One Day Builds: 1/6th Scale Cosmonaut Model Kit

In this episode of One Day Builds, Adam Savage spends a day at the shop assembling and painting a beautiful 1/6th scale garage kit, based on the fantastical characters of artist Derek Stenning. Adam and Norm each work on their own kit, and Adam teaches us some painting and weathering techniques to bring out the intricate details on this sci-fi cosmonaut figure.

Shot by Joey Fameli
Edited by Tom Crenshaw, Circa Digital

Episode 288 – The Opposite of On Fleek – 2/12/2015

This week, Will, Norm, Jeremy, and Gary discuss the Marvel Cinematic Universe joining the Spider-man universe, TVs that insert ads in your movies, and Tim Cook’s Goldman Sach’s talk. Plus: hands on impressions of Sling TV, Mario Kart 8, and board games for kids.

How To Make Kill Bill’s ‘FUCK U’ Shoes

In Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill, one detail that appears on-screen for only a second are the soles of Uma Thurman’s shoes. Those sneakers aren’t off-the-shelf Onitsuka Tigers–they have the phase “FUCK U” molded right into the treading. It’s a prop we’ve wanted to replicate for a long time, and we’re finally able to do it with the help of effects artist Frank Ippolito. Here’s how you can make your own pair! (This video was brought to you by Premium memberships on Tested. Learn more about how you can support us by joining the Tested Premium community!)

Video shot and edited by Joey Fameli
Music Library provided by Jingle Punks

PREMIUM – LEGO with Friends: Patrick Norton, Part 5

It’s a sprint to the finish as the team tries to finish building the Maersk before time runs out. So. Many. Stickers. But don’t worry, Christmas isn’t ruined in this episode. We do talk a bunch of speakers and headphones, though! Follow along with us by signing up for a Tested Premium Membership here! And at the end of this first session of LEGO with Friends, let us know what you think about this series and who’d you like for us to invite next time!

Episode 287 – Gary’s Back (Again) – 2/5/2015

This week, Will and Norm are joined by “classic” co-host Gary Whitta, who returns from a trip to London and a year working on an upcoming Star Wars film. Topics include the FCC’s reclassification of broadband, the new Raspberry Pi 2, RadioShack’s demise, the new Swatch smartch, and Gary’s next movie. Enjoy!

PREMIUM – LEGO with Friends: Patrick Norton, Part 4

Join Will, Norm, and special guest Patrick Norton as they work together on building the awesome LEGO Maersk kit and talk tech! The superstructure of the Maersk is almost fully built, and we’re on to labeling all the tiny containers. Our conversation turns to binge watching TV, 4K computer monitors, and home projectors. Follow along with us by signing up for a Tested Premium Membership here!

Photo Gallery: Jim Henson’s Creature Shop

Tested Visits Jim Henson’s Creature Shop!

When we talk about puppets in television and film, Jim Henson is the first name that comes to mind. Henson’s legacy endures at his Creature Shop, where fabricators, engineers, and animators continue crafting the art of puppet-making and performance. We’re privileged to be able to visit Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, where we chat with Creative Supervisor Peter Brooke to learn how modern technologies combine with classic techniques to bring characters to life.

Shot by Joey Fameli
Edited by Jon Finger