Captain America Shield from used satellite dish

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I had been wanting to make a Captain America shield for some time, but had a hard time finding a suitable item to make it from. I originally tried using an old plastic sled, but it gave me all sorts of grief. The type of plastic would not take paint very well (not even Krylon Fusion for plastics), or any type of adhesive that I tried.

I eventually came across a used satellite dish, and with a little bit of modifying this turned out to the be best option for a Captain America shield.

If you are interested in making one of these, you may have to do a bit of searching and asking to find a used satellite dish. I've seen them show up at thrift stores from time to time. Keep your eyes open, and you should be able to find one.

I have a separate instructable on how to make a flyable version out of cardboard and duct tape, which you can check out here: Flying Captain America Shield.

Thanks for looking!
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Step 1: Disassemble the dish

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I began this project by disassembling the dish and components. Some of the nuts and bolts were kept and used later on to attach the handles.

Step 2: Draw circle

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The satellite dish was an oval shape, and Captain America's shield is a round concave disk.

I was worried that a circle cut from the oval-shaped dish would look warped. But once it was cut out, the circle looked perfectly fine.

I eyeballed where the center of the dish was and put down three or four pieces of masking tape, which provided a place for the needle of my homemade compass to bite. I then drew as large a circle as would fit within the back lip of the dish.
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LanH33 months ago

Thanks a lot, ur tutorial was a real life saver, i was dying to get one, Im looking to put some battle damage on it, any advice!!!, a really warm greeting from Mexico


i used fireworks .roman candles

seamster (author)  LanH33 months ago

Thank you for sharing the photo of your shield! I'm glad you were able to make one. It looks like it turned out really nice. Awesome!

About how heavy is the shield? I'm considering sewing in magnet strips to the costume so the shield will stick to my back.

csillet3 months ago
Hey Seamster, I am currently in the process of gathering materials to make this shield but I was wondering when you cut the satellite down did it become flimsy or structurally weaker?
seamster (author)  csillet3 months ago

That's a great question. It does in fact lose a little of the rigidity once you remove the sidewall. I wouldn't say it becomes flimsy though. You can flex it a bit, but with mine at least, it was still very solid.

csillet seamster3 months ago
thanks for the help I'm glad it stays rigid
tomatoskins made it!4 months ago

Hey Seamster! This is how mine turned out. It turned out great! Since it's going to my 27 year-old brother-in-law for Christmas, more than likely it will go on the wall in his game room. So I thought that I'd add the convenience of being able to hang it on the wall. Thanks again for the great build!

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seamster (author)  tomatoskins4 months ago

That looks sweet! Thanks for sharing the photos. Your bro-in-law will be pretty pumped to get this, I'm sure. Nice work!

tomatoskins5 months ago
Seamster, how did I not know that you made one of these till now? A dish is an amazing idea! I think I just found my brother-in-laws Christmas present!
seamster (author)  tomatoskins5 months ago

Yeah man, what the heck!? :)

If you're serious about making a shield, I've got an extra dish if you need it!

Really? I won't be back down in your neck of the woods for about a week. I'll look for one up here, but if I can't find one I'll definitely hit you up! Thanks!
amarshall178 months ago

Awesome!! I was wondering if the dish would revel a metal finish if sanded enough as i really like the look of the shield from The Winter soldier were the white part of the shield is a silver color. Thanks

seamster (author)  amarshall178 months ago

Yes, it could be sanded down to show bare metal. But the finish is very thick and durable, like some kind of industrial weather-proof epoxy, so it would be a lot of work. Also, not sure if I'd want to breath or spread around too much of the dust that would be created by sanding it down. Chemical stripping may work, but I haven't tried it.

Best bet, I'd think, would be to just paint the whole thing with silver metal-looking paint, and then add the other colors.
murishani047 made it!9 months ago

Awesome instructable! I made mine, added battle damage, and changed the straps a bit. I made the wrist and forearm fully adjustable, and also made shoulder straps that Velcro down to the shield to wear it on your back! Sorry about so many pictures, I couldn't decide on one I liked best!

seamster (author)  murishani0479 months ago

Nice! Thanks for the photos!

