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This Old FX Shop: Cold Casting Idols

This week, Frank shows us how to cast resin with different metallic powders to give castings a beautiful finish right out of the mold. To test different cold casting techniques, we use a mold of a familiar movie prop!

PROJECTIONS, Episode 18: Marvel Powers United VR, Oculus Interview

In this on-location episode, we attend a preview event to get hands-on time with Marvel Powers United VR, co-op brawler that lets you feel like a superhero. We chat with the game's developer and give initial impressions, and then sit down for a longer interview with Oculus' Nate Mitchell about the state of Rift.

Let's Build: 1/144 Millennium Falcon, Part 4

To wrap up this build, we put the two halves of the ship together and prep the landing gear. Decal application looks to be daunting, but the effort is worth it! Let us know what you thought about the new camera angle and if you'd like to see more!

Making The Lich King Armor for Blizzard!

Frank shows us his amazing Lich King armor that he made for Blizzard's Hearthstone Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion. This project allowed Frank and his team to take cosplay to a new level, combining clay sculpting, large-scale 3d printing, smoke effects, and chroming to make our jaws drop. Just look at that Frostmourne sword!

Modeling the Boat from ‘Apocalypse Now’, Part 1

Right out of the box, the Alpha Patrol Boat from ProBoat Models is a nicely-detailed rendition of a Vietnam-era patrol boat. Commonly called the PBR (Patrol Boat, River), these vessels were fast, nimble, and heavily-armed. Their water-jet propulsion system allowed them to venture into shallow waters that were inaccessible for most other military boats.

Perhaps the most widely-recognized PBR is the one that serves as the primary setting in 'Apocalypse Now'. It is certainly a focal element of the movie. So when I decided to add more details to my model PBR, emulating the Erebus was an easy decision.

Let me be clear: this is not a tutorial on how to create a museum-quality PBR model. I'm far from qualified to write that kind of how-to article. In fact, I had never actually detailed and weathered a RC boat before this project. So, modeling the Erebus provided an avenue to experiment and expand my skills. Some things worked out well, while others did not. My goal is simply to provide a recap of my experiences that may help you decide what techniques could be applied to your next project.

Making a Star Wars Battlefront 2 Inferno Squad Helmet!

Recently, we had the opportunity to make a replica prop helmet from EA's upcoming Star Wars Battlefront 2. Frank walks us through the steps to fabricate and finish it in his shop, based off of in-game reference. The Inferno Squad Commander helmet belongs to Iden Versio, played by actress Janina Gavankar, and we were able to surprise Janina with it at D23!

Let's Build: 1/144 Millennium Falcon, Part 2

The gang talks about The Force Awakens' lasting legacy and their first Star Wars games as we snip plastic and snap together this beautiful kit. There's so much detail here to appreciate, and Sean brings along a technical manual to help deciper the parts.