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Adam's First Tattoo - Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project - 1/16/19
It's just Adam and Norm this week as we find a window in the schedule to podcast while Adam's in production for his next show. Adam talks about his experience getting his first tattoo and the thought process for its design. Plus, we discuss Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, though we'll be saving the full spoilercast for when Will returns!
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Model Behavior: Diorama Water Effects!

Kayte and Norm take miniature vehicles from past Model Behavior projects and augment them with a water base. Using Smooth-On Crystal Clear to make a base, we experiment with sculpting water effects using silicone caulking and Smooth-On's Sil-Poxy.

Modeling Achilles' Sword for 3D Printing!

This week, Darrell walks us through his process for 3D modeling Achilles' sword inspired by the prop from the movie Troy. Using photo reference of the prop, Darrell explains how he creates a faithful replica that retains all the characteristics of the original!

Model Behavior: Let's Talk Paintbrushes!

We got back to the basics with an overview of the various kinds of paintbrushes you can use for modelmaking and painting props. Bill brings a selection of brushes and we demo each type, showing the techniques that make the best use for each. What are your favorite brushes to use for your projects?

Show and Tell: Pip Boy 2000 Mod!

Bill Doran of Punished Props Academy is in our studio for a few days for projects, and brought along his modded Fallout Pip Boy 2000! Bill walks us through the upgrades he made for this kit, including a new static display, lights, and an integrated bluetooth speaker! (Watch Bill's video about his mod here.)

Custom Keyboard Spotlight: The Zephyr 65% Keyboard

You're probably used to hearing about some pretty eye-watering prices in the custom mechanical keyboard scene. Something non-enthusiasts take for granted like keycaps can cost $200 when you want the best. The boards themselves can be even costlier. There are some entry level custom keyboards that don't break the bank, but the Zephyr is definitely not one of those. The most recent group buy round has started shipping, and it's a thing to behold. This keyboard spares no expense, which makes it a fantastic piece of equipment.

The Zephyr is a 65% keyboard kit. That means you just get the PCB, switch plate, stabilizers, and a case. You can use any MX-compatible switches of your choice, and at the end you'll have a 65% keyboard. A 65% keyboard has all the usual alphas and modifiers. However, there's no dedicated F-row or a number pad. You get arrows on the lower right, along with an extra column of keys above that. This layout is, in my opinion, the perfect balance of functionality and compactness.

This is one of the most expensive keyboard kits currently in production with a price tag in the neighborhood of $600. Suffice it to say, this is only for the most committed and picky enthusiasts. The Zephyr justifies that price in several ways, starting with the build quality. The Zephyr is without a doubt the most solid, impressive mechanical keyboard I've ever used.