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Making a Flying R/C Bullet Train

Making a Flying R/C Bullet Train

After seeing the airplane-like shape of Japan’s high-speed bullet trains, aerospace engineer Peter Sripol thought it would be fun to build a model airplane based on the design. It took a lot of experimentation with wing placement, but he eventually got his prototype to fly. Will the scaled-up model stay airborne or will it derail mid-flight?

Mowrator S1 R/C Slope Vacuum Lawnmower

Mowrator S1 R/C Slope Vacuum Lawnmower

The Mowrator S1 lawnmower can be operated remotely while you sit in your lounge chair. It mows perfectly straight lines with its cruise control feature and dumps clippings hands-free. It’s also got a vacuum for sucking up leaves, and the AWD model can drive on steep inclines. Its rechargeable battery pack can mow up to 1.125 acres per charge.

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Making a Mercedes G-Wagon Model from PVC Pipe

Making a Mercedes G-Wagon Model from PVC Pipe

We have a hard enough time putting together an off-the-shelf model. Top One Maker is an overachiever and builds all of his models from scratch. In this video, he shows how he took some grey PVC pipe, heated it, and cut and assembled the pieces to form the body and chassis of a remote-controlled Mercedes-Benz AMG G 63 SUV.

Making a Flying Bicycle

Making a Flying Bicycle

This crazy flying bicycle was created by Chinese maker Aircraft Model Art. He started by purchasing the lightest bicycle he could find, then made a custom foam wing and attached a pair of powerful motors. It took several redesigns to come up with a version that could stay airborne. We suggest turning on English captions.

Amphibious LEGO Tank

Amphibious LEGO Tank

What’s better than a LEGO tank? A LEGO tank that can drive into the water, of course. Brick & Gear shows off the latest version of his Behemoth, a remote-controlled Technic vehicle powered by four motors – two for the tracks and two for water propulsion. After some bathtub testing, he drove it into a lake to see what it could do.

Animatronic Batman Goes for a Ride

Animatronic Batman Goes for a Ride

Artist Danny Huynh is known for his amazing custom-built animatronics. In this clip, he put an articulated Batman figure inside of an R/C vehicle and raced it around his neighborhood. The bat’s-eye-view footage of The Dark Knight in a drift truck is awesome. Also, he couldn’t resist racing the mailman.

Making a Giant R/C Aircraft Carrier

Making a Giant R/C Aircraft Carrier

If you have a bunch of remote-controlled airplanes, wouldn’t it be fun to have an aircraft carrier to launch them from and land them on? James from Project Air spent months designing and building his 6-foot-wide, 12-foot-long carrier from polystyrene foam sheets and fiberglass. He also had to learn how to skillfully land planes on such a tiny runway.

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Making Edible R/C Airplanes

Making Edible R/C Airplanes

Most remote-controlled airplanes are made from lightweight materials like styrofoam or carbon fiber. Not one to be constrained by norms, maker Peter Sripol and his pals wanted to see if they could build aircraft made almost entirely from food — the ingredient list: puffed rice, barley, tortillas, and caramelized sugar.

Flying an R/C Plane with Offset Wings

Flying an R/C Plane with Offset Wings

We always assumed that an airplane needs its wings to be at the same height on both sides of its fuselage to remain airborne. Model airplane enthusiast Eternal Progression shows us how it’s possible to build a relatively simple R/C plane that flies with cardboard wings that are offset at different levels. He also made a flying R/C boat with fold-out wings.

Making an Air-powered R/C Airplane

Making an Air-powered R/C Airplane

Aerospace engineer Tom Stanton has built a few R/C airplanes powered by compressed air. He’s continued to work on refining the design by reducing weight and increasing thrust. Tom’s latest pneumatic aircraft is the best yet, offering the best flight time of the bunch thanks to improved aerodynamics, a larger air chamber, and an efficient new engine,

Making an R/C Cardboard Bus

Making an R/C Cardboard Bus

Dan Creator is an expert at making models out of cardboard. After creating an R/C truck out of the stuff, he’s back with another cardboard vehicle – a city bus. He started with an off-the-shelf R/C car, which he cut into pieces, extended its chassis, and then added a detailed interior and body. His pet hamster, Natsu, finally has a ride to work.

