Video: Say what you will about The Phantom Menace, but the prequel’s pod racing scene is still one of the best sequences in the entire Star Wars franchise – even when you know Anakin was destined to win. But what if Sebulba had been victorious? Adam Woodworth built a couple of micro RC pod racers that let you rewrite the history of galaxies far, far away.
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Using incredibly lightweight building materials, such as Mylar sheets and Depron (a thin but strong foam), these pod racers only weigh about 35 to 40g each. They’re powered by equally tiny motors 7mm in size, allowing them to perform aerial stunts such as loops, but because they weigh barely anything, even the lightest of Tatooine breezes can blow them wildly off course.