Apr 26, 2017

World’s Fastest RC Model Turbine Jet 744 KMH (462 MPH)

World record in RC speed flight.
 Image: Youtube Printscreen, RC Media World

Radio controlled Turbine Model Jet flies 744 kmh (462 Mph). The Pilot is Niels Herbrich. The flight is amazing and very very fast. The Model has a weight from 7,5 Kg and flies with kerosene. Turbine is a Behotec 180. The Jet is the world's fastest RC model turbine jet currently.

 Image: Youtube Printscreen, RC Media World

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Apr 24, 2017

8 Really Strange Amphibious Vehicles

An amphibious vehicle (or simply amphibian), is a vehicle that is a means of transport, viable on land as well as on water. Amphibious vehicles include amphibious bicycles, ATVs, cars, buses, trucks, military vehicles, and hovercraft.

Check out some of the strangest amphibious vehicles ever made.

Python - The World's Fastest Amphibious Vehicle

Python - The World's Fastest Amphibious Vehicle

WaterCar‘s Python is the world’s fasts amphibious vehicle to ever be designed and built. The Python can reach up to 60 mph of water speed, and mid 12 second ¼ mile times and 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds. For those of you who don’t speak “car stats”, the translation is simple: it’s FAST!

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The engine is based on the famous aluminum LS Corvette power train. The doors are built to keep water out and allow easy access from the water. The interior of the vehicle resembles a boat with captain chairs in the front and wrapped bench in the back. [link]

Python - The World's Fastest Amphibious Vehicle 3

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Gibbs Technologies recently introduced an amphibious vehicle called Quadski. This Quadski has four-wheels like a car, but it can be folded / retracted naturally once you’ve entering to the water mode.


It truly is an All Terrain Vehicle, capable of attaining speeds of 45 mph on both land and water. The performance and comfort of the ride are the result of a lightweight composite hull, wide track and low centre of gravity, which gives the Quadski excellent stability on land and water. [link]




The Amphicar is an amphibious automobile, the first such vehicle mass-produced for sale to the public starting in 1961. The German vehicle was designed by Hanns Trippel and manufactured by the Quandt Group at Lübeck and at Berlin-Borsigwalde. Its name is a portmanteau of "amphibious" and "car".

Amphicar 2

The Amphicar was designed to be marketed and sold in the USA. Compared to most boats or cars, its performance was modest, and only 4000 were produced by 1965. Nevertheless, it is still among the most successful amphibious civilian autos of all time, and still often prized and preserved as novelty collectible automobiles today. [link]

Amphicar 3

Amphicar 4

Volkswagen Schwimmwagen

VW Beetle creator Ferdinand Porsche produced the four-wheel-drive Kübelwagen for the German Army in WWII. He then made an amphibious version of it in 1941, followed by a smaller version of the first amphibious car called the Schwimmwagen. It was powered by a 1.2-liter air-cooled flat four, which also drove a single propeller. The amphibious car used the front wheels as rudders when in the water. On land, the propeller would swing up, disengaging it from the engine. The Schwimmwagen was heavy and slow but had good traction off-road. [link]


Rinspeed Splash

Well-known Swiss sportscar tuning firm Rinspeed built an amphibious car in 2003 that can go 120 mph on land and 45 knots on water. Under 30 knots, the Rinspeed can cruise in water like a conventional boat. Above 30 knots, fold-down hydrofoils raise the car's a lightweight carbon composite body shell 12 feet above the water. A single propeller lowers into water with the foils, and the wheels can lift out of the water.

Power comes from a 140-hp two-cylinder 750-cc engine running on natural gas. The vehicle's total weight is just 1800 pounds. [link]

Amphibious Bike 'Cyclomer', Paris, 1932

This is a bicycle that can run on both land and water (the maximum load on the water is 120 kg)

It is known as a "Cyclomer" and has two large drum-shaped wheels to each of which are attached two smaller spheres which can be raised or lowered. When lowered the auxiliary rollers serve as stabilizers for water travel. On land the small spheres are raised and the vehicle travels like an ordinary bicycle. [source: Popular Mechanics, december 1932]

Terra Wind RV

The Terra Wind RV is a first class motor coach that is as comfortable on the lake as it is on the land with a highway speed of up to 80 mph and up to 7 knots on the water. [link]


LARC-V (Lighter, Amphibious Resupply, Cargo, 5 ton), is an aluminium-hulled amphibious cargo vehicle capable of transporting 5 tons. It was developed in the United States during the 1950s, and is used in a variety of auxiliary roles to this day. [link]

The LARC V was 35 feet long, 9.9 feet wide, and 12 feet high with its top erected. It could go 28 mph on land and 12 mph in water. With a gross weight of 19,000 pounds, it could carry five tons of cargo or 40 soldiers, plus a crew of two. It could navigate shallow water with a draft of only 3 1/2 feet. [link]

LARC-V comes ashore on Vietnam beach.

458th Transportation Company (Light Amphibian) LARC-V at South Beach, Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. [images source]

Apr 14, 2017

9 Unique Military Mobile Bridges

Bridge layers have to be about the closest thing in the real world to a Transformer, giant fold up, extendable instantly deployable bridges that are most often fixed to modified tanks.

This is a list of the 9 unique military vehicles that carry its own road. These vehicles we don't usually see every day.

