Wasp Turns Your Boring Drone Into a Flamethrowing Assault Copter

It’s August, and that means it’s time to start updating your holiday wishlist. We’ll assume you’re the sort of sophisticated gentleman who already has a stable of exotic cars, a personal submarine, and a quarter-million-dollar bar cart suitcase. What you most definitely do not have is a flamethrower drone. Worry no more, because the wait is over.

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As the name implies, the TF-19 Wasp Flamethrower Drone attachment is exactly what it sounds like. The one-of-a-kind kit converts almost any decent drone into a fire-shooting aerial assault copter. It boasts a 25-foot range and 100 seconds of trigger time on a single, one-gallon fill. The ultralight 3K carbon fiber shell keeps the weight to just four pounds, so it’ll mount to most common drone platforms with at least a five-pound payload capacity.

The TF-19 flamethrower drone kit is marketed as a versatile and reliable solution for “[clearing] debris from power lines, pest management and nest elimination, forest fire containment back-burns, and remote agriculture burns.” All of those seem like perfectly logical reasons to purchase such a device. But, let’s be real: That’s not why you’re buying one and probably not why the company has received so many orders that the kits are back-ordered for up to six weeks. They’re selling out for the same reason Elon Musk launched a Tesla into space; why some guy designed a Back to the Future-inspired DeLorean hovercraft; and why one Indian oil magnate built a billion-dollar, 400,000-square-foot skyscraper home. They’re selling out because most men are living in a state of arrested development. We’re all just waiting for the moment we’re rich and brazen enough to realize our most absurd adolescent fantasies.

Now, if you’re the sensible sort, your first question is probably, “Is this even legal?” The good news according to Throw Flame: “Flamethrower drones are federally legal and not considered weapons; however, users are still required to comply with the FAA’s UAS rules in addition to local ordinances.” No need to consult a lawyer. If it’s on the internet, it has to be true. What’s more, the company promises no annoying waiting periods, tax stamps, or pesky background checks. God bless America.

The TF-19 WASP Flamethrower Drone Attachment is now available direct from ThrowFlame.com for the low, low price of just $1,499. It seems, however, that everyone is looking to get their hands on one so expect a lead time of more than a month.

If your home security or “brush clearing” strategies are decidedly more ground-based, grab a “Not a Flamethrower” from Elon Musk and check out our favorite practical uses for it.

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