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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


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.



  1. Brian says:

    Yikes! That video, which was fine yesterday, is now auto-running and shouting through my speakers about “miracle stretch mark creams” with every fargin’ page load.

    Please turn it off!!! (he says in mock horror)

  2. Gareth Branwyn says:

    We apologize for this. It was definitely not our intent to spam you and we don’t intentionally run auto-run videos. I’ve unembedded the video.

  3. Gareth Branwyn says:

    I swapped out the Indy Mogul embed with the YouTube version. Should be good now. Let me know if there are further problems.

  4. Kalu Ekeh says:

    hmm I might be making use of this…