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Monsters vs. Zombies Sculptures at Monsterpalooza 2016!

At this year's Monsterpalooza, we met artist Vin Teng, the co-creator of the comic series Monsters vs. Zombies. What struck us was Vin's sculpture work--he designed the characters in the comic by building out a beautiful diorama scene in incredible detail.

The Creatures and Creations at Monsterpalooza 2016!

We return to Monsterpalooza, one of favorite conventions to meet sculptors, painters, and makeup effects artists who share our love of creatures. Frank and Norm walk through the convention floor, catch up with friends, and share some of the awesome art on display at this year's show!

"Live From MonsterPalooza Part 1: The Godfather of Gore, Tom Savini" - Episode 36 - 4/29/16
Frank and I record our first live show from MonsterPalooza 2016. Our guest is the Godfather of Gore, the legendary Tom Savini. Tom chats with us about his acting and directing experience and of course about his makeup career. Also, his peg system. Don't know what that is? Listen in! Also, thanks to our many Patreon supporters for not only allowing me (Len) to get to Monsterpalooza, but also for your continued support. If you are enjoying the show, head over to http://www.patreon.com/creaturegeek and support us with a few bucks. Enjoy the show!
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Hands-On with NASA's HoloLens Mars Demo

NASA has been working with Microsoft's HoloLens technology to allow its Mars Curiosity rover engineers to visualize Mars and plan missions for the robot. We try a version of this OnSight application and chat with NASA's Dave Lavery about the potential of this kind of mobile virtual reality.

In Brief: 3D Printed Sci-Fi Skull Kits

Saw this on 3Ders: 3D Kit Bash is going to launching a Kickstarter this May 4th to fund a series of Shapeways-printed miniature skulls, inspired by the Star Wars universe. The Skull Wars lineup will include 15 digitally sculpted models inspired by the designs of characters and creatures seen in the films. The prints will be $20 each, though STL files will be available later on. And speaking of awesome sci-fi skulls, I found this set of incredibly beautiful resin kits from artist Dominic Qwek at Monsterpalooza last weekend. Dominic's sculpture work is unreal and inspired. Frank and I each picked up one of his skulls and will be painting them in a video series soon!

Norman
Airplane Origami: How Folding Wings Work

I recently found myself with a few hours to kill while in the Dallas, Texas area. On the advice of a Tested reader, I made my way to the Cavanaugh Flight Museum, and I'm glad I did. Cavanaugh is my favorite kind of aviation museum to visit. It has a very eclectic mix of static and airworthy aircraft that spans from WWI to the modern era. Several of the airplanes in the museum's collection are combat veterans as well.

Of all the various aircraft vying for my attention, the one that I spent the most time with was a humble-looking former navy machine, the Grumman S-2F Tracker. While I had seen various versions of the cold-war-era S-2 at airshows, this was the first opportunity I'd had to get a good up-close look at its wing folding mechanism.

The many components that are visible in the wing fold of the Grumman S-2F Tracker piqued my interest in the intricacies of folding wing design and operation.

The S-2F was parked outdoors with its wings folded as if it were on an aircraft carrier. I spent several minutes analyzing the various parts that were visible at the wing folds while trying to figure out the purpose of each. The functions of some components seemed obvious, but most remained a mystery. I walked away utterly fascinated by the intricacies of folding wings and determined to learn more.

It's All About Elbow Room

The concept of folding wings is nearly as old as aviation itself. Irish airplane company, Short Brothers, developed a series of biplanes with folding wings prior to the start of WWI. The idea has persevered with most modern naval aircraft, and even the Boeing 777X passenger jet. The goal of folding wings in every instance is to give the airplane a smaller storage footprint when not in use.

The F4F Wildcat was the first airplane to use Grumman's Sto-Wing hinge design, which mimics how birds rest their wings.

Wide-spread implementation of folding wings came about during WWII with the emergence of the aircraft carrier as the prime offensive naval weapon. Folding wings allowed up to 50% more aircraft to be stored aboard these ships. By the end of the war, folding wings were standard equipment on nearly every carrier-based aircraft. There have been very few exceptions in the decades since.

Foley Artist John Roesch's Audio Props

From Wired: "A tour from veteran Foley artist John Roesch of the Skywalker's custom built soundstage. Roesch reveals some of the strangest audio props that were used in films like 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit,' 'Back to the Future' and 'Braveheart’."