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    How the LEGO Voltron was Designed!

    In our first look at the new LEGO Voltron set, we chat with one of the set's designers who adapted the winning LEGO Ideas submission to a buildable Voltron model that meets LEGO's rigorous build and play standards. We also take a look at some of the early prototypes for this set that help prove the design was viable. Let's watch Voltron assemble!

    Weta Workshop's Costumes at Comic-Con 2018!

    We visit Weta Workshop's booth at this year's Comic-Con to take a look at some of the specialty film costumes they've worked on recently, including a suits from Pacific Rim: Uprising and Thor: Ragnarok. One costume that absolutely floored us was a full-body robot suit from the upcoming film I Am Mother.

    Weta Workshop's First Mech Model Kit!

    It's happening! After Adam's visit to Weta Workshop and chatting with their collectibles team, Weta is going to start a run of resin model kits for modelmakers to build the Moose mech from Chappie! We inspect the details of this kit pulled from the molds at Comic-Con, which look even more detailed than the painted model. We can't wait to build this back at the shop!

    The Model Airplanes of Flite Fest Ohio

    I know that many Tested readers are also fans of Flite Test. This company has set the RC hobby on its ear with highly-polished YouTube videos, online forums, and a catalog of easily-built airplane designs. It is difficult to overstate the renewed excitement that Flite Test has brought to the previously-dwindling beginner and DIY segments of RC. Many Flite Test disciples come from far and wide to attend Flite Fest, the group's biannual get-together. Flite Fest has grown very quickly to become one of the largest RC gatherings in the world. I recently attended my first Flite Fest in Malvern, Ohio (July 12-15) to see why it's such a big deal.

    Flite Fest Overview

    I've been to tons of RC flying events all over the US. Such gatherings tend to vary in size and theme, but they usually follow a standard format. As I drove onto the grounds at Flite Fest, it was immediately apparent that these folks have their own playbook. One major element is size. A lost traveler arriving at Flite Fest could easily think they had stumbled onto a county fair. Tents of all sizes shared a large field with food vendors, souvenir hawkers, and mobs of people. Perhaps the only thing missing was a petting zoo.

    Despite the large crowd of fellow attendees, an army of volunteers quickly got me parked and registered as a participant. In fact, I never waited for anything. Food, porta-potties, flight stations, shade…all was plentiful and well-managed.

    The huge flightline at Flite Fest was always active. It had a very beginner-friendly atmosphere.

    RC flying has historically been a male-dominated hobby. Yet, Flite Test vigorously promotes aeromodeling as a family activity. Those efforts were reflected in the demographic at Flite Fest. There were more kids and women than at any other RC event I've been to, by far. They weren't just present. They were participating. Many families set up camp at the field and made a weekend vacation of it.

    A huge flightline was located along the edge of a soybean field. It was a nice, unobstructed flying site. A runway made of petromat cloth helped to accommodate models with wheels that were too small for the neighboring grass. There was also a strip of hard, plastic runway that resembled a temporary dance floor. Flyers who utilized this runway had to thread the needle between a covered stage and a wall of banners, but I didn't hear any complaints.

    Studio-Scale Star Trek: Discovery Starship Models!

    We go behind the protective glass to get a close look at Korben FX's new "studio-scale" starship models from Star Trek: Discovery. Modelmaker John Eblan shows us some details of these ships that you can't see on the digital models that appear on the show, and describes the process of making this version of the USS Enterprise!

    Hands-On: Looking Glass Holographic Display

    We go hands-on with The Looking Glass, the new display from a company that's been experimenting with various forms of volumetric and lightfield imaging in pursuit of real-world holograms. Looking Glass Factory's CEO Shawn Frayne explains how this new display works and how he sees 3D artists using it to visualize their creations.

    Tested's New "One Day Builds" T-Shirt!

    Adam tries on the first Tested t-shirt, featuring our One Day Builds video series! The shirt is on sale for only two weeks, and we hope it'll be the first of many Tested shirts. Getting this shirt supports Tested and helps us continue making videos like One Day Builds! Thanks as always for watching and hope you like it! You can buy yours here.

    Mondo's New Collectibles at Comic-Con!

    Mondo, known for their highly sought-after movie posters and art prints, has been dipping their toes into toys and collectibles based on iconic pop culture characters. We chat with their head of collectibles to preview upcoming releases, including figures from Batman: The Animated Series, Masters of the Universe, and Mecha Spider-Man!

    Adam Savage's One Day Builds: The First Spacesuit!

    Adam Savage is obsessed with spacesuits, and his latest costume build for this year's Comic-Con incognito walk is a replica of the very first spacesuit made for famed aviator Wiley Post in 1935. Adam's also excited to experiment with Worbla in this build for the helmet, and make heavy use of his sewing machine for this striking suit!

