Thursday, January 23, 2014

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER Hydra Vehicle Concept Designs by Daniel Simon

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - by Maurice Mitchell 2


Check out Captain America: The First Avenger vehicle concept art by Daniel Simon!

The cars, planes and motorcycles for Captain America are mind-blowing in their iconic styling and futuristic look. One of the artists that helped create these stunning vehicles is Daniel Simon. Simon is a German-born concept designer, author, and producer who's worked on big budget movies like Tron: Legacy (2010), Oblivion (2013) and Prometheus (2012).

Here's how Simon's website describes the design process for Captain America: "Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger under the production design lead of Oscar-winning Rick Heinrichs and director Joe Johnston was an unusual design challenge. Lead Vehicle Designer Daniel Simon stepped out of his comfort zone to create vehicles with a believable look of the 40ies. ‘Simplicity’ was the main input given to Simon on how to translate the scripted vehicles into unique movie vehicles. Between November 2009 and June 2010 Simon created seven machines hand in hand with Heinrichs and Johnston at Marvel Studios in Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles. Intense research of both historically correct engineering and the Marvel Comic universe was part of every days work. Director Johnston – a blessed designer of Star Wars fame – guided Simon through the endless possibilities and variations, to find vehicles that could have truly existed, fulfill their purpose in the film’s story, and are feasible for manufacturing."



Schmidt Hydra Coupe
This imposing 1942 supercharged V16 CoupĂ© is the eccentric personal car of Marvel’s villain Johann Schmidt – the Red Skull. Designed by Lead Vehicle Designer Daniel Simon for the 2011 feature film ‘Captain America’, it is seen here in a special finish. Technically a roadster, Schmidt did not like to rename his beloved machine that began life as a CoupĂ©. At 7.62m length, and with 10 wheels driven by a 16 cylinder cube power engine, it is said to be the fastest car of the era.
First, here are some gorgeous photos of the finished car




The Hydra Bike


The Hydra Tank




The Hydra Flieger Parasit Plane




Hydra Submarine

Hydra Flying Wing




See more of Daniel Simon's stunning portfolio at http://danielsimon.com and vehicle-centered fantasy world books Cosmic Motors: Spaceships, Cars and Pilots of Another Galaxy and The Timeless Racer: Machines of a Time Traveling Speed Junkie.

Click on the links if you want to see more of Daniel Simon's work or Captain America: The First Avenger on my blog.

What do you think of the concept art? If you've seen Captain America: The First Avenger what did you think of the vehicles?

Official Captain America: The First Avenger Summary
Captain America leads the fight for freedom in the action-packed blockbuster starring Chris Evans as the ultimate weapon against evil! When a terrifying force threatens everyone across the globe, the world’s greatest soldier wages war on the evil HYDRA organization, led by the villainous Red Skull (Hugo Weaving, The Matrix).
Directed by Joe Johnston
Cinematography by Shelly Johnson
Production Designer Rick Heinrichs
Starring: Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Dominic Cooper, Neal McDonough, Derek Luke, Stanley Tucci
Release date: July 22, 2011 (USA)
Official Site: http://www.captainamerica.com/
© Copyright 2011 Marvel Studios, Paramount Pictures. All rights reserved


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2 comments:

  1. The Roadster was hard to miss in that movie. I was so blown away by its size, it reminded me of the Tim Burton era Batmobile, it was just so huge. I was then curious how difficult it was to drive through the countryside in a vehicle so large, and then how difficult it was to handle, and what sort of gas milage it had, and so forth.

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  2. The car is gorgeous - a wonderful homage to the cars of another era.

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