You Don't Need an Avatar to Have Fun in 3D

If there’s one thing I love more than hovercraft, it’s ground-effect aircraft. Why not have both? Shockingly, this crossover contraption is not from Russia, the motherland of strange transportation solutions to questions only a Soviet bureaucrat could have asked (ekranoplan anyone?), it’s from New Zealand. And you thought they were just good for comedic musical troupes and yeast extract spreads. [youtube][/youtube] We say, hats off to Rudy He-Man Heeman. $15,000, 60 MPH capable, and able to traverse land, sea, and sky (well, the optimal altitude is around 6 feet off the deck) … anything that gives inexpensive access to real-world thrills is ok in my book.

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