The Luton terrorist group were trying to make an an improvised explosive device (IED) based on instructions in an al Qaida manual entitled "Make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom - by the al Qaida chef", the court was told.
Covert recordings of the pair heard Iqbal suggesting attaching the bomb to a remote controlled toy car and sending it under the gap of a gate to a Territorial Army (TA) centre in Luton.
The men were arrested following a series of raids at their homes in April last year after an intelligence-led joint operation by the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command and the British Security Service (BSS).
A Territirial Army centre in Luton was the planned target for a terror group. Four men have admitted engaging in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism.
Four Luton men could be sentenced today after admitting discussing carrying out a terror attack in the UK.
Zahid Iqbal, 31, Mohammed Sharfaraz Ahmed, 25, Umar Arshad, 24, and Syed Farhan Hussain, 21, considered methods, materials and targets for an attack.
The men were arrested following a series of raids in April last year. They pleaded guilty to one terrorism charge at Woolwich Crown Court.
The four men downloaded computer files containing practical instruction for an attack, and collected funds for terrorist purposes.
They also admitted facilitating, planning and encouraging travel overseas, as well as organising, encouraging and participating in physical training, contrary to section 5 of the Terrorist Act 2006.
The offences took place between January 2011 and April last year.