    Tested Presents: “A Farewell to Arms”

    We can finally reveal a project we've been working on since the beginning of the year, when Tested visited Weta Workshop in New Zealand! In collaboration with the world-class artists, craftspeople, and filmmakers at Weta Workshop, Adam Savage and Tested proudly present this short film. This kicks off a new mini-series that follows our journey as we put this film together just one week at Weta! Watch the first episode right now!

    Inside LAIKA Studios Exhibition at Comic-Con 2018!

    We take a tour of LAIKA Live, the incredible exhibition of LAIKA Studios' stop-motion film props, puppets, and miniatures at this year's Comic-Con. Norm and Kayte go behind the scenes to chat with LAIKA modelmakers and animators to learn about their process and get up close with these beautiful characters.

    Minifigure-Scale LEGO Saturn V Rocket!

    At this year's Bricks by the Bay LEGO convention, we meet builder Jack Carleson, who designed and assembled a massive 10-ft tall LEGO Saturn V rocket, launchpad, and tower that's mini-figure scale! We chat with Jack about how he built this amazing sculpture and why he chose to replicate this piece of NASA history.

    Creative Commons - Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project - 7/17/18
    Adam's back from two weeks of travel and catches us up on his time as an artist in residence in Colorado making a bronze Maltese Falcon (and collaborating with Tom Sachs!). We also talk about the influence of Akira on its 30th anniversary, and Adam's release of the plans and patterns for his EDC TWO bag. A big episode before we head down to Comic-Con!
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    PROJECTIONS, Episode 54: Mixed Reality with ZED Mini Camera

    We visit the offices of Stereolabs, the makers of the ZED and ZED Mini mixed reality camera systems to test out their implementation of a passthrough camera accessory for VR headsets. Using their ZED Mini, we're able to get an augmented reality experience with the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, and get a sense of the challenges of using a stereo camera system for passthrough AR.

    Adam Savage's One Day Builds: EDC TWO Bag!

    Adam's latest one day build is a very personal project: making a custom version of his new EDC TWO bag using the patterns he's putting out into the world. Marcos from Mafia bags stops by to guide Adam through some of the intricacies of sewing sailcloth and giving the bag a distinct look! (Patterns available at adamsavage.com)

    Hobby RC: Testing the E-Flite UMX Timber

    I've been a fan of ultra-micro RC airplanes since they first became available several years ago. At first, it was just about the cool factor of flying an itty-bitty model, even if it couldn't do much. But ultra-micros have advanced dramatically in recent years. They are now powerful, practical, and versatile flying machines with features that rival or surpass larger models. The subject of this review, the UMX Timber, is a prime example.

    About the UMX Timber

    The UMX Timber ($130) is a Bind-N-Fly model with a 27.6" (700mm) wingspan and a flying weight of only 4.3 ounces (121g). It comes with everything except a compatible radio transmitter, flight battery, and charger. Other than bolting on the landing gear and setting up your radio, all of the pre-flight tasks are done for you.

    Like all of E-flite's other UMX models, the Timber is made of molded foam components. It is adorned with a mixture of paint and stickers. I'm not a fan of the stickers. While I like the color scheme, the stickers have a glossier sheen than the foam and are wrinkled in numerous areas. There is definitely some headroom for cosmetic improvement.

    This model has a variety of bright LED lights installed in the wings and fuselage. They emulate the navigation lights found on full-scale airplanes. The lights are somewhat crude, with exposed wires and circuit boards. Their inclusion seems to be an afterthought. I'm sure some flyers like the lights. I wouldn't mind if they were omitted.

    E-flite's UMX Timber is a small and lightweight RC airplane that is factory assembled.

    One of the most noticeable and unusual aspects of the UMX Timber is the pair of cartoonish tires slung underneath. The tires seem a bit less awkward if you're familiar with the rugged full-scale airplanes made famous by Alaskan bush pilots. Those aircraft have similarly-oversized tires that let them take off and land on very rough ground. The UMX Timber's tires serve the same purpose. Whereas most micro-sized models require a paved runway or a hand launch, the UMX Timber is much less picky. I've been flying off of a grass runway with no problem. None of my other micros can do that.

    Weta Workshop's MOOSE Attack Robot from Chappie!

    Adam Savage visits one of his favorite places in the world, the miniatures and product prototyping shop at Weta Workshop! During this visit, we're shown a prototype replica of the desktop MOOSE robot from Chappie, and Adam discusses the possibilities of turning this robot into a collectible or hobby kit!

    Weta Workshop Artists Make Custom 'Giant Killer Robots'!

    While Adam Savage visits Weta Workshop in New Zealand, he checks out a stunning collection of custom kitbashed robot miniatures made by the artists at the studio. These one-off sculptures are made from spare parts from Weta Workshop's GKR: Heavy Hitters tabletop game, and each is a beautifully twisted take on robot design. We can't get enough of them!