Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Aliens Colonial Marines Shoulder Lamp!

Adam's next big costume project has begun, and it's a painstaking replica of the Colonial Marines armor from the movie Aliens. As part of that ongoing project, he has to fabricate several prop pieces that fit onto the armor, including a distinctive shoulder lamp worn by the characters. And interestingly, most of the components that make up this prop come from found parts that anyone can source online. Thanks to machinist and propmaker Victor Broadley for helping Adam source the parts for this build!

Shot by Adam Savage and edited by Gunther Kirsch

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  1. Adam Savage’s Tested

    Adam Savage’s Tested

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    Watch more Alien-related videos here:

    • Cristian Marin

      Cristian Marin

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      What’s with the band around your arm? Thanks for the vid! Always watch before I soeep

    • Valdarko


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      where is the Prospect (2018) movie episode? i thought when that movie came out Adam would go crazy with the suits design, and its an independent movie with a very tight budget, there is a lot of DIY things in there, think you guys should take look

    • Tony


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      Ha! the 3D printer is the live CGI of today,

  2. TheHoldich


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    On the colour of the pluse rifle, Ian Much of Bapty recently confirmed that the screen correct colour for the hero pulse rifles is not brown bess but was a combination of colour washes based on a ww2 german grungrau. Some of the surviving PR's were later repainted in the humbrol brown bess but this was after the film wrapped.

  3. chrissteene


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    love the time laps music who dose it and can you post a link to them ?



    پیش 6 روز

    The Piano wire noooooooo Game Over Man, why not just use a zip tie.

  5. austin hartung

    austin hartung

    پیش 14 روز

    I cant wait for more alien stuff.

  6. Patrick Cunningham

    Patrick Cunningham

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    So I gotta ask, does anyone remember the days when CA glue was like water consistency? Rather than gel? I have so much trouble using gel and really miss the watery stuff because it would try really quick without activator.

  7. Dion Mucciacito

    Dion Mucciacito

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    Motion tracker please!!!!!!!

  8. White Blogger Black Specs

    White Blogger Black Specs

    پیش 15 روز

    Now I have to look up on Google the Lightsaber Obi-Wan used in A New Hope

  9. The Game Boyz

    The Game Boyz

    پیش 15 روز

    My Alexa Just Started Playing Brandi Carlisle. What a great way to get around copywrite strikes!

  10. phlave


    پیش 16 روز

    What's the song around @11:30? I tried spotifying it but with no luck

  11. Terry Bailey

    Terry Bailey

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    You should build a motion tracker. Where does one get the blue prints. Please send link. As well as for this video.

  12. William Huang

    William Huang

    پیش 17 روز

    Hanzhen harmonic drive gear , industrial robot arm gear reducer, factory automation joint gear

  13. Toby Nobel

    Toby Nobel

    پیش 18 روز

    Found parts are my favorite builds! It's what I can relate to. I am still learning anything scratch built. The Smugglers Room is a great channel for found item props, however they specialize in Star Wars only.

  14. Chris Foster

    Chris Foster

    پیش 19 روز

    That’s a great shade of brown…..big brown fan!

  15. BimodalHealer


    پیش 20 روز

    I don’t think I’ve ever commented on one of these I watch most of them but the MacBooks precarious perch is fueling my anxiety

  16. UncleDeluxe


    پیش 21 روز

    It amazes me that relatively flimsy parts- like the calculator were used for filming props. You’d think they would get broken easily.

  17. Richard Bennett

    Richard Bennett

    پیش 22 روز

    I have just bought my very first 3d printer. I'm so excited to get started learning the in and out of it. What color filament do you use when you know your going to paint the printed part?

    • Engitainment


      پیش 15 روز

      Honestly, whichever will best take the paint. Opaque colours are likely better bets for the resin, but depending on how thick you paint it, it probably doesn't matter (I am not an expert)

  18. Wizzard033


    پیش 23 روز

    I LOVE Humbrol paints. I used them for slot cars modeling and anything else that I wanted a Perfect finish.

  19. Stephen Remick

    Stephen Remick

    پیش 24 روز

    What's the music that starts at 10:45? Have noticed in a few videos...

  20. Benjamin Boyle

    Benjamin Boyle

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    Id love to see Adam kit bash something new from scratch.

  21. FergoWGE


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    I feel like the more Aliens props you make, the happy we will all be. 😂🤣 Easy wins. 😏

  22. Daniel Sullivan

    Daniel Sullivan

    پیش 25 روز

    How about the motion detector, with the THUMP THUMP THUMP sound? Do you have one of those?

