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AT-AT Walker from the ’80s actually walks

AT-AT Walker from the ’80s actually walks

Anyone who grew up in the '80s will remember the massive Star Wars AT-AT toy that came out in 1981 after Empire Strikes Back introduced us to the massive walkers. The toy had noisy joints that clicked when you move them and it was awesome, but hard to move and play with. Every kid who ever played with one wished it would really move and with some modern hardware, that old AT-AT can really walk.

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Christmas turkey roasted with flying flamethrower

Christmas turkey roasted with flying flamethrower

Not too long ago there was some drama centering on a teen who built a flying drone aircraft that had a gun that could be fired from the air. That drone ended up the subject of a federal probe and I can't imagine that this flying flamethrower drone would be any different. YouTube user Hogwit has video of the flying flamethrower drone and is using it to roast a holiday turkey.

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Filmomat automatically processes color, B&W film without the darkroom

Filmomat automatically processes color, B&W film without the darkroom

Photographers that still prefer to work in the medium of film already have difficulties when it comes to the declining supply of both film and camera equipment, but for those who are anything less than professional, the next big challenge is securing the space and tools needed for a dedicated dark room. German photographer Lukas Fritz is so dedicated that he spent a year building his own device that can automatically process both color and black & white 35mm film negatives.

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This homemade Death Star has real (deadly) lasers

This homemade Death Star has real (deadly) lasers

Most of us are satisfied with the simple things in life — an R2-D2 teapot, perhaps. Others want something bigger, though, something a little more incredible, and by incredible we mean incredible and dangerous. Enter Patrick Priebe and his homemade Death Star model. At first glance it doesn’t seem like much, but activate its lasers and you’ll find it truly is a miniature version of its destruction-bringing sibling.

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Paper craft V8 engine actually works

Paper craft V8 engine actually works

One of the most popular power plants in automotive history is the trusty V8. The V8 is cheap, powerful, and in most forms very reliable. We’ve seen plenty of paper craft stuff around here before including an origami Nissan Juke. This time out we have a tiny little paper craft V8 engine.

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Micaton magnetic screw holder makes DIY easier

Micaton magnetic screw holder makes DIY easier

Anyone who has tried to build or repair something that needed a few screws put in it knows that getting those screws started can be a literal pain. Slip the screwdriver off the screw head and it always seems to want to cut fingers or mar wood. A new device called the Micaton magnetic screw holder promises to make screwing things together easier and less painful.

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90,000 lumen LED flashlight could illuminate a baseball field

90,000 lumen LED flashlight could illuminate a baseball field

Sometimes you need to shed a little light on whatever you are doing, and other times you need to flood the entire area with light bright enough to cause a vampire to burst into flame. The latter is exactly what you can do with this DIY 1000W flashlight that makes 90,000 lumens of light.

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Two-player synthesizer lets players sample and battle away

Two-player synthesizer lets players sample and battle away

A keyboard synthesizer is normally something you play alone, unless you have someone else working the high keys chopsticks style. A device called the Collidoscope has been created by a couple musicians called Ben Bangler and Fiore Martin. This device turns playing a keyboard into a two-person affair.

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World’s longest bike is 117-feet long

World’s longest bike is 117-feet long

If you have never spent time looking at the Guinness Book of World Records, trust me that there are records in there for things you have never even thought of. One good example of a record for something you never knew existed is this incredibly long bike that now holds the record for world's longest bicycle.

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DIY railgun launches projectiles with 950 pounds of force

DIY railgun launches projectiles with 950 pounds of force

Railguns were once the domain of science fiction and video games, but that has changed over the last few years with the US military working hard on developing railguns for ships and even vehicles. While this sort of weapon is still a ways from being field ready, a geek called Ziggy Zee has built his own man portable railgun from scratch.

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SprayPainter turns you into a graffiti artist

SprayPainter turns you into a graffiti artist

If you like the idea of painting graffiti style art in your home or office, but lack the artistic skills to make that happen on your own the SprayPainter is for you. SprayPainter is an accessory that clips to a can of spray paint and makes it sort of like a dot matrix printer from back in the day. Using dots of spray, the device is able to create any work of art you want.

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Dad turns son’s wheelchair into Star Wars snowspeeder for Halloween

Dad turns son’s wheelchair into Star Wars snowspeeder for Halloween

Dads that are big fans of Star Wars are turning out to be a very crafty, creative bunch. We've seen not one but two custom rocking horses built, the first being an X-wing, and the second a Speeder Bike. While those two hand-made projects were for very young kids, this latest one is for a child that's a bit older. Ryan Scott Miller's son Jeremy uses a wheelchair, so he built a snowspeeder — the ship the rebels used during The Empire Strikes Back's Battle of Hoth — that fits overtop, just in time for Halloween.

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