Home' Scoop : Scoop 52 Winter 2010 Contents And then there are the shoot-em-up games.
Games like laser-based Q-Zar in Fremantle and
Darkzone in Northbridge. The most popular,
though, is paintball where players get to shoot each
other with plastic balls filled with, well, paint.
It is a concept so intrinsically male that an
estimated 30,000 West Australians every year
are decking themselves out in camouflage and
taking part. Most of them are men. And while
the equipment is sophisticated, at its heart it s
cowboys and Indians for grown-ups.
WASP Paintball co-owner Chris Kendrick says
his outfit alone has 37 fields catering to a variety
of war-play scenarios. "It is living out those boyish
military fantasies," he says.
"For example, I ve just built a landing craft and
I ll say, Fellas, if you want to survive, you have to
get off the beach ."
Sword-fighting, kart-racing and paintball may
not turn you into a power-shake poster boy, but
they are, above all else, a lot of fun. And that is
something we could all use rather a lot more of. sm
THE PERTH ADULT
Lego Society meets every
Sunday at its workshop
in the city and builds
miniature villages. Among
its 12 members are an optometrist, a software
engineer, a photographer, and Adam Wilmot, a
Adam is pretty handy with the tools. He and
his partner renovated their house together, but
when their first child was born two years ago
Adam started finding himself browsing the aisles
in toy shops instead of Bunnings.
Soon the tools that once clogged his shed
were packed away and the shed become a Lego
workshop with bricks neatly arranged by colour
and stored in buckets, and grand models taking
shape on the table in the middle.
"My work is pretty taxing," he says.
"And I think that's one of the reasons that
I've got back into Lego, because it's such a
relaxing pastime. When you're working on a
model and how to create something out of Lego
to look realistic, you can't concentrate on any
other stress in life."
And so, on those nights when work problems
and stress are spinning in his head, he takes
himself out to the shed and works on models of
Georgian and art deco buildings.
"After working on the Lego I sleep better
and all the other thoughts are gone."
A New Zealand entrepreneur is on the
cusp of realising one of aviation's holy
grails -- the world's first truly useful
The concept of strapping on an engine -- be it
jet, gas turbine or rocket-propelled -- and zipping
off into the blue stretches back decades but, until
now, such machines have been little more than
One of the first jetpacks, Bell's Rocket Belt, flew
successfully in 1961 -- but had a maximum of just 26
seconds flight time. It later got a starring turn on the
big screen in the James Bond thriller Thunderball.
But Kiwi aviation buff Glenn Martin knew he
could better Bell's invention and began seriously
looking at the concept in the early 1980s.
Now his company, Martin Aviation, is about to
start marketing the Martin Jetpack. Powered by a
V4 two-stroke engine, it runs on premium unleaded
and can stay in the air for around 30 minutes.
Of course, true to the test pilot mantra of "No
Buck, No Buck Rogers" you'll need some serious
moola if you want to be one of the first consumers
to strap on the Jetpack, which is planned to go into
production later this year.
The company says initial models will end up
costing the same as a high-end car -- believed to be
around $100,000 -- but that the price will fall once
production volumes increase.
Martin sees initial use of the Jetpack in the same
"toys for boys" league as a jetski, ultralight aircraft,
snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle. ~ Norman Burns
For more information, see martinjetpack.com.
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