Scout is a remote controlled flying robot built from LEGO Technic building bricks with two electric ducted fans for forward and upward propulsion.

Scout was created by 28-year-old ITP student Belisario Russell de la Torre (who goes by Russell) from Trenton, NJ. Russell was first turned onto robots when he was a little kid playing with remote control cars.

He explains:

“I was fascinated with how they worked,” he says. “My dad and I would scour flea markets for R/C cars and trucks. We found ones with missing or broken parts, fixed them and sold them for a little spare change.”

Russell built his first robot when he was 10 years old. Its base consisted of a R/C monster truck, a body made out of stacked cardboard boxes and paper towel dowel arms.

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