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Old Apr 17, 2012, 07:25 AM
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What have I done? BIG RC Hovercraft

So, my wife says to me "Honey, your son has a science project coming up in 3 weeks and I want to do a hovercraft." Thats the moment she realized she needs to choose her words more carefully, as my eyes got big, glazed over and she saw that at that moment, this was a project that would consume my son and I for the next two weeks. The length is 7 feet and the width is 4 feet. Lift is provided by a 950 CFM leaf blower. Tame thus far. The thing that scares me is our choice of thrust fan. A turnigy G160 and 8s 10,000mah worth of batteries. Video is uploading to youtube.
BIG RC hovercraft test (2 min 13 sec)
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Old Apr 17, 2012, 08:21 AM
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this was my wife's reaction....
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Old Apr 18, 2012, 02:06 PM
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Hmmm, not so much a model, more of a ROACV methinks (Remotely Operated Air Cushion Vehicle). With a bit more honing, you could sell it to airports as a bird scarer!
I'd get a safety mesh on there pdq!
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Old Apr 18, 2012, 02:24 PM
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Will you put a wheel and a chair on it so your son could sit and drive?

It looks powerful - can't argue.
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Old Apr 19, 2012, 02:26 AM
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yes, it will be ridden on. and yes, there WILL be a cage to protect people/animals/locks of golden hair. it is radio controlled all the way. the rider will control it with an aurora 9, or be controlled by a second person! the rudders were just put on last night. next two nights are busy, so the first full tests will have to wait until saturday morning.

jpcwebb - i think that is an accurate descripton.
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Old Apr 19, 2012, 06:23 PM
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Wow, I love it!
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Old Mar 21, 2013, 01:02 PM
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i know this is an old thread but id love to know how it turned out...that thing looks like it would be a blast
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Old Apr 08, 2013, 08:22 PM
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Yeah, So would I. This thing looks insane and I'd love to see the finished thing!
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Old Apr 28, 2013, 09:04 AM
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How about all the bandages on those fingers at the end of video...all digits still preserved? Very cool and fun diy craft.
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Old Jul 01, 2013, 09:06 PM
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update

the brushless motor burned up. its just couldnt take the abuse. will be reviving the old girl with a 13 hp intek from a riding mower and 2 stacked 24-14 props. here is a link to his project video
BIG RC Hovercraft (3 min 22 sec)
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Old Sep 03, 2013, 02:46 PM
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Holy cow your going to stick a 13hp motor on that thing? I use a 10 hp motor on my full size single person hovercraft. Any updates on this?
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Old Sep 04, 2013, 11:24 PM
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Progress was stalled due to military training, so I hope to be at it very soon. Will post back here when I am able to begin the install.
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Old Sep 20, 2013, 07:11 PM
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what did you do with the burned up motor?
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Old Oct 17, 2013, 06:59 PM
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Why did thi dyeeeee
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Old Jun 24, 2014, 03:12 PM
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Here is my single person hovercraft with a 10hp motor. If you stick a 13hp motor on yours it will be lightning.

UH-10F Hovercraft -- Second Hover (0 min 56 sec)
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