Adam’s been so proud of some of his recent projects that he’s affixing brass labels to them engraved and stamped with the build date and his signature. But his collection of metal letter stamps is all over the place, so it’s time to build a holder and storter for them! The approach to this build is an example of Adam’s philosophy of optimal organizational strategy for both storage and ease of use, as well as futureproofing for future additions to the tool collection!
Iconic stop-motion armatures and puppets from films like Star Wars, Robocop 2, Starship Troopers, and Jurassic Park are assembled at the Prop Store facility as part of creature master and animator Phil Tippett’s collection in search of new homes. It’s part of Prop Store’s massive Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction taking place August 26-27, and we’re on location to take a close look at the meticulous machining and design of these pieces that show a fascinating slice of special effects history.
We test and review the Peopoly Phenom L, an SLA resin printer with a build platform large enough to print entire wearable helmets as a single print! For Darrell, that massive build volume is a game changer for making props and cosplay armor, as he evaluates the setup, print quality, and limits of the Phenom L. We check in with Darrell to dive into his testing impressions and take a look at his test prints, including a life-size Infinity Gauntlet!
Epic takes on Apple in the biggest tech story this week, as the team explains the conflict in a mock trial with advocates for both parties. What’s actually at stake for users and developers? Plus, the response to Oculus’s terms of service updates, the state of Covid testing, and how a shuffle button would and should work on Netflix. Thanks to Chip McDonald for composing this week’s intro music! Keep them coming!
In this Ask Adam, Adam Savage addresses Bo Chappell’s question: “I noticed you’re obsessed with helmets much like myself. What are your top three space and non space helmets? And is there a helmet that isn’t in your collection you wish you had?” Ask your NEW questions for Adam in the comments below!
Adam takes on a fun prop project using one of his old go-to materials for builds: large sheets of insulation foam! This carvable, sandable, and paintable material is great for creating all sorts of large volume props, like the replica of a vintage cast-iron safe Adam is building today!
An essential tool for a modern propmaker is a multimeter for any kind of electronics work, whether for testing lighting circuits or troubleshooting wiring work. And while Adam has relied on his trusty Fluke 77 multimeter for years, getting an electronics multimeter to start your toolkit can be affordable too. That’s why he’s a fan of Fluke’s compact entry-level multimeter, which costs less than $45 and gets the job done!
Adam shows off his replica of The Bride’s sword from Kill Bill, a collaboration with a propmaker that was a journey in prop replica sleuthing and unearthing little noticed details of the original Hattori Hanzo hero sword. This piece is the jewel on top of Adam’s sword rack he made earlier this year, and holds up as one of the most accurate replicas he has in his collection!
Adam’s been using his lathe a lot more recently while improving his machining skills, and has refined his workflow and toolset ecosystem around the machine. And to help him better retrieve the machining tools and accessories he wants in a timely way, Adam is going to build a machinist’s toolbox to store everything from flat and thread cutters to steel blanks and boring bars. And surprisingly, it’s the first of this kind of storage drawer he’s made as a One Day Build!
To get started making miniature dioramas, we’re sharing the design files for a 1:18 scale Star Wars-inspired Death Star hallway display, made for Hasbro 3.75″ figures. Norm shows the step-by-step process of assembling this diorama, which only uses two sheets of acrylic and makes use of styrene wall panels and LED lighting. Follow along and we hope you build your own! Find the design files here.