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    Model Behavior: Fusion 360 Basics!

    Bill designs many of his props for 3D printing using Fusion 360, so it's about time we get acquainted with the modeling software. Using one of Adam's spacesuit parts as reference, we go through some modeling basics in Fusion to replicate a piece of Apollo A7L hardware!

    Model Behavior: Rusted Patina Effects

    Fabricator Kayte Sabicer shows us how to make plastic models and miniatures look like they've rusted with age, using real chemical patinas. The transformation happens before our eyes and the results look awesome!

    Totally Unauthorized Commentary: Return to Oz (1985)

    Norm and Danica are joined by professional modelmaker and new Tested contributor Kayte Sabicer to watch a classic "Dark Age Disney" film, Return to Oz! We talk about the expectations for this film, how it haunted us as kids, and its amazing effects puppeteering and animation work.

    Making a Skyrim-Inspired Foam Sword!

    Bill Doran of Punished Props joins the Tested team to share his expertise in foam fabrication and prop building! In our first project, Bill designs a foam sword that we can cut in our shop laser cutter. The simple project lets us dive into the basics of shaping foam with contact cement and rotary tools.

    Science in Progress: Seals and Drones

    Wildlife conservancy is a science benefiting from the new tech and tools of today. Join Indre as she travels to Ano Nuevo State Park to explore the research tools scientists are using to study elephant seals in the wild.

    Model Behavior: Atmospheric Diving Suit Garage Kit!

    Modelmaker Kayte Sabicer joins the Tested team to teach us some of the modelmaking skills she's used for making filming miniatures. Our first project is a garage kit of a turn-of-the-century diving suit--a perfect chance to paint up resin to look like aged metal! (Find this model kit here!)

    Science in Progress: CRISPR Gene Editing

    Kishore and Indre investigate the intriguing world of CRISPR, a new gene editing technology that is shaking up the worlds of science and medicine. They experiment with a D-I-Y kit to explore how CRISPR works, and visit Berkeley's Innovative Genomics Institute to learn more.

    Science in Progress: Of Oysters and Climate Change

    Climate change has wide-reaching effects, from wildlife in their natural habitats to the foods you eat in your home. Kishore and Indre explore the ways oyster farmers and scientists are measuring ocean acidification, using custom-built water analyzers at places like Hog Island oyster farm to analyze the subtle and not-so subtle ways organisms are affected by higher-than-normal carbon dioxide conditions.

    Let's Build: Pacific Rim Model Kit, Part 2

    While wrapping up this snap-fit Pacific Rim model kit, we talk about custom modding toys, building dioramas, and the evaluate how this kit compares to a Bandai snap-fit model. Overall, we're pretty impressed with how it holds up! Thanks so much to Darrell for joining us this week. Check out his YouTube channel and look forward to future collaborations!

    LEGO with Friends: Lepin Saturn V, Part 2

    Our lessons learned so far from building this Lepin version of the LEGO Saturn V set: the pieces are more rigid, don't snap together as nicely, and the screenprinting is off! The price we pay for going with a knockoff! But we must continue, while Bobak, Simone, and Norm chat about the state of space travel and exciting offworld missions.

    LEGO with Friends: Lepin Saturn V, Part 1

    Bobak Ferdowsi joins us this week to take on a space-themed set! But this set isn't any normal build--it's actually a LEPIN knockoff that we imported overseas. Let's see how it compares to building the real LEGO set!

    Totally Unauthorized Commentary: Galaxy Quest (1999)

    Adam and Norm are joined by Tested's own Kishore Hari to watch one of our favorite science fiction films: Galaxy Quest! Adam shares some stories about his modelmaking work on the film, we discuss the efficiency of the script, and praise the casts' spot-on performances.

    Let's Build: Tiny Tesla Coil, Part 3

    After over a month of troubleshooting, Jeremy, Sean, and Norm regroup to give an update on the Tiny Tesla Coil build. Bad controller boards and blown fuses may have gotten the better of us. But not all is lost--we have some footage of the Tesla Coil working!