|Sep 30, 2012, 06:45 PM|
RC Racing Model Hovercraft since past Century
Hello and dear all.
It looks that posts referring to RC Hovercraft History are a must in here, I saw that posts looking for past models, curiositys and modellers call for attention and people want to know some history of this hobby.
I have a history to tell, my own history referring specially to RC Racing Model Hovercraft and, also using pilot action figure with real remote animation.
I will tell you some dates and prove some others with references, movies, photos and all kinds of facts!
I started building RC Hovercraft in 1991.
My first Racing model used a nitro engine and had a real moving action figure in 1992. It was tested and performed in Ovar Air Base to some officers and other military:
I did several others:
In 1995 I had another one, 1/4 scale, nitro powered by a .40 and using a real action driver figure. I did some demos during a World Event in Régua/Portugal, it was the World Hovercraft Championship and World Speed Races.
I met Mr Bob Windt, for those who dont know, he is THE living Hovercraft Master, the living person who made more and the best real scale hovercraft (Universal Hovercraft). In September he got (during the competition) the Guiness World Hovercraft Speed Record that remais till today - 137 Km/hour.
I did some demos in front of his winning craft and performed to the World pilots and general public. After the demos I had a talk with Bob, he looked at my model and took me for a ride in his Triflyer.
Bob Rennick (at the time pilot and World Hovercraft Federation Secretary) took and gently sent me this photo:
And I got this movie of the demo:
- RC Racing Nitro powered 1/4 scale Hovercraft Model with real action pilot figure.
- September 1995 - Régua/Portugal - World Hovercraft Championship...
- General Public, World Hovercraft Federation Secretary, Worlds fastest hovercraft and pilot (Mr Bob Windt), World Hovercraft Championship Pilots...
In 1996/1997 I had a partnership with a Portuguese Real Racing Hovercraft factory and Hovercraft Racing Team - Superpoliester. We converted the model I presented in 1995, to a factory made model to go to market. We did a small series; several test models, demo models and marketing models for Fairs, events and publicity:
We did some demos included in Official events such as: Maia Radical:
In 1997 we had a Stand inside "Porto Racing Show" in Oporto and a Indoor space for demos. We did several demos toghether; Real scale racing Hovercraft and 1/4 scale Racing Hovercraft Model. Sometimes both running at same time:
- Factory-made RC Racing Nitro powered 1/4 scale Hovercraft Model with real action pilot figure.
- 1997 - Exponor/Oporto/Portugal - Porto Racing Show - Official Calendar Fair.
- General Public and VIPs, all other stands...
We never sold any and, one complete model ... disapeared from a partner shop...!
I did some more:
Change of CenturyI Continued making RC Racing Hovercraft Models with real actionpilot figure.
This one is the last that you know, started to make during 2010 and finished in 2011, using a Byron Ducted Fan, Celebrating my 20 Years designing and making RC Racing Hovercraft Models.
"Res non verba"
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