The Tiny Model Jets At This RC Air Show Are Still Incredibly Thrilling

Putting those cheap RC toys you can find at a department store — and even the model kits from a hobby shop — to shame, these incredibly detailed scale model fighter jets look almost as intense to fly as the real thing. In fact, racing through the skies they're almost impossible to distinguish from the real thing too.

This footage comes from the Jet World Masters competition held in Switzerland this year, where the world's best RC builders and pilots gather to show off their creations and routines. What's particularly impressive is the level of detail and accuracy that goes into each scale model plane, including miniature animated pilots that even scan the skies while they fly.

And you were worried about crashing and breaking that $US40 toy you bought. Downing one of these would wipe out years of work, and untold investments. Better to be an observer. [YouTube via The Awesomer]

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