Photos Of China's Craziest Amateur Inventors: Planes, Submarines And Lamborghinis [SLIDESHOW]

  @mflorcruzm.florcruz@ibtimes.com on March 08 2014 12:16 PM
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    Luo Jinsha drives his home-made aircraft during a test flight on the outskirts of Shanghai, February 26, 2014. Reuters
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    Luo Jinsha operates his home-made aircraft during a test flight on the outskirts of Shanghai, February 26, 2014. Reuters
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    Guo (L), a farmer in his 50s, looks on as his grandson gets on a scaled replica of a Lamborghini made by Guo, on a street in Zhengzhou, Henan province February 19, 2014. Reuters
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    A home-made car built by Zhu Runqiang (not pictured) is seen in Hefei, Anhui province, October 21, 2013. Reuters
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    Students open the top of a newly-made fuel-efficient vehicle on a street inside Hunan University after a test drive in Changsha, Hunan province October 8, 2013. Reuters
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    Zhang Xuelin sits inside his home-made aircraft at his home before its test flight in Jinan, Shandong province, November 28, 2012. Reuters
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    Ding Shilu (L) tests the engine of his home-made aircraft before conducting a test flight on the outskirts of Shenyang, Liaoning province, August 6. 2013. Reuters
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    Zhang Haiyong adjusts his home-made plane in Binzhou, Shandong province, October 17, 2013. Reuters
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    A man drives an improvised tractor with 12 brooms tied in the rear, as he tries to clean a road in Mohe, Heilongjiang province, August 31, 2013. Reuters
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    Zhang Wuyi looks up as he squats under a suction pipe of his new submarine that captures sea cucumbers at his workshop in Wuhan, Hubei province, March 25, 2013. Zhang, a 38-year-old local farmer who is interested in scientific inventions, has independently made eight miniature submarines with several fellow engineers. Reuters
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The staggering number of cars on China’s city streets has made buying and registering vehicles a headache for most. As a result, some people have ditched the conventional car to get around and have invented their own non-conventional modes of transportation.

Perhaps surprisingly, China is home to many amateur inventors, a lot of whom who don’t have formal training in engineering or science, but instead a passion and some time to dedicate to the trial-and- error process.

One of these amateur builders is Luo Jinsha, a 28-year-old migrant worker living in Shanghai, who spent eight months and roughly 40,000 yuan, or $6,529, to build a homemade aircraft to fulfill his dream of flying.

Luo, who has spent most of his earnings on his aircraft project, which during its first test run did not get airborne. Still, Luo is determined to improve his work and won’t give up on eventually being able to fly it successfully.

Luo, it seems, is in good company. Take a look at some other homemade transportation inventions in China over the years, like the miniature homemade Lamborghini, equipped with signature gull-wing doors!

Some may not be too surprised by the amount of amateur inventing that goes on, China does after all have a long history of game-changing inventions. Paper, printing, gunpowder and the compass, sometimes known as “the Four Great Inventions” were all invented by Chinese. 

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