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Old Jul 08, 2008, 06:29 PM
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Speed Machine: 74mm Ducted fan hovercraft

Hello all!!! Here is a build log to for my latest hovercraft. The name of the game here is SPEED!!!! It is rather late here so I will go over more specific details tomorow. But it is going to be a all depron and balsa model powered by a 3 cell 2200 mah lipo. It should be pretty fast. As I said more details and pics are coming , please ask as many questions as you like.
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Old Jul 09, 2008, 12:02 AM
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wow looking good so far! so I do have some questions for you...
one 70mm fan? are you diverting part of the thrust into hover? if so how much?
and what is it made out of? doh - i read that its balsa and depron. might want to cover it with something, or put some REALLY strong reinforcement in the front if you plan on going over 20 mph with it, most likely first time out you'll bump into something (like a friend I know) and explode the whole thing. well anyway - do lots of testing before you get it up to speed! I'll post mine pretty soon too.
Can't wait for more pics!
Great start!
-Josh
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Old Jul 09, 2008, 12:04 PM
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Yea its going to be one fan for both lift and thrust. Right now i am thinking i may divert a little over a third of the thrust for lift. Also as far as strengthening the front i will eventually galss the nose eventually. pics vare coming soon.
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Old Jul 12, 2008, 12:04 PM
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got any new pics?
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Old Jul 20, 2008, 01:00 PM
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Alright this has been a really bad build thread cause i have been so busy and havnt had time to post pics. well the craft is just about done and i have tested it. I Just tried to post all my build pics but it is not working for some reason. I will try again though.
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Old Jul 20, 2008, 01:54 PM
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Well I tried Firefox and now all seems to be working. Here are the pics. I have only done the initial testing. So far so good. The craft lifts off at the lowest power possible. It is also well balanced. This thing seems like it will be a bullet. I just need to find a good place to test it. If anyone is interested the skirt is made of ripstop nylon for kites. I was initially going to use black trash bags for it, but i had the nylon laying around. It works great. Please feel free to ask questions. Also check out these videos of my last hovercraft.

RC FOAMY HOVERCRAFT (3 min 16 sec)


Rc Hovercraft on Water (0 min 55 sec)
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Old Jul 21, 2008, 08:09 PM
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NICE!!!!!!!
Wow thats a great update.
So the video is another one? Or is that the same?
Pretty cool! Awesome job!
-Josh
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Old Jul 22, 2008, 03:32 PM
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No that is a hovercraft I made earlier on in the year. Its a lot bigger than the one i am building now and is spinning a 12 inch prop.
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Old Jul 23, 2008, 02:26 PM
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fomy hovercraft

very nice your craft seems to get the hump speed well stick to rip stop nylon its great for model hovers
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Old Jul 23, 2008, 02:53 PM
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I made a hover craft with the normal 10 in prop and rudder but the base was just a metal wire basket with a coat of paint on the metal wire it did REALLY well on tile ... laminated floor and concert. Rough concert not bad for 20 min but it was scary sense prop stuck out like 2 inch on each side. very fast never got it up to full speed because no enf room. Easy 20mph for sure.
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Old Jul 23, 2008, 05:04 PM
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Just to clarify the videos I posted were of a hovercraft I built earlier on in the year. Not the ducted fan one i am working on now. Thanks for the comments guys.
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Old Jul 24, 2008, 11:31 AM
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Looks good from what I see. The edf version will have more thrust I bet.
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Old Jul 26, 2008, 03:24 AM
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HEre is a quick video of some initial testing.
Speed Machine 74: RC hovercraft test (1 min 23 sec)
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Old Jul 26, 2008, 06:48 AM
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looking sweet! how big is it? approximately
can't wait to see it go...
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Old Jul 26, 2008, 08:17 AM
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It is about 60cm by 25cm. So in inches 24 by 10.
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