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Micro VW Micro Buses

Micro VW Micro Buses

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.

3D Printed R/C Tank

3D Printed R/C Tank

Maker Ivan Miranda recently completed his largest build to date, a working R/C model of a tank made using lots of 3D printed parts. Its motors and tracks are powerful enough to negotiate rough terrain, and it’s even got room for a driver inside. Check out the full series of build videos here.

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Cardboard Jeep Wrangler

Cardboard Jeep Wrangler

Off-road vehicles are designed to be capable of handling extremely rugged terrain. But builder Liberman’s remote-controlled cardboard and popsicle stick model of a Jeep Wrangler is anything but durable. Sure, it looks really cool, but riding through wet and muddy ruts means it’s gonna need frequent tire changes.

DIY Stair-Climbing Robot

DIY Stair-Climbing Robot

Builder Navin Khambhala aka “Mr. NK” shows us how to create a nifty, low-budget RC car that can climb stairs thanks to its Mars Rover inspired wheel mechanisms. It’s made from easy to find parts like PVC, hose clamps, and off-the-shelf motors and wheels.

RC Projection Trick

RC Projection Trick

Remote teleoperation company Voysys shows off a how a first-person video projected onto a curved surface can immerse a viewer. Here, their tech is used to remotely control a toy car and place a driver behind its tiny steering wheel. We’d love to use it to replicate the tricycle scene from The Shining.

Dueling R/C Concordes

Dueling R/C Concordes

Watch a pair of incredible scale models of the iconic Concorde supersonic airliner take to the skies. While neither of these remote-controlled flyers can actually break the speed of sound, they still have jet engines, and look and sound absolutely insane.

Traxxas Unlimited Desert Racer

Traxxas Unlimited Desert Racer

R/C car experts Traxxas show off an awesome jumbo-sized model, an incredibly detailed 27″ long trophy truck designed to take on any terrain you can throw at it. Its tube frame chassis, suspension, and 4WD system is inspired by real desert racing trucks, and it can hit speeds over 50mph.

Cardboard Bentley Ultratank

Cardboard Bentley Ultratank

The Bentley Ultratank is one insane build, but it’s not something most mere mortals like us will ever get near. Perhaps sensing this futility, low-budget maker Liberman decided to make himself a miniature version out of cardboard, toothpicks, wood rulers, plastic bottle caps, and the motors from an RC car.

LEGO RC 1:24 Crane Scale Model

LEGO RC 1:24 Crane Scale Model

Dawid Szmandra made one of the best LEGO creations we’ve seen. It’s a fully functioning, detailed and remote-controlled 1:24 scale model of the Liebherr LR11000 crawler crane. It’s strong enough to lift objects as heavy as a dining chair.

DJI RoboMaster S1

DJI RoboMaster S1

Drone manufacturer DJI applies their R/C vehicle expertise to an educational, but fun robotic plaything. The RoboMaster S1 has 46 programmable components, a stabilized HD POV camera with object recognition, mecanum wheels that can drive sideways, and even a blaster on board.

LEGO RC Mustang Hoonicorn

LEGO RC Mustang Hoonicorn

LEGO enthusiast Lachlan Cameron designed and built a remote-controlled Technic scale model of Ken Block’s Ford Mustang Hoonicorn. The all-wheel drive toy has working steering and suspension, doors and a hood that open, and lights.

PowerUp Dart

PowerUp Dart

PowerUp’s R/C paper airplane kit lets you perform tricks. Use the Dart’s app to do a barrel roll, a loop, an Immelman turn and more. The motor can propel paper planes up to 25mph, and you can even attach landing gear. Save $10 in The Awesomer Shop.

Micro Scale RC Equipment

Micro Scale RC Equipment

We’ve seen some amazing remote-controlled vehicles before, but never ones this teensy. Monsterchannel24 shared footage of these 1/87th-scale trucks, excavators, cranes, and other micro machines in action at Germany’s Faszination Modellbau.

