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Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Excalibur Sword!

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One Day Builds: Customizing Adam's Hero Sword

Adam and Norm spend the afternoon geeking out over awesome wooden swords bought at last year's Dragon*Con and then decide to make some modifications to personalize them. This gives Adam a chance to talk about some of his favorite prop-making tools and tricks.

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

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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. It's a build that can be done with any combination of materials, tools, and adhesives, and makes use of some of Adam's favorite propmaking techniques!

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Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Hellboy Sword!

In this One Day Build, Adam celebrates one of his favorite comic book characters by bringing a piece of Hellboy's demon-slaying arsenal to life. With a Samaritan pistol already in his collection, Adam takes on the task of building a comic-book-worthy broadsword, complete with charred demon skewered at the tip!

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Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Movie Sword Rack!

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Adam pushes his woodworking comfort zone a little bit with today's build: a sword rack for his home office to display his favorite hero and replica swords from his collection! The design of this sword rack is framed around one of Adam's favorite movie posters to give it a unique presentation. Let's see which of Adam's swords make the cut for this display piece!

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Adam Savage's King Arthur Armor Build, Part 1

Adam arrives at the home and workshop of Terry English, the famed armorer who made over 100 suits of armor for John Boorman's Excalibur, the Colonial Marine armor for James Cameron's Aliens, and memorable costumes for countless other films. Adam learns Terry's orign story, studies the anatomy of armor, and begins a week of apprenticeship under Terry.

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

Adam digs up an incomplete Iron Man Mark I armor costume out of his shop's deep storage and gets to work building out this suit and getting wear at a future convention. This replica was nicely sculpted and cast, and is a great base for Adam's upgrades, including adding a light-up arc reactor and mechanized magneto generator prop in the back of the suit! It's a lot of fun scratch building and kitbashing of parts to make it look like something Tony Stark would've made in the film! (Stick to the end for a bonus mini-build too!)

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Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Luke's Lightsaber!

Time to make a laser sword hilt! Adam takes a cylinder of aluminum stock and walks us through how he machined his first replica of Luke's lightsaber from Return of the Jedi. In the spirit of revisiting his early propmaking efforts, Adam only uses one found photo for reference and explains how to extrapolate details from an image to usable measurements for propmaking. It's a build that goes through some unexpected turns, and ends up being a different One Day Build journey than Adam intended!

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Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Giant Nut and Bolt!

Adam expands his machining skills in today's One Day Build by attempting to machine a giant bolt and nut out of a chunk of brass. It's a thorough test of Adam's abilities working with his lathe and precision machining, as the two comically large parts have to fit in the end!

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Adam's Meteorite Sword's Design Is Inspired By King Arthur's Excalibur | Savage Builds

Adam Savage designs his very own King Arthur inspired meteorite sword using Oakeshott's 'Records of the Medieval Sword.'

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Adam Savage's King Arthur Armor Build, Part 4

Adam surprises Terry with his own Excalibur sword he built and compares it to Terry's original sword! Plus, we flash back to the cave for some prep work Adam did in making the gauntlet fingers for a One Day Build. Let's see if they meet Terry's approval!

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Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Iron Giant Bolt!

For this week's One Day Build, Adam digs up a garage kit that he's been looking forward to putting together for a while: a bolt from The Iron Giant! We get to assembling the electronics of the kit, and then Adam and Norm each take different approaches for the painting and finishing.

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Adam Savage's Kill Bill Bride Sword Replica!

Adam shows off his replica of The Bride's sword from Kill Bill, a collaboration with a propmaker that was a journey in prop replica sleuthing and unearthing little noticed details of the original Hattori Hanzo hero sword. This piece is the jewel on top of Adam's sword rack he made earlier this year, and holds up as one of the most accurate replicas he has in his collection!

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Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Miniature Shipping Container!

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Adam's been wanting to build this kit for years: a decal set that allows him to make a 1/10 scale shipping container like the 40-foot ones that move freight around the world on massive container ships. Adam's scaled-down version will be four feet long, and make for an awesome bench and storage box in the workshop. And of course it sits on casters!

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Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Foam Ringwraith Gauntlet!

This week's One Day Build is a collaboration with new Tested contributor Bill Doran, aka Punished Props! Bill visits Adam's workshop to help make a replica of Adam's Ringwraith Gauntlets using thin sheets of foam, showing the versatility and accessibility of this popular cosplay material!

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Adam Savage's One Day Builds: A Fake Can of Beans!

Adam helps out his friend, writer Amber Ruffin, who recently tweeted a photo of her couch leg replaced with a can of kidney beans. To help give her couch some support, Adam replicates that can out of a piece of poplar wood, making use of some of his favorite woodworking tools in the shop. The replica looks pretty convincing!

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Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Scratch-Built Spaceship!

Adam takes us through another spaceship model build, this time utilizing his trusty vacuum former, sheet styrene, and years of experience from his special effects modelmaking days. As the spaceship takes shape, Adam introduces several new tools and tips for this kind of modelmaking, and shows the versatility of this kind of build.

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Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Upgrading Captain America Shield!

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Adam makes an aesthetic upgrade to his Captain America Winter Soldier shield replica, which involves an aluminum cutting technique he learned in his early BattleBots fabrication days! Follow along as Adam uses a router and template to carve a large ring of aluminum--a quick and efficient solution to a large piece of metal cutting!

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Adam Savage's One Day Builds: 1000 Shot NERF Blaster!

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Adam picks up a NERF Rival Nemesis blaster, and upgrades it with a custom magazine to hold a THOUSAND soft plastic NERF balls. Watch as Adam builds the new magazine from scratch, uses kit-bashing to detail the blaster, and adds more upgrades like the bi-pod and laser. And to test this massive rig, Adam sets his sights on some prehistoric prey! Life finds a way!

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Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Mortal Engines Hand Cannon!

Adam has just returned from New Zealand, where he met with some of the prop makers for the upcoming film Mortal Engines. Using their designs, Adam makes a replica of the character Anna Fang's striking sidearm, showing paint and weathering techniques to make this piece look at home in the movie's striking world!

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Adam Savage Incognito as King Arthur at Comic-Con 2017!

Adam fulfills his lifelong dream of becoming King Arthur from the film Excalibur at 2017's San Diego Comic-Con! This costume is a full suit of armor from Excalibur, made by legendary armorer Terry English who made all the armor for the film. Adam spent over a week at Terry's shop assisting with this build, culminating in this beautiful shiny suit that's surprisingly comfortable to move in!

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