Colin Furze Made a Jet-Powered Star Wars Landspeeder

Inventor and madman Colin Furze has built some pretty wild stuff over the years. Among my favorites are his Star Wars-inspired projects, which so far have included a giant AT-ACT playhouse and a full-size TIE Silencer ships. I can only imagine what Colin’s neighbors must think of him.

Furze has yet again teamed up with eBay UK to sponsor a Star Wars build, this time replicating Luke’s X-34 landspeeder from A New Hope.

What’s really amazing about the project is that it’s not only quite accurate to the version seen on screen, but that it actually can drive. Furze started off with a standard golf cart he found on the auction website, and proceeded to rip it apart, leaving just the chassis, suspension and steering.

He then crafted a beautiful bent metal body for the vehicle then painted it up to look like it did on screen. Initially, he upgraded the cart’s electric motor for motivation, but that wasn’t enough for Furze, so he later added some jet engines to give it a little extra oomph.

You can check out the finished landspeeder build in the video clip below:

While the jets add an awesome look and sound effects to the vehicle, they actually don’t make it go that fast, so Furze thinks that at some point he might put in a more powerful electric motor, or possibly put a good, old-fashioned internal combustion engine. Regardless of how fast it goes, it’s still an amazing build.

This Jumbo Snorlax Lounger Will Lull You to Sleep… and Steal Your Wallet

Do you have trouble getting to sleep? No luck with Melatonin or Ambien? Well, here’s something that will surely get you some shut-eye – a gigantic Snorlax sleep lounger.

Created lovingly by Knot Again by Amina, this handmade Snorlax bed (aka the “Sleeping Monster”) is sure to lull to sleep anyone who dares to lay on its inviting and rotund belly. For shipping purposes, the monster comes unstuffed, but Amina will provide instructions for stuffing your Snorlax locally. That’s sure to be a process that’s more involved than your Thanksgiving turkey.

This amazing creation is the perfect living room addition for any Pokémon fan with deep pockets. I’ve got the first part covered, but sadly, $3500 is a bit above my pay grade when it comes to my collection of geeky wonders.

[via Geekologie]

Someone Already Made a LEGO Tesla Cybertruck

While it might be a couple of years before we see any actual Tesla Cybertrucks on the road, there is one way you can get your hands on one immediately – by building a model of one. You can certainly whittle one out of wood, or maybe even bend one out of sheet metal, but the easiest way to do it is to create one from LEGO, like brick builder Peter Blackert did.

The miniature model of Elon Musk’s visionary electric truck of the future does a good job capturing the stark, angular lines of the real deal, though it forgoes the bulletproof armored windows, which is probably a good idea anyhow. I love how he even built a figure of Elon Musk, along with that electric ATV that they drove up onto the back of it during the reveal. The only thing missing is Franz.

In addition to the standard stainless steel Cybertruck, Peter decided to make a special edition that pays tribute to Elon Musk’s other company, SpaceX. This version is done up in bright blue, and features yellow windows, along with a couple of astronauts taking it for a spin.

You can check out more pictures of both LEGO Cybertrucks and Peter’s other awesome LEGO vehicle builds over on his Flickr page.

[via Motor1]

This X-Ray Necklace Offers a Glimpse Inside Your Cat

Do you love cats? Curious to know what your kitty looks like underneath all that fur and skin? Well this necklace should do the trick, with its accurate view of feline anatomy.

Made by UK jewelry and accessory maker BirchPleaseHQ, the necklace shows off all of kitty’s skeletal structure, along with his major organs. Look closely, and you’ll see that there’s even a mouse in his stomach, well on the way towards digestion and the intestinal tract.

The necklace is laser cut from clear acrylic and printed with UV inks, not from an actual miniature cat, because that would just be wrong. It measures about 2.4″ wide by 1.8″ tall, and comes on antique-gold nickle chain.

You can catch this wearable cat over on Etsy for about $33.

FLUX Beamo Review: An Easy and Compact CO2 Laser Cutter/Engraver

Ever since I saw a CO2 laser cutter in action at a maker space I visited, I always wanted to have one for my own workshop. The ability to cleanly cut and engrave materials with laser precision has all kinds of uses, from cutting out flat-pack models and puzzles, to adding logos and personalization to objects. But most of the more capable CO2 laser cutters on the market are expensive, difficult to use, and take up a lot of space.

