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Sep 30, 2012, 05:45 PM
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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.

FOOT CRAFT 1991 (0 min 34 sec)

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:

MORAIS 1992 (0 min 41 sec)

I did several others:

camoesas twin engine rc model hovercraft.wmv (0 min 18 sec)

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:
Camoesas rc model hovercraft demo at World Speed Races 1995 (0 min 27 sec)

- 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:

Camoesas rc Model hovercraft at Portugal (0 min 30 sec)

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:

camoesas/superpoliester rc model hovercraft "Fury" official public demo in 1997 (2 min 11 sec)

- 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.

camoesas/ovarcraft "Formula Hovercraft 7.5" rc model racing hovercraft (0 min 50 sec)

"Formula Hovercraft 7.5" (0 min 22 sec)

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.

Camoesas 20 Years RC model Racing Hovercraft (0 min 35 sec)

RC Model Racing Hovercraft Camoesas ovarcraft com (0 min 20 sec)

Camoesas RC Racing Model Hovercraft 20 years (0 min 49 sec)

RC Model Racing Hovercraft Camoesas ovarcraft com 4 (0 min 14 sec)

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"Res non verba"
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Jun 09, 2016, 06:08 PM
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Hello all,

Some years after, I`m back with some news, but, first I have to thank Bob Rennick (former World Hovercraft Federation secretary and Racing Hovercraft pilot) for his posts and comments about me, in the Model Hovercraft Association`s Facebook, that only today I found...

Thank you Bob and also thanks for that rescue of my model in Douro river-Régua-Portugal, back in 1995. I remeber your blue racing hovercraft that you, very fast started and went for rescue mission.

And now, these are the two models being made to celebrate my 25 Years of RC Model Racing Hovercraft development.

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Jun 14, 2016, 07:04 PM
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Testing new real live animatronic/mecatronic 1/3 scale pilot for the "26 Special" gas powered racing model hovercraft, by Carlos Camoesas/ 25 years of research and development of RC Racing Model Hovercraft .

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Carlos Camoesas
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Jun 14, 2016, 07:07 PM
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RC Racing Gas (26 c.c.) Model Hovercraft LIVE ACTION pilot figure. by Camoesas 2016 (0 min 46 sec)
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Aug 20, 2016, 06:58 AM
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Sewing the skirt and testing engine, skirt and cushion.
Sep 17, 2016, 05:28 PM
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Celebrating 25 years RC Model Racing Hovercraft. Both Models (1/3 scale Integrated Hovercraft gas powered by Zenoah 26 and, 1/4 scale electric Double engine/fan) will be presented to public, tomorrow during the VIII National Meeting organized by T.E.A.M. at Oudinot Garden - Ílhavo - Aveiro - Portugal.


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Sep 24, 2016, 06:52 PM
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RC Racing Model Hovercraft 1/3 scale, 26 cc Gas powered Animatronic pilot

RC Racing 1/3 scale 26 cc Gas powered RC Racing Hovercraft Model with animatronic driver. Carlos Camoesas -
18/09/ 2016.

RC Racing 1/3 scale gas Model Hovercraft by Carlos Camoesas 2016 (1 min 26 sec)

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Oct 11, 2016, 02:01 AM
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I want to make an RC hovercraft. Though we are new to it, our company wants to make one with 2 motors (Horizontal and vertical) and big in size. I found very small models like 60 cm to 50cm or around 100 cm. We found it to be small and want a big one without any human payload. If anyone can help with the ready made plans and help me we are thankful to them.
Oct 18, 2016, 01:14 PM
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Skirtless Hovercraft Cushioncraft CC2 - 001 RC Model

Mission accomplished; it hovers at 1 cm height!
Mod 4 and last of my Cushioncraft CC2 - 001 Skirtless Hovercraft.

1/15 scale (61x35cm), double electric, 1790 gr weight ready to go.

Scale 1/15 - 61x35 cm - 1790 grams - electric.

Cushioncraft CC2-001 Skirtless R/C Model by Carlos Camoesas 2016 (3 min 15 sec)

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Oct 15, 2017, 01:18 PM
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Hello all,
Here I am again to update this topic referring to my own history making RC Racing Model Hovercraft, since past Century (1991).
To celebrate 26 Years, a new milestone as been reached:
1/4 Scale, Zenoah Gas powered, Carbon/Kevlar Hull, Animatronic pilot figure and this performance...
PREDATOR RC Racing Gas powered Model Hovercraft by Carlos Camoesas 2017 (2 min 59 sec)

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May 09, 2018, 05:06 PM
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After 27 years making Racing Hovercraft Models, my first non racer:
Griffon 2400 TDX, 1/16 scale, Scratchbuilt.
Full features test; Lift, Thrust, Rudders and...
...Assault Trapdoor/machine gun soldier!
RC Model Hovercraft Griffon TDX by Carlos Camoesas 2018 (1 min 40 sec)

Jul 04, 2018, 05:29 AM
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Very interesting read. I had one of these from a German company called Conrad in the early 2000's. Never did perform well on anything that wasn't completely flat but I was pretty fond of it nonetheless.
Jul 09, 2018, 06:48 AM
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3 RC Model Racing Hovercraft 1/4 scale, in the same RC Model Meeting in Portugal.
All of them featuring animatronic Pilot figure (of course!).


RC Racing Model Hovercraft. by Carlos Camoesas 2018 Fraguinha Scale Weekend II (5 min 10 sec)

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