[Flyboy258] shows us that hobby R/C airplanes can be built from trash relatively easily. A bit of old tarp and a simple frame work as the body.  The rudder is made from old foam packaging.  It seems to fly pretty well considering the lack of official design, or aerodynamic features.

[via Makezine]


  1. Hopo28 says:

    fantastic, so simple and effective :)

  2. Chris H says:

    Brilliant, stabilizing it like a kite and at the same time it becomes a shooting star. Hope it won the contest. It is a contest for building a rc plane from trash, except for the radio part. (I think the engines, propellers and batteries of the contestees are not from trash either.)

  3. pillbox says:

    Goes to show you that with enough horsepower you can make a brick fly

  4. Chris H says:

    ‘engines’… spot the foreigner

  5. blizzarddemon says:

    Nah, this thing is so American it hurts.

  6. cooperised says:

    “with enough horsepower you can make a brick fly” – or at least, with control surfaces that work and a positive static margin (centre of gravity is ahead of the centre of lift) you can make a flat plate fly. flat surfaces are ok at lift generation in fact, you just get quite a bit of drag too, but that’s no problem these days with big power available from small/light motor packages.

  7. ryan says:

    I love the dog barking in the background during the entire song… Coldplay should consider adding that to their live performances; it could make their newer music much more enjoyable…

    Also, the plane was freakin’ cool. This is recycling in its truest form.

  8. Edward says:

    It has been a long time since something made me smile like I did watching that video.

  9. MS3FGX says:

    The first few flights had me worried there, but when he got the larger rudder and streamers…wow, looks great. He could probably sell that as a kit.

    Reminded me of the time my one plane crashed so hard I had to rebuild the front half with the metal from a few Mountain Dew cans.

  10. olh says:

    There is a guy who make awesome Ready To Crash (lol) gliders with bamboo and polystyrene:

  11. M4CGYV3R says:

    Add missiles and an MC brain and this thing would make a really unexpected drone.

  12. dougefresh says:

    That was inspirational…A shooting star how cute.

  13. el tejon says:

    pillbox and cooperised

    This is why I have some issues with most RC, and being a flight instructor, have little interest. Same really with the newer more powerful acrobatic planes…. it is all pure power with some control surfaces…. brute force over elegance (although the streamers were a beautiful example of the latter).

    Also… that was not a rudder, but only a vertical stabilizer. The rudder is the moving control surface. Interesting concept of Ailerators….

  14. googfan says:

    i love it.



  15. tim says:

    Cool. Reminds me of when I was a kid and made an RC plane out of one of those styrofoam gliders. I only had a 3 channel surface radio and a nitro car engine but it worked pretty well :)

  16. Scott says:

    Ah brushless dc motors and lipo battery’s, with them anything can fly.

  17. supershwa says:


    “Nah, this thing is so American it hurts.”

    No kidding – 50 of these things should be flying at a Blue Angels show.

    The whole “make something from garbage” initiative is always interesting — maybe I should let the trash start piling up next to the parts bin…

  18. Alan Parekh says:

    Where is a good place to get a cheap radio, motor and batteries to play around with? Not the expensive pro stuff but just some hobby grade items.

  19. andrew says:

    @pillbox: well said.

  20. ChalkBored says:

    Been a while since I’ve seen someone build a SPAD.

  21. pillbox says:

    I read the blurb and thought I’d see something inspiring.

    Like made a plane made out of coroplast salvaged from abandoned campaign signs……

  22. ridefst says:

    @Alan: try

    It’s cool that he made that from trash, but this isn’t as much financial savings as you might think. You can buy a complete airframe for $20-30 very easily. It’s the electronics that make up most of the final cost.

  23. Alan Parekh says:

    Thanks ridefst, I’ll check that out.

  24. pixelwhip says:

    very cool.

  25. LarrySanders says:

    What a mess. It belongs at

  26. liebesich says:

    Anything can fly as long you have enough power to bring it up.

  27. Laughs at stupid says:

    Thats what she said!

  28. ex-parrot says: build your own brushless motors out of CD-ROM drives to complete this build :)

  29. niccohel says:

    might have had a little more success with a little dihedral and an actual airfoil for the wings…

  30. niccohel says:

    forgot to add: it looks kinda like the russian berkut

  31. DaDar says:

    F?ucking awesome, man!

  32. B34RDY says:

    What’s an ‘airoplane’?

  33. Caleb Kraft says:

    A common misspelling of airplane.

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