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.

If you don't have access to an old satellite dish I would highly recommend using a round metal sled, like this one from amazon.

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>Great build. Mine turned out awesome </p>
<p>Very nice - that looks fantastic. Thanks for the photos!</p>
<p>Hi! that looks freaking awesome! do you think I could use a hack saw to cut down the bolt holes,then fill with bondo, I can't afford a Dremel and no one I know has one nor knows what one is, I have all the stuff for the shield I just need to know if a hacksaw would work thanks!</p>
<p>Instead of grinding or cutting off the raised bolt holes, just use your metal shears to make about a dozen cuts from the middle of the hole to the edge of the raised area, and then carefully hammer the pieces down. Flip the dish over, and hammer them flat again from the inside. Use some Bondo to fill the small hole leftover, and you can skip the JB Weld step.</p>
I like this. I started a shield last year but the JB weld fell out of one of the holes. This really helps. I may just try the project again!<br>Thank You!
<p>that was something,though i'd prefer silver base</p>
What kind of paint did you use? also are they specific colours?
<p>Hi! The paints I used were all Krylon brand spray paint. I believe the red was called "Banner Red" and the blue was called "True Blue."</p>
Great thank you. I'm using a different technique with a different material but I hope I get it looking just right. I got a dark red called &quot;cherry red&quot; because it looks like the colour of the shield from The Winter Soldier (I love that movie!)
<p>Okay, so this is the fastest and cheapest way to get your hands on a suitable satellite dish. Call any local satellite technician at <a href="http://www.satellitetechnicians.com." rel="nofollow">http://www.satellitetechnicians.com</a> who works on Dish Network or DirecTV systems and ask if they have any junk dishes for sale. Keep these things in mind when calling:<br><br>1.) You don't need a complete working dish. You just need the part that is called the &quot;reflector&quot;. The technician can keep the LNB, LNB arm, and mounting hardware.<br><br>2.) You need a &quot;reflector.&quot; That is the part of the dish you want.<br><br>3.) The best size dish for this project is a &quot;Dish 500&quot; reflector. It's best if it isn't dented or rusted of course. The Dish Network Dish 500 reflector is 20&quot;. It is not perfectly round, but there are literally no dishes that are in the US market that are perfectly round, unless you go to the bigger ones that are 30&quot; or larger. Those are also very rare and far more expensive. A DirecTV standard definition dish reflector (18&quot;) is a good runner up to the Dish 500 for this application.<br><br>4.) Offer $10 or so. All Dish 500s are nearly useless in today's market because they are used almost exclusively for standard definition programming. Remember, you don't need the LNB.<br><br>5.) If you offer $20+ they may even drop it off at your house depending on where you live, and if you are willing to wait until your house is near their route.<br><br>Source: 10+ years as a satellite technician.</p>
<p>Excellent info! Thank you for sharing these tips! :)</p>
This is awesome, I'm going to give this a go! Hope to have it finished before Civil War comes to theatres. I will send you a picture when I am done!
<p>Dude this is epic, love works like this that make something awesome out of something save taking it to a junk pile, congrats</p>
<p>Thanks! This was a fun little project. Nothing more fun than transforming junk into something cool! :)</p>
Making preperations for making my own (going for the sky blue stealth shield!)... is the auto filler necesary or will just metal paint primer be okay to fill scratches?
If you're just filling minor scratches, I would say that a few coats of primer with 220 grit light hand sandings in between coats should be sufficient. Depends on the size of the scratches though :)<br /><br />Good luck! I'd love to see a photo when it's done!
thanks =) still working on it! Probably gonna take the rest of my weekend lol<br><br>I'm also making my own Instractable for it =)<br>First time for everything!
<p>Hello , you just do a good job but the dishes is too fine ( excuse me for translate i'm french ) , so how could you make it a little bit thicker ? </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>

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