Many kids young and old are excited when they see hovercraft
Imagine floating off some place on a cushion of air, how liberating to be able to travel over any flat surface at speeds of up to 40 mph, kids of all ages get blown away!
Hovercraft Plans – If a hovercraft is listed on Santa’s list, you can either consider purchasing a Radio Controlled Hovercraft (RC) or go for something a little larger, why should your pet hamster have all the fun?
Hovercraft Kits are available on the Internet from from such vendors as Universal Hovercraft. In fact, you can buy personal hovercraft plans if you wish to source materials from the local hardware store and make it yourself. There are many hovercraft plans available so what you should consider before making a hovercraft?
The advantage of a hovercraft kit is that you receive engineered parts for home assembly, if you build a hovercraft entirely from local materials, you may have to make compromises. There are many videos on the Internet like the one below which details how to make a hover board using a petrol powered leaf blower. If you wish to make a proper hovercraft, here is a checklist to plan your hovercraft design.
Safety – hovercraft have fast moving parts, so ensure spinning fan blades are properly protected – a couple of years back, a self build engineer was killed in New Zealand when spinning fans hit him, a few months later in Australia, another self builder lost a few fingers.
Starting on water requires a hovercraft to get over hump, a pressure wave, so the hovercraft design must consider weight versus power. Microlight engines are good, since they have high power to low weight characteristics, the Rotax 582 is my favourite.
Some hovercraft nose dive, so this problem termed “plowing-in” is a problem to be aware of, and to overcome in the design.
If you want just a buy a hovercraft ready designed and factory assembled, you’ll need to order soon for Christmas delivery – check out http://www.hov-pod-hovercraft.com for details of what is currently available.