Greener BeeGreen GadgetsDrool Over the Workshop Manuals for 7 Classic Marvel Vehicles

Blackbird
Otherwise known as the “X-Jet,” the Blackbird seats seven and can reach altitudes of up to 230,000 feet. Yes, you can see your house from up there. (Expand the gallery to widescreen for a larger view.) Insight Editions. © Marvel 2014

Insight Editions. © Marvel 2014

Goblin Glider
The Green Goblin’s favorite hoverboard—at least its 2013 incarnation—can reach 90 mph and carry enough fuel for six hours of flight. (Pumpkin bombs not included.) Insight Editions. © Marvel 2014

Insight Editions. © Marvel 2014

H.A.M.M.E.R. Helicarrier
Norman Osborne dismantling S.H.I.E.L.D. might not have been the best thing for everyone, but it gave rise to what might be the best airborne heavy-assualt vehicle on the planet. Insight Editions. © Marvel 2014

Insight Editions. © Marvel 2014

Leapfrog
The parents of Chase Stein (aka Talkback) originally built this as a bathysphere, but The Runaways repurposed it as a superpowered jumping conveyance. It can even jump through time if you connect its overdrive through its control panel. Insight Editions. © Marvel 2014

Insight Editions. © Marvel 2014

Quinjet
The Black Panther’s greatest design achievement, the Quinjet has ferried many an Avenger over the decades. Even though Tony Stark later created an interstellar offshoot, the classic is still our favorite. Insight Editions. © Marvel 2014

Insight Editions. © Marvel 2014

S.H.I.E.L.D. Flying Car
Stark Industries has created a lot of gadgets, but a missile-laden, sound-barrier-breaking flying car is up there with the best of ’em. Insight Editions. © Marvel 2014

Insight Editions. © Marvel 2014

S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier
You know it, you love it, you probably never mistook it for a hybrid: it’s Nick Fury’s pride and joy (besides his shaved head), the Helicarrier! Insight Editions. © Marvel 2014

Insight Editions. © Marvel 2014

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Blackbird
Otherwise known as the “X-Jet,” the Blackbird seats seven and can reach altitudes of up to 230,000 feet. Yes, you can see your house from up there. (Expand the gallery to widescreen for a larger view.) Insight Editions. © Marvel 2014

Insight Editions. © Marvel 2014

Goblin Glider
The Green Goblin’s favorite hoverboard—at least its 2013 incarnation—can reach 90 mph and carry enough fuel for six hours of flight. (Pumpkin bombs not included.) Insight Editions. © Marvel 2014

Insight Editions. © Marvel 2014

H.A.M.M.E.R. Helicarrier
Norman Osborne dismantling S.H.I.E.L.D. might not have been the best thing for everyone, but it gave rise to what might be the best airborne heavy-assualt vehicle on the planet. Insight Editions. © Marvel 2014

Insight Editions. © Marvel 2014

Leapfrog
The parents of Chase Stein (aka Talkback) originally built this as a bathysphere, but The Runaways repurposed it as a superpowered jumping conveyance. It can even jump through time if you connect its overdrive through its control panel. Insight Editions. © Marvel 2014

Insight Editions. © Marvel 2014

Quinjet
The Black Panther’s greatest design achievement, the Quinjet has ferried many an Avenger over the decades. Even though Tony Stark later created an interstellar offshoot, the classic is still our favorite. Insight Editions. © Marvel 2014

Insight Editions. © Marvel 2014

S.H.I.E.L.D. Flying Car
Stark Industries has created a lot of gadgets, but a missile-laden, sound-barrier-breaking flying car is up there with the best of ’em. Insight Editions. © Marvel 2014

Insight Editions. © Marvel 2014

S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier
You know it, you love it, you probably never mistook it for a hybrid: it’s Nick Fury’s pride and joy (besides his shaved head), the Helicarrier! Insight Editions. © Marvel 2014

Insight Editions. © Marvel 2014

Anyone who’s ever owned a used car knows the peculiar joy of cracking open a Haynes Guides, that familiar book of design schematics and technical information that was available for just about every auto model you can think of. Insight Editions must know that joy as well, because they’ve just published what might be the greatest Haynes Guide of all time: Alex Irvine’s Marvel Vehicles Owner’s Workshop Manual.

coverThe book trades specificity for survey; it may not tell you the exact tire-pressure specs on the Punisher’s Battle Van, but it does tell you exactly what type of engine it uses—along with a deep dive on 47 more of the comics publisher’s best-known conveyances. (And just to clear up confusion: Frank Castle’s van boasts a 3.7-liter turbocharged inline 5, with 312 max horsepower.) There are one-person rides like Captain America’s motorcycle or the Goblin Glider along with behemoths like the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, even interstellar vessels like Thanos’ Sanctuary Class Ship. And if you’re the kind of person who borked their first used car, a 1993 Volvo 240, because you tried to flush the coolant yourself, breathe easy: judging from the foreword by Nick Fury, this Haynes Guide is for entertainment value only. At least unless you happen to be employed by Oscorp, but if that’s the case, then you likely have bigger things to worry about.

At any rate, we’re giving you an exclusive look at seven of our favorite designs from the book. Feel free to crib some ideas for that invisible spacecycle you’ve been tinkering with in the garage.

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