New York-based metal artist Chris Hackett is a force to be reckoned with—in the opening lines in the trailer for his new Science Channel series, Stuck with Hackett, he proclaims, "From this pile of garbage I can recreate Western civilization." Wow. Facing uncompromising environments and junkyards full of abandoned industrial objects Hackett literally hacks together a solution using the materials on-hand. Positioned as "MacGyver meets Survivorman" we're super excited to see some of the creative designs Hackett produces for the show. For the first show, Hackett builds a life-sized trainset:
Alone in an abandoned rail yard, Hackett is faced with an enticing challenge...taking the rusted old wreckage around him, and using it as a life-sized train set to build his own working locomotive. But he hits a hurdle when he runs out of the only available gasoline in the yard. Without access to modern fuel...or any help—Hackett turns back time and resorts to Victorian technology. In order to get his train on the tracks, he must wrestle steel parts several times his size, fire up a super-hot invisible hydrogen flame, and resurrect Industrial Revolution-era techniques to turn wood into an explosive gas that will power his personal locomotive.
Take a look at the episode guide or watch a clip from the show after the jump! Stuck with Hackett premieres on the Science Channel on Thursday, August 18th at 10:30PM EST.
Thanks to Becky Stern for the heads up!