  23. Primus 1873

    Primus 1873

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    Dude you just set of Alexa!

  24. Chris Emerson

    Chris Emerson

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    PLEASE blank out / censor / beep when you say 'Alexa' in your videos! It's just polite...

  25. Sir. Tony Blair. jr

    Sir. Tony Blair. jr

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    Hey Adam, your great job yet he cave. You got three and beyond your talent of tolerance is great and he's great to know. But, can build something that can be home make. Dell,very nice drill. Can be used in different ways. Becaus some of can't buy my the toys that you have that can help you along so hi subsequently can we without these things bring that show making to life? or have enough room. What we be and you to try to be do?

  26. Ricardo666


    پیش 27 روز

    Sadly the RPF has evolved into a den of elitists, rich kids and self proclaimed gatekeepers. You can still find incredible info there but you have to wade through tons of bullshit spewed by always the same group of arrogant assholes to find it.

  27. Jared Hoy

    Jared Hoy

    پیش 28 روز

    i'd like to buy you a wider lens

  28. RGC2005


    پیش 29 روز

    I taught infantry OCS back then. This movie was in our curriculum of how not to lead by rank. Every weapon and system in aliens actually inspired many real life copies

  29. Intoxicated Daze

    Intoxicated Daze

    پیش 29 روز

    There comin out the goddamn walls!!

  30. hotdogreen


    پیش 29 روز

    There isn’t much I envy in life … but your workshop is definitely on the list 😀

  31. Mortimer Darkwell

    Mortimer Darkwell

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    What’s up with the Andy Warhol wig in the background?

  32. Milo Aho

    Milo Aho

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    Also, you should put a light coat of neatsfoot oil on your leather. It will help with longevity

  33. Milo Aho

    Milo Aho

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    Adam, you absolutely need to check out Danny Huynh Creations on here. I'm into rc and stumbled upon his channel and its insane 😳

  34. James Barisitz

    James Barisitz

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    I usually remove my Rolex before spray painting.

  35. Michael Diaz

    Michael Diaz

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    Noticed your white board "good out comes" , "bad outcomes" would be a awesome tee-shirt

  36. Peter K. Noone

    Peter K. Noone

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    Thanks for making my Echo shuffle songs by Brandy Carlisle

  37. Anglesmith_Customs


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    I'm 33 years old and hope to grow up to be like Adam. If you're ever in Colorado, I would love to meet you! I'm just a small time maker on instagram @Anglesmith_Customs

  38. Dani Riot

    Dani Riot

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    Set my Alexa off again!!! 😂😂😂

  39. The Bulgarian Heist

    The Bulgarian Heist

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    That satisfying "click" when pulling the forend of the rifle.

  40. notfeedy notlazy

    notfeedy notlazy

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    10:45 No *BANDSAW NOISES*?

  41. joginator


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    motion tracker!

  42. graphicsgod


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    At 14:30 , sure it's "baking soda.." Now we know how Adam is such a workaholic lol!! JK 😳😳😉😉😏😏😆😆

  43. Brenden


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    IS there a modern, in production equal to the humbrol brown bess?

  44. Scott


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    I love lamp.

  45. goroberts56


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    Hey ah, Adam. Would it be ok to show a still of the real prop in scene w/o the studio sending their xenomorph attorneys after you? I just watched A2 but don't recall what the original lamp looks like.



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    The pulse rifle would be a cool one day build.

  47. guitfidle


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    Now I gotta go watch Aliens..... again🤣

  48. enigma6482


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    They were Space Marines, not soldiers.

  49. Justin Lee

    Justin Lee

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    Adam why the hell haven't you made yourself a colonial marine costume? You know you'd wear it to a convention and frankly youd make a dope Marine. Just do it!

    • Justin Lee

      Justin Lee

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      @Adam Savage’s Tested oh good, I was worried he was just doing bits and pieces. A full costume would suit him. So I'm glad!

    • Adam Savage’s Tested

      Adam Savage’s Tested

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      He is making a costume! This is just the first video from that build. Stay tuned for more!

  50. Manuel H.

    Manuel H.

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    wtf you are sick of charging batteries??? Considering what you are doing you should be more careful about pollution.