Carving a R/C Wooden Cadillac

Carving a R/C Wooden Cadillac

Artist LiuMutou shows off his expert model-making abilities by carving an impeccable replica of a 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz. Every detail is there, including a tiny steering wheel, a curved acrylic windshield, working lights, and sharp tailfins. And it doesn’t just sit there; it’s got a working powertrain and even can drift.

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Flying a Giant R/C Model of the Concorde

Flying a Giant R/C Model of the Concorde

This awe-inspiring model airplane is a perfect 1:6-scale replica of the iconic supersonic jet, the Concorde. Watch as pilot Otto Widlroither takes the beak-nosed British Airways aircraft into the skies. The 32-foot-long model has a 13-foot wingspan and weighs 328 pounds. It’s powered by four turbine engines, so it sounds like a real jet airplane.

Testing the Fastest R/C Jet Car

Testing the Fastest R/C Jet Car

ProjectAir has been working on a jet-powered R/C race car with the goal of breaking a speed record. In this video, he tested his jet car’s speed and stability on a race track. He didn’t push it anywhere near the limit yet, but he did race it against Major Havoc’s jet-powered go-kart. We love the sound this thing makes when it spools up.

Making a Walking Star Wars AT-AT

Making a Walking Star Wars AT-AT

Those Kenner Star Wars AT-AT toys were awesome to play with, but we had to use our imaginations to get them to walk as they did in The Empire Strikes Back. For engineer James Bruton, that wasn’t good enough, so he got to work rebuilding a version of the imperial walker with a servo-powered drivetrain that lets it really walk.

12-Engine Motorboat

12-Engine Motorboat

When it comes to horsepower, more is always better, right? Maker and modder Peter Sripol decided to test that theory by attaching a ridiculous number of outboard motors to a miniature R/C boat. So at what point does the number of motors officially reach overkill… or does it ever?

The Fastest LEGO Car

The Fastest LEGO Car

James from Project Air likes to make things that go fast. Recently, he produced a series of experimental builds to see which method of propulsion would make the fastest possible LEGO vehicle. Which will hit the top speed? Multiple LEGO motors, rocket engines, or a brushless motor from an R/C sports car?

Sniclo Turbo Micro FPV R/C Car

Sniclo Turbo Micro FPV R/C Car

This palm-sized remote-controlled car is designed for competition-level racing. The tiny SUV has an independent suspension, proportional steering, working lights, and an optional roof-mounted camera for a first-person perspective. It runs for up to 60 minutes per charge without the camera, and 30 minutes with it running.

Making the World’s Fastest R/C Snowcat

Making the World’s Fastest R/C Snowcat

Vehicles that roll on tracks are generally built for their terrain-handling capabilities and not their speed. But rctestflight managed to achieve both with this machine, a direct-drive snowcat driven by electric skateboard motors. With its skinny tracks installed, the custom-built R/C vehicle can hit speeds up to 50 mph.

Making an R/C Mini Excavator from PVC Pipe

Making an R/C Mini Excavator from PVC Pipe

Quantum Tech HD introduces us to the work of Vang Hà, a hobbyist who creates functional scale models of trucks and construction equipment from PVC pipes that he heats and bends into flat sheets. This video condenses his months-long quest to build a remote-controlled CAT 390F excavator down to about 20 minutes.

The Nintendo Combat Robot

The Nintendo Combat Robot

The 8-bit NES offered family-friendly games like Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda. But in the hands of Aussie builder Electrosync, the console is now a killer robot. After ripping out the console’s innards, he installed a remote-controlled drivetrain and a spinning sawblade to take down other beetleweight combat robots.

Flying an R/C Plane with One Wing

Flying an R/C Plane with One Wing

Flying an airplane with a wing on just one side of its fuselage seems like an impossible idea. Yasushi Nishimura shows us it can be done by dropping a one-winged R/C glider off a cliff on a windy day. It maintains altitude like a roller coaster, but by the third take, the pilot figured out how to keep it aloft.

Transforming an R/C Bugatti into a Cardboard Truck

Transforming an R/C Bugatti into a Cardboard Truck

After buying a remote-controlled model of a Bugatti Divo, master of papercraft Dan Creator decided he’d prefer to drive a truck. So he got to work stripping down the scale supercar, removed its body, and reconfigured its chassis and drivetrain to ride beneath a cardboard model cargo truck loaded with tiny Amazon boxes.

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