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    Model Behavior: Groot in Carbonite Garage Kit!

    Time to put together another garage kit! Bill brings a kit featuring a pretty sweet mash-up: baby Groot at 1:1 scale frozen in carbonite. We use this kit as an opportunity to practice some oil washes, as well as install a lighting kit. This was the project that put us in contact with VoodoFX!

    Ask Adam: Favorite Shop Stool

    Every week, Adam takes a question from the Tested Premium Member community in the comments section below or on social media (tagged #AskAdamSavage) and answers here. This week, Adam talks about the problem of finding a good working stool to use in his shop!

    Model Behavior: Making a Set for Toy Photography

    Kayte and Norm work with styrene this week to build out a backdrop for sixth-scale toy photography. Specifically, we're going to making a photo-ready approximation of an Imperial wall from Star Wars for use with a K-2SO figure. Follow along as we cut stencils out by hand and then also experiment with the Cricut vinyl cutter to automate some of the processes!

    Ask Adam Anything: Top 5 Sci-Fi Books

    Every week, Adam takes a question from the Tested Premium Member community in the comments section below or on social media (tagged #AskAdamSavage) and answers here. This week, Adam details his top five science-fiction book recommendations!

    LEGO with Friends: Voltron, Part 3

    The build team is down to three but we finish up assembling LEGO Voltron and put the sub-assemblies together to form one kick-ass 80's robot! Thanks for watching this build--what LEGO set would you like to see us take on next?

    LEGO with Friends: Voltron, Part 2

    LEGO Voltron may have two arms and two legs, but we're quickly finding out that the builds for each of these lions are unique. We show off the differences between the sub-builds before moving onto the fifth and final lion that makes up the torso. And for those of us unfamiliar with Voltron, we talk through the history of this beloved show and other 80s-era cartoons!

    LEGO with Friends: Voltron, Part 1

    LEGO with Friends is back! And the build team gets together to build the newly released LEGO Ideas Voltron set. Sean, Jeremy, Kayte, and Norm each take on the task of assembling a lion, uncovering the ways LEGO designers made this a perfect set for group builds.

    Ask Adam Anything: Being Starstruck

    Every week, Adam takes a question from the Tested Premium Member community in the comments section below or on social media (tagged #AskAdamSavage) and answers here. This week, Adam talks about his experience collaborating with Weta and Peter Jackson in our recent short film project, and why he still gets starstruck.

    Model Behavior: Acrylic vs. Oil Washes

    Bill and Norm experiment with different kinds of paint washes for model figurines. We examine the differences in application and results between using a water-based acrylic washe and an oil wash for weathering. What kind of paint wash do you use for your projects?

    Ask Adam Anything: Favorite Dishes to Cook

    Every week, Adam takes a question from the Tested Premium Member community in the comments section below or on social media (tagged #AskAdamSavage) and answers here. This week, Adam talks about his favorite dishes to cook at home.

    One Week at Weta Workshop, Part 6

    A full week of work comes together as we go on set to shoot the short film! Half the team heads to Weta Workshop for early morning creature makeup, while the production crew and Adam go on location to begin filming. There's lot of problem-solving in the moment to get all of our shots, and both Peter Jackson and Richard Taylor visit the set to lend some advice.

    Ask Adam: Most Important Tool (Used Least)

    Every week, Adam takes a question from the Tested Premium Member community in the comments section below or on social media (tagged #AskAdamSavage) and answers here. This week, Adam answers a great question about the most important tool in his shop that's used the least!

    One Week at Weta Workshop, Part 5

    Stunt choreographer and performer Shane Rangi designs the fight sequence and Adam rehearses it for the first time. We also learn about the design of the creature and its video game origins. Just one more day until the film shoot!

    Ask Adam: Maker's Block

    Every week, Adam takes a question from the Tested Premium Member community in the comments section below or on social media (tagged #AskAdamSavage) and answers here. This week, Adam answers a question about the tendency to delay working on projects when feeling like you haven't honed your skills to meet the challenge.

    Model Behavior: Vinyl-Cutting Figure Decals

    We're back with more episodes of Model Behavior! Bill comes by the studio to help us experiment with a new vinyl cutter, the Cricut Maker. While we cut tiny decals to deck out a sixth-scale figure, we chat about the uses of vinyl decals and stencils for propmaking and modelmaking, and Bill gives some great advice about how to make the most out of the material.

    One Week at Weta Workshop, Part 4

    The big practical effect in the film is a blood spurt, and to achieve that, we learn about the various kinds of blood rigs that Weta can attach to Adam’s arm. Things get a bit messy with testing the rigs. Joey goes on a location scouting trip and gives Adam some options for the shoot, which is coming up fast!

    Ask Adam: Earliest Memory?

    Every week, Adam takes a question from the Tested Premium Member community in the comments section below or on social media (tagged #AskAdamSavage) and answers here. This week, Adam recalls his earliest memory. What's your earliest memory?

    One Week at Weta Workshop, Part 3

    The creature’s foam latex face is ready to be pulled from its mold, and we take a look at Adam’s fake arm prosthetic to figure out how it’ll be torn off in the fight. For the armor of the ravaged soldier character, we head to the costume shop to wet mold and paint a chest plate. The pieces are coming together!

    Ask Adam: Reading the Comments

    Every week, Adam takes a question from the Tested Premium Member community in the comments section below or on social media (tagged #AskAdamSavage) and answers here. This week, Adam talks about the relationship between content creators and commentors on the internet, and how he deals with toxicity on the internet.

    One Week at Weta Workshop, Part 2

    Adam spends the day in master swordsmith Peter Lyon’s shop, making a steel dagger that will be the hero prop for the film. While Adam gets to grinding the blade, we also visit Weta’s props department to cast a few different rubber stunt daggers for the action sequence. Adam then heads to the paint shop to get the hero and stunt props painted to match!