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This Fire-Breathing RC Dragon Is Not A Toy

It’s not a toy because, as you’re about to see in these videos, it’s powered by a jet engine, it’s longer than you are tall, and its 2.7m wingspan will crush you if you’re standing in the way as it comes in to land. You’ll also hurt yourself if you’re standing in front of it when it shoots out real fire.

Made by some guy called Rick Hamel for the 58th annual Toledo Show, where nerds everywhere bring their best works of remote-controlled art, this jet-engine dragon is dubbed ‘Mythical Beast’. But don’t be fooled by its pretty paint job — take one look at the hoard of components inside the dragon (around 1:53 in the first video below) and you’ll see the sophisticated mechanics that make all this flying and fire-breathing magic happen.

As Hamel explains in the first video below, the dragon uses a liquid propane system and a stun gun circuit to ignite a flame and create the fire that shoots out of its mouth. So, yeah it’s not a toy, but it would look damn awesome in my living room, and it could totally double-up as a weapon against burglars. [Geekologie via Topless Robot

Rick Hamel explains his ‘Mythical Beast’ and how it all came together.

Awesome fire-breathing action.

Watch it fly.

Images: Geekologie


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