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>> Home > Forum > Hobby Chit Chat! > Model hovercraft plans
Model hovercraft plans
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Mzee
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Forum Posts: 14
13th Aug 2018 06:41  
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Is it a boat; is it a 'plane? Having made a very simple hovercraft back in 1954 (I think!!), I am now thinking of making another but need some assistance from anyone who has gone into this fascinating aspect, in the form of drawings and whether or not a skirt is necessary. My first model was Baby Bee powered and free running - R/C wasn't as miniature then as it is now!!
Pic shows the models I left with friends when we left Kenya in 1963 - the hovercraft is on the left next to the c/l flying saucer!


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boaty
(Captain)





Forum Posts: 50
13th Aug 2018 12:10  
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Hi Mzee

Re hovercraft, it may be worth looking at information around models by the late Ray Malmstrom. He was an ace when it came to designing unorthodox models and another source would be the Plans Handboook. I remember this in the mid 1960s and there was plenty to choose from as they had a special section on such. This included anything from hydroplanes, prop driven racing cars and hydrofoils etc.

Another source could be the Eagle Annual from around the same period. Though the Eagle was a comic, the Annual did have articles around the latest technology of the day. Even if you could not obtain the Annual itself I am sure there would be archives on the Internet.

Hope you have success with your venture, it sounds exciting.

Boaty😁😎


Dave Keech
Mzee
(Chief Petty Officer)





Forum Posts: 14
13th Aug 2018 14:17  
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Many thanks Boaty Dave. I will certainly follow your leads. Having had to give up all flying I'm trying to maximise use of all their 'innards'. So far two Skimmers and a part made Lippisch boundary layer "plane" so next in the odds box is the hovercraft.

I'll geep you all in the loop on this.

RNinMunich
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 2202
13th Aug 2018 15:13  
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Hi Mzee,
this any good?
Skirt is essential to reduce lifting power needed to something practicable.
This plan includes building instructions, also for the skirt!👍
It's pretty plain but I guess you can use some fantasy / imagination on the superstructure😁
Cheers, Doug 😎


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Young at heart - slightly older in other places 😉 Cheers Doug
Grant me the Serenity to accept things I can't change,
the Courage to change things that I can, and
the Wisdom to know the difference!
onetenor
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 373
18th Aug 2018 00:47  
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Can't open that PDF Doug

RNinMunich
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 2202
18th Aug 2018 00:59  
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Mornin' John,
Just left click on the Adobe icon so the Media Gallery opens with the larger icon.
Left click on [Download], top left corner of the media gallery window.
Windows will then ask you if you want to Save or Open the file.
left click 'Open', your pdf reader will open it. You can then save it to wherever you want.
If you are using a 'Dumbphone' - I don't know🤔 I don't!
Cheers, Doug 😎


Young at heart - slightly older in other places 😉 Cheers Doug
Grant me the Serenity to accept things I can't change,
the Courage to change things that I can, and
the Wisdom to know the difference!
onetenor
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 373
18th Aug 2018 02:34  
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No Doug I don't use a dumbphone I'm not clever enough.😊 I've seen Hovercraft plans in some of the on line plans services such as Outerzone Pocket Aeronautics etc . Have a good Google Good luck👍 Oh ! by the way I think a skirt is essential. Some rubberised/plasticised THIN fabric is the best stuff to use or if not👍 oiled silk if you can get it.🤔

Ianh
(Chief Petty Officer)





Forum Posts: 10
19th Aug 2018 15:11  
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Hi Sarik have plans for a few hovercraft all requiring skirts and light builds.


Only old in years not mind or soul.
CB90
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 29
19th Aug 2018 21:35  
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Hi Mzee,

Have a look at these sites:-

http://www.astounding.org.uk/ian/hovercraft/index.html
or
http://www.aeroglisseur.com/Plans_e.htm#Plans