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Build a 'Back to the Future' hoverboard replica from everyday items

A new YouTube DIY show, "Low Budget Prop Shop," shows how to build a cheap "Back to the Future II" hoverboard using stuff you have sitting around the house.

Marty McFly shouldn't be the only one with a rad hoverboard! Universal Pictures

Ever since the world first set eyes on the futuristic hoverboard from "Back to the Future II," geeks have been waiting for science to make Marty McFly's sci-fi hoverboard a reality.

Fans have made their own hoverboards with varying results, and while one of those set a Guinness World Record for longest hoverboard flight, commercial brands have failed to deliver the full hover experience.

A new video posted to media company Break's AWE me YouTube channel on Monday shows how to build your very own hoverboard prop from "Back to the Future II" using stuff already laying around your house. Sadly, this hoverboard is a prop, not a working model. So don't sell your car quite yet.

"Low Budget Prop Shop" show host Dustin McLean even designed all the hoverboard decals in a handy printable PDF so you don't have to make your own.

McLean builds the board itself out of plywood three-quarters of an inch thick, but if you don't have a way to cut wood you can always use half-inch foam board instead. You'll measure out the width of the board, and using the decals you've already printed and cut out, draw the curve of the board onto the wood or foam.

To sand the edges of the board, you'll need sandpaper or an electric sander, and you'll need heavy-duty glue like E-6000 craft glue, plus small nails and a nail gun. And, of course, you'll want pink paint to match the hoverboard's color in "Back to the Future II."

For the magnetic discs on the bottom of the hoverboard prop, McLean suggests painting plastic plates and using black foam sheets for the rims, which are glued and stapled to the board. Using red craft foam sheets and a foam beer cozy, McLean adds a few more details to the hoverboard's underside. He adds felt and plastic to the top of the hoverboard for the foot strap.

The entire craft cost McLean around $33 (£21 or AUS$45), which is slightly cheaper than the commercially made replica of the same hoverboard that costs $49 (about £35, AU$60).

Digging this new "Low Budget Prop Shop" YouTube series? The show plans on teaching viewers how to build replicas of movie props cheaply, as with the debut episode on how to build your own Terminator arm. Here's hoping the series has future episodes on how to build a Tardis from "Doctor Who" or possibly a "Star Wars" lightsaber. What would you like the show to build next?