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Ask Adam: Favorite Shop Stool

Every week, Adam takes a question from the Tested Premium Member community in the comments section below or on social media (tagged #AskAdamSavage) and answers here. This week, Adam talks about the problem of finding a good working stool to use in his shop!

VoodooFX's Lighting Upgrades for Model Kits

We take a field trip the garage and workshop of modelmaker Randy Neubert, who runs VoodooFX. Randy designs lighting and electronic upgrades to off-the-shelf model kits, including a few of our favorite kits we've built recently. We chat with Randy about his lighting process and what goes into designing a lighting scheme that'll look great on camera and on our shelves.

Disable Motion Smoothing - Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project - 9/18/18
We turn our radio voices on to kick off this week's podcast, in which we discuss the recent Emmy awards, the challenge of maintaining creative control of something successful, and the many disappointing ways in which theatrical experiences are experience in the living rooms. Plus, two great segues!
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A Look at Accucraft's Model Steam Trains

For our final video from the 2018 Summer Steam-Up, we sit down with Accucraft Trains' President Bing Cheng to talk about his company's lineup of steam train models and kits. Bing gives us a sense of how these intricate locomotives are developed and the size of the hobby today.

Scratch-Built Model Steam Trains!

We continue our geek-out over miniature steam locomotives with a look at these scratch-built steam engines by hobbyist Andy Sorenson and his father. We chat with Andy about how these steam locomotives work and the fun of designing their own working model train engines!

Model Behavior: Making a Set for Toy Photography

Kayte and Norm work with styrene this week to build out a backdrop for sixth-scale toy photography. Specifically, we're going to making a photo-ready approximation of an Imperial wall from Star Wars for use with a K-2SO figure. Follow along as we cut stencils out by hand and then also experiment with the Cricut vinyl cutter to automate some of the processes!

Crowdfunding Spotlight: LEX Bionic Chair

It can seem like there's never a chair around when you need to take a load off, but what if you could simply carry a chair around with you? That's the LEX bionic chair, an exoskeleton project that just blew through its funding goal on Kickstarter. It doesn't require any batteries or complicated electronics. You can take a seat wherever you want. You just have to be comfortable walking around with bionic legs on your butt.

The designers of LEX say it's as easy to put on as a belt. Although, I'd say it's more like putting on three belts. One strap goes around your waist, and then two more fasten around your thighs. The legs fold up to lay flat until you need to sit down, and then it's a simple matter of pulling them up to unlock before sitting down. The entire contraption weighs about a kilogram (2.2 pounds) and has a maximum load of 120 kilograms (264 pounds).

Ask Adam Anything: Top 5 Sci-Fi Books

Every week, Adam takes a question from the Tested Premium Member community in the comments section below or on social media (tagged #AskAdamSavage) and answers here. This week, Adam details his top five science-fiction book recommendations!