DanteDenob made it!9 months ago

I made one for myself and put in my bedroom wall and then another smaller for my little sister and , so cool!

seamster (author)  DanteDenob9 months ago
Excellent! Those look like they turned out great!

Thanks for the photos. What did you use for the smaller one?

I just used a smeller satellite that my cousin found to me

prestonhines9 months ago


seamster (author)  prestonhines9 months ago

Nice work! I see you even added some battle damage. Very cool!

Yeah, then after that I added more that was a bit more noticeable!

prestonhines made it!9 months ago

WOW, what an incredible instructables! I'm 14 and had the easiest time working on this. I'll upload more when it's completely drying. You and Indy moguls channel on YouTube, (who referred me to you) really helped! I love you SEAMSTER!!!

seamster (author)  prestonhines9 months ago

Thanks! I'm flattered. Glad you found this useful and were able to make your own! Your friends will all be jealous of your cool shield.

Keep on making stuff. It's good for you! :)

prestonhines9 months ago

How did you find the exact middle of the shield? I'm making one but every time I try to trace the stripes on, one side is 1 inch and the other 2 when I'm trying to make it 2 1/2.

seamster (author)  prestonhines9 months ago
Prior to cutting out the circle shield from the satellite, I measured from the sides to find the rough middle point and stamped it with a nail set. This mark becomes the center point and is used as a reference for all the steps.

okay thanks!

TheHowtoGuy9 months ago
fcrawford410 months ago

how long did it take you to make it

seamster (author)  fcrawford410 months ago
I think I made this over a weekend. It really didn't take too long, but there is a lot of waiting for paint to dry between each step.
MrShade12 months ago

I noticed when I cut my dish it is a bit flexable. Did you solve that issue or just go with it

seamster (author)  MrShade12 months ago
Yep, I noticed that too. I just went with it.
thejackson1 year ago
Hey what colors did you use (don't say red white and blue) is there a specific shade ?

Great work cant wait to start mine .

seamster (author)  thejackson1 year ago
For the base coat of white, I would highly recommend using an epoxy spray paint, like "appliance" paint in gloss white. It will give a durable base coat that will stick better to the original finish on the dish than basic spray paint.

For the red and blue, use Krylon spray Banner Red, and True Blue. Good luck!
Nicely done! What sized dish did you use?
seamster (author)  apacheinferno1 year ago
I'm not really sure, but the finished shield was about 20" in diameter.
cdog5571 year ago
It sure helps when it hails
afreeland1 year ago
Have been wanting to make one of these for awhile and finally got some time to do so =) ... I am a software developer and thought it would be fun to wear this to work one day, everyone got a kick out of it. My Gramps and I made this together, so got to spend a lot of fun quality time with him as well =).

We made a few modifications to the original instructable...we actually used a riveter so we could have smooth and seamless shield. We drilled the hole, riveted the dish and leather belt together, pounded rivets in, bondo, sanded, finishing putty, sanded...and then painted.

Painting was a semi irritating, most chrome paints are non-porous..found out the hard way when the red paint peeled =(. After sanding it back down went and got some chrome engine enamel and it worked well. Before I was able to put clear coat on it I had it sitting on our kitchen table and we have one of those automatic spray dispenser...3 days of getting sprayed misted down on it, the chrome paint on the star rubbed off a little...have to go back and redo. I will post additional photos with more views..wanted to make sure I finally posted something before I forgot.

Excellent instructable !!

gfoster41 year ago
Great step by step process. Now to fine a satellite dish ASAP
Oh! I see now. You didn't go through the shield you just epoxied the bolt heads to the back...but will that take the stress of daily use? I'm making it for a friend to use during paintball. Is it strong enough?
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