  51. The Quiet Craftsman

    The Quiet Craftsman

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    I never thought of it before, but I wonder if these shoulder lamps took inspiration from the US military-issue right-angle flashlights like the MX-99/U used in Vietnam which could similarly be used hands free

  52. DragonFable6519


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    A Question for mythbusters. Who was the person that drew the sketches for the start of mythbusters

  53. Michael Clemente

    Michael Clemente

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    Next up, motion tracker!

  54. skylinejei


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    What is the name of the song that starts @ 10.45

  55. Hawkeye Stegosaurus

    Hawkeye Stegosaurus

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    It occurs to me how to ask the question, how does he and other makers know what's good to keep for another project and what is just garbage?

  56. Matt Deren

    Matt Deren

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    Lulz. Adam triggered my Alexa.

  57. Maximus HB

    Maximus HB

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    haha around 6:15 something detaches and flings right past your face

  58. Fat Man Eats _

    Fat Man Eats _

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    You've spawned a freakshow. Test=FAILED

  59. Joe Blas Creations

    Joe Blas Creations

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    Seen a few humbrol enamel paint on eBay in that color. Cool

  60. Carlos Mondragon

    Carlos Mondragon

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    You Sir are the man of all men. God bless you and thank you for your time and wisdom

  61. Gearhead Workshop

    Gearhead Workshop

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    I really hate sped up timelapse on youtube.. especially on built projects that i really want to see details on.

  62. C. M. Dillon

    C. M. Dillon

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    While we're here talking about Alien. I finally got my Alien preorders from Weta. The Alien Mini Facehugger is the coolest figurine I've ever owned. Big Shout Out to Weta collectable department!

  63. 3DSage


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    I would like to see more found parts builds! :)

  64. Andrew Holmes

    Andrew Holmes

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    Anyone else having mad anxiety about how his laptop was sitting during the first time lapse 😳

    • Engitainment


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      Absolutely nerve-wracking, I was waiting for it to topple the whole time

    • Michael Niger

      Michael Niger

      پیش 26 روز

      he has done a time lapse before where it was sitting precariously on a unstable surface as he was working in time lapse it made its way to the floor once for sure and seems it happened again! As it inched towards the edge the tension was unreal!

    • Carlos Bovia

      Carlos Bovia

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      That´s what got my attention the whole time.. was waiting for the damn thing fly to hell and Adam make one of his famous scenes... hahahahaha...

    • w bradburn

      w bradburn

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      It has gone to the floor before, at least once.

  65. jmalmsten


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    I am pretty sure that huge handle teaser at the end is for the Motion Tracker. I do find it funny that similar devices are now available for focus-pullers on film sets. Basically the device makes a single-slice 2D depth-map of what is in front of the camera. Usually with a single line LADAR if I have understood things correctly.

  66. Benjamin Gamache

    Benjamin Gamache

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    I want to see Adam make anton chigurhs pneumatic bolt gun, from "No country from old men"

    • Fish Squish Guy

      Fish Squish Guy

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      Ha ha! That’s pretty dark! I wouldn’t mind seeing a Phantasm sphere or Hellraiser puzzle box

  67. Raven Wolf

    Raven Wolf

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    It's not a motion tracker, it's a Giger Counter!

  68. Garrett Giuffre

    Garrett Giuffre

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    Cooolist knowledge gained during a career. Yes

  69. Multiple People Have Access To Account name 446

    Multiple People Have Access To Account name 446

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    This is why Adam is MVP!

  70. Xtafa


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    One day build idea: Adam reupholstering his stool with leather, using his industrial sewing machine

  71. Kris Bendix

    Kris Bendix

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  72. Greenaresy


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    Is that Buzz Osborne in the corner?

  73. Maggie McFee

    Maggie McFee

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    You're in some real pretty shit now, man! 😁

  74. John Hanavan

    John Hanavan

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  75. Robgumby


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    What drill and driver is that?

  76. Flavio Cappelletti

    Flavio Cappelletti

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    Hello, what’s the song starting at 10:45? TIA

  77. roy sebastien

    roy sebastien

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    did you noticed that the Suloco as the same shape as the riffle

  78. d4rkr3b3l


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    Adam, I really love your channel and your work, but you really need to stop leaving your Echo commands in your videos... its funny once for the memes, but this is like the 3rd or 4th video you do this in (that i can recall). If you are going to leave the echo commands in the video, so that people know what you are listening to, just throw a notch filter from 4k to 5k on your audio. Not a big deal, but its really annoying when my wife is trying to sleep and my TV set to low volume triggers music to blast from the echo. Either way, thank you for the great content and I always look forward to your builds.