The folks at FLUX aim to change that with their Beamo, a laser cutter/engraver that’s small enough to fit on a desktop, yet is powerful and versatile enough for pro-quality work. It’s also well-priced, with early bird orders on Kickstarter going for as little as $849. FLUX has a strong track record with its crowdfunded projects, having previously delivered on its well-rated Delta+ 3D printer.

Measuring in at 24.21″ (w) x 17.52″ (d) x 6.97″ (h), and weighing 48.5 pounds, the Beamo is equipped with a 30-watt CO2 laser, which basically zaps high voltage across a glass tube filled with CO2 gas, producing a powerful beam from the end of its tube. The beam is then reflected using mirrors, and crisply focused using a lens, which narrows the beam down to about 0.2mm. The Beamo’s resolution is roughly 1000 dpi, and it can engrave at speeds up to 300 mm per second.

I was fortunate enough to get my hands on a pre-production Beamo, and I have to say that I’m very impressed. It took no time to get it set up and connected to my network, and within 10 minutes of opening the box, I had my first completed piece. Everything comes pre-assembled in the box – all you need to do is connect the Wi-Fi antenna (or an Ethernet cable), attach the vent hose to the back of the printer, and plug it in. You’ll definitely want to run that vent hose to a window, as it’s important to keep the fumes in your space to a minimum.

The Beamo can engrave a variety of different materials, including wood, cardboard, fabric, glass, acrylic, leather, stone, tile, and more. Cutting is limited to cardboard, paper, wood, acrylic, and other similar lightweight materials, with maximum thicknesses between 3mm and 5mm. There’s enough room inside the machine to handle objects up to 11.81″ by 8.27″ (300 x 210 mm), and as tall as 1.77″ (45 mm.)

Preparing for a cutting or engraving job is as simple as placing your object on the ventilated surface, flipping down the plastic calibration clip on the head unit, then loosening the knurled knob on the laser head and adjusting it to the height of the object. This ensures a sharp beam focus. This manual adjustment process is easy and takes only a couple of seconds, though buyers can opt for an autofocus module, which also enables slightly deeper cuts in woods (up to 7mm.) That tool is currently bundled with a rotary module, which allows for engraving on curved surfaces, such as drinking glasses.

Working with the Beamo Studio desktop application is quite easy. It works on both Mac OS and Windows (I used the Mac version), and provides an intuitive interface for setting up your artwork. Since the Beamo has a built-in camera, you first use the Camera tool to preview your work piece, then you can start arranging your digital cutting files. The app works with SVG and DXF vector files, as well as JPG and PNG bitmap art. Vector files generally produce sharper images, but with a high enough resolution bitmap, the Beamo does just fine too.

The software comes with presets for a variety of materials and job types, and you can create multi-layered jobs with different settings. For instance, you could import one layer with sharp vector lines, another layer with a bitmap shading, and yet another layer, and set it to cut an outline. This way you can create complicated objects in a single pass. FLUX also plans on releasing a mobile app which will allow users to snap photos, place them using the Beamo’s camera, then send them for output, but it hasn’t been released for review as of yet.

 

The Beamo made quick and precise work of the wood, paper, mirrored glass, and leather that I tested with, though the irregularities of leather cause some blurring that you don’t get in flatter and smoother materials like wood. For materials not listed, you might have to experiment on some scrap to get the power, speed, and repetition settings right. Be sure to avoid using certain plastics, foams, and adhesives with a laser cutter, as it can create toxic fumes or damage the machine.  Render times can vary dramatically depending on the material and complexity of job you’re outputting. Smaller jobs can take as little as a minute, while the most complex images I tested with took 20 minutes or so.

I cannot recommend the FLUX Beamo highly enough. It brings the power of CO2 laser cutting and engraving down to a size and price that many more people can afford, and unlike some crowdfunding projects, the hardware and software is ready for primetime. The Kickstarter campaign for the Beamo is running through Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 11:00 am Central Time, so if you want to get in on one of the earlier units and pre-release pricing as low as $849, now is the time.

For those looking for a larger work area, FLUX is also readying the Beambox, which can work with objects as large as 15.7″ x 14.7″, and cuts material up to 10mm thick. That model is quite a bit more expensive, though, with prices starting at $2499.

Guy Makes Life-size Mike Tyson from “Punch-Out!!”

Back in the day, there was a Nintendo arcade and NES game called Punch-Out!! As far as I know, it was the first boxing game ever. The original arcade game featured fictitious fighters like Glass Joe, Piston Hurricane, Bald Bull, and Mr. Sandman. But when it eventually made it to the NES in 1987, Mike Tyson licensed his name and likeness to Nintendo, and he became the game’s final boss.

