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Welcome to the DIY area of our website where you'll find some of the XR2 solar assist recumbent bicycleworld's most exciting projects that you can build from plans. These projects are A hybrid three-wheel car you can builddesigned to the highest quality standards. Many were distributed exclusively by Popular Mechanics, Mechanix Illustrated, or other publications. Nearly 500,000 of our plans are in the hands of satisfied enthusiasts around the world. Click on an image in the left margin for more information about a project. 

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Info on G8-2 Jet

Scientific

A jet engine you build from plans

 

Gluhareff Jet - Click for more Info.  This is a fully throttleable jet in 20-lb, 40-lb, 80-lb, and 130-lb thrust sizes. Complete plans are on CD-ROM and include technical and engineering details, complete assembly instructions and drawings, and 3D electronic models. Plans for the MEG-2X backpack helicopter and a 5-lb jet are included as bonuses (with 3D models in Solidworks).  Viewing software is free.  Price - $75.

Built the Gluhareff jet or the MEG-x-2x backpack hielicopter
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Cars, Three-Wheelers, EVs & Hybrid 

Latest DIY Three-Wheeler

A high performace three-wheel vehicle you build from plans

Build Centurion, a 128-mpg diesel  sports car you build yourself

Trimuter gets up to 55 mpg and speeds over 60 mph.  Build it yourself.

Town Car, a series hybrid vehicle you build yourself.

Urba Electric, the first widely built DIY battery electric car.

UrbaCar, a super-mileage urban runabout you build from plans

Urba Trike, a battery-electric open trike that you build yourself and run for pennies a day.

 

XR3 Hybrid - Click image for info.  XR3 gets 125 mpg on diesel and 225 mpge in hybrid. Standard plans includes 19 ea. 24 x 36" drawings & a construction manual. Deluxe Plans include the Standard Plans Package plus a 1-hour DVD of construction and two CD-ROMs with 3D models, 2D CAD files and a manual that runs in a web browser. Plans-On-Disc - $99.50; Std Plans - $170.00; Del Plans - $200.00.

XR3 hybrid by park Order XR3

Tri-Magnum - Click image for info. Tri-Magnum is a high-performance three -wheel sports car. It was introduced on the cover of Mechanix Illustrated magazine, and today, it's still one of our most popular designs. Plans include 13 large drawings and a photo-illustrated book. Price - $95.

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Centurion - Click for info. Centurion achieves 128-mpg fuel economy on its diesel engine. It appeared on the cover of Mechanix Illustrated magazine and in the movie Total Recall. Plans include 13 large drawings and a photo-illustrated book.  Price $95.

Centurion gets 128 mpg and you build it yourself. Order Cent

Trimuter - Click for image info. Build as either battery-electric or ICE power. It appeared on the cover of Mechanix Illustrated magazine and in the movie Total Recall. Plans include 12 large drawings and a photo-illustrated book. Price - $95.

Trimuter is a three-wheel urban commuter Order Trimuter

Town Car - Click Image for Info.  This series hybrid-electric vehicle appeared on the cover of Mechanix Illustrated magazine and in the movie Total Recall. This new edition of the plans includes 12 drawings and a large photo-illustrated book.  Price - $95.

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Urba Electric - Click image for info.  This vehicle was the test bed for proving out the CVT speed control system for EVs. It was featured on the cover of Mechanix Illustrated magazine. Plans include 14 large drawings and a booklet.  Price - $75.

Urba Electric is aBattery-electric car you build from plans Order U-E

UrbaCar - Click Image for info.  This runabout tops 60 mph and delivers 55 mpg fuel economy. It was featured on the cover of Mechanix Illustrated magazine. Plans include 10 large drawings and a booklet; available in both CAD and printed formats.   CAD - $50, Printed - $75, Both formats - $100.

Urba Car, a 55mpg four-wheeled runabout you build from plans. Order U-Car

UrbaTrike - Click image for more info.  cruises at 55 mph and runs 50 miles on its eight 6-volt golf car batteries. Switch to modern 12-volt Lithium batteries for speeds up to 80 mph and double the range.  It was featured on the cover of Mechanix Illustrated magazine. Plans include 10 large drawings and a 22-page booklet.  Price $70.

A battery-electric open trike that can be equipped with the most mordern EV components - you build it from plans.    Order U-Trike
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Vans - Campers

Phoenix expands like a tent trailer into a standup inside van.  You build it from plans.

Boonie Bug is an off-road van you build yourself from plans.

MiniHome is a miniature motor home built on a VW Bug chassis.  Build it from plans.

Budget Camper is a rugged, go anywhere camper you build from plans.

Phoenix - Click image for info.  Built on a VW Van chassis, it expands tent-trailer style into a large camper. It was featured in Popular Mechanics and Mechanix Illustrated magazines. It also appeared in the movie Total Recall. Plans include 11 large drawings and a photo-illustrated book.  Price - $75

Phoenic van expands tent-trailer stying into a stand-up inside sleeper.    Order Phoenix 

Boonie Bug - Click image for info.  This go-anywhere VW-van-based minivan was featured on the cover of Popular Mechanics magazine, and it appeared in the movie Total Recall. Plans include nine large drawings and a booklet.  Price - $65. 

Boonie Bug is built for the boonies.  A go-anywhere VW based van.    Order B-Bug

MiniHome - Click image for info.  Built on a VW Bug chassis, this cleverly designed mini-home has compact motorhome-style facilities for four. It was featured on the cover of Mechanix Illustrated magazine. Plans include ten large drawings and a 17-page booklet.   Price - $55.