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Rocket Jump RC Car

Rocket Jump RC Car

Destroyer of things Daved Windestal built a totally insane RC car. By attaching a powerful model rocket engine to the middle of a HobbyKing Desert Fox racer, it’s able to jump over obstacles without a ramp. Perhaps a parachute would be a good addition next time.

RC Space Shuttle Jet

RC Space Shuttle Jet

One of the craziest RC scale airplane setups we’ve ever seen. On the bottom is a model of the Antonov AN-225 super-jumbo jet, and on its back is the Buran – the Soviet knock-off version of NASA’s Space Shuttle. Once it takes flight, the shuttle can decouple and land on its own.

Pulling a Real Car with Toy Cars

Pulling a Real Car with Toy Cars

It’s a simple matter of physics that with enough horsepower and torque, you could move any 4-wheeled vehicle along pavement. In this case, YouTuber MrBeast decided to see how many off-the-shelf R/C toy cars it would take to pull a Jeep Grand Cherokee. Cut to the chase at 6:36.

R/C Car Fun

R/C Car Fun

5MadMovieMakers tears up the neighborhood with their speedy and agile Traxxas R/C car, zooming through backyards, careening around corners, jumping over obstacles, tearing up dirt, and even skimming the surface of a swimming pool along the way.

Edible R/C Dump Truck

Edible R/C Dump Truck

Hong Kong based Pandora Cake Shop created this amazing dessert that looks and works just like a remote-controlled dump truck toy, but it almost fully edible, including the “dirt” in its hopper. Turn sound on for full effect.

Magnus Effect R/C Plane

Magnus Effect R/C Plane

Most of the aircraft have traditional wings or helicopter-style blades to take flight. But this contraption works very differently. Watch as an ingenious kid named Finley shows Essential RC his plane that takes advantage of the spinning Magnus Effect to stay airborne.

Amazing RC Trucks

Amazing RC Trucks

We’re always amazed by the attention to detail that turns up in the remote control vehicle festivals over in Europe, and this selection of scale model trucks and buses driving around at the Modell Leben show in Erfurt, Germany is no exception. That mini truck wash.

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R/C Car Photography Rig

R/C Car Photography Rig

While the guys at RC Test Flite are usually buzzing about the skies with their remote-controlled aircraft, this time, they’re earthbound with a super slick rig that combines a Freefly Tero R/C car, a Movi Pro stabilization gimbal, and a Sony FS700 video camera.

Trailer Valet RVR

Trailer Valet RVR

Trailer Valet’s RVR is a remote-controlled machine that makes it easy to move and park a trailer. It can be controlled up to 40ft away with its mobile app and has durable caterpillar treads for all-terrain operation. It comes in 3,500lb, 5,500lb, and up to 9,000lb capacities.

Giant Spruce Goose R/C Plane

Giant Spruce Goose R/C Plane

RC Media World presents footage of a remote-controlled airplane replica, based on Howard Hughes’ 8-engine H-4 Hercules aka “Spruce Goose.” Builder Jürgen Schönle’s surprisingly quiet flyer has a 12-foot wingspan, and can take off and land on water, just like the real deal.

Traxxas TRX-4 Ford Bronco

Traxxas TRX-4 Ford Bronco

An awesome R/C recreation of the 1979 Ford Bronco Ranger XLT. This picture-perfect 20.57″ long replica of the off-roader is built on Traxxas‘ impressive TRX-4 4×4 chassis, with huge suspension travel, portal axles, and massive trail-rated tires. We love the sunset decals.

DIY RC LEGO BB-8

DIY RC LEGO BB-8

LEGO enthusiast Sariel modified the LEGO BB-8 kit to make it move via remote control. It doesn’t roll exactly like the droid does, but it’s still a cool mod. Sariel used SBrick and Power Functions parts to make the mod. You can download the instructions on his website.

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