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    The Silicone Creatures of Immortal Masks!

    We catch up with Immortal Masks, makers of creature masks with lifelike movement and glorious detail. At Monsterpalooza, we check out their new experiments in silicone maskmaking, including cyborg and android masks that look like metal, and baby creatures that are just too adorable!

    The Shape of Water Creature Maquette!

    We check out this detailed maquette statue of the creature from The Shape of Water, recreated by the artists at Elite Creature Collectibles. Veteren effects artist Steven Wang shows us the unique paint application and display for this beautiful figure, as well as two Ultraman life-size busts he's made as passion projects!

    Aurum FX's Destiny Blaster Props!

    We love ourselves a good blaster replica, and the ones created by Aurum FX for Bungie's Destiny game are a sight to behold. We chat with Eric of Aurum FX to learn about their modeling and finishing process, and get a close look at their replicas of the Thorn, Ace of Spades, Sunshot, and The Last Word props!

    Lustre Effects Studio's Hyper Realistic Daruma Dolls!

    We're blown away by these hyper realistic daruma doll sculptures by Lustre Effects Studio. Being big fans of their work online, we were thrilled to meet their team at this year's Monsterpalooza, getting a close look at these haunting sculptures, each with a distinct personality!

    Modeling the Key to Erebor for 3D Printing!

    For Darrell's next project, he walks us through the process of modeling a replica of the Key to Erebor, inspired by the Hobbit films. Throughout the modeling process, Darrell explains how he achieves exacting relief details on the model that's suitable for 3D printing!

    Tested: Dremel Digilab LC40 Laser Cutter

    We test and review Dremel's Digilab LC40 laser cutter, a 40 watt hobby laser designed for personal workshops and maker spaces. We go over its setup, safety features, and capabilities, including the differences between it and other glass tube lasers in its class. There's a lot to like here!

    Unconventional Workshops - Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project - 4/9/19
    Special guest Melissa Ng (Lumecluster) and modelamaker Kayte Sabicer join us this week to talk about working out of nonstandard spaces, finding satisfaction in arduous workflows, and the difference between having a dedicated workshop and working from home. Plus, shoutout to the North Bergen High School drama club and their Alien play!
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    Show and Tell: Laser-Cut Orrery Kit

    We're enamored with this elegant laser-cut wooden orrery kit by Induku Design. This hand-cranked mecahnical model of the solar system depicts the rotations of the Moon around the Earth, and also around the Sun. We put this automata together to show you how it works!

    Hands-On with the HP Reverb VR Headset!

    We visit HP to go hands-on with their new high-end virtual reality headset, the HP Reverb. This Windows Mixed Reality headset has one of the highest resolution panels we've used for VR, and the clarity is remarkable! Plus, our impressions of Asgard's Wrath and Shadowpoint, two Oculus games we played at GDC.

    Shop Tips: Tools for Punching Holes

    Sean guides us through the different tools best used to make precise holes in all sorts of materials, from leather to sheet metal. Here's what he uses to make things like custom washers burr-free electrical panel holes.

    Welcome Greg Broadmore! - Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project - 4/2/19
    Weta's Greg Broadmore is in town giving demos for the Dr. Grordbort's Invaders Magic Leap game, and stops by the cave to join Adam and Will for a podcast! Greg talks about how he got started at Weta, the origins of Dr. Grordbort, and creating stories for augmented reality. (Note: apologies for the sound quality this week, our audio recorder failed and we're using backup camera audio. )
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    Hobby RC: Building and Flying a Super-Detailed Micro RC Plane

    Most RC aviators enjoy adding accents to make their scale models appear more realistic. We'd love for them to be as detailed and precise as static plastic models. Yet, the weight and structural constraints of a flying replica often dictate that we have to settle for "good enough." Smaller models typically demand more concessions than larger ones…but not always. I recently discovered a series of tiny airplanes that use innovative materials and techniques to achieve incredible realism.

    Microaces is a small, UK-based company that produces a line of ultra-micro RC models replicating WWI-era aircraft. At first glance, these airplanes actually look like well-detailed static models (close to 1/24-scale). Closer inspection reveals the functional control surfaces and electric motor that make them airworthy.

    Like many ultra-micro RC aircraft, Microaces kits are constructed primarily of foam. The truly unique aspect of these kits, and a key component to their realism, is that the foam is factory-printed with realistic color schemes. All of the details such as stitching, panel lines, insignia, unit markings, and weathering are all there when you open the box.

    The Microaces SE5a kit is built from foam and plastic parts that are factory-printed with a historically-accurate color scheme.

    Microaces offers kits for several different WWI aircraft. Most of them are available in multiple historically-accurate trim schemes. I chose to build the "Heavy Weather" SE5a that depicts the fighting steed of British ace, Arthur Rhys-Davids. With a wingspan of only 14.5" (368mm), this model could be completed as a static desktop display. But there was never any doubt that my example would be built to take to the sky!

    The Fabric of Fiction - Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project - 3/26/19
    We're joined this week by Max Temkin, designer and co-creator of the game Cards Against Humanity for a wide-ranging discussion on the Mars conference, optimism in science fiction, and yes, politics. Plus, Adam's thoughts on the idea of build videos and how he approaches them differently when filming a build for web vs. for television.
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    Tested: Insta360 EVO Convertible VR180 Camera

    We test the new Insta360 EVO, a camera that can switch between shooting in 360 video and 180-degree stereoscopic video for virtual reality headsets. Here's a quick primer on why 180-degree VR video is compelling, and how compact cameras like the Insta360 EVO will let you capture great-looking VR video without complicated post-processing.

    Space Archaeology - Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project - 3/12/19
    We're joined today by special guest Sarah Parcak, a space archaeologist who has directed archaeological expeditions around the planet. She's chats with us about the role of technology in modern day archaeology, her GlobalXplorer project, and what it smells like in a thousands-year-old tomb. Plus, we share some spoiler-free Captain Marvel impressions!
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