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Blink and You'll Miss This 188 MPH RC Car

Last week Samvir Thandiblew our minds with a model rocket car that hit 285 mph. But it was basically just a rocket engine with wheels that you aimed—hopefully accurately—and fired. Nick Case's remote control speed demons actually have electric motors, and his latest creation—quite possibly the world's fastest RC car—just hit 188 mph. Read More >>

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You Can Finally Buy That Flying Fire-Breathing RC Dragon (For £36,000)

Thanks to Game of Thrones, dragons are en vogue again. And Hammacher Schlemmer is capitalising on their renewed popularity by letting you buy one of Rick Hamel's amazing flying RC dragons. In the air it can hit a top speed of around 70 mph, and on the ground it actually breathes fire. What more could anyone ever want? Read More >>

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Meet the Uncrashable Drone

Quadrotor drones are pretty awesome, but we’re all pretty crappy pilots. What if we had a drone that couldn’t go wrong in mid-air, avoiding that dive back to Earth with a dream-crushing crunch? Well, scientists have invented an algorithm that can compensate a drone in mid-air to make sure it doesn’t crash due to rotor failure. Read More >>

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This May be the Coolest Toy in the World

Believe it or not, this guy is not human. It's part of what may be the coolest toy in the world, which costs as much as a car. Read More >>

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Power-Ups and Crash Damage Make These RC Cars a Real-Life Mario Kart

Griffin isn't the first out the door with an RC toy that uses your iPhone as a remote control. But it is the first company to come up with some compelling ways to use the iPhone's touchscreen for more than just steering. Read More >>

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An Adorably Tiny Reconnaissance Drone No Larger Than a Dragonfly

The militaries of the world always have the best toys, so if you were impressed by this tiny RC helicopter from Silverlit, you'll be blown away by the PD-100 Black Hornet that British forces have been using for reconnaissance since last year. At just 16 grams it's about the closest thing we've got to a remote controlled flying insect. Read More >>

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I Would Totally Freak Out If I Saw This Man Flying on a Broom

For a second, I was stunned that a flying broom can lift a human into the air. Then I realised how silly I am. Then I secretly wished it were true that people could fly on brooms. Then I swore that some angles of the video looked real. I realised that it's just a super slick RC plane created to look like a man flying on a broom. Still. I want to believe that people can fly. Read More >>

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A Tiny Folding RC Helicopter That Squeezes Into Its Own Controller

If there's one thing kids like more than toys, it's toys small enough to sneak and bring wherever they go. And while RC cars and choppers have gotten remarkably small over the years, this particularly tiny helicopter from Docooler one-ups them all with a clever folding design that lets you store and transport it in its own wireless controller. Read More >>

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The Flying Iron Man Suit We All Can Afford

It makes sense that the superheroes (and supervillains) with the best toys also happen to have access to billions of pounds to fund their exploits. The fact of the matter is, you're probably never going to own a life-size flying Iron Man suit. And instead of sulking about it, you should be happy that this 19-inch tall remote control alternative is just forty-five pounds, instead of forty-five million. Read More >>

science
An RC Car That Runs On Water Is a Positively Charged Step

In 2008 Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies and Corgi International released the H2GO and now they're updating it. As with the previous model, you pour water into the refuelling station and it is electrolysed (split into hydrogen and oxygen) by power from a solar panel. The high energy hydrogen is directed into the car and converted to electricity to run it. On a cloudy day you can also use a USB charging cable to electrolyse the water. Read More >>

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A Swiss Man Was Killed By His Remote-Controlled Helicopter

A 41-year-old man flying a Gaui X7 model helicopter in Lucerne, Switzerland suffered head and arm injuries and died after he was presumably struck by the helicopter. The model weighs 2.5 kilos, is about 3.5 metres long, and has a rotor diameter of about 4 metres. Read More >>

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Watch These Tiny RC Tanks Fight a Surprisingly Epic Miniature Battle

The folks at FinalCutKing, who brought us that wonderful remote control car chase a while ago, are back with a new scaled-down film involving tanks, fighter planes, and simulated explosions galore. Read More >>

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Watch a RC Plane Crash Into a RC Helicopter and Get Completely Destroyed

If you want to skip the build up to the aerial crash, fast forward to about the 1:15 mark on the video to see an 80-inch RC plane with 50cc gas engine hit a RC helicopter and then immediately nosedive to its destruction. The plane clips one of its wings when it hits the chopper and immediately spirals down and slams into the ground. Gnarly. Read More >>

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Flying an RC Helicopter From a Real Airplane Looks Like Fun

This guys thought it would be cool to fly an RC helicopter in formation with a real airplane, controlled from the airplane itself. It's pretty cool to see the helo spinning on the tarmac just to spring to the air as the Cessna gets within radio range. Read More >>

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This Remote Controlled Car Can Jump 9 Metres In the Air

There is a new version of Sand Flea, the amazing 5kg radio-controlled car beast that can race and jump over buildings. Read More >>

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So How Does the Horizontal Spinning Blade On a Helicopter Propel It Forward?

Just because it's the weekend doesn't mean you have to switch your brain off completely. Smarter Every Day continues its video series on the physics behind helicopters with a look at how choppers use something called a swashplate to vary the pitch of its rotor blades to climb higher and fly in any direction. Read More >>

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