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Jurassic Park Prop Replicas at Comic-Con 2016

We check in with the team at Chronicle Collectibles to see their latest Jurassic Park statues, marquettes, and replica props. We learn about the sourcing of the reference assets from production archives and private collections, and what fans can expect next.

Cutaway Millennium Falcon Model Miniature!

One of our first stops at this year's Comic-Con was the Quantum Mechanix booth, where we found some amazing new scale models. John Eblan of QmX's FX Cinema Arts shows us an incredible cutaway Millennium Falcon, a new Star Trek ship, and a fully realized Milano from Guardians of the Galaxy! (Minor Star Trek Beyond spoilers within)

The Little Wood Chopper - Episode 44 - 7/22/16
This episode of Creaturegeek, Frank and I talk with Rick "The Little Wood Chopper" Lazzarini of The Character Shop. Rick talks about his work on the Ghostbusters reboot and also the lack of credit for it. Rick gives us some great insight into the behind-the-scenes of the behind-the-scenes. Thanks for listening! If you're digging this show, please head over to and support us with a few bucks.
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Sean Bishop's Ghostbusters Ecto-1 Replica!

Ghostbusters fans have been making replicas of props and costumes from the film for decades. But not many people have taken on building their own Ecto-1 replica. We meet Sean Bishop, who has built a highly-detailed reproduction of the iconic car, both outside and in!

Adam Savage's Star Trek Beyond Costume

Adam and Norm geek out over the new Star Trek Beyond uniform and pick out the differences from the past films in the franchise. Here are some close-up details for replica costume makers to scrutinize, including what's behind the seams. Adam of course tries it on!

TRANSCRIPT: Adam Savage's 2016 TED Talk on His Love for Cosplay

If you want to watch Adam's TED talk, scroll below or click here.

There's this fact that I love that I read somewhere once, that one of the things that's contributed to homo sapiens' success as a species is our lack of body hair -- that our hairlessness, our nakedness combined with our invention of clothing, gives us the ability to modulate our body temperature and thus be able to survive in any climate we choose. And now we've evolved to the point where we can't survive without clothing. And it's more than just utility, now it's a communication. Everything that we choose to put on is a narrative, a story about where we've been, what we're doing, who we want to be.

I was a lonely kid. I didn't have an easy time finding friends to play with, and I ended up making a lot of my own play. I made a lot of my own toys. It began with ice cream. There was a Baskin-Robbins in my hometown, and they served ice cream from behind the counter in these giant, five-gallon, cardboard tubs. And someone told me -- I was eight years old -- someone told me that when they were done with those tubs, they washed them out and kept them in the back, and if you asked they would give you one. It took me a couple of weeks to work up the courage, but I did, and they did. They gave me one -- I went home with this beautiful cardboard tub. I was trying to figure out what I could do with this exotic material -- metal ring, top and bottom. I started turning it over in my head, and I realized, "Wait a minute -- my head actually fits inside this thing."

Yeah, I cut a hole out, I put some acetate in there and I made myself a space helmet.

Adam Savage's 2016 San Diego Comic-Con Schedule

Adam Savage is leaving today for Comic Con in San Diego, and as usual, he's thrilled.

(To say the least.)

Here's what he's doing this year publicly, and for those of you who cannot be there, we will be sharing as much as possible from the event, plus of course TONS of video on Tested afterward.

BattleBots Interview (Thursday 2:30 pm)

At the stage adjacent to the Hilton Bayfront Hotel, Adam will join Aaron Catling (BattleBots showrunner and executive producer), Nerdist's Jessica Chobot (judge), builder Zoe Stephenson (and her bot Chomp) to talk BattleBots.

W00tstock (Thursday at 7 pm)

Other guests in addition to Adam and Paul and Storm: Joel Hodgson, Cameron Esposito, Hank Green, Rebecca Watson and Travis McElroy. Tix:

Adam Incognito 1 (Friday)

Stay tuned to Twitter (@donttrythis), because we'll Tweet when Adam is hitting the floor in his first Incognito costume. The first person to identify him will get two passes to his panel on Saturday. And yes, we're totally filming this.

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Building a Cheap RC Glider. Part 1: Assembly

I'm sure that most of you are familiar with the foam "chuck" gliders that you can buy from toy and craft stores. They are lots of fun in their intended role, but I've always enjoyed modifying these inexpensive airframes into RC models. My knotted "Airplane!" model from 2014 is a recent example. While my chuck glider projects lean toward the whimsical and unusual, I figured out early on that these same models can also serve as low-stress trainers for new pilots.

The traditional path to earning your RC pilot's wings is to purchase an almost-ready-to-fly kit and then have an experienced pilot provide instruction over the course of several weeks or months. Even though prices for these types of models are as low as they've ever been, the cost of entry is at least $150 dollars…usually much more. That's a significant investment for someone who probably isn't quite sure if RC flying will be something they want to stick with.

The Air Hogs Titan is a great starting point for creating a DIY RC trainer model.

Modifying a chuck glider for RC will probably cost about $50 for the airborne components. That is still not an insignificant sum, but it certainly relieves a lot of the crash anxiety that most new pilots feel. Furthermore, you can complete the conversion in a single afternoon. So there isn't much sweat equity required to get off the ground.