Scale “Samson” from the Avatar movie

Jan 15, 2014 32 Comments by

When Ralph Kayser saw the science fiction movie “Avatar,” he knew he had to try and build one of the high-tech aircraft that were featured in it. The result is this 33-inch-long Samson, which features Ralph homemade molded part and RC helicopter equipment. Ralph powers it with two Dymond AL 3530 motors on a 3S 2100mAh LiPo for 4-minute flight times. Don’t miss the video, and stay tuned for a detailed article on this fantastic flying creation! Thanks to German magazine Flugmodell und Technik for posting this great piece.

Scale "Samson" from the Avatar movie

Scale "Samson" from the Avatar movie

Ralph Kayser poses with is impressive and very scale-like twin rotor Gunship.


Photo and Video by Uwe Grenda

Scale "Samson" from the Avatar movie

Debra Cleghorn, Featured News

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32 Responses to “Scale “Samson” from the Avatar movie”

  1. rick monroe says:

    Is it foresale and do you think it will be . A production I think it should be.

  2. Warner Hull says:

    I want one!

  3. howard says:

    I want one also ….how much does it cost

  4. Jim says:

    Love the video whens it going to be able to buy ?? want one :)

  5. Rich Loud says:

    That is just TOO COOL!

  6. Don Lovell says:

    Where can I get one? It is fantastic.

  7. Sam Burnes says:

    Oh my goodness.

    He can only sell millions! Even if one doesn’t t fly many will want one to put on their desk or just show.

    Or want a real one. LOL

  8. Chaz says:

    I want one!

  9. Stephen Brown says:

    When i first saw Avatar, i wanted to build a scale model Samson, now someone has built and flown one, i hope they become commercially available, or at least the parts. I want one!!!

  10. Gianni says:

    Where can i buy one of it? Fantastic!

  11. Andy Horka says:

    I wonder which flight controller he is using???

  12. AllThatJazz says:

    Bit of a wobble in the port side nacelle. May want to take a look at the play in the linkages…

    But I still want one!!!

  13. JDS says:

    Very well done! Maybe you could give the U.S. Military some ideas!

  14. roy hill says:

    I want one

  15. Ronald Torrito says:

    Was für ein wundervolles Beispiel für Handwerk Herzlichen Glückwunsch!

  16. Keith says:

    Wow, that’s slick.

  17. Andy Levy says:

    You have taken the dream of every RC heli guy that saw Avatar and made it happen, Congratulations!!!

  18. canewalker says:

    Great looking clean lines on this prototype!
    It would most likely take about $150K to machine the foam injection dies for the body so all you have to do is find investors to foot the high initial manufacturing costs, then gamble on it selling enough units to recover the initial investment. I hope someone takes a chance though as this is one slick looking aircraft to go along with a fantastic movie.

  19. David says:

    We’re can I get one

  20. David says:

    We’re can I get one.e mail me

  21. Keith Smith says:

    I want one! When can I get it and how much?

  22. Raymond Alicto says:

    I want one!!How much?

  23. Keith says:

    Congratulations!!! Outstanding prototype!!!

  24. Sam Burnes says:

    Not just a national military but non-goverenmental contractors too.

    Why not Kickstart it?

  25. Paul says:

    I love it and when can I buy one???

  26. Mr person says:

    Where can i buy one of those !!!!!!:)

  27. Bill Creelman says:

    Produce it and I will buy it.

  28. Radek Sysel says:

    I wanna have it!

  29. Frank D. Bright says:

    Hello Mr. Ralph Kayser, could you please furnish the address or a place I could buy one of those model that is a great looking ship. See I read your ad in the Flight magazine you can reach me at or or 480-255-7309. I would be totally grateful for any help you can provide would be very helpful. I hope to hear from you very soon if you contact me by phone it won’t be working until this Friday please contact ASAP, hope to chat with you soon.
    Frank D. Bright

  30. Andy says:

    The video doesn’t work

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