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    Adam Savage Interviews Expanse Production Designer Tony Ianni

    How do you achieve the (flawless) aesthetics of science fiction with limited budget, space and time? Adam Savage speaks to production designer Tony Ianni about how he and his team of hundreds create The Expanse's many otherworldly -- and very convincing -- sets with a TV budget and timeline.

    Ask Adam: Keeping Builds Clean (Despite Dirty Hands)

    In this Ask Adam, Adam Savage responds to akaPixelpeter's comment, "You do a lot of (spray)painting and such but always seem to keep your builds clean even though you do get your hands/fingers dirty; I would get fingerprints all over my build for sure."

    Adam Savage Explains How TV Spaceship Doors Work

    While on the set of the Expanse, Adam Savage stops to examine the blast doors of the spaceship Rocinante. The doors look like thick metal, but they're actually made of light material and operate like your window curtains at home. Ah, the magic of film!

    Adam Savage Paints and Weathers the Ghostbusters Ecto-1 Model Kit!

    Adam catches up on the Eaglemoss Ghostbusters Ecto-1 model kit with the intricate engine assembly. In this condensed build update, he guides us through his painting and weathering process, using a mix of oil washes and rub-n-buff wax highlights to make this scale model look like a beat-up and grimy piece of 50s machinery! (Full assembly and painting video here for Tested members!)

    Ask Adam: Have You Used Your Tattoo Yet?

    In this Ask Adam, Adam answers McCauley Photography's question about his arm tattoo (which is a ruler, if you haven't noticed it). You can ask your own question in the comments section below or on social media (tagged #AskAdamSavage)!

    Model Behavior: Painting Miniature Figurines

    We found these gorgeous resin miniatures from the artist alley at this year's Silicon Valley Comic Con, and spend today's Model Behavior painting them! Kayte and Norm also use this opportunity to do some foam sculpting to craft a display base for their figures, as well as experiment with some metallic paint. These kits are from artist Dennis Chan under his Mt Lion Miniatures banner and are available now!

    Ask Adam: Deciding Prop Functionality

    Nicholas Foote asks Adam Savage, "When making a prop, how do you decide how functional you're going to make it?" What a great question! Here's Adam's answer, and you can ask your own question in the comments section below or on social media (tagged #AskAdamSavage)!

    Model Behavior: Bandai 1/5000 Star Destroyer, Part 2

    Kayte and Norm wrap up their build of the awesome Bandai 1/5000 scale Star Destroyer, assembling the kit with its LED internal lighting system. The last step is to add a weathering pass, and we experiment with using powdered pigments instead of a wash to accentuate the model's panel lines and make it look like the original filming miniature.

    Model Behavior: Bandai 1/5000 Star Destroyer, Part 1

    Kayte and Norm embark on a new model kit build--this time the ridiculously detailed 1/5000 Star Destroyer snap-fit kit from Bandai. In our first day of work on this model, we prime the pieces and try our hand at adding surface "aztec" paneling, using fine strips of cut masking tape. This kind of subtle surface work is wonderfully relaxing, and adds detail that helps model starships look extra eye-catching!

    Ask Adam: Resisting the Urge to Start Over

    This week Adam answers Tested Member Griffin839's question, "How do you deal with the urge to start over during a project? Often I will be working on a project and then get the urge to start over and do it better." Ask your own question in the comments section below or on social media (tagged #AskAdamSavage)!

    Model Behavior: X-Wing Cutaway Model Kit!

    Bill and Norm assemble a rare Star Wars X-Wing snap-fit kit that was recently found online. This highly-detailed 1:35 scale model was a one-off from Kotobukiya in their ArtFX line--a cross section model that reveals the interior of the craft! We scrutinize and show off the beautiful pre-painted parts as we put this unique diorama together. Truly a holy grail kit!

    Model Behavior: Rusted Fallout Fusion Flea!

    Bill and Norm are back with more Model Behavior projects! This week, we take the beautiful Fusion Flea model from The Wand Company and attempt to weather it to look like the post-apocalytic version seen in Fallout 4 using screenshots as reference. Masking, paint chipping, and application of real rust makes this model look fantastically aged!

    Ask Adam: Most Surprising Fan

    On Twitter, Robert Bruce asked, "Who surprised you the most saying they are your fan? Who did you fanboy over the most?" Here's Adam's answer, and if you have a question for Adam, post it in the comments below!

    Ask Adam: Preferred Music While Making

    This week Adam answers Jack Zacher's question from Twitter: "Do you listen to music/podcasts/whatever while you're making things?" Ask your own question in the comments section below or on social media (tagged #AskAdamSavage)!

    Ask Adam: Revisiting "Finished" Projects

    This week Adam answers Tested member harrison_e_b2's question: "What is your process after you have finished a project? Do you continue to research the project to improve it? Do you ever go back?" Ask your own question in the comments section below or on social media (tagged #AskAdamSavage)!

    Ask Adam: How Do You Cope With Tedium During Projects?

    This week -- with Tested mascot Alfie along for company -- Adam answers Tested member SmithPad2's question: "What are some of your strategies in coping with tedium in a project with lots of repetition?" Ask your own question in the comments section below or on social media (tagged #AskAdamSavage)!