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Portland, Oregon resident Greg Tanous designed this superhumanoid R/C airplane that is almost certain to delight any child, inner or outer, who beholds it. Given the unbridled awesomeness of its subject, I am inclined to forgive the er, enthusiastic rock music soundtrack in this video, but feel obliged to warn of it. Greg sells plans and full kits for several of his designs.

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1404006386 Jesse Stohrer

    Screw the planes and helicopters, I want one of these.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000569242352 Ren Tescher

    It’s a bird!
    It’s a plane!
    No, it’s…wait, it’s a plane!

  • http://rayedwards.com Ray Edwards

    This is…awesome!

  • http://twitter.com/dbrunker Dave Brunker

    Hey, I live in Portland, too.  Too bad you couldn’t add a cloth body to make it more dimensional.  Adding a jet pack would also add to the realism as would flying it around office buildings downtown but the police wouldn’t like it.

  • Anonymous

    It is cool, but the camera man sucks. Why would you film the whole
    flight zoomed in? You can see it up close when it is on the ground, we
    don’t need to see it close the whole flight. I would have liked to see
    it from afar.

  • Anonymous

    It is cool, but the camera man sucks. Why would you film the whole
    flight zoomed in? You can see it up close when it is on the ground, we
    don’t need to see it close the whole flight. I would have liked to see
    it from afar.

  • http://vrandy.myopenid.com/ VRAndy

    I want to paint this up like a super-hero costume.  

    Fly it in full view of a lot of people,land it behind fence, and casually stroll out from behind the fence in the same costume.

  • http://gravatar.com/kryptonradio Gene Turnbow

    Yeah, that would be aces – I can just picture their faces.

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