Captain America (17" Statue Restoration) (Captain America) Custom Statue / Bust
Custom #:42984
Name:Captain America (17" Statue Restoration)
Custom Type:Statue / Bust
Toy Series:Captain America
Date Added:September 24, 2012
Base Figure:Horizon 17" Captain America Vinyl Statue
Height:17.00 inches
Completion Time:40.00 hours
A 'request' by a fellow I met at the WizardWorld Comicon this past April: Bring his old, battered (and horribly painted) Captain America statue back to life.

::What needed restoration / fixing:

-The weasel-face. Check out the WIP shot - it's horrible! The original piece looked like a B-List Spider-Man villain, complete with unevenly sculpted 'crazy' googly-eyes, and a distinctly non-heroic looking snout. Resculpted the face as much as the fellows budget would allow.

-The funhouse-mirror of a shield: Either due to a casting error or time, the shields vinyl had warped terribly. I heated it up, reset/cooled it, but wound up resculpting the entire top-surface by hand. Painted the shield top with MR. Color lacquer paint (red) & Vallejo Acrylic (blue & white) + sealed with x2 dips in Future Floor Polish (for the glossy & leveling/smoothing effect). Attached it with pieces cut from a MM Batman cape (black flexible plasic) for arm-straps.

-Fix the paint job. Not easily done. The craft-store acrylic paint was peeling off in many areas (and had a noticeable texture to it left by the original brush work). I used 3 rolls of paper towel, an entire can of acetone, some paint thinner, 2 toothbrushes, then 3 sheets of sandpaper and 2 sanding sponges & to get this figure free of paint-burrs in any crevices.

-Resculpted missing 'chunks' out of the vinyl. Used Aves apoxie sculpt & sanded it flush to the figure.

-Add a base. I found a good beveled wooden oval base at Walmart in the craft isle. I'd hoped to use something I had in the house, but the oval was the ideal size for this statue. Sanded down the rough wood with a sandpaper-holding device (usually used for sanding trim/floors), washed it, let it dry, then spray-painted it black. Repeated this x2 times for extra-smoothness, then sealed it with Citadel Matte Spray. Counter-sunk a long screw through the base, and into the figure's left-heel. Superglued both feet using my hobby-airplane "MAXI-CURE" Superglue.

Used custom mixes of Mr. Color lacquer paints in new jars for the main body blue / reds. Added wet-blend shading to some areas by tinting the base color a bit darker with black. All lacquer work required using a self-leveling thinner, otherwise the paint is just too thick. White/Black areas are painted on top of the cured lacquer paints in Vallejo acrylics w/ acrylic thinner. Whole figure (before shield was attached) sprayed with Citadel Matte Finish sealant.

Restoring this statue certainly was a learning process. As a result, I've sworn off statue work until I get an airbrush. Large areas with fine details just aren't the same as working on a 6" figure. It multiplies your workload, and amount of paint/materials required. Something to keep in mind if you decide to tackle a similar project yourself. I'm pleased how the final piece turned out though. :)

User Comments -
Thursday, July 25, 2013
I agree, that is a strange nose
blaynescott -
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Thanks for the comments everyone. I suggested the red underwear to the client because after having painted it blue, it looked like he was wearing tight pants, and had panty lines showing. :P Not very heroic.

It wasn't within the budget to resculpt that area of the figure into pants (pockets/fabric folds, zipper/button area, etc.) - so I suggested an alternative, and he liked the look. I do too.

The superman-esk underwear decision were based on an old, old drawing of Cap' I saw while doing a university history paper on American Visual Culture a few years back. Captain America costume had some weird colorings back in the 'commie smasher' days.
ringomendoza -
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
They should hire you to restore the "Ecce homo" painting that an old lady tried to "restore" in Borja, Spain. Looks great, I only wonder, why the red shorts? was it a customer specification?
NeCrollector -
Monday, September 24, 2012
Amazing restoration, dude! You made the statue a million times better!
cuztomiza -
Monday, September 24, 2012
wow!Good as new!
HisDivineShadow -
Monday, September 24, 2012
oh wow, you weren't kidding about the original face! outstanding restoration, so much better than original!
yaoutm45 -
Monday, September 24, 2012
Great job!! Love it!!
zombiewinger -
Monday, September 24, 2012
Wow that's an amazing restoration/rework. That was a nose and a half on the original sculpt, paint job was phenomonal with one exception the red underoo's just caught me off guard.
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