A Russian artisan has built a remote-controlled S.H.I.E.L.D Helicarrier that actually flies.
(Screenshot by Michelle Starr/CNET Australia)
His latest creation is the Helicarrier used by superhero intelligence agency S.H.I.E.L.D in Joss Whedon's The Avengers.
He crafted the entire thing by hand, having to account for the asymmetrical shape of the flyer. The finished product measures 1250x840mm and has a take-off weight of 1100g; housed inside is a quadcopter engine.
Building the model took extensive testing during the construction to make sure that it could operate both on water and in the air. The work put into it shows in the smooth way the Helicarrier lifts off from the water's surface.
You can read more about it and see images of Native18's process here, and watch the Helicarrier fly in the video below.