  79. Joshua Johnston

    Joshua Johnston

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    am i the only 1 on edge looking at the laptop on that tray?

  80. Spookssga


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    OMG, Humbrol paint. I havent seen one in years. The last time i saw one was over 20 years ago, which was about the last time i used one. 😮

  81. OscillationOverdrive


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    Shouldn't you be painting that in a dedicated spray area in stead of in the middle of the shop?

  82. Ben Bell

    Ben Bell

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    Since you're doing the Motion Tracker next, could you please take and publish somewhere the exact dimensions of the Hama 3642 Slide Viewer? I have not been able to find the exact dimensions of it and I'm not convinced some of the 3D models I have for this part are the correct size. You'd be doing us all a service.

  83. Han D Handerson

    Han D Handerson

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    I just love how you explain some stuff by whistling.

  84. Dragon maid

    Dragon maid

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    Just sayin probably a good idea that bag of baking soda was labled

  85. Phil Grindle

    Phil Grindle

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    Something I've been doing for years is collect interesting shapes from the plastic packaging everyone throws away! I have a box full of them. Paint on the inside like R/C car bodies are done. I have a custom built 6-wheel drive R/C monster. It started out as a Kyosho USA-1 Monster truck (1/10 scale) about the time of the Pathfinder/Sojourner mission. The only thing levt of the original kit is the gearboxes! Everything else is hand made Aluminum! I have a stack of gold Mylar clad anti static sheets (2'x4') that I scavenged from work. They were used to ship electronic components to us and they were just throwing them away. Until I started collecting them. I built a fun "Sojourner-esque" body. I also am building a Aliens APC body out of pink foam house insulation for it (covered in model airplane "Monokote" that hides the center tires, which don't steer like my fronts and rears do. I use a 4-ch R/C transmitter and can steer front or rear or both. APC being front steer only of course... BTW I have a Schwinn bicycle speedometer on it and its top speed recorded on 12V is 11 mph!

  86. Fly Casual

    Fly Casual

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    "...Pulse rifle is brown bess..". My brain (KABOOOOM).

  87. Donald Evans

    Donald Evans

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    another great video

  88. Little Glass Worlds

    Little Glass Worlds

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    No officer its "baking soda"...

  89. Brian Wenrich

    Brian Wenrich

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    Isn’t a prop maker a carpenter?

  90. Diego Ramos

    Diego Ramos

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    The Alien boxes again 👽🛸📦 the unboxing

  91. Harley Robertson

    Harley Robertson

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    I've been watching mythbusters on Pluto tv and its really cool to see the difference between Adam then and now over a period of nearly 20 years

  92. 川新


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    But… wouldn’t the hot MR16 lightbulb make you feel … much closer … to Vasquez? And is that NOT the ultimate goal when it comes to Aliens? 🤔😊😅

  93. Michal Organisciak

    Michal Organisciak

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    I really love your shoulder lamp, and fantastic that you use all parts that were used in the movie. I created my Shoulder lamp mostly thanks to 3d Printing, but I'm still very proud of it. Last week I finished my m-56 smartguner cosplay presentation. Creating this coplay took me about 200 hours of work so for sure it wasn't "one-day built". If you like to see it there is a link

  94. Caerigna


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    I find it kind of sad that found item building is barely used now. I get that it's handy to just fabricate what ya want, but the happy accidents, the organic work-around details, and later fan treasure hunts are lost to the "convenience."

    • David Gannon

      David Gannon

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      Amen. Look at the Millennium Falcon and all the car model pieces used to create a "piece of junk" that "may not look like much," but has it "where it counts."

  95. The Minnesota Wolf

    The Minnesota Wolf

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    Now I can't help but wonder. Does Adam have several bags of white powder thereby necessitating the labeling of "Baking Soda," or is he simply attempting to avoid questions about the presence of a nondescript bag of white powder in the shop? :-)

  96. Ken S

    Ken S

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    does anyone know what the airsoft gun is?

  97. Andrew Starkey

    Andrew Starkey

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    Hi Adam, Great build. Also nice to see you do Aliens props.

  98. Isaac Norman

    Isaac Norman

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    Every time I see Adam paint something I wonder why he hasn't built himself a paint shaker. But not a traditional one, the Savage version that can handle anything from spray cans to the miniature bottles.

  99. Wired_Workshop


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    That looks awesome!!!! Can’t wait for the motion tracker now. I’m currently working on a custom facehugger stasis tank

  100. MrTriptik


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    Does he have storage for his storage - and how is that stored?