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How To: Build a model paper plane

This hobby how-to video shows how to build a Paper Plane Model that is 2.5 by 3.5 inches. You'll need the back of a cue card, a hobby knife, paper glue and a kebab skewer. It takes about an hour to make, and a little longer to clean up the rough edges. Watch this instructional video and learn how to construct a model paper plane.

How To: Make a diamond shaped kite with your kids

Get ready to make the kite that helped discover electricity! Watch this instructional how to video and learn to make a diamond shaped kite. For this project you will need: garbage bag, wooden dowels, cloth tape, string, scissors, magic marker, yard stick, toothpicks and ribbon. Have fun creating your kite with an adult helper.

How To: Make a wooden propeller

To carve a wooden propeller first join six pieces of wood together to form a block. Mark the outline of the propeller on the block in pencil. Use a hand chisel and hammer to form the rough shape of the propeller. Once the rough shape is complete use a motorized hand grinder and then a motorized hand held sander to make the propeller smooth. After the sanding is complete you will need to finish it off with a coat of polish. Finally, you will need to balance the motor before fitting it into pla...

News: Dissecting a Frog With LEGOs

You can almost feel the pain of Dave Kaleta’s outstretched, dissected frog (which is pretty incredible, considering it was constructed with those tiny, plastic bricks we call LEGOs). Kaleta's work of LEGO art was built for the MOCPages MOC Olympics.

How To: Make a lego lightsaber

In this how-to video, you will learn how to design and create four of your own Lego light sabers. All you need is six different pieces as seen in the video for the first design. Now connect them vertically, one at a time. All you need is six different pieces as seen in the video for the second design. Now connect them vertically, one at a time. All you need is seven different pieces as seen in the video for the third design. Now connect them vertically, one at a time. For the last design, you...

How To: Make Marvel superhero Daredevil out of Legos

Daredevil is one of the least conventional and most popular Marvel superheroes, having been played by Ben Affleck in a recent Hollywood movie. This video tutorial will teach you how to make a Daredevil Lego minifigure using only simple hobby tools. He looks very cool, and should be more than a match for any Lego villain that you can throw at him.

How To: Make plaster brickwork for miniatures

Here is one method of making model brickwork and detailing wood for dioramas and miniature game terrain. Carve some light lines into a flat piece of balsa wood and coat it with a thin layer of plaster. This simple trick creates a realistic brickwork effect for miniature dioramas, architectural models, Warhammer and doll houses.

How To: Create solid water for miniature dioramas and models

You can paint your plaster blue and coat it with a gloss, but there are easier ways to make artificial water for miniature dioramas, architectural models and war game terrain. Easy Water is a product made up of small plastic pellets that need to be melted and poured onto the model. You cannot use this on styrofoam, obviously. This instructional video provides some alternative methods for creating water effects on miniature dioramas.

How To: Repair broken gearboxes in Power Wheels toy vehicles

So, your children have the same old boring Fisher-Price Power Wheels that all the other kids on the block have. Do you really want your child to be like all of the rest? No, I didn't think so. Turn those miniature Power Wheels, Dumar or Peg Perego vehicles into a little bit of realism, if you can handle it. All it takes is a little modification and you'll be wishing you were five again. With a few simple hacks, your son and daughter will be burning rubber, jumping curbs and burying those othe...

How To: Make a scare box

This video tutorial provides step by step instruction on how to make a scare box. It's a simple wooden box with a creepy surprise inside. When someone opens it up, a spider or something else scary jumps out onto them. You will need plywood, wooden dowels, and the spider or whatever else you're using to do the scaring. Watch this video tutorial and learn how to build a scare box.

How To: Build a looping rolling marble machine with magnetic elevator

Wow! No longer do you have to buy those huge marble machine roller coaster toys — you can DIY one! This video covers the materials, tools and techniques used to make a homemade rolling ball marble machine. If you haven't seen this rolling ball marble machine toy in action yet, WATCH IT. It's a looping rolling marble machine made with wood, rebar tie wire and polyurethane tubing, featuring a magnetic elevator.

How To: Clean dirty coins using multiple methods

Kevin demonstrates multiple methods to clean dirty coins.In the first method he takes some coke in a glass and hangs a dirty coin in it with the help of a string. This coke technique takes a few hours.In another faster technique which takes only 20 to 30 minutes he takes table salt and food vinegar. He takes the table salt and dissolves it in vinegar in a bowl. When most of it is dissolved he drops a dirty coin in it and waits about 20 minutes.Another method is to rub toothpaste on the coin f...

How To: Turn a 5MW laser into a 100MW laser

Tired of that dinky little 5MW laser? Turn the power up and convert your 5MW laser into a 100MW laser? A small amount of modification can produce a significantly stronger light coming out of your laser. You will need a small screwdriver (such as a jeweler's screwdriver), needle nose pliers, a soldering iron and some bonding glue to do this properly. This video tutorial will show you exactly how to turn your 5MW laser into a 100MW laser.

How To: Add headlights and a horn to a Power Wheels vehicle

So, your children have the same old boring Fisher-Price Power Wheels that all the other kids on the block have. Do you really want your child to be like all of the rest? No, I didn't think so. Turn those miniature Power Wheels, Dumar or Peg Perego vehicles into a little bit of realism, if you can handle it. All it takes is a little modification and you'll be wishing you were five again. With a few simple hacks, your son and daughter will be burning rubber, jumping curbs and burying those othe...

How To: Replace the blade of a utility knife

This is an instructional video featuring Doug Prime, founder of the Future Engineers Center at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. This is an instructional on utility knives that are used to cut foam board and cardboard. The blade replacement is integral to this craft or hobby tool's maintenance.

How To: Make slime with glue and fabric starch

This video is pretty clear in describing how to make slime using glue, water, and fabric starch. I don't recommend children watch this because Sean Shameless (the host) adds unnecessary cursing into the instructions. The most important thing to remember in this video is that this slime stains. Sean Shameless also advises the children to not tell their parents about using the fabric starch which tells me that they really should not be doing it. Sean than explains what the possible uses of slim...

How To: Build hot air balloon out of a garbage bag

This is a simple and easy tutorial, and anybody can build a hot air balloon out of a garbage bag by following the instructions in it. All one needs is a garbage bag, some stiff industrial wire and fire starter bars. The important thing, according to the author, is to judge how many fire starter bars will be required to make the balloon rise without melting its plastic body. First, two long wires are twisted together in the middle to make an 'X'. A smaller wire is twisted onto the middle of th...