Tested in 2020: Sean’s Favorite Things!

Our resident 3D printing expert and modelmaker Sean checks in to share some of his favorite tools, books, and collectibles of the year! From a range of sanding sticks for modelmaking projects to a high-quality hobby blades, there are some great recommendations here to help stock up your home workshop. Plus, some fun collectibles from the classic Disney film Black Hole and a great movie monster coffee table book!

4 Way Emery Board: https://amzn.to/3fTMtGM
Sanding Sticks: https://amzn.to/3mrkUae
Olfa Knife: https://amzn.to/36mhKPE
Olfa Saw: https://amzn.to/3mqRhGe
Black Hole Maximilian: https://amzn.to/3loI3sJ
Black Hole V.I.N.C.E.N.T. & B.O.B.: https://amzn.to/2JqQN4D
Threezero Transformers Blitzwing: https://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Product/VariationDetails/125301
Monsters in the Movies: https://amzn.to/2KVKQNu
Secret of Monkey Island Print: https://shop.mayapixelskaya.com/

Disclaimer: Tested may earn an affiliate commission when you buy through the links here.

Shot and edited by Norman Chan

2001: A Space Odyssey Moon-Watcher and Bone Replica!

Adam Savage shares two pieces of his collection from the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. The first is a replica mask of the moon-watcher ape from the beginning of the film, lovingly made by veteren effects artist Steve Neill using the same techniques that Stuart Freeborn invented for the original costume. And accompanying moon-watcher is a perfect replica of the bone he throws in the film’s iconic smash-cut shot, which Adam and other prop makers have obsessed over identifying as based on a real animal bone. This prop replica was made by Steve Radtke of Valor Replicas: https://www.valorreplicas.com/

Tested in 2020: Bill’s Favorite Things!

Tested contributor Bill Doran checks in from his workshop to share some of his favorite things of the year, including prop builds he completed this summer, a cosplay guide, and awesome tools from Jimmy DiResta! Plus, check out this drill bit set that more than covers Bill’s needs for drilling holes of any specific size!

Subscribe to Punished Props Academy here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC27YZdcPTZM24PgjztxanEQ and find Bill’s tutorials and plans here: http://punishedprops.com/

Foamsmith 3: https://amzn.to/3o8fYaY
Yaya Han’s World of Cosplay: https://amzn.to/3fMeHDg
DiResta Tools Razor Blade: https://imakeny.com/collections/tools
Half-Life: Alyx Tape Measure Prop: https://www.punishedprops.com/2020/09/07/half-life-alyx-grenade-tape-measure/
115 piece drill bit set: https://amzn.to/3o8zlAx

Filming Model Miniatures from Moon (2009)

Duncan Jones’ Moon is one of our favorite science fiction films in recent memory, and it featured wonderful use of scale model miniatures to for shots of the lunar base and vehicles on the lunar surface. We get up close with a selection of these gorgeous miniatures–made by Bill Pearson and his model shop team at the Shepperton Studios–which have just come out of a private collection to be part of Prop Store’s upcoming Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction (December 1-2).

Check out the full catalog of props and costumes from this collection here: https://ukm.propstoreauction.com/m/view-auctions/info/id/244

Read more about the model miniatures made for Moon on concept designer Gavin Rothery’s blog: http://www.gavinrothery.com/they-never-went-to-the-moon/2011/8/21/inside-the-moon-model-shop.html

Shot by Joey Fameli and edited by Norman Chan

Tested in 2020: Mel’s Favorite Things!

Fabricator, engineer, and Adam’s former shop assistant Mel shares their favorite gear of the past year! It’s an eclectic mix of vintage equipment, the best keyboard ever made, a Moebius art book, and a recommended electric bike that they’ve modified with aftermarket upgrades.

OPF Goggles: https://ebay.to/3fIl5vs
IBM Model M Keyboard: https://ebay.to/3lqyUQx
La Faune De Mars: https://amzn.to/2VaCIui
Radpower Bikes Radrunner 1: https://www.radpowerbikes.com/products/radrunner-electric-utility-bike
Bolton Bike Controller Upgrade: https://boltonebikes.com/products/2019-radpower-upgrade-kit-with-tail-light

Thanks to Mel for sharing these picks, and you can follow their projects at: https://twitter.com/meltingmelons , https://www.instagram.com/melapropisms/ , and http://www.bigbucksmel.com/

Adam Savage’s One Day Builds: Luke’s Lightsaber!

Time to make a laser sword hilt! Adam takes a cylinder of aluminum stock and walks us through how he machined his first replica of Luke’s lightsaber from Return of the Jedi. In the spirit of revisiting his early propmaking efforts, Adam only uses one found photo for reference and explains how to extrapolate details from an image to usable measurements for propmaking. It’s a build that goes through some unexpected turns, and ends up being a different One Day Build journey than Adam intended!

