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    UD Replicas' Highly-Detailed Superhero Suits

    We meet up with David Pea of UD Replicas, who makes officially licensed superhero suits that are actually made for everyday active wear. These leather jackets and corsets look like the armor that Batman and Wonder Woman wear, and can actually be work for motorcycle riding.

    Adam Savage Explores David's Lair in Alien: Covenant

    We're behind the scenes during the production of Alien: Covenant, where we step inside the elaborate set created for David's lair. Adam explores the details of this densely dressed set, packed with props and beautiful artwork that we only glimpsed on screen. The amount of work put into this laboratory of horrors is incredible!

    Magic Wheelchair Makes Awesome Costumes for Kids

    Adam Savage meets the team at Magic Wheelchair, an organization that works with makers to build awesome costumes for children in wheelchairs. At this year's Comic-Con, Magic Wheelchair unveiled five new Justice League-themed builds for these amazing kids, and we were honored to be there for the reveal!

    Moebius Models' Prototype Kits at Comic-Con 2017

    Scale model kits take a long road from initial design to injection molded plastic, and we check out a few of the prototype steps along the way before they hit your home cutting mat. Moebius Models shares with us a 3D printed prototype of a Star Trek starship, die-cast pieces of the Flying Sub from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, and production samples for the long-awaited Discovery One from 2001: A Space Odyssey!

    Adam Savage's Comic-Con 2017 Panel!

    Here's Adam's full Comic-Con 2017 panel, in which he's joined by Aaron Douglas of Battlestar Galactica and Wes Chatham of The Expanse to talk about costuming, science fiction, and their Comic-Con experiences. Adam reveals his incognito costumes for this year, and takes some great questions from the audience.

    Screen-Used Model Miniatures at Comic-Con 2017

    We get some close-up looks at Prop Store's collection of model miniatures from Star Wars, Back to the Future, and Aliens on display at this year's Comic-Con. Stephen Lane talks about the details of each piece, all of which are going on auction this fall. Plus, an actual hero Star Lord helmet from Guardians of the Galaxy!

    The Stop-Motion Puppets of Laika Animation Studio

    We get up close with the stop-motion puppets, vehicles, and environments built for Laika Entertainment's magnificent films, on display in San Diego during Comic-Con. From 3D-printed model parts to large-scale mechanized puppets, the fabrication and finish of these characters are a labor of love for the art of stop-motion animation.

    Battling The Biz Battles, Volume 2 - Episode 73 -7/28/17
    Even though Frank is in China for work, we have a new CreatureGeek for you! This week, Len and Frank do their Comic-Con wrapup, they talk more about cosplay and then they discuss more about running your own business and things to expect and how to handle different situations. If you're digging this podcast, please head over to and support us with a few bucks. We truly appreciate your support!
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    Adam Savage and John Hodgman at Comic-Con as Chewbaccas!

    Say hello to Twobacca! Adam is joined by John Hodgman at Comic-Con as they both walk the floor as our favorite wookiee! It's also John's very first time cosplaying, and he quickly discovers how enjoyable it is. Plus, Adam chats with the maker of this Chewie costume, and how it's in some ways an improvement over Adam's own costume!

    Modeling the Boat from ‘Apocalypse Now’, Part 2

    In the first article of this series, I covered the cosmetic changes that I incorporated to make my Alpha Patrol Boat from ProBoat Models look like the Erebus from 'Apocalypse Now'. This time around, I'll talk about mechanical upgrades that I made to the model. These changes were intended to add a little more realism, make the model more dependable, and also make it easier to drive. As before, some of the techniques I tried were new to me and the efficacy of my efforts varied.

    Ready, Aim…

    The model comes with most of what you need to make the forward gun turret articulate. There is a servo mount inside the hull below the turret. The turret itself has parts to attach it to a standard servo arm. The only thing missing is the actual servo.

    I used a Spektrum S605 waterproof servo ($14). It bolted right into the existing mount and the included servo arm mated perfectly with the turret. The boat's manual indicates that you cannot add a servo to the turret if you are using the included 2-channel radio system. That's not entirely true. You can use the stock radio if you connect the turret servo in parallel with the steering servo using a common servo Y-cable. You just will not have independent control of the turret. It will move in response to your steering commends.

    I didn't think that I would be coordinated enough to command the turret and drive at the same time. So I was planning to keep the stock radio and connect the turret to my steering channel. As I dug deeper into the project, however, it became clear that my other upgrades would demand a more capable radio. I swapped out the stock radio for a 4-channel Spektrum DX4C pistol-grip controller and SRS4210 receiver. I still slaved the turret to the steering. The DX4C's channel mixing menus allowed me to skip the Y-cable and accomplish the same goal. Less wire is always better.

    Sixth-Scale Star Trek at Comic-Con 2017

    It's reassuring to know that hardcore fans are somtimes in charge of making high-end collectibles. We meet up with Quantum Mechanix's Schubert Tam to learn how he directed his team to research and sculpt the perfect sixth-scale replicas of our favorite Star Trek characters, down to their episode-specific facial expressions!

    Weta Workshop Booth Tour at Comic-Con 2017!

    We hit the floor at San Diego Comic-Con to visit a few of our friends, starting with the artists at Weta Workshop. Weta brought costumes they built for films like the new Power Rangers, Lord of the Rings, and Netflix's Spectral. We chat with costume tech Darin Gordine about the making of these pieces and how costume fabrication has changed in the studio's storied history.

    Adam Savage Incognito as King Arthur at Comic-Con 2017!

    Adam fulfills his lifelong dream of becoming King Arthur from the film Excalibur at San Diego Comic-Con! This year's costume is a full suit of armor from Excalibur, made by legendary armorer Terry English who made all the armor for the film. Adam spent over a week at Terry's shop assisting with this build, culminating in this beautiful shiny suit that's surprisingly comfortable to move in!

    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!