A pair of Kenyan Air Force Northrop F-5 Tiger II fighter jets buzzed their own airbase recently, resulting in some impromptu topiary of a nearby tree. The soldiers filming the event sure got a laugh out of it. But whoever is responsible for clearing up the mess probably won’t find it so funny.
Short videos of RC vehicles doing blockbuster movie-like stunts are all the rage these days. One of the latest ones is a mini-story involving some plucky little RC toys desperately trying to ferry a shipment of fresh batteries to a teddy bear in desperate need of some new AAs.
The Lotus F1 Team, and one of their technical partners, EMC – who specialize in IT services and cloud computing, have put together a slightly crazy stunt for no good reason. EMC says it was to highlight how they “Redefine Motorsports”. But judging by all the incomprehensible marketing-speak they seem to spew out, that could mean almost anything.
Two enormous mythical beasts have done battle in the Olympic Park in Beijing, China as part of a festival commemorating 50 years of diplomatic ties between France and China. Quite how a 230 ft (70 meter) long dragon kicking the ass of a spider with a 65 foot (20 meter) leg span, celebrates two countries being (for the most part) friends for half a century isn’t all that clear. Perhaps it’s because both the robots were built in France, by a specialist robotics company called La Machine. Or perhaps it’s just because a dragon and a spider fighting is more exciting than a piece of cheese duking it out with a wanton.
There are some pretty cool RC car videos out there. Some might say they’re a pointless waste of time, and that’s fine. But unless you’re a Hollywood director who can do this. Equally, how many people in the world can hoon a Mk1 Ford Escort rally car on their own private dirt track when they want. This guy can. In 1/5th scale anyway.
I don’t like heights. Lots of people don’t like heights. Joachim Held of Austria is not one of those people.
Twice a day he does a 3-point turn on the side of a mountain, with a 1,000 ft (300 metre) drop just inches away. One bad judgement call and his lumber hauling days are over.
Joachim, works as a trucker taking logs down from the peaks of Eisenerz, near Styria, Austria. Most of his twice daily commute is tough but not insane. However at one point along his journey he is forced to turn around his truck and trailer on a hair pin bend. There’s no safety barrier, and not even a solid road surface, just compacted mud and gravel. Continue reading ‘Video: Trucker does a 3-point turn on edge of 1,000ft drop’ »
It seems that in the Netherlands, the military sticks to a rather stringent pass/fail strategy when it comes to their tank drivers. More or less, the only explanation for the insanity captured in this video is all the participants are Dutch, and therefore their reaction to crazy, life endangering situations is… Meh.
The video shows a Leopard 2 tank coming to an emergency stop behind two rows of besuited people (said to be fellow soldiers) facing away from the rapidly approaching 62 ton war machine. It’s not until the tank comes to rest just a few feet behind that they finally turn around to see how close they came to becoming people pate. Continue reading ‘Video: Testing the brakes of a Leopard 2 tank’ »
GoPro cameras are everywhere nowadays. Basically if you’re planning on doing something either dumb or adrenaline inducing, the first step is to get a GoPro and film it. This particular GoPro is a pretty good advert for the quality and durability of the camera, because after being thrown roughly 30 feet in the air from a speeding Camaro (said to be doing 100 mph at the time) and landing on an unforgiving drag strip, it still continues to record. Continue reading ‘Video: Camaro loses its T-top with Go-Pro camera attached’ »