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!

Step 1: Disassemble the dish

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.
<p>Hey Seamster- I am working on mine shield and am wondering if I would be able to cut far enough to one side as to avoid having to fill in 2 of the 4 bolt holes... What do you think about that?</p>
<p>It depends on how big the dish is that you're starting with, and how small you're willing to make your finished shield. In other words, yes, you could avoid the bolt holes, but it will make a much smaller shield.</p>
<p>finished it a few weeks ago. looks great and makes for a great profile pic</p>
<p>Your shield looks fantastic! Very nicely done.</p><p>Thank you for sharing the photos too. Very happy you found this guide and were able to make one!</p>
<p>I've been asking around and looking everywhere but I can't find a satellite dish anywhere. Any suggestions?</p>
<p>Thanks for the tutorial. I have mine hanging in my room</p>
<p>my sons...</p>
<p>Very nicely done!</p>
What types of dishes can I use to make this
What are the measurements you used for the stripes and the circle? Getting my used satellite next week, really excited! Thanks!
<p>Hi! </p><p>I'm not really sure of what the exact dimensions were (I no longer have this). But the width of each stripe is 1/5th the radius of the entire disc. The radius of the inner blue circle is 2/5 the radius of the entire disc. Hope that helps! :)</p>
<p>I just happen to have one of these sitting on my roof...looks like I have another project to work on. Approximately how close to actual size (from the movies) is this? </p>
<p>It's a little smaller I'd say. But I'm not sure exactly how big the move one is! :)</p><p>This one was about 22" in diameter.</p>
Awesome. If memory serves, it's like 24&quot;, so...22&quot; should be just about perfect! Thanks!
Question you may have answered: Is the finished product, being made of metal, too heavy for extended cosplay use?
<p>I would say no, not too heavy. </p><p>However, from what I've heard you might get turned away at most conventions though, because it's made of metal.</p>
Everybody wants to be Cap. America ;)
so not true!!!!!!! (most do) :) ?
<p>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</p>
<p>i used fireworks .roman candles </p>
<p>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!</p>
<p>About how heavy is the shield? I'm considering sewing in magnet strips to the costume so the shield will stick to my back.</p>
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?
<p>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.</p>
thanks for the help I'm glad it stays rigid
<p>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!</p>
<p>That looks sweet! Thanks for sharing the photos. Your bro-in-law will be pretty pumped to get this, I'm sure. Nice work!</p>
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!
<p>Yeah man, what the heck!? :)</p><p>If you're serious about making a shield, I've got an extra dish if you need it!</p>
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!
<p>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</p>
Thanks!<br><br>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. <br><br>Best bet, I'd think, would be to just paint the whole thing with silver metal-looking paint, and then add the other colors.
<p>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!</p>
<p>Nice! Thanks for the photos!</p>
<p>I made one for myself and put in my bedroom wall and then another smaller for my little sister and , so cool!</p>
Excellent! Those look like they turned out great!<br><br>Thanks for the photos. What did you use for the smaller one?
<p>I just used a smeller satellite that my cousin found to me</p>
<p>completed! </p>
<p>Nice work! I see you even added some battle damage. Very cool!</p>
<p>Yeah, then after that I added more that was a bit more noticeable! </p>
<p>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!!!</p>
<p>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. </p><p>Keep on making stuff. It's good for you! :)</p>
<p>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.</p>
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.
<p>okay thanks! </p>
<p>how long did it take you to make it</p>
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.
<p>I noticed when I cut my dish it is a bit flexable. Did you solve that issue or just go with it</p>
Yep, I noticed that too. I just went with it.

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