Clemens Wirth is a talented filmmaker who specializes in building miniatures and shooting macro footage of them. He recently compiled this awe-inspiring showreel of some of his most impressive 1:87 scale builds, including scenes set in the wild west, the big city, the country, the Arctic, and a galaxy far, far away.
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Beware, vegetarians. The rascally rabbit on the label hints that Bosscal Mezcal isn’t just made with agave, per usual. It’s made with meat. Organic agave is triple distilled in Durango, Mexico. During the third distillation, a skinless rabbit is suspended in the still, allowing the liquid vapors to pass through it.
We’ve seen some pretty epic LEGO railroad builds over the years. This simple figure eight track won’t win any awards for complexity, but it’s the precise length of its train that makes it noteworthy. Every time it passes through the intersection, it comes within millimeters of ramming into itself. Ramp up the anxiety at 10x speed.
Most portable laptop stands are made from plastic or metal. This one is handcrafted from bamboo wood. The trio of wooden bars fit together to place your laptop at an angle, improving ergonomics and your posture. It offers two height positions, and comes with a carrying pouch so you can keep it in your backpack or bag.
Water is life. And when you’re outdoors in the heat, keeping hydrated is even more critical. A high-quality water bottle is essential to any camping, hiking, or survival kit. Everyday Carry put together a showcase of 15 great water bottles like the vacuum-insulated Hydro Flask, which keeps drinks cold up to 24 hours.
Firefighters use rescue tools called spreaders to lift and separate vehicles involved in accidents. But can one of these battery-powered tools lift seven cars at the same time? Fire Department Chronicles used a Genesis Rescue Systems EForce spreader to see if it lives up to its rated 15,000 lb. spreading force.
If you need to move a building or another large structure, you need specialized industrial equipment. Mammoet’s Self-Propelled Modular Transporters can be used individually or in combination to transport enormous and heavy structures. Recently, they combined 604 SPMT axle lines to move a 16,258-ton support frame.
The Ford Maverick compact pickup joins the Ranger, F-150, and Super Duty with its own Tremor package. It adds a 1″ lift, Trail Control, an off-road-tuned suspension, and advanced AWD with 4WD lock. Design accents include orange tow hooks, special 17″ aluminum wheels, and a distinctive grille. Available on XLT and Lariat trims.
There’s no question that Jack White’s music features a heavy blues influence. Musician Justin Johnson took things to their logical conclusion by performing The White Stripes’ anthemic Seven Nation Army on a steel guitar with a slide, giving it that classic Mississippi Delta Blues sound. (Thanks, Jennifer!)
We’ve spent time with the current-gen RAM 1500 pickup, but never one as luxurious as the RAM 1500 Limited. We drove the tricked-out 10th Anniversary Edition, fully-loaded with the V8 HEMI eTorque engine, Tech and Towing packages, and more – all gleaming in the sun under a blanket of Patriot Blue pearl coat paint.
WESN’s lightweight pocket tool is about as minimal as you can get. Milled from titanium, its open-loop body can hang from a keychain or carabiner and provides four functions: flathead screwdriver, scraper, pry bar, and bottle opener. It’s available in natural titanium or black finishes.
Nature filmmaker Lothar Lenz is an expert at capturing macro footage of insects. In this video, we get to watch some hornets competing with a colony of ants for a drink of water. The incredible audio recording puts you right there in the action. The ants get a little feisty in this other video.
We always appreciate barware that makes us look like we know what we’re doing. Made of lead-free crystal, with a silver-plated finish over a stainless-steel dasher top, Cocktail Kingdom’s bitters bottles add finesse when a drink calls for a dash of bitters, house bitters, or absinthe. Also available with an Engraver’s style typeface.
Because his creepy bowl of fruit didn’t have enough pointy teeth, North of the Border is back with another terrifying sculpture. This time, he imagined what Sulley and Mike from Monsters, Inc. might have looked like if they were really scary and not just cute and cuddly. Applying all of that blue fur to Sulley looked like a major pain.
Puncher’s Chance Bourbon is a knockout, a one-two punch of 5- and 6-year-old Kentucky straight bourbons made from a mash of 75% Corn, 13% rye, and 12% barley. The 2021 San Francisco World Spirits Competition gold medal winner won a 95-point review from The Tasting Panel. We give it two boxing-gloved thumbs up.
The Hacksmith spent more than the cost of Tesla Model S to make the world’s largest Thor’s hammer. His team fabricated the enormous Mjolnir by painstakingly welding numerous sheets of steel. It measures more than 15 feet tall when standing on its head. Watching it get dipped into the galvanizing tanks was amazing.
This metal coffee table is designed to look like a shipping container. Underneath its surface is a large storage area that can be accessed behind a single sliding door. It measures 26″ D x 47″ W x 18″ H and comes in gunmetal or white finishes. They also sell several other pieces of cargo-inspired furniture in the collection.
When we hear the word “bass,” it conjures up the funky sounds that Flea bashes out for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. But there are so many other kinds of noises that basses can make. Musicians Bart Soeters and Joris Holtackers show off some of the distinctive sounds made by the string instruments in this original composition.
Looking to add some interesting analog effects to your photography? COOPH’s handy tutorial video shows us eight ways to use common household items to create lens filters for any camera on the cheap. The plastic cutout ones are our favorites with their dreamy look.
Inspired by the antique fractal jaw vise that Hand Tool Rescue restored, Teaching Tech created a 3D-printed version of the fascinating workbench tool. Like the original, it can hold irregularly-shaped objects with its rotating grippers. Grab the STL files to print your own at Thingiverse, or play with the CAD file at OnShape.
Despite being just 2.7″ long, this pocket-size flashlight manages to crank out an impressive 1500 lumens in its maximum power mode. It has a CREE XHP50 LED light source, Firefly, Turbo, Strobe, and stepless dimming modes, and recharges via a USB cable. Available in neutral white or cool white LED color temperatures.
A drill press is a large piece of workshop equipment mounted to a heavy base to provide a steady work surface for drilling through objects. Hands on Table thought it might be fun to make a miniature replica of a drill press and did an outstanding job building the tiny, working tool from scrap metal and some old motorcycle parts.
Removing an old, rusty, or damaged screw can be a massive pain. Crescent Tools aims to solve that problem these special drivers, designed to be struck with a hammer to dig into the heads of stuck screws, improving grip and the likelihood you can extract them properly. The 2pc. set includes 1/4″ flat and #2 Phillips drivers.
Over the years, vehicles have gotten heavier and heavier as cars pack more technology, safety, and a quieter ride. Just how little of a car could you get away with and still drive it? William Osman and his pals decided to test that out, starting with two ordinary cars which they gradually stripped down to their bare essentials.
Keep your cool with an awesome cooler. ORCA coolers have integrated insulation for maximum cold retention, a lid gasket for a tight seal, and durable, roto-molded construction. Comes in 20-140 quart sizes and a rainbow of cool colors. And like an actual Orca, it has a spout for drainage and whale tail-shaped closures.
As long as you can deal with the tears, peeling an onion at home isn’t a big deal. But if you need to peel thousands of onions a day, you need some serious industrial machinery. This food processing machine from Finis takes onions straight from the farm, orients them properly, removes their ends, and peels their paper-like skins.