Thomas Bodmer is doing nothing to ease the stereotype of the Swiss being a precision-minded people. The RC fanatic, who runs the Swiss website RC HeliJet News, has built a 1:15 scale model of the Airbus A380 and kitted it out with four little turbine engines—and the freaking thing works. Bodmer was on hand at a Swiss RC event last year, stunning the crowd with his 4.8-meter long, 5.3-meter wingspan creation.
After watching the video, I don't know what's more amazing: The fact that he got it to take off, the fact that it sounds like a real jetliner, or the fact that he pulled off a ridiculous, butter-smooth landing. (For the impatient among you, the money shots start at 2:26 and 6:40.)
I wonder if he had the thing circling so much simply as a testament to his flying skillz, or if it was in a holding pattern because the runway was clogged, just like in real life.