Radio-controlled cars and trucks truly are a labor of love. An expensive hobby no matter which way you slice it, the costs get exponentially higher the more scale accurate you try to make your machines. And when you're talking R/C construction equipment, we'd wager that hundreds of dollars quickly turn into thousands of dollars.

Now that we've established that R/C machinery is an expensive hobby, let's talk about its impact as a time-sucking activity. After all, not only must you completely assemble and perfect your radio-controlled creations, you're certainly going to get them out to play with them. Or, if you're a particular Joe from Saskatchewan, you're going to do real-life work with them.

According to a massive 50-plus-page thread on scale4x4rc.org, every morning Joe gets to work by loading his scale R/C excavator onto the back of a specially made R/C semi truck, then pilots the not-so-heavy equipment into his basement construction site. And by every morning, we mean every morning since June of 2005. Now that's dedication to the hobby. At the end of each day, all the newly excavated dirt and rubble is driven up a spiraling ramp and out the basement window.

Fortunately, Joe has documented his small-scale R/C basement construction project, so we can all gawk and gander at a full suite of photographs and videos showing how it's all been done. Check out the attached image gallery and the videos after the break to see for yourself. We see only one problem... this leaves no way to eventually win the heart of a girl.











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      TOGO
      • 2 Years Ago
      I guess he never moved out of his parents basement so he decided to put on an addition.
      Camaroman101
      • 2 Years Ago
      that looks like so much fun. id offer free basements to anyone i know, as long as i got to to the work.
        DGthe3
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Camaroman101
        I'd charge by the hour, but to each their own.
      JasonERF
      • 2 Years Ago
      Would some construction company PLEASE give this man a job...
      Joel
      • 2 Years Ago
      Real-world practicality aside, I can see training potential in these vids. With better equipment and refined processes, this may introduce a low-cost entry point to excavation. Creating man-made lakes, excavating overgrown land without human cost, remotely excavating mine fields, are worthy applications of this "hobby."
      beefchow
      • 2 Years Ago
      7 years in real time would be more like 700 years scale time. He should have built most of modern civilization (in scale) by now.
      willyk52
      • 2 Years Ago
      OK i guess the thrill is in the process, but i keep thinking with some AI so the equipment could operate autonomously some medium sized project could be completed without disprupting your houshold nor disturbing the neighbors...
      dtrump_21
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now he's had a change of heart and is filling it back in the same way
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Selrahc1963
      • 2 Years Ago
      He already has the girl. He married her. Why do you think it has taken him this long to dig the basement his wife wants?
        mahanr
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Selrahc1963
        What do you think he is digging that hole in the basement for? He probably killed a girl and is keeping her body in a big freezer. In the meantime he is digging a hole in his basement with these R/C toys to bury the body.
      Chris Livengood
      • 2 Years Ago
      Amazing! That is some soft Sasky dirt. I love how pathetically boring the entire situation is.
      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well dam, if I was ten years old and I had all this equipment I would be as giddy as a school girl.
      lorenzo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is this guy smoking something?
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