1. M60A1 Armored Vehicle Landing Bridge

M60A1 Armored Vehicle Landing Bridge

The M60A1 armored vehicle launched bridge (ALVB) is exactly what it sounds like: a mobile, armored bridge. There's not always time to wait around for engineers to erect a crossing, so the AVLB carries on its back a 60-foot bridge strong enough and wide enough to support just about every land vehicle in the arsenal — including itself.

M60A1 Armored Vehicle Landing Bridge

2. EFA or Engin de Franchissement de l'Avant

EFA or Engin de Franchissement de l'Avant

The EFA or Engin de Franchissement de l'Avant (forward crossing apparatus) is a field-deployable river crossing apparatus, used by combat engineers in the French Army. It may either be used as a bridge (deployed in a series), or as a ferry.

EFA or Engin de Franchissement de l'Avant

The EFA is the heir of the first self-propelled bridging vehicle invented in 1955 by the French military engineer and general Gillois Jean. Tray Gillois entered service with the French army in 1965. A version modified by EWK was successively adopted by the American, British and German militaries. At the time of its introduction it was able to carry vehicles up to a maximum weight of 25 tons, the current version supports loads of about 50 tons. It takes between 45 and 65 minutes to form a bridge 100 meters long. Tray Gillois avoids the heavy and bulky convoys, barges brought in by road, which are sensitive to enemy attacks. It takes about half a day to create a 100 metre deck. (link)

3. Russian MTU-72 Armored Bridgelayer

Russian MTU-72 Armored Bridgelayer

Trenches and water obstacles won’t stop the MTU-72, an armored bridgelayer introduced by the Soviet Army in 1974. Based on a medium-sized battle tank, this design folds out a horizontal cantilevered bridge, as opposed to a vertical bridge that could easily be spotted by the enemy from far away. It can span a gap of nearly 60 feet and takes just 3 minutes to deploy. (link)



4. Inflatable Ball Bridge

Inflatable Ball Bridge

What’s the military to do when a gap is just too broad to span with a conventional bridge vehicle? Inflate a bunch of balls and top them with sections of road, of course. The Lightweight Modular Causeway System was first tested in 2010 and may be used for earthquake response when other structures are damaged. (link)

Inflatable Ball Bridge

5. LEGUAN 26M AVLB - Armored Vehicle-Launched Bridge

LEGUAN 26M AVLB - Armored Vehicle-Launched Bridge

Insanely long, the LEGUAN Armored Vehicle-Launched Bridge can span up to 85 feet, and multiple units can be used to create even longer tandem bridging. It’s fully automatic with electronic controls and it takes just a single operator to lay the bridges in less than five minutes. With a few pieces of extra equipment, it can even be turned into a ferry. (link)

6. Churchill Bridgelayer

Churchill Bridgelayer

A variant of the Churchill tank, the bridge layer was created by the Royal Engineers and carried a 30ft long Small Box Girder (SBG) bridge.  This proved invaluable for crossing many water filled obstacles as the Allies progressed across Western Europe after D-Day.

Churchill Bridgelayer

7.  WFEL M18 Dry Support Bridge

WFEL M18 Dry Support Bridge

WFEL Limited returns to Defence Services Asia DSA 2008. WFEL are a team specialists who understand what military users need from tactical military bridges and have consistenly exceeded therir expectations over the last 40 years. The company is a prime contractors to the UK ministry of Defence, US Department of Defense and supplier to 38 armed forces worldwide. One of the product of WFEL is the M18 Dry Support Bridge. The US Army chose the M18DSB as it preferred bridging solution after a rigorous international selection process. The DSB underwent Operational Testing with repeated missions at Fort Hood, Texas, after which the WFEL DSB achieved : full materiels release in April 2003 and M18 classification. With over 50 systems on order and a total requirement of well in excess of 100 systems the DSB is set to become the new world leader.(link)

8. Valentine Bridgelayer

Valentine Bridgelayer

The bridge option Valentine tank was used for the transportation and installation of the Bridge, the length of the haul amounted to 10 meters. The maximum load the bridge was 30 tons. The vehicle became useful not only in the British army's operation in Italy, Burma and northwestern Europe, but 25 aircraft were also sent to the Soviet Union.

Valentine Bridgelayer

9. Amphibious Bridging and Ferrying System M3

Amphibious Bridging and Ferrying System M3

The M3 is the world’s most modern, most efficient and fastest amphibious bridging and ferrying system, it reduces construction time dramatically and provides increased maneuverability and mobility in the water. The M3 is currently used by the armies of Germany, UK and Taiwan ROC.

Powered by a diesel engine (Euro III standard) and equipped with two water pump jets for marine operations, M3 provides wet gap crossing capability for today’s highly mobile ground forces and a wide range of missions. State-of-the-art technology, easy handling and supportability and a high system reliability allow the construction of a 100 m (328 ft) floating bridge in less than 15 minutes by 24 soldiers only. Four-wheel drive and two-axle steering, a tire-pressure adjusting system and a climbing capacity of up to 60 % allow M3 to follow combat troops wherever they go.(link 1, link 2)



LEGO Bridging Vehicle

LEGO Bridging Vehicle

The bridge itself has no servos and takes about a minute to be deployed. Once it’s in place, the vehicle can step aside to let other vehicles cross, cross the bridge itself and then retract the bridge. (link)