If you’re a fan of Punch-Out!! and the pixelated version of Tyson that appeared in the game, then you’ll want to check this life-size cutout of 8-bit Tyson that I spotted over on Etsy.

This 66″ tall version of the boxer was made by artist Jason Walker, who cut it from a sheet of 1/2″ plywood, then painted all the pixels to make him come to life. I imagine it took quite some time to get all of those jaggy edges just right, so it’s well worth the $300 asking price. Of course, it’s a bit heavy and unwieldy, so it’ll cost you another $130 for shipping here in the US. Then again shipping around the actual Mike Tyson would surely cost more, and he’d probably punch you in the face while you tried to cover him in bubble wrap.

This Creepy LEGO Spider Mech is Made from Minifig Bodies

Do you like creepy, crawly stuff? Then this LEGO construction should give you quite the thrill, as it’s about as gnarly looking as anything we’ve ever seen built from bricks.

This awesomely creepy black widow mech was created by LEGO artist Markus Rollbühler, who put it together for Creations for Charity, a non-profit organization that raises funds for underprivileged children during the holidays by selling LEGO builds donated by its community. What a great idea!

What I love about this spider bot is how he managed to incorporate the bodies of some minifigs into each of its eight pointy legs, along with a skeleton figure in its see-through red abdomen. The thought of this thing harvesting minifig bodies to augment itself just makes it that much more terrifying.

Be sure to check out more of Markus’ amazing LEGO creations on his Flickr page, and if you’re interested in buying any pieces from Creations for Charity, check out their shop on Bricklink.

[via Brothers Brick]

Pringles Man Made from Pringles Can

Despite the fact that they’re not actually potato chips, but are some kind of smooshed up potato mush, Pringles are still pretty tasty. As you know, these crispy snacks come stacked in a cylindrical can, with Pringles’ iconic mustachioed mascot on front.

But have you ever wondered what the rest of the Pringles man looked like below his red bowtie? Well, thanks to one creative crafter, we now can see the rest of Julius Pringle (yes, that’s his name.)

Japanese design student Harukiru loves to take the packaging from snack boxes and containers and turn them into art. Recently, he transformed a can of Pringles sour cream and onion flavor – my personal favorite – into a sculpture of its mascot. The video below shows off the assembly process, as Harukiru tailors Julius a custom three-piece suit.

Mr. Pringle is rather handsome in his green suit, though he’s skinnier than I thought he would be. You’d think he’d be a lot fatter after eating all those fried potatoes.

Astronaut and Lunar Lander Kids’ Costumes Win Halloween

Between the endless candy, the artful pumpkin carving, the creepy music, the decorations, and the costumes, Halloween is the best of the holidays. There’s just so much more creativity in Halloween than most other holidays, especially when it comes to the costumes.

For Halloween 2019, one family created an awesome pair of costumes for their two young daughters – an astronaut, along with lunar lander module.

Little Charlie and Ellie’s parents did a fantastic job here, with the older of the two girls portraying the Apollo Lunar Module, and the younger of them dressed as an Apollo astronaut. The only thing they’re missing is a rug that looks like the moon’s surface for them to roll out in front of each house as they ask for candy.

Check out more of this amazingly cute duo in the video clip below, and then the entire costume and build gallery up on Imgur.

This isn’t the first time these kids have had awesome Halloween costumes. In 2017, there was the squid, and in 2018, they had the horseshoe crab and an adorable traffic cone.

[via Boing Boing via Geekologie]

These Creepy Purses Have Got Their Eye on You

There are monsters all around us, and they’re hiding in plain sight. It looks like some of them even like hanging out in the women’s accessories department now.

These awesomely creative and creepy clutch purses come from the mind of Breanne of Creature Clutches and The Geekstress. Each one is handmade, and features a single eyeball peering out from beneath its fabric shell. While I dig the big dragon’s eye, the monster ones with the teeth sticking out are my favorites.

We’ve been assured no actual monsters were harmed in the making of these bags. The eyeballs are made from hand-painted glass, while the teeth are made from shells.

You can currently find a few of these clutches over on Breanne’s Etsy shop, with prices ranging from $35 to $75. She also makes some nifty monster dice bags for tabletop RPG fans. Thanks to Technabob friend Mike for the heads up on these amazing creations.