Top 5 one day build videos from Adam Savage
Adam Savage is known for a lot of things to people of a geeky persuasion. He is best known as one of the co-hosts of the Discovery Channel show Mythbusters, where he along with co-host Jamie Hyneman took their experience in special effects to bust urban legends they had heard or read about. The show was a big hit for the network and spawned several spin-off shows for other Discovery Networks and the Science Channel.
Since that show ended, Adam can be found online working with Tested.com on all kinds of things. One of the regular videos they produce is Adam himself in his “cave” workshop putting something together and having a whole day to get the project done. Whether he can complete the project in one day is an adventure sometimes but here are the top 5 one day build video by Adam Savage.
Lego lunar lander
For the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon and having Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldren setting foot on the Luna surface, Adam decided to put together a Lego version of the Spacecraft that landed there. Lots of people love Lego sets, Adam included. One of the things he does before the actual build is a process called knolling in which he takes out ALL the pieces and puts them in piles according to what they look like or their shape. Once he gets all the pieces ordered, he goes through the directions and puts it together. It’s not his longest project as it takes about 2 hours to put the whole thing together but still, even as a Lego set it still looks cool. To paraphrase a famous line spoken at the time. The Eagle has been built!
Scratch-built spaceship model
Adam Savage loves science fiction! His past working for Industrial Lights and Magic plays right into that as he forms a model of a spacecraft from scratch. During this build, he breaks out his own vacuum form machine to show how those work in forming plastic shapes. He also tells of the importance of having nail files on hand to help form wooden shapes and designs, in this case, to form a dye for his vacuum former. He then proceeds to construct his model, explaining everything he uses along with showing how to use it!
NASA spacesuit helmet
Adam spends this video making the space helmet to a spacesuit costume he ends up wearing in a later video. He spends his time tape masking and painting the frame of the helmet before he gets to building some of the mechanical aspects like the face window and the other added touches to make this helmet look as accurate as possible, but also making sure he can wear it without passing out in the process. During the work on the helmet he talks about the proper way to mix paint for color. Once he gets done painting the individual parts and the helmet itself, he goes through and attaches all the smaller parts like the visor handle to lift the visor with until he has an amazing looking helmet for his spacesuit! By the end, you can see how enthused he is to have made it!
A case for Eric Idle’s guitar
As Adam explains, this was born for comedian Eric Idle’s twitter plea to find someone who could make him a carrying case for his guitar. Adam answered the call and here is the video showing him making the case. Adam ends up using sailcloth which he has a lot laying around from a previous project. He starts with foam to put the guitar into. He decides to line the inside using synthetic fur he used in making a costume for Hayao Miyazaki’s Totoro which is kind of fitting considering the project and who it is for. It is a little bit of a departure for Adam as he tends to construct things from materials like metal, wood, and plastic but he shows that all the same rules apply in his construction no matter what he is using.
After spending time at the Weta Workshop and taking some lessons on how to make swords for movies, Adam makes his own based off Excalibur from the 1981 movie that he loves so much. He goes through grinding the blade itself and making the handle to hold it with. He uses a belt grinder that he made himself, especially for grinding swords. Adam seems to revel in his new skills in making a strip of metal into something he can carry with a full suit of armor into a mock battle.