Jen, Kayte, and Jeremy make a miniature model of the letters that Adam and Jen created for the 2016 SXSL festival held on the South Lawn of The White House.
This week, Darrell walks us through his process for 3D modeling Achilles' sword inspired by the prop from the movie Troy. Using photo reference of the prop, Darrell explains how he creates a faithful replica that retains all the characteristics of the original!
Bill Doran of Punished Props Academy is in our studio for a few days for projects, and brought along his modded Fallout Pip Boy 2000! Bill walks us through the upgrades he made for this kit, including a new static display, lights, and an integrated bluetooth speaker! (Watch Bill's video about his mod here.)
It's now 2019, the year in which Blade Runner takes place. And while there are no Nexus 6 replicants running around, here's one thing from the film brought to life. Adam and modelmaker Kayte Sabicer reveal the Blade Runner blimp prop replica they've been working on for months!
Adam shares his favorite things from 2018! From garage resin kits to aerospace replicas, Adam celebrates objects and gear from makers that he's admired and worked with this year. Plus, a piece of tech he uses every day that radically improves his life. What have been your favorite things of 2018? Share with us in the comments below!
Per tradition, Norm shares his favorite coffee table books from the year, including recommendations for art books from pop culture poster artists, behind-the-scenes books from visually striking films, and a book for science fiction typography geeks. Come back tomorrow for our final favorite things video of the year!
Sean's favorite things from this year include a collectible from Alien, behind the scenes books for two classic films, a very useful portable clamping system, and a prop replica from one of his favorite films: Time Bandits!
At this time of year, I try to keep a few simple projects in my back pocket for when my kids act bored during their holiday school break. I like things that fly, so my projects tend to lean that way as well. For example, I previously figured out how to repurpose Christmas Cards as indoor gliders. My latest flying holiday craft is just as much fun to make and to fly.
For this year's project, I dusted off one of my indoor mini-quads and gave it a holiday makeover. It is now a flying Christmas decoration! I'd be willing to bet that many of you have a mini-quad stashed away somewhere. The crafty, decorative parts can be made with common household items. So you probably have everything you need. Here's how I did it.
A Quick Fix
The quad I chose is the Heli-Max 1SQ. This particular quad is no longer available. But that's not an issue here. Just about any mini-quad you have on hand should work just fine.
I had not flown the 1SQ in quite some time. The airframe was in good shape, but I quickly discovered that neither of my batteries for it would take a charge. This quad is designed to be flown with a single 250mAh LiPo cell. While I didn't have any direct replacements for the dead batteries, I did find an alternate that works great.
The new battery is a 260mAh LiHV cell, which is basically a LiPo battery that charges to a slightly higher voltage (4.35v vs 4.2v). Despite the drastically different form factor of the newer cell, it fit well in the quad's battery compartment. I only had to apply a small patch of thin foam padding to give the battery a snug friction fit.
My final hurdle was to reconcile the mismatch of battery connectors between my new power source and the quad. The LiHV cell uses a JST-PH 2.0 connector, which has become common for micro-RC applications. I had to snip off the 1SQ's stock battery connector and replace it with a matching JST plug on about 1" (25mm) of additional wire.
Our resident modelmaker and fabricator Kayte Sabicer--host of our Model Behavior show--shares her favorite tools from the past year, including a life-changing set of scissors, all purpose epoxy, a unique cutting knife, and an app recommendation for audiobook listeners!
Bill of Punished Props Academy shares a few of his favorite things from 2018, including a Destiny figure, Sea of Thieves art book, foam for cosplay fabrication, and his new favorite lens for making videos!
To wrap up the year, we present our annual tradition of sharing our favorite things from the year, including gear tested, tools discovered, and projects completed. Norm kicks things off with recommendations for a new shop tool, interesting camera tech, and favorite garage kits of the year!
Adam puts together the very complex and intricate assembly of 3D printed and machined parts for his NASA ACES spacesuit helmet replica. This helmet includes contributions from multiple makers, including The Broken Nerd, Punished Props, and Shawn Thorsson. And as is sometimes the case with a One Day Build, this build isn't without its complications.
Hey everyone! We're excited to announce an awesome event we'll be participating in next week, in partnership with Twitch and Kid Genius. Starting next Monday, December 17th, Twitch is going to be streaming an Inspector Gadget marathon--yes, the classic 1983 cartoon that I and many of you grew up with! And along with that marathon, Tested is going to be streaming live prop builds from Adam's cave!
Our very own Darrell Maloney (The Broken Nerd) has modeled three props inspired by Inspector Gadget, and we'll be turning those 3D prints into finished pieces using the tools in Adam's workshop and some of the techniques you've seen us demonstrate in past One Day Builds.
This video is sponsored by Universal Pictures and Mortal Engines.
In New Zealand, Adam Savage sat down with Mortal Engines visual effects supervisor (and fellow ILM alum) Ken McGaugh to talk about the challenges of bringing director Christian Rivers' vision to life. Here's an excerpt; watch the full interview below.
Adam Savage: Describe to me the beginning of a project like Mortal Engines. When are you brought in during the process?
Ken McGaugh: Usually I'm brought in during pre-production. When they start planning on building the sets, how they're going to execute the shots, that's where my involvement would come in. It's making those decisions about what should be in camera versus what should be visual effects. There's lots of constraints around that that are out of our control.
Adam Savage: Right.
Ken McGaugh: That includes the size of the stages that they're building the sets in. I mean, obviously, if we had our way, they'd build complete sets and we'd reserve the visual effects to just what was absolutely required to be visual effects. But that's where visual effects really comes in: It is removing those constraints that filmmakers have, allowing them to go beyond the physical constraints they have when shooting.
We're back with more episodes of Projections, our show about virtual and augmented reality! This week, we review two new Oculus Go experiences: Covert, an asymmetrical spy game, and Virtual Desktop, the mobile port of the desktop VR app. Plus, a few Oculus Go picks for new users who may be getting this headset for the holidays.