First off, confession. I'm really not a big Thor fan.
I like the character just fine, but most of that has to do with the movies. I still remember being surprised by the cheers for the end credits scene in Iron Man 2 ("That's got to be the first time anyone shouted "*bleep* yeah Thor!!!"). And then Marvel did a great job bringing to life this character that I would never have thought could be successful in a movie. Two thoughts entered my mind when I watched Thor and Avengers. "Hey, Thor is cool" and "That hammer is really
So for a character that I like but not crazy about, I spent an odd amount of time crafting his main weapon four times (3 completed). The first one I did was primarily made of mdf and was just okay. I wanted to make a better version, but at the same time didn't want to spend all day in a wood shop. This is the build I'll be describing. All in all I worked on it off and on for under 3 weeks and only used two power tools (a power drill and a scroll saw). With some cleverness, those could probably be eliminated too.MATERIALSStyrene sheets:
One 8-pack of .060 (1.5mm) should be enough for the hammer head. A single sheet of .118 (3mm) will be used for the capstone on the top if you have a scroll saw to cut (order an extra 1.5mm sheet if not and use a circle cutter instead). Also, it'll get you over $25, so free shipping. Cool. Can also be found at most hobby stores.
Garage sale sign: Any hardware store should carry them, with the small sizes usually a dollar or less. This will be used to create the detail lines on the sides of the hammer and also give you a base for the pommel.
1" pvc pipe and two bushings: Any hardware store with a plumbing section. The pipe will act as our handle with the bushing being the way to connect it to the hammer. The bushings will also double to help you create the "metal" coupler where the hammer meets the handle.
Puffy paint: Any art store or Wal-Mart. This will create the Norse(?) scrollwork on the sides of the hammer (I also used it to mock up some fake stitching on the handle and back side of the strap). Any color will do, but I'd avoid lighter ones for clarity's sake. Apoxie sculpt:
Used to create the trim and corners on the hammer head, the rings around the handle, sculpt the pommel and design, and fill in any large holes. Literally my favorite stuff to work with. A 1lb container should be enough, but I love the stuff so much that I bought 4lbs. Just remember that a little of it goes a long way. I suggest using any excess to make little coins with polite (or rude, up to you) sayings.
Brown belt (1" wide or less): Used for our strap. This one might be trickier to find. I found mine at a Goodwill in the ladies belt section (that got me some stares) for $0.51. If you flat out don't have one you can use, I suggest searching second hand clothing stores.Imitation leather:
Used to wrap the handle. The product I used is actually intended for binding book covers. It's durable, feels great, and thin enough to cut easily with a decent pair of scissors. Alternatively you can check out fabric stores, use real leather, or even just paint the handle with acrylics.
Paints: I only used Krylon Fusion Black Satin spray paint, Design Masters Modern Metals Champagne Silver, some black acrylics (just used to weather the hammer head), and Testors Silver Enamel. Jo-Ann Fabrics should have the Design Master paint, but be sure to check out any local or discount art stores first for potentially a better deal.
Super glue: The main thing that will initially hold the whole thing together.
Great Stuff expanding foam: Used to fill in the hammer head to add weight and give support and structure. Follow all directions on the can and use in a well ventilated area (outside is best).TOOLS
X-acto knife and metal ruler: These are the most used tools on the whole project, so have some extra blades handy. This will score and cut all the styrene for the hammer head, make smooth cuts through Apoxie when sculpting the trim and designs, and trim up the belt for the strap. They're also cheap and readily available. X-acto knives are super sharp, so be careful.Linoblock cutter:
This will only be used to carve in the runes on the capstone using the small v blade. They're fairly easy to use and not too expensive. If you've never used one before be sure to practice on some scrap styrene.Circle cutter
and compass: The compass will be used to mark out a guideline for the runes. Mine was an $0.88 one from an art store. I used the circle cutter to create an opening for the handle and bushing to fit inside the hammer head.
Scroll saw: I used it to cut out the capstone. This is more of a specialty tool that I happened to already have. If you don't have one, I suggest cutting the capstone out of the thinner 1.5mm styrene with the circle cutter and layering some pieces together and then sand into shape.
Riveter and rivets: Used to hold the side caps in place and to hold the strap into place. Alternatively you can probably use bolts and nuts.
Power drill: To drill holes for the rivets. I think it's fair to say either everyone has one or access to one, but if not it's a good investment.
Things like Spot Putty, JB Weld or Bondo, a hacksaw. Readily available and fairly cheap.