Video: Peter Sripol is a talented engineer with an obsession for building RC planes using unorthodox materials. Instead of balsa wood, he's built working aircraft using LEGO, and even Kentucky Fried Chicken buckets. But his masterpiece is successfully turning a tortilla into the world's first edible aircraft.
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Kids and space ships go hand in hand, which is why so many of us fondly remember Lego set #1682, the Space Shuttle Launch, released 27 years ago. Last month Adam Woodworth created a tiny drone version of Lego's shuttle that could fly indoors, but now he's created a larger version that can soar through the skylike an RC plane.
Video: If you're going to call something a firetruck, should its sole purpose really be to extinguish flames? That's like a food truck driving around and disposing of people's lunches. It just doesn't make any sense, which is why YouTube's PeterSripol upgraded a toy firetruck with a functional flamethrower so that at least one the vehicles can finally live up to its name.
Video: As a follow-up to turning the classic LEGO Solo Trainer set into a fully-functional RC plane, aerospace engineer Adam Woodworth is back with an even more impressive build: He somehow made this tiny 27-year-old LEGO Space Shuttle actually fly.
I might be the only person at Gizmodo that likes Sphero's new Cars toy. My co-workers hate the way the robot announces it's going to sleep, and the long animated process it takes to wake up. They're also horrified by the very existence of sentient automobiles and tractors that moo. But my colleagues are too caught up in trying to understand Pixar's Cars world to realise that they're playing with the incredible future of robotic toys.
Video: Fuelled by imagination, this 27-year-old LEGO set — the Solo Trainer — flew thousands of hours in the hands of kids and collectors. But Adam Woodworth, an aerospace engineer and hardware designer at Google, wanted to see just how aeronautically sound LEGO's design really was, so he built a giant RC version of it.
Video: As everyone from Texas already knows, bigger is always better, be it a giant steak or a remote control pickup truck that's 2m long, making it roughly a third the size of the real thing. At $US5250 ($6945), the Mammuth Works' Rewarron doesn't come cheap, but you can thrash it around a track without ever having to worry about your insurance rates going up.
Video: It's one of the oldest tricks in Hollywood: If you want a tiny model to look like a full-size vehicle, you just need to film it with a high speed camera. As The Slow Mo Guys demonstrate in their latest round of experiments, a couple of Traxxas XO-1 RC cars suddenly look like there's a Hollywood stuntperson behind the wheel when filmed doing stunts at 1000 frames per second.
Video: RC planes aren't cheap, and crashing even a $250 model can be heartbreaking given how much work is required to build and test it before your first flight. So imagine how these guys feel when their half-scale Saab Gripen, measuring 8m long and weighing over 100kg, simply disintegrated in mid-air.
Nerf's new N-Strike Elite Terrascout RC Drone looks like something Skynet cooked up to fight alongside the Terminators. But using a wireless remote with a live video feed from the tank's camera, anyone can use it snipe at friends and co-workers while remaining safely out of range of retaliatory fire.