Find a perfect ROTJ Luke lightsaber kit here: https://thesaberarmory.com/collections/diy-empty-hilts/products/kr-x-or-eco-luke-v2-diy-empty-hilt-kit

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Shot by Adam Savage and edited by Norman Chan Music by Jinglepunks

Tested in 2020: Jen’s Favorite Things!

Jen’s favorite things from this year include new fabrication materials, home workshop tools, and a great audio solution for home video production! Let’s take a look at how she used HD foam for costuming projects, carved it with a versatile dremel tool, and kept her shop tidy with a portable shop vac. What have been your essential home workshop materials and tools this year?

HD Foam Rolls: https://bit.ly/33kUYpm
HD Foam Dowels: https://bit.ly/3l8eOKn
Plaid FX Paint: https://bit.ly/3l8V8WT

Dremel Stylo+ 2050: https://amzn.to/2V8I8pA
Dremel accessory kit: https://amzn.to/36b1pgu
Off-Brand accessory kit: https://amzn.to/3fDAi0y
Dremel Stylo+ 2050: https://amzn.to/3mcKEXJ
General purpose accessory kit: https://amzn.to/3leF7ia
Cleaning/polishing accessory kit: https://amzn.to/3mcc407
Sanding/grinding accessory kit: https://amzn.to/3leRPxf
Carving/engraving accessory kit: https://amzn.to/2V3kMBO

5 Gal Vacmaster (the one Jen bought): https://amzn.to/39fuUQh
5 Gal Vacmaste (newer/better model): https://amzn.to/3mcJuLR
1 ¼” vacuum accessories: https://amzn.to/369RdFd R

Rode Wireless GO: https://amzn.to/3fFxS1F 
Rode Lavalier GO mic: https://amzn.to/3fLh4q8
Rode SC7 TRRS patch cable: https://amzn.to/3l45N5e
TRRS to lightning adapter (needed for iPhone): https://amzn.to/2V8w081
Carrying case : https://amzn.to/3o0m4Ks
Triple cold shoe mount: https://amzn.to/36bNvee
Phone tripod mount: https://amzn.to/37r6Rvl

Shot and edited by Norman Chan

Tested in 2020: Joey’s Favorite Things!

Joey has some fun looking back at 2020 and sharing some of his favorite production gear, games, lockdown hobbies, and media he enjoyed this past year. From production accessories that have elevated his filmmaking to making hot sauces and virtual tabletop games, it’s an eclectic mix of recommendations from our multi-talented head of production! Have a great Thanksgiving, everyone!

Relio²: https://www.relio.it/
MIXBOOK Digital Swatchbook: https://us.rosco.com/en/product/mixbook
Tilta Nucleus-Nano: https://amzn.to/3m9W3Ym
SmallHD 701 Lite HD HDMI Monitor: https://amzn.to/3l1EcSc
Mars400s Pro: https://www.hollyland-tech.com/products/detail-46.html
Casio Privia Digital Piano: https://amzn.to/3l9ugpC
Onewheel Pint: https://onewheel.com/products/pint
Tabletop Simulator: https://store.steampowered.com/app/286160/Tabletop_Simulator/

Shot and edited by Joey Fameli

Adam Savage’s One Day Builds: Hellboy Samaritan Bandolier!

The next stage of Adam’s Hellboy Samaritan replica build is to make an accessory…for the accessories! To showcase the handcrafted prop rounds that were recently machined, Adam turns to making a leather bandolier belt of his own design, though inspired by a licensed replica of the movie prop belt. Time to break out Adam’s beautiful leatherworking toolkit and make use of a new tool: the leather strap cutter. Plus, Adam gets to weathering and tarnishing the brass shells with a tried and true aging technique!

Watch the full build of the Samaritan Prop here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJtitKU0CAej3SEadB2CaVTJ-M-MNYsjO

Shot by Adam Savage and edited by Gunther Kirsch
Music by Jinglepunks

Bill Doran – The Adam Savage Project – 11/24/20

We check in with propmaker and Tested contributor Bill Doran this week to talk about his latest Foamsmithing book, the props he’s been making this past summer, and some meaningful changes Bill’s made in his life and work. Adam and Bill can’t help but compare their Samaritan replicas, and Norm is in awe of Bill’s prop inspired by the game Half-Life: Alyx! Thanks to Bill for joining us this week! You can find his newest book at https://www.punishedprops.com/shop/foamsmith-3-helmets-print-book/ and follow Punished Props at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC27YZdcPTZM24PgjztxanEQ