Bandai Cup Noodle Model Kit?!? Let’s Build It!

Let’s have some fun building one of the most unique model kits we’ve ever encountered! Bandai makes a 1/1 (officially licensed!) replica of the iconic Cup Noodles instant ramen meal, complete with the plastic representations of the dehydrated instant noodles inside! Sean and Norm put this snap-fit kit together with some modifications as well, using Lacquer-Stiks to bring out the lettering and a paint wash for the noodles. A far cry from Gundam or Star Wars kits, but Bandai’s injection molding prowess is on full display here!

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How to Use Threaded Inserts for Wood, Metal, and 3D Prints!

Sean gives an overview to using threaded inserts for using machine screws in wood, metal, or even plastic 3D prints! For example, adding casters to your woodworking builds, or a 1/4-20 threaded insert in a 3D-printed phone holder. Here’s how different kinds of threaded inserts perform, and Sean’s recommendations for the types to use for various materials and mediums. How have you used threaded inserts in your projects?

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The Origin of Ghostbusters’ Belt Gizmo Prop!

One of the lesser-known props essential to a Ghostbusters cosplay is the “gizmo” accessory that hangs off of the uniform’s belt. Fans of the film have uncovered the origins of that prop, sourcing its components to a vintage Sanyo calculator! Sean takes apart one of these calculators and shows how well it compares to the beautiful Ectolabs Gizmo replica kit, comprised of real custom circuitboards and working electronics!

Ghostbusters Prop Replica: Venkman’s ESP Test Machine!

Here’s an iconic prop from the opening scenes of Ghostbusters that was actually a repurposed pieces of vintage scientific equipment! Venkman’s ESP testing machine was originally a Beckman pH Meter from the 1930s used to test the acidity of liquids, and Sean brings in his recreation of the prop using an original acidimeter with his refurbished tweaks. Let’s take a look inside this machine!

Tested in 2021: Sean’s Favorite Things!

Sean brings in some of his favorite new tools from his home workshop to share, including a robust rotary tool system that outclasses your typical hobby tools, a useful handheld vise, and a few blasts from the past. We also can’t get enough of Weta Workshop’s Mini Epics vinyl figures!

Foredom Rotary Tool, Foredom Drill Press, Foredom Tool Holder, Grobet Rotary Tool, Hand Vise, Weta Mini Epics, ZOIDS, Wintergreen Opticore Holiday Lights.

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Inside an Arriflex 16mm Film Camera!

Continuing the deep dive into his 16mm camera collection, Sean takes out and takes apart the venerable Ariflex ST–one of the first professional 16mm cine cameras that has endured through the decades. Sean disassembles this camera to show how its reflex viewfinder system works, demonstrates how film is loaded, and explains why this is a camera that some filmmakers are still using today!

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More Weird and Wonderful Vintage Analog Clocks!

Sean’s back to share more from his collection of vintage mechanical clocks! This selection of striking timepieces includes the “Remindotimer” with physical alarm switches for almost every minute of the day, and a guardman’s watchclock with one of the most unique timekeeping mechanisms we’ve ever seen!

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