We try our hand and making a Star Wars-inspired book nook diorama, scaled for standard 3.75″ Hasbro figures! Norm brings this project to the cave to go over the details with Adam in our first socially distanced show and tell, and then walks us through the design and build process for integrating LED lighting, mirrored hallway illusions, and acrylic joinery. We’re hooked on making book nooks!
It’s just Norm and Jeremy this week to discuss the wave of Microsoft product news, including the Surface Duo launch, Halo Infinite delay, and xcloud on iOS. We also have differing opinions about the new Star Trek Lower Decks show, and our hopes for the VR port of the Hitman trilogy. All that and more on a reverse-order show! Thanks to @lessreverb for creating this week’s theme music!
Adam helps out actor Gary Oldman with one of his hobbies in this week’s build! Gary is an avid photographer, and practices the craft of wet plate photography. For that tintype process, he needed a way to mount his large glass photo plates to clean and prep. Adam builds and sends Gary a custom clamp for that purpose and we get to see the unboxing!
Adam shares his choice of favorite hot glue gun for foamcore builds and prototyping! There are a lot of options out there for hot glue guns, and the ones Adam always goes back to heat up quickly and have stable stands that don’t tip over. And just as important as the glue gun are the glue sticks–here’s why Adam recommends low temp melt sticks.
We’ve seen helmets and costumes in Adam’s collection, but let’s talk about masks! Adam shows off a collection of Tengu masks made by a fan, which are bursting with personality and striking sculpted detail. They’re uniquely made using a surprisingly robust material, and beautifully hand painted. A wonderful addition to the cave’s costume and mask collection! (You can find these masks here!)
Adam upgrades his shop’s powermatic drill press with a crank to raise and lower the table, but the crank he has isn’t made for his particular model drill press. The restoration and install of the crank goes by fast and works out well, but it ends in the unexpected breaking of another part. Adam’s plan for an upgrade quickly pivot to a disassembly and repair!
With theaters not opening any time soon around here, we look to bring the cinema experience home by upgrading to a wall-mounted OLED television. In testing the LG GX, we examine what’s new in this year’s line of 4K OLEDs, dive into how Filmmaker Mode works, and take a look at what the ATSC 3.0 NextGen TV format means in the era of streaming. (This video was made possible with product provided by LG. Learn more here. )
We get our hands on a near-final prototype of HP’s upcoming Reverb G2 Windows Mixed Reality VR headset and put it to the test! Here’s how it compares with the Valve Index and Oculus Rift S, as well as its improvements over the original Reverb G1. From improved optics and tracking to Valve’s audio design and new controllers, there’s a lot to be excited about for desktop virtual reality gamers!
This week, we talk about Disney’s decision to release Mulan for purchase on Disney+ and what that may mean for future wide releases while theaters are closed. We also talk about LEGO’s grand piano set, PlayStation controllers, and the idea of an Oculus Quest Pro. Plus, Kishore explains the vaccination testing process in an extended moment of science!
As Adam is using his lathe more these days, he’s also upgrading it with new accessories like additional lathe collet chucks. And to store these massive steel parts, Adam makes a rolling rack stand that can hold all of his chucks for quick access and cleaning. It’s Adam’s first One Day Build using sheets of 1-inch plywood, and a construction that comes together with just tabs and slots!