the ultra-simple hovercraft

the ultra-simple hovercraft

over on tech tv today they had the cast tooling around on a hoverboard made out of a leaf blower, plastic skirt and some plywood. the design is so simple, it’s something that i think we’ll see a lot of iterations of with a lot more tech added and it used in more places.

speaking of…the weblogsinc network has a pretty cool new blog about traveling, today they had geocaching and some other techy travel stuff, check them out too if you plan to travel and want to think of things to hack around with when you get there. i might send some ideas over for messing with stuff in hotels, hehe.

Comments

  1. Jim says:

    Please change it from Tech TV to G4TechTV. TechTV is history sadly to say.

  2. TheBlunderbuss says:

    You can make a hovercraft on a smaller scale, using a styrofoam plate (with some kind of lip) and an 80mm PC fan.
    Just put the plate upside-down, cut a hole for the airflow, and mount the fan over the hole.
    A nine-volt battery is sufficient for most fans, but using 12-volts is much better.

  3. shoe says:

    one of my projects in industrial tech a few years back was to make one of these. hovercrafts are bitchin’.

  4. FriedLice says:

    I’ve actually made one of these, same directions! It works beautifully. Really neat!

  5. FriedLice says:

    I’ve actually made one of these, same directions! It works beautifully. Really neat!

  6. Geo says:

    This would be sweeter if it didnt rip on rocks outside. Try folding the plastic over three times.

  7. saq says:

    This was on mythbusters not too long ago. They did a much better job :)

  8. john and max says:

    Fun project. Leaf blower works great. Easily lifted us and we’re over 300lbs combined. Used it for a school project.

  9. thatonedude says:

    this was a wicked awesome project for school last year.. the instructions are awesome and they work great. i used a shower curtain and it held up pretty good until my classmates got a little rough with it.

  10. Andy says:

    I have designed and built 9 hovercrafts. I have seen these plans on the internet long ago. Better ones can be found at http://groups.physics.umn.edu/pforce/hovercraft.html
    and http://www.xinventions.com/main/hovercrafts/home.htm

    My latest is made from two sheets of 3/8″ ply with waterproof ripstop nylon as the skirt. Also, a new 110 mph gas leaf blower to power it. It is a 4×8 foot oval.

    If you want to chat about hovercrafts drop me an email : firepyroandy@gmail.com

  11. Sky says:

    I plan to make one for my next science fair project (next month), Does anyone have an idea i could use for pushing it forward. Oh, and help with a break would be great. Please E-mail me at: deadquestions@hotmail.com Thankyou

  12. caboose says:

    you can use a cheap one man raft with the bottom cut out and mounted on a piece of plywood with a leafblower as the inflator. not to mention using a small 47 cc engine as the propulsion fan hooked to a few wooden rudder panels and a prop. new inovation in transportation

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