Mini Home is built from plans and creates a miniature version of a motor home.  Order M-Home

Budget Camper - Click Image for info.  This especially rugged camper fits long-bed American pickups. It was featured on the cover of in Mechanix Illustrated magazine. Plans include seven large drawings and a 12-page booklet.  Price- $45.

Budget is a lost-cost of extermely rugged camper that wil take the pounding of any terrain.   Order B-Camper
More information on DIY bicycles

Single-Track Vehicles

XR2 Solar Assist plans

Original Gorund Hugger

Ground Hugger XR2HP Click Image for info. This latest carbon fiber recumbent bicycle can be made in three versions: human-powered, battery-electric e-bike, and the race-winning solar-/human-powered version. The Solar XR2 won the 2001 Australian World Solar Cycle Challenge (B-Class).  Plans come on CD-ROM & include complete CAD files. Price - $75.

The race-winning XR2 recumbent bicycle can be built as human powered, battery powered, or a solar assist hybrid.    Order XR2-HP

Ground Hugger - Click image for info.  The design on which the new XR2 is based.   It is one of the most thoroughly proven recumbent designs around.  It's introduction  helped spark the modern revival of the recumbent bicycle. It was featured in Popular Mechanics magazine.  CAD plans - $35, Printed Plns - $39, Both - $50.

Original Gound Hugger in Popular Mechanics Order G-Hugger
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Hovercraft

Pegasus, a hovercraft you build

Tri Flyer, A hovercraft you build


Pegasus - Click image for info.  This hovercraft for youngsters designed as an educational father/son project. It was featured in Popular Mechanics magazine. Plans include six large drawings and a 32-page, photo-illustrated book with hovercraft principles of operation. Plans - $35.
 

Pegasus kids hovercraft Order Pegasus

Tri-Flyer - Click image for info.  This three-place, high-performance hovercraft that can top 80 mph. Plans include six large drawings and a 60-page, photo-illustrated book with hovercraft principles of operation. It was featured in Popular Mechanics magazine.  Price - $45.

Tri-Flyer DIY Hovercraft  Order Tri-Flyer
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Boats

AquaSub HydroRunner Surf Sailer DIY Boat

HydroRunner - Click image for info.  Build this high-performance personal watercraft and power it with an outboard engine. It was featured in Popular Mechanics magazine. Plans include six large drawings and a 36-page, photo-illustrated book.   A great father/son project.  Price - $39.

Hydrorunner, an outboard-powered PWC you build from plans  Order H-Run

AquaSub - Click image for Info.  Build this one-man sports submarine that operates in the near-surface environment. The interior is dry, so no scuba gear is needed. It was featured on the cover of Mechanix Illustrated magazine. Plans include 10 large drawings and a booklet describing step-by-step how to build it.   Price - $45.  

Aquasub, a build it yourself snorkel sub - stay dry inside  Order AquaSub

Surf Sailer - Click image for info.  Build this paddleboard/surfboard and hit the waves.  This is the orignal design pioneered by Leon Halfon.  It was first used as a life-saving device on the beaches of Israel. Later, Popular Mechanics magazine featured the plans-built version. Plans include six large drawings and a 14-page booklet.  Price - $39.

A paddelboard Surfboard you build from plans.  Order Sailer
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General

Old Hickory Super Spa DIY at Home

Super Spa - Click image for info.  Build this sap either fully in-ground or above ground. Plans give complete instructions for building a custom designed deck and spa. Featured in Home Mechanix magazine. Plans include four large drawings and a 34-page, photo-illustrated book.   Price - $39.

A sap and deck you built yourself.    Order Spa

Old Hickory Click image for info.  This smoke cooker imparts old fashioned smoke-cooked flavors to food, and it almost cooks by itself. Plans include two large drawings and a photo-illustrated booklet showing step-by-step how to build it.   Price - $19.

Old Hickory is a smoke cooker you build in a weekend and will turn you into a professional cook.   Order Old Hick

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Books & Software

Alternative Cars in the 21st Century, by Robert Q. Riley - published by SAE InternationalRhinoceros 3D modeling

Alternative Cars in the 21st Century: A New Personal Transportation Paradigm, Second Edition, by Robert Q. Riley (SAE 2003).  In 1994, Riley accurately forecasted the need for "alternative cars."   This significantly updated Second Edition reviews the latest in technology and design.  Includes a Forward by Dr. Paul MacCready, a new chapter on intelligent transportation systems by Dr. Wonsik Chee, and tilting three-wheeler information by Tony Foale. Hardbound, 512 pages.


Book - $49
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Rhino 5 provides the tools to accurately model your designs ready for rendering, animation, drafting, engineering, analysis, and manufacturing. Rhino can create, edit analyze, and translate NURBS curves, surfaces, and solids in Windows. Rhino also supports polygon meshes and point clouds. There are no limits on complexity, degree, or size. Flamingo nXt brings raytrace and radiosity rendering to Rhino. For information on ordering software, click on "More Information" in the field to the right.   Attention: Software will only run on Windows XP , Vista, and Windows 7 & 8 (32 bit & 64 bit).


Rhino 5 Com. Ver. - $870
Rhino 5 Edu. Ver. - $195
Flamingo nXt - $450
Rendering & Animation
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