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Backyard FX have been running auditions for a new host of the show. I’m pretty impressed with many of the entries. Not only are the hosts surprisingly good, but the production values are fairly high, and the projects they document, decent. Here, Mike Smith and his robot sidekick, Tec, show you how they built a Rocket Man-worthy jet pack movie/cosplay prop from junk and hardware supplies.

Jet Packs and Robots: How to: Backyard FX

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Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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