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Rocket Engine Underwater

When I was a kid I loved launching model rockets.  I spent many hours building them from kits, and wrapping paper tubes, and newspaper, and one even from a cardboard tube that a rug was in.  That was a fun one, we put an “F” type engine in it, there was so much black smoke it was crazy.

I’m not sure why, but this video experiment of igniting a model rocket engine which is fully submersed underwater is pretty ace.

I think my favorite parts are the beginning of ignition, when the bubble is pulsating out.  That’s pretty neat.  Someone who is an actual Rocket Scientists can tell me why it does that.  And the last bit, right when the parachute charge pops and bursts the glass.

{Speed Society}

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Hyper Detailed Model

It is well worth your time to watch the following 12 minutes of video.  You will be amazed at the level of detail you never thought possible on a plastic 1:48 scale model of the Focke-Wulf Fw-190

This was all done by Czech modler David Damek, actually, you should watch some of his other videos to get some more look at the crazy skillz he has.  He spends nearly a half hour making an F-35A in these two videos.

I think the most impressive part of this is how he uses paint to distress the model and give it a weathered look.  That combined with putting in the lines of rivets, it’s all cool.  The level of detail on the inside of the plane, something that’s only visible through a small hatch is crazy.  It’s really cool.

I remember building these plastic models with my dad when I was a kid.  I never got this detailed.  Heck, I don’t think I even spent as much time trying to get the decals lined up.  David really knows how to use a Q-tip for it’s true intended purpose.



Pen Refill City

The first question I have for this guy (or more importantly, the people who donate to him), how much are you writing that you go through entire pens?  In my entire life I don’t think I’ve used up all the ink in a standard ball-point pen.  I, like the rest of the world, usually loose the pen well before that time comes.

Pen Refills

Anyway, M. R. Sreenivasulu has collected thousands of the disposable pen refills from his fellow students over the years and has decided to go about using them to recreate scale (although not to each other) models of famous world landmarks.  Although they are all stark white, like they’ve been bleached.  It’s neat, and a good way to reuse something that would otherwise be thrown away, but some of the more outlandish uses for these pens are better, like crushing them up and using them as filler in concrete.  You know, the same thing we’ve been doing with garbage for thousands of years.

So as another school year comes to a close, remember, don’t throw out those pens, instead get a hold of Mr. Sreenivasulu and send them to him.  He’ll need them if he want’s to recreate all the world’s famous landmarks.


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Cardboard Millennium Falcon

What do you do with a couple dozen empty cardboard boxes?  Recycle them?  Burn them?  Landfill?  Those are all valid responses.  Professional model maker and reddit user trichner123 decided he wanted to make a scale model of The Millennium Falcon instead.  I think it was a good choice.

Falcon begins

The overall size of it is about 5 feet across.  It’s supposed to be similar in size to the one built for the Original Star Wars film.  This cardboard one however had some creative license to it so that it didn’t look machine made.  I like it.

stretching across the model

You can tell that he’s a professional model maker though, since

He works as a teacher at The Columbus College of Art and Design.  So he had access to some green screen time.  Which he promptly took advantage of.  Here’s the 5′ carboard Falcon next to a normal sized toy model you would get as a kid:

green screen falcons

May The Force Be With you, Always.


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A Beautiful Miniatur Wunderland

The official video of the Miniatur Wunderland is quite something to watch:

500,000 working hours to make this.  That’s ridiculous wonder.  It occupies just about 14,000 square feet of a warehouse in Hamburg Germany.

900 trains, one of them 47 feet long travel along hundreds of miles of track.  Yes, that’s hundreds of actual miles.  Not scale miles, actual miles of track.  There’s an 8,000 gallon water tank where a cruise ship sails through.  A Cruise Ship.  There is an airport, complete with planes that taxi, and take off (on a track into a door in the wall), that took $3.8million to build.  Computers control 250 cars in the whole world.  They even light buildings “on fire” and send out the fire department to put them out.

How cool is this?

I could go on, but why bother, I’m just summarizing the video above.

I think the best part is that Google recently did a Street View version of the place.  They constructed special street view cars to go around the cities and take photos.  You can explore it on your own.  Some are just static photos of an area, but others (the ones on train tracks mostly), allow you to view entire sections.

Here’s a video of some of the process:

And since they made Neuschwanstein Castle, I have to include it.  That truly is the most picturesque castle ever constructed:

Neuschwanstein Castle

Looking through the Street View, if it wasn’t for the model people, some of those shots could easily be mistaken for a life sized version of the location.  This is a super high quality model and I really want to go there.  I, as I’m sure most people, could spend hours in this place and still not see everything.  The Street View covers parts of the attraction that aren’t easy to see form the general public places.  Admission is only about $15, which is totally worth it, and they have construction plans into 2020, so whenever you go it’s bound to look great.

{The Verge|Castle Photo via Google Street View}

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Basement Railroad

Model Railroad

The Model kind that is.  There’s just something about model railroads.  You don’t necessarily need to be a nerd to really like them, but it helps.  Kids love them, and they really are just a testimate to dedication.  Being able to play with the model trains, that’s a secondary spot of fun.

Now, this isn’t the largest, or most detailed, but it’s definitely got some work put into it.  Look at the bridge and the gorge below it here.  That’s beautiful.  In fact, you could probably mistake that for an actual full sized rail road bridge with some handy work of the camera.

railroad bridge


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SR-71 Model

There are model air planes, there are model jet airplanes, and then there is this model SR-71.  Complete with REAL JET ENGINES.  This thing looks frekin sick.  I mean, look at it, it doesn’t look like it should fly, but it does.  And since it’s a scale model, it’s close to what the real one looks like, and is.  Did you see it take off, it looks so strange, not like a typical plane.  And turning, it’s amazing.  The SR-71 truly is the king of the skies.  I hope it’s safe to say that it will be the coolest plane that mankind has ever made.

Remember True Speed, you should read it again, it’s practically required reading when the SR-71 is brought up.


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Hyper Realistic Model Airplanes

I will admit, the miniature killer episode where they say “Hyper specific”  has gotten me using the term hyper more often.  And whats the harm there?  Especially when it’s regarding these amazing model airplanes!

You can’t tell it from these pictures, but those are scale models.  Hyper detailed scale models.  Down to every last rivet.  Retired dentist turned model maker Young C. Park made these.

Don’t believe he replicated everything? Here’s the ammo feeds from the wings:

Don’t believe these are actual models?  Here’s him working them:

And for the other doubters out there, here are the planes on display.

These are awesome.  That’s all I have to say.


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An RC C-17 is massive

Anyone who’s seen a C-17, or a C-130, or any of the massive cargo planes thinks to themselves, “How does that stay up?” Well, looking at this model C-17 that is RC you have the same thoughts, at least I do anyway.
It’s pretty cool, lets see a U-2, that’s what I want. {Gizmodo}

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LEGO you!

Well, for the small sum of $60,000 you can have a full sized LEGO version of you made!  Isn’t that great?

Personally, I would only want it if they just gave me the peices, and made me put it together myself, i mean, wheres the fun of LEGOs if you just get the finished product, that’s cheating.

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