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>> Home > Forum > Hobby Chit Chat! > Skirtless hovercraft
Skirtless hovercraft
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Forum Posts: 11
14th Mar 2018 11:44  
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Has anyone been down this track?

(Chief Petty Officer)

Forum Posts: 10
16th Mar 2018 00:32  
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They're called 'low flying drones'.

(Fleet Admiral!)

Forum Posts: 2527
16th Mar 2018 01:00  
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Grasshoppers! 😁

Young at heart - slightly older in other places 😉 Cheers Doug
(Fleet Admiral!)

Forum Posts: 42
17th Mar 2018 01:23  
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Mr. Grumpy - The reason for a hovercraft skirt is to provide a flexible seal between the craft and the ground/water surface. If everything was flat and smooth, then a shirtless hovercraft would probably work, as a uniform cushion of air could be maintained. Unfortunately this is not reality.
I used to like the concept of a hovercraft and once keen to model one, but having seen real ones and models lack of directional control have gone away from the idea. Another reason for the skirt - bouncing off nearby objects in the vicinity of the hovercraft.

(Fleet Admiral!)

Forum Posts: 506
17th Mar 2018 12:44  
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Unless your wedded to skirtless there are a number of free plans around

I believe the old model maker plans handbook had a skirtless hovercraft drawing.

"that's not a bug its just an undocumented creature."

Sir Terence David John "Terry" Pratchett, OBE (28 April 1948 - 12 March 2015)

Forum Posts: 3
17th Mar 2018 22:54  
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Without a skirt your model will be limited to smooth surfaces such as floors and patios. It may even struggle on grass. However, if you're willing to accept these limitations you'll also bypass one of the tricky components of RC hovercraft!