Real-Life Mass Effect Mako Remote-Controls Your Heart

Real-Life Mass Effect Mako Remote-Controls Your Heart

A talented fan makes a remote-controlled Mako, complete with rotating turret.

RC Mako

The M-35 Mako. Love it or hate it, its iconic design embodies the Mass Effect aesthetic. It only appeared in the first game, but that was enough to capture the imagination of self-proclaimed "jack of all trades" Laura Ducros, who cobbled together a remote-controlled Mako of her very own. You don't need jump jets or an element zero core to be awesome, just some craft foam and a lot of heart.

After seeing remote-controlled R2D2's and K9s at various conventions, Laura wanted something similar to accompany her FemShep outfit. Lacking access to the proper futuristic materials, Laura had to construct the rover out of craft foam, a wooden dowel, and lots of superglue. The base was salvaged from a 6-wheel RC truck from Target, and the body is patterned after a papercraft model by ThunderChildFTC. In all, it measures 19.5" long and 8" tall. The turret even rotates on command. The only thing it needs are a few papercraft Geth soldiers to run over.

You can find more details on the RC Mako at the official Bioware blog. Laura's not finished with it yet, as she plans to keep updating the project with lights, a functional cannon, and maybe even a jumping ability. You can keep tabs on the project via its own Facebook page.

Source: Bioware Blog

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I remember the Mako. I spent countless hours trying to drive up the side of a mountain, just because I was too lazy to go around. I imagine it would take considerably longer to do the same thing with this replica. Still looks pretty cool, though.

Just so long as she makes the steering an acceleration separate, I have no problem with this
alos Inb4 I'm commander shepard.

I would sell my soul for that thing. SO... BEAUTIFUL...

I miss the Mako :(

Oh god not the bouncy tank, god only knows how much fun it was trying to keep that thing straight if got .00005 seconds of airtime.

Fappy:
I would sell my soul for that thing. SO... BEAUTIFUL...

I miss the Mako :(

Sure, it's pretty, but does it handle like ass and bounce around like it's on the surface of a superball?

If not, then it's not really a Mako, is it?

A mako with proper physics? Take my money, just take it.
A functional cannon? Lights? A jumping ability? When this thing is completed it'll be the best mass effect toy ever built (even better than those replica assault rifles)

After finally playing Mass Effect, I am going to chalk up most of the complaints to bad driving and not knowing that you're supposed to scale steep slopes by driving at an angle. Also, pushing off of a slanted surface makes you jump at that angle....

it'd be neat if the model also had a tiny high powered scope on it

If she can make a mini-Normandy, I think she's undeniably won the Internets.

That is pure awesome. I hope she doesn't make the Hammerhead, that thing will tear itself in half if you go over a pebble.

Now make me an animatronic Liara.

I know people rat all over that thing but I LOVED the Mako exploration, even at it's worst.

It was years ago but I still remember rolling over uneven terrain and crawling up mountains in a similar fashion to how competitive vehicle climbing is done I imagine, only to come down the other side in a overwhelmingly huge dry lake bed.

Or just the overall amazing sights in general.

It just did a lot for me in terms of making feel like I was actually in the galaxy landing on other planets.
Because I was.

I had no idea.

Does it drive up at a 85 degree angle like the one in the game? :D

Oh! It's the Mako. I love Mako!

This is awesome! I missed the Mako so much in ME2, I loved driving it in ME1.

weirdguy:
After finally playing Mass Effect, I am going to chalk up most of the complaints to bad driving

Hear hear! This weirdguy speaks truth!

Seriously though, the Mako's controls were designed to mimic Halo's vehicle controls. If you played Halo beforehand, you could make this thing do everything you wanted it to.

piinyouri:

I had no idea.

Where did you get that from? Is there a full video by any chance?

I don't care what anyone says. The mako was the best Tank ever. Period.

J Tyran:

piinyouri:

I had no idea.

Where did you get that from? Is there a full video by any chance?

I found it on the Bioware forums, but I have no idea where it may have originated.
And no idea if there's a video, sorry.

Daaaah Whoosh:
I remember the Mako. I spent countless hours trying to drive up the side of a mountain, just because I was too lazy to go around.

I used to do that to find spots for epic jump jet free falls.

My biggest irritation with Mass Effect 2 and 3 was that they didn't improve the Mako's collision detection, but just binned the whole thing instead, wasted opportunity!

One of my favorite conversations between squadmates in ME3 was the one where Vega and Cortez are arguing over what was better: the Mako or the Hammerhead. Personally I had to side with Cortez on this one...the Mako handled like a brick.

Still, it was fun back in college to make a drinking game out of Mako-based planet exploration. It was quite simple, really, every time you found anything - resources, one of the "collectables" (asari writings, turian insignias, etc), or anything else you could stumble upon - you take a drink. My biggest complaint was why every single dropzone on every single planet had you being dropped right in the middle of the most jagged, rugged mountain range on that planet. But hey, as Vega always said, that thing can "climb and climb for DAYS!" In later playthroughs I realized that you didn't have to inch your way up mountainsides, searching for that one spot where you could get some more traction that would take you to the top, but rather in most cases there was actually a relatively easy path that could be taken to where you were wanting to go.

But I digress, between the Lego Normandy and now this, I'd happily say "GIMME GIMME GIMEE!!!!"

Does it come with environment clipping?

when they make the Hammerhead I will relinquish my wallet.

