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    Creature Puppets from Aliens, Flubber, Labyrinth, and Men in Black!

    Before the era of computer generated characters, aliens, robots, and other on-screen creatures were often practical puppets, playing against live actors via animatronics, motion controlled, or wire-pulled puppetry. We check out a few of those surviving puppets from a wide range of films, from the fully robotic Weebo from Flubber to the magnificent Alien queen from Aliens!

    Adam Savage's Miniature Model from A.I. Artificial Intelligence!

    Adam shares one of his contributions to the practical filming models for Steven Spielberg's A.I. film, made while working in the ILM model shop. This tiny office set was used for one of the motion-controlled flight scenes toward the end of the film, when the characters are flying through the post-apocalyptic New York ruins. Adam talks about the making of these pieces, including one part he's particularly proud of!

    Scale Model Miniatures from Star Wars, Alien, and Star Trek!

    The pinnacle of modelmaking for film is on display at Prop Store as we check out miniatures used for the making of Star Wars, Star Trek, Back to the Future, and Alien. These models, created at all different scales, show the kitbashing, scratch building, and fine detailing techniques used by teams of talented modelmakers from studios like ILM's modelshop. And the flagship piece from the Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction is the full Nostromo ship from Alien, an incredible prop that's more of a bigature than miniature.

    Original Costumes for Rocketeer, Pacific Rim, and V for Vendetta!

    We love seeing original costumes used for the making of our favorite films get taken out of storage and put on mannequins for display. So we couldn't miss the opportunity to see costumes from films like Judge Dredd, V for Vendetta, and Pacific Rim at Prop Store in anticipation of their upcoming Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction. Take a look at these costume and helmet details that show how costume design and fabrication have changed over the decades.

    Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Letter Stamp Holder!

    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!

    Stop-Motion Puppets from Star Wars, RoboCop, and Jurassic Park!

    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.

    Tested: Peopoly Phenom L SLA 3D Printer Review

    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!

    Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Foam Prop Safe!

    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!

    Adam Savage's Favorite Tools: Best Budget Multimeter!

    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 Savage's Kill Bill Bride Sword Replica!

    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 Savage's One Day Builds: Machinist Tool Drawers!

    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!

    How To Make a Star Wars Action Figure Diorama

    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.

    Star Wars Book Nook Diorama Build!

    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!

    Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Tintype Photo Clamp for Gary Oldman!

    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 Savage's Favorite Tools: Best Hot Glue Gun!

    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.

    Inside Adam Savage's Cave: Awesome Tengu Masks!

    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 Savage's One Day Builds: Drill Press Modification!

    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!

    Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Lathe Chuck Rolling Rack!

    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!

    Adam Savage's Favorite Tools: Wiggler Machining Center-Finder

    This week's tool tip is about an esoteric maching tool that Adam has used a few times lately in his machining projects. It's a "wiggler" center finder, used on his lathe and milling machine to perfectly line up the tool with the center of a piece of round stock. Adam used it recently to calibrate his lathe tailstock, and it's one of those tools where learning its name was a revelation for Adam's journey as a machinist!

    Inside Adam Savage's Cave: Weta Workshop's Aragorn Vambraces

    Adam shares an important component to an Aragorn cosplay he's been slowing assembling--Aragorn's leather vambraces that he wears throughout the Lord of the Rings trilogy. These vambraces were made the artists at Weta Workshop, and Adam shows the layered construction and intricate details that make it a beautiful and comfortable piece of costuming!