Only in Japan: Man Spends 11 Years Building Gigantic “Robot” Beetle
When Hitoshi Takahashi was 50 years old, he decided he was old enough to do whatever he wanted… the result wasn’t your average “buy an RV...
When Hitoshi Takahashi was 50 years old, he decided he was old enough to do whatever he wanted… the result wasn’t your average “buy an RV and hit the road,” instead he spent the next 11 years creating a frightening 36 foot long, 12 foot tall mechanical beetle.
Takahashi is the owner of a machine shop in Ibaraki Prefecture’s planned city of Tsukuba. The area is known for it’s many engineering colleges and scientific research centers… so perhaps that all had an influence on him.
His incredible creation, which he calls the KABUTOM RX-03, weighs in at a massive 17 tons and is powered by a pair of large diesel engines. The driver stands atop the beetle directing its 6 legs, movable beetle-like horns, and un-beetle-like smoke system with a hand held remote control. Inside is seating for up to 6 passengers, which has allowed Takahashi to give rides at a number of events.
The KABUTOM RX-03 is a pretty frightening device… but unless you’re paralyzed by fear you don’t have too much to worry about. Top speed for this hand-built behemoth? Just 2.5 miles per hour.