cut, but it will not be as structurally tough at the end of assembly.  You can choose a cheaper paint, but cheaper paint on paper doesn't have a consistent finish.  Judge your own proficiency with the glue -- I used a ton of glue, but my joints are very wide.  If you are a very fancy model maker, and you can make a drop of glue suspend a bag of groceries from a toothpick, may it be a blessing on you.

Before you get started, prepare the yard stick to be your compass by drilling a tiny pilot hole at 1" exactly to receive the thumbtack.  If you are especially clever, you can pre-drill the stick for the holes you will need to trace the circles on the mat board prior to cutting.

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