One Day Builds

Armor and Swords

Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Painting Iron Man Armor, Part 2!

Now that his Iron Man Mark I suit has been chrome painted and sealed, it's time for Adam to apply the washes that will tell the story of the armor's age and construction! Using acrylic-based paint, rubbing alcohol, water, rags and elbow grease over his lacquer base coat, Adam refines his technique to the point that he has finite control over his weathering. It's one of Adam's finest paint jobs to date, and he caps off his build by trying on the costume in full!

Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Iron Man Mark 1 Boots!

Adam's next big costume project is a return to his build-up of his Iron Man Mark 1 armor! Previously, Adam reworked the costume's chest chassis and shoulder parts, and today he's tackling the legs and boots of the suit. Even though the castings are a good foundation to work off of, it's going to take a lot of modification and scratch building to get the armor ready for wear. Next up will be painting the whole thing!

Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Knight Lighter Restoration!

Adam is well known for his love of armor, so he couldn't resist picking up this vintage miniature suit of armor--that also happen to be a working lighter! The condition that Adam bought it in is in dire need of repair and care, so today's build is a teardown of this mini suit to bring back its luster and get its fire feature working again!

Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Iron Man Mark I Helmet!

Continuing his work on his Iron Man Mark I armor costume, Adam turns his focus to the helmet. The helmet that came with the costume is painted resin, but needs a new paint metallic paint job for better screen accuracy. It's a multi-stage application to give it a brilliant chrome finish which is then taken down with some oil paint weathering. Adam also builds out the inside of the helmet to line it with leather and make it not only wearable, but also functional with a flip-up face visor!

Adam Savage's One Day Builds: How To Build a $5 Sword!

This week's build is actually a how-to project! Adam's had the idea for making a wooden sword out of just five dollars of materials since his theater shop days, and shows you the step by step process of building this inexpensive but satisfying prop.