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September 10, 2014

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Make Hovercrafts

Make Hovercrafts

Make Hovercrafts

Make Hovercrafts

How we make the Hov Pod Hovercraft

Make Hovercrafts – The Hov Pod SPX TCC range differs from other hovercraft  – the Hov Pod is the only hovercraft available constructed from superior High Density Polyethylene, or HDPE.

The hull is manufactured using a rotational molding process, and is thermally controlled by computer during the cooling process.

HDPE is far more durable than glass fibre hovercraft, and is extremely buoyant – it could take the weight of a 5 year old elephant before water ingress into the hull, or 1027 Kgs / 2270 pounds, that is 12 times my weight when I keep to the diet plan. Buoyancy is important for obvious reasons – some hovercraft have very poor free-board (the point at which water can enter the cockpit), and water can enter and flood the engine, usually through the rear of the hovercraft via the duct.

Hovercraft travel over any flat surface, but glass fibre can easily get damaged by some surfaces, and can be difficult and expensive the repair. HDPE is stronger and is easy to repair.

The build process is far simpler using HDPE since the design can have fittings embedded into the hull to take accessories such as grab handles. The hull is printed with the exact positions for fitting the skirts, and drilling the air feed holes. This approach saves time during assembly, typical time to finish is around 3-4 days depending on options required. The hull can come in a range of colours to include red, blue, yellow, teal, orange, white, pink and purple.

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