Inside Adam Savage’s Cave: The Rocketeer Rocket Pack

Adam Savage shows off the progress of the Rocketeer jetpack he’s currently building. We discuss how he’s weathering the rocket engines to get the right look of discolored metal and a cool trick to illuminate the bottom of the pack.

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  1. Mirado just replied to your comment:

    That wasn’t there! He did a speed edit, I swear! 😀 I wouldn’t hop over a big thing like someone suggesting a 580. Plus, I agree with you on the HTPC + GPU = bad line of thought, which I even more strongly recommend now that I know he stuck a 580 in there.

    What resolution are you gaming at? At 1920×1200 or less, a 580 is overkill. You want to look for a 570 max, more likely a 560/6950 if you don’t mind a bit of an upgrade a good 2 years or so from now.

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  2. Holy shit, that was one of my favorite movies when I was a kid and I’d almost completely forgotten about it. Pretty crazy to see it show up here, though I do wish we coulda seen the rest of the backpack since I’d have to imagine that’s where most of the time got spent. Kinda confused on the engine parts that he said were cast resin though, does that mean the welding marks are faked and none of the exhaust tubing is metal?

  3. The backpack was sent out to be plated, so lets hope they’ll really do a follow-up once he gets it back from plating and completed =)

    He did say it was resin, which makes sense, carrying around a metal rocket pack and costume at a place like Comic Con would be intense. I’m guessing someone on the Replica Prop Forum made a run of resin-castings of the exhaust tubes and the backback body, which Adam then bought, built and finished.

    Usually, once someone makes a really good version of a prop and wants to share with the community, they’ll take a list of interested buyers. Depending on the project and process involved, the interested buyers might pay a deposit in order to pay for production, and then the remainder of the price once a run of parts have been made.

    Sometimes these runs are finished props, but often they are unpainted kits, such as fibreglass castings of major parts, with or without associated hardware. Since the finishing processes are very time consuming they would make a prop like a rocket pack really expensive, thousands of dollars. Instead, people buy a kit for a few hundred bucks, clean it up, paint and weather it, add stuff like wires, cables, lights and moving parts in order to arrive at the finished prop.

    Sometimes, arriving at the level of screen-accurate detail in the original sculpt to be casted is a several-year long collaborative process of trial and error until the production run finally materializes. I suggest everyone checks the RPF out, so much amazing work.

  4. I really love these visits to the work cave (manshop?). I hope to see many more. And if Jamie would let us see what he has in his shed, I’d be thrilled.

  5. HAHA finally, Adam putting the fuckin cabbage on that whole “man cave” business. god that was annoying.

  6. I think I am losing respect for adam savage via recent episodes of mythbusters, that show is becoming less educational and more bullshit. I am gaining respect for him via these videos. Thanks be to tested for it.

  7. The always beautiful heat discoloration adam is going for on his braided lines looks to be that of titanium, as seen here. Perhaps a little red/orange/yellow would take it one step further?

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