Airsoft style rifles are pretty popular with the young commando set, and the L85A1/SA-80 now joins their ranks.  I have to say, these guns have come a long way, from spring guns, to compressed gas, to electric motor driven.  This British Army copy couldn't look any more realistic, even while in operation.  This particular gun is available from for a couple of hundred bucks.  Made of sheet steel and polymer furniture, you can even get it with a Susat sight for the real look.  One thing for sure, it's almost gotta be more reliable than the original...

picture of Airsoft style sa-80

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L85A1 Airsoft style gun in action


A tank was needed for Steven Spielburg's movie "War Horse", and finding a real one was possible, but after 80 years the machines were pretty delicate.  Something more durable was needed, and Neil Corbould's special effects team were enlisted.  Vince Abbott was tasked with designing and building the tank. His video of photographs he took during the build speak for themselves.  Starting with a used excavator, and measurements from a real Mk  IV, his scratchbuilt version slowly came together in about ten weeks.  After the movie was over, Bovington's Tank Museum acquired the tank in 2012 for their programs, giving the real ones a well deserved rest.

From Vince Abbott's YouTube channel