The model has a 5.3 meter wingspan, four miniature jet engines and a 10.5l tank, weighing in at nearly 70kg.
Italian architect Luigi Prina made his first model aircraft at the age of 16. In his mid 60s, after a successful career in building design, he met painter and boat builder Eugenio Tomiolo who challenged him to make one of his model boats fly.
In the twenty years since, Prima has dedicated his retirement to creating delicate, fully functional flying models worthy of Leonardo DaVinci.
Photos by Gianluca Giannone.
“Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty — a beauty cold and austere, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music.” —Bertrand Russell
A rather fetching triptych video by Yann Pinneill and Nicolas Lefraucheux of Parisian video production agency Parachutes showing the mathematical principles underlying everyday events: equations to the left, mathematical models to center and videos of the phenomena to the right.
A full screener, this one.
Footage of hard core, poker-faced slot nerds and their insanely quick mini-motors at the 2013 Wing Car World Championship at Buena Park Raceway, Buena Park, California last May.
The 1:24 scale slot cars run at 12V and can reach speeds of up to 75mph (120km/h).
Previously: That’s Not Scalextric, THIS Is Scalextric
But you knew that.
If the 10,000+ upvoters at the LEGO beta-bulding site cuusoo have their way, it may yet make it into the official LEGO range.
More details and pix here.