Or a flightworthy Normandy.

BlackStar42:
If she can make a mini-Normandy, I think she's undeniably won the Internets.

I know someone who put up a Normandy-themed shelving unit at her new place. Does that count?

Formica Archonis:

BlackStar42:
If she can make a mini-Normandy, I think she's undeniably won the Internets.

I know someone who put up a Normandy-themed shelving unit at her new place. Does that count?

Ooooh...do want. D'you know where she got it?

BlackStar42:
Ooooh...do want. D'you know where she got it?

Built it, I think. Lemme see.... Here we go:

Yeah... I designed it with sketchup... then i had a lot of help from my best friends dad to make the form of it.. and the coloring i made by myself again..

an annoyed writer:

weirdguy:
After finally playing Mass Effect, I am going to chalk up most of the complaints to bad driving

Hear hear! This weirdguy speaks truth!

Seriously though, the Mako's controls were designed to mimic Halo's vehicle controls. If you played Halo beforehand, you could make this thing do everything you wanted it to.

The warthog didn't have jumpjets, and generally speaking there weren't a lot of options for the player to drive up ridiculous cliff faces or hills, so the unrefined physics of the day weren't that noticeable.

piinyouri:
I know people rat all over that thing but I LOVED the Mako exploration, even at it's worst.

It was years ago but I still remember rolling over uneven terrain and crawling up mountains in a similar fashion to how competitive vehicle climbing is done I imagine, only to come down the other side in a overwhelmingly huge dry lake bed.

Or just the overall amazing sights in general.

It just did a lot for me in terms of making feel like I was actually in the galaxy landing on other planets.
Because I was.

Ah yes, that sight was indeed very cinematic as they say. Y'know, The Mako is one of those things that people didn't want to go away, they just wanted it to be improved I think. I will always love those moments on a given planet where I just look up at the sky and the sky box just takes my breath away.

Now get absolutely wasted and it'll be like driving the one in the game!

IanDavis:

The M-35 Mako. Love it or hate it, its iconic design embodies the Mass Effect aesthetic. It only appeared in the first game, but that was enough to capture the imagination of self-proclaimed

There is Makos in Mass Effect 3... At the Final battle for earrth we can see plenty of them

Daaaah Whoosh:
I remember the Mako. I spent countless hours trying to drive up the side of a mountain, just because I was too lazy to go around. I imagine it would take considerably longer to do the same thing with this replica. Still looks pretty cool, though.

Same here, I imagine that in the end we lost twice as much time riding through the mountains rather than intended paths.

Talvrae:

IanDavis:

The M-35 Mako. Love it or hate it, its iconic design embodies the Mass Effect aesthetic. It only appeared in the first game, but that was enough to capture the imagination of self-proclaimed

There is Makos in Mass Effect 3... At the Final battle for earrth we can see plenty of them

And in that vein, the wreck of the Normandy's Mako can be seen when you visit the crash site.

It's weird, because there's this universal hatred for the Mako... that I can't really find any evidence for. I loved the stupid thing. Sure, it's controls were floaty, but we were in low-G conditions most of the time. Sure, it didn't control like a REAL tank, but it's a vehicle in a 3rd person shooter Space Sci-Fi RPG, give it some slack. Sure, it could get wedged into crevasses in the planet's terrain if you tried to go to the "Wrong" place, but honestly that's more a condemnation of the planets they gave us than about the Mako.

I always affectionately called it the "Bumble Rover," because it roved alien planets and moons and bumbled about with every turn, rock, enemy, what have you. Removing it from ME2 and replacing it with that GODAWFUL hovercraft that could be taken down by a single Geth Dootler (the regular crappy ones, not the Armitures or Colossi) was a boneheaded manouevere if ever there was one. I know I spelled that wrong, but since I was bound to get it wrong, I decided to go big. Ah well. At least the Mako wasn't forced to be teleported into a Human Blender Hallway, then converse with Shithead the Fucktard Ghost and then condemn the universe to one of four almost equally bad fates.

Now that I think of it, can we get a Mass Effect 3 Ending remake where at the last second, before Shepard picks one of the endings, the Mako crashes through a wall, runs over the Starboy somehow, and Shepard hops in and they just fly out and kill all the reapers in space? Maybe work in some Reaper Dialogue how they can't hit the Mako because it's too damn bouncy? I can dream...

Devoneaux:

an annoyed writer:

weirdguy:
After finally playing Mass Effect, I am going to chalk up most of the complaints to bad driving

Hear hear! This weirdguy speaks truth!

Seriously though, the Mako's controls were designed to mimic Halo's vehicle controls. If you played Halo beforehand, you could make this thing do everything you wanted it to.

The warthog didn't have jumpjets, and generally speaking there weren't a lot of options for the player to drive up ridiculous cliff faces or hills, so the unrefined physics of the day weren't that noticeable.

Yes, but the steering/acceleration and camera/aiming controls DO strike a strong resemblance to those of the Scorpion Tank. It just happens to be more nimble.

OT: Any plans to up the traction to ridiculous levels? Can't call it the Mako otherwise.

IanDavis:
It only appeared in the first game,

False! You see the Mako again in the Mass Effect 2 Normandy Crash Site DLC, and you can see several Makos in Mass Effect 3 when you return to Earth.

Anyway, saw her upload this to her deviantArt account a bit back (around March I think). She even got pictures of it with a bunch of people related to the Mass Effect series.
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