We love watching giant R/C airplanes take to the skies. In this video from Ramy RC, we get to see the full build process. He created this 11.8-foot-long model of an Airbus A380-800 by 3D printing forms and lining them with carbon fiber and resin. He made the underlying structure from laser-cut wood and plastic. Maiden flight at 17:45.
Compressed air can pack an impressive amount of energy in a small space. Brick Technology shows off how it can power LEGO Technic engines, then moves on to a brick-built, remote-controlled semi that’s powered by compressed air in the tanks that it’s towing. The custom pneumatic parts came from Green Gecko Workshop.
This crazy-looking flying machine resembles some kind of angry dragonfly as it takes to the skies. Instead of engines, the remote-controlled Serenity Ornithopter flies by rapidly flapping multiple sets of wings. The back half of the video is entirely in Russian, but it provides a brief up-close look at the unusual aircraft.
Now that they’re done building their foam board Iron Giant, the guys from FliteTest are headed back to the skies. Their plan: build a working version of the Iron Vulture from TaleSpin, a massive airship that doubles as a flying aircraft hanger. In this video, they work on getting its 14-rotor airframe to fly.
Most people who make remote-controlled cars start with an off-the-shelf chassis, then attach a plastic body shell. But Liu Mutou is an overachiever. With the exception of the tires and motor, he built virtually every part of this R/C Ferrari 250 GTO replica from scratch, including a welded metal frame and bent metal body.
We already know that it’s possible to turn angle grinders into a drone. Now aviation enthusiast and maker Peter Sripol has proven it’s possible to fly an R/C airplane propelled by the fast-spinning power tool. That propeller could do some serious damage once it gets up to speed.
Peter Sripol teamed up with FliteTest to build a massive R/C airplane out of foam. After launching the 34-foot-wide plane to the skies, the plane participated in the annual FliteFest battle royale, where hundreds of model airplanes compete until only one remains. Not enough time to watch the build? Skip right to the battle.
We recently saw a tiny remote-controlled airplane that could fit in the palm of your hand. The guys from Tail Happy Productions attempted to do the opposite and built an R/C plane that’s the same size as the real thing. They built the low-budget plane primarily from PVC pipe and styrofoam sheets. But will it even get off the ground?
We’ve seen some big remote-controlled airplanes, but this tiny flyer sits at the opposite end of the spectrum. Joe Malinchak built this minuscule R/C tri-plane with a 1.5″ wingspan. It weighs just one gram, and in addition to its tiny motor, it has a working rudder mechanism for steering. Watch it fly at the 3-minute mark.
DanCreator built this substantial cardboard dump truck with a working drivetrain. He started with the chassis from an R/C sports car, then cut it down to size and retrofitted it with a new body that he cut out from cardboard sheets. He also added a motor and mechanism to open and close its dump box.
Most airplanes do just fine with one to four engines. But that didn’t stop the guys at FliteTest, their pal Peter Sripol, and a team of volunteers from building a remote-controlled plane with 25 engines on each of its wings. The massive foam and cardboard plane has a wingspan of 30 feet. We’re amazed it could lift its own weight.
We love Traxxas’ classic 1979 Bronco, and we’re equally smitten with their latest R/C Ford off-roader, based on the 2021 Bronco Wildtrak. The 1/10-scale 4×4 rides on the rugged TRX-4 chassis, with steel frame rails, aluminum shocks, floor pans, portal axles, a high/low transmission, and is powered by a high-torque brushed motor.
Danny Huynh Creations shows off one of the sweetest miniatures ever. This mechanical trike features an animatronic android riding atop the rig, which has a chainsaw-style front drivetrain and wheels at the rear for stability. It’s not just for looks – it’s a fully operational R/C vehicle. Just look at all the details on its rider.
A real buggy inspired by the 1980s Tamiya Wild One R/C car. The Wild One Max is an 8/10th-scale one-seater with an off-road suspension and an electric motor. It rides on 15″ tires, has Brembo disc brakes, a roll cage, and digital gauges. Its rear-wheel-drive system has 5.5 bhp and a top speed of 30 mph, but upgrades will be available.
Like Odd Tinkering and Rescue & Restore before him, TRG Restoration gave a rusty Tonka truck a new lease on life. But he went one better, and once he cleaned it up and repainted it, he added a 4×4 R/C drivetrain and lifted suspension so it can be driven off-road. The metal body does it no favors in the speed department though.
We’ve seen a remote-controlled jumbo jet fly before, but there’s something about this featherweight model that makes it extra special. Despite having a wingspan of nearly 10 feet, this model weighs just 6.6 pounds. RC Media World captured footage of Remy Mormino’s 1/26th scale Airbus A-380 as it took to the skies in Germany.
RC car and truck maker Traxxas shows off a set of rugged all-terrain tracks that work like the ones on a tank. The deep treads can rip through thick mud and snow, and look super cool doing it. They work on all TRX-4 models equipped with Traxx. Between the truck, the tracks, and the treads, you’re looking at about $600.
Just like a real 4×4, if you’re going to take your R/C vehicle off-road, it needs proper tires. Traxxas is showing off their extreme new Sledgehammer tires. Designed for their badass Rustler 4×4 VXL, the oversize tires increase ground clearance, and have an open-block pattern for traction and mud-clearing on the most rugged terrain.
R/C enthusiasts monsterchannel24 got their hands on a diminutive 1/87-scale model of a classic Volkswagen T1 microbus from Carson Modelsport. It looks really adorable tooling around a tiny town, and then racing a few of its brethren. The model is available with or without windows, and in a version that pulls a trailer.
Back in the 1960s through the 1980s, the Soviet Union developed a low-flying aircraft that could skim like a hovercraft over the water. R/C flying enthusiast Peter Sripol decided to see if he could build a working miniature replica of the so-called “Caspian Sea Monster,” and attempted to keep it flying just inches off the ground and water.
Mattel and Tesla have teamed up to create two remote-controlled toys based on Elon Musk’s crazy looking electric pickup. The 1/64-scale version will sell for 20 bucks, while the 1/10-scale version will go for $400, and even includes “cracked window” stickers. They’re only available in limited quantities, and will ship in December 2020.
Dimitar Tilev shows off a truly awesome R/C car build. This scale replica of a vintage Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 wagon packs an Arduino-controlled active suspension which can raise and lower, along with a rear-wheel drivetrain that makes it especially adept at drifting. We love the engine noises and light-up tailpipes.
The supersonic Concorde jet planes have been retired, so the only way to witness the majesty of this marvel in flight is through replica models. RCScaleAirplanes shares footage of Otto Widlroither’s incredible 1/6-scale version of the jet. It measures 33 feet long, has a 13 foot wingspan, and is powered by four JetCat P300 Pro turbines.
We’ve seen some pretty wild remote-controlled flying machines over the years, but this might just be our favorite so far. In this clip from RC Media World, flyer Graner Berg shows off his custom-built drone that looks like a full-size human wearing a jetpack. It’s impressively agile and stable in flight, given its awkward shape.