Watch the House From 'Up' Take Flight as an RC Plane

The team behind the YouTube channel Flite Test have made, flown, and smashed dozens of cool RC flyers over the past five years, including a massive Star Wars Star Destroyer and a plane with ten wings, but there is one project featured in a recent video that is more adorable and relatively easier to make at home than the rest. Grabbing papercraft plans from the Disney website, the pilots reused a pair of motors from a previous Star Wars vehicle build and added helium balloons to create a steerable micro plane out of the house from the beloved Pixar classic Up.

The house is not the focus of the entire video (which you can watch below), but the builders do give a general overview of how it was made and demonstrate how the controls work. "When you apply power it pitches up a little bit," Peter from Flite Test said. "The house climbs because this thing is slightly negative buoyant, so it sinks." In the clip, Peter launches the micro plane indoors and flies it around their workspace before taking it outdoors. When the motors are not running, the helium balloons keep the house from dropping rapidly to the ground. To build this at home, you'll need to find motors and a flight controller that will fit the paper house, but those should be easy to find on the Internet.

Watch the Flite Test episode on micro planes below (discussion of the Up house starts just after the seven minute mark), and subscribe to the channel for more cool RC projects.

Banner image via Flite Test on YouTube

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Speedy Delivery: Mister Rogers Will Get His Own Stamp in 2018
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USPS 2018 Mister Rogers stamp
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After weeks of mailing out this year’s holiday cards, postage might be the last thing you want to think about. But the U.S. Postal Service has just given us a sneak peek at the many iconic people, places, and things that will be commemorated with their own stamps in 2018, and one in particular has us excited to send out a few birthday cards: Mister Rogers.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred Rogers’s groundbreaking PBS series that the USPS says “inspired and educated young viewers with warmth, sensitivity, and honesty,” the mail service shared a mockup of what the final stamp may look like. On it, Rogers—decked out in one of his trademark colorful cardigans (all of which were hand-knitted by his mom, by the way)—smiles for the camera alongside King Friday XIII, ruler of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

Though no official release date for Fred’s forever stamp has been given, Mister Rogers is just one of many legendary figures whose visages will grace a piece of postage in 2018. Singer/activist Lena Horne will be the 41st figure to appear as part of the USPS’s Black Heritage series, while former Beatle John Lennon will be the face of the newest Music Icons collection. Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, will also be honored.

Can You Spot the Christmas Pudding?

Whether it’s a sheep hanging out with Santa Claus or a panda bear hiding among some snowmen, regular Mental Floss readers know that hidden picture brainteasers are one of our favorite things. And the optical experts at have released a delicious one, just in time for Christmas. Somewhere in the midst of all these holiday-themed goodies above, there’s a holiday pudding just waiting to be discovered. Can you spot it? Your time starts … now.

If you give up, or are the kind of person who reads the last page of a book before the first one and just wants to know the answer, scroll down to see where it’s hiding.



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