A client asked me to re-create my all-time favorite WWII-era comicbook superhero: Captain America.
MARVEL COMICS has made many a Cap figure, but they tend to look… gawky?
That just doesn’t inspire confidence in me. Captain America needs to look a little more bad-ass.
Today I am going to show you how to make a bad-ass Captain America figure.
Step 1: Buy a small ton of little men.
You will want the following:
You will also want a small-tooth coping saw and a roll of masking tape.
Step 2: Measure twice and cut a whole bunch.
This is the step that takes the cool hand, Luke. Mask off a cutting line on each of the figures, following my line guides on the pictures.
The thigh cuts on Superman and Dr Midnight are at the swivel joint, which will be easy. The rest are tricky. Make sure you have measured similar cutting points on the biceps and ribcages of the respective figures.
Afterwards, get a glass of very hot water and let the Aquaman upper chest soak for 2 minutes. Carefully hold and, with a towel, pop Aquaman’s head off.
If all has gone well, you should have something looking like this (my Superman was previously painted black and yellow- don’t ask):
Take a razor blade and carefully cut off Superman’s oval belt buckle.
Test fit the parts. Make sure your fits are tight. I use 1mm pins to help set where I am going to attach the limbs.
Step 3: White, Red, and Blue
After a grey Tamiya spray primer, I hit all of my parts with pure white. The benefit of keeping all of the pieces separate up till this point is that the masking/spraying process will be easier. Give it a day or so to dry. Carefully wrap low tack Tamiya masking tape around the boot and glove lines of the legs/arms so that you can hit those with a bright red (I used Tamiya Italian Red). I also used the tape to mask off the stripes of the torso.
While those parts are drying, spray the Aquaman upper body blue (per the client’s request, I used a more modern Tamyia T-15 Blue. For my personal figure, I may go lighter to match his MARVEL COMICS look of the Sixties).
A day or so later, remove the tape on the legs and now mask off the boots. Spray the legs blue. Again, give it a day or so to dry.
As these parts dry, you may begin to glue them together. I used 5 minute Epoxy to help cement my pins.
Step 4: Wing Head
The head is the biggest paint challenge. I use a flesh primer spray as my base coat, mask the skin, and then spray blue. After drying, I hit the eyes and mouth with detail paints. I use a small sable brush to hit the wings and “A”. I also use a small brush to paint the belt black.
After all of this has dried, spray the entire figure with a dull coat. I believe on my client’s figure, I left the chain mail glossy.
Go to STAPLES and buy sticker paper. Using MICROSOFT WORD, insert a star shape onto a document. Play with the sizing and use scrap paper to create two stars that will fit on Cap’s pectorals and between the scapulas. Once you’re happy with your size, print them on your sticker paper. Carefully cut and mount.
Cap’s rectangular belt buckle was cut from scrap sheet styrene plastic (you could use the clear plastic from the figure’s packaging.) and painted black with silver details.
Captain America may have been Jack Kirby’s best work. Hands down, he is my favorite character to come from the Golden Age of Comics.