A while ago I posted an instructable of my radio controlled hovercraft, which you can see here:


I hope you liked it, some of you asked me to make an step by step instructable. I thought that was a good idea and I decided to make one.

In this instructable I will show you how I build my hovercraft, powered by electric motors and controlled by a radio transmitter. I hope you learn from it so you can make it too.


PS: sorry for my bad English. I'm Dutch but I will do my best to make everything clear. If you have questions or if I'm not specific enough about something, leave a comment and I will try to answer it.

Step 1: Materials

These are the materials you're going to need for making this hovercraft. I've bought them from a Dutch site, but I did some research for you to get the same stuff from other sites. (These are the materials that I used, you could also use your own if you want. No problem!)


Thrustmotor: NTM Prop Drive 28-26 1350KV / 310W

Emax BL 2215/25 950KV Outrunner Brushless Motor
(search for it on google, it's not on HobbyKing, but there are many other sites selling this motor. You can use another motor as well, same goes for the thrust-motor.)



(search for it, it''s on different sites)

A radio transmitter/receiver to controll your motors, doesn't matter which transmitter you use.

Silicone wires (one black and one red)

3mm Heat shrink tube (one black and one red)

XT60 connectors:
(for connecting your your battery to the wires)

2mm Gold Connecters for connecting motors to ESC's:

And a soldering iron for soldering everything together!

Almost there... the final things you need:

For the body I used styrofoam (XPS)

Polyethylene lightweight tarp is used for the skirt.

Glue for your foam boards

Some wood

Duct tape


Enough materials, time for the next step!
Hey Sjors,<br><br>Wij willen voor ons PWS ook een hovercraft gaan maken. En we zouden je graag als contactpersoon willen. Zodat we iets aan je kunnen vragen als we ergens tegen aanlopen. Zou je dat willen, het zal ons erg veel helpen. <br><br>Alvast bedankt,<br>Davi en Thomas
Ha Davi en Thomas,<br><br>Je kan me altijd vragen stellen!<br><br>
<p>Dat is fijn om te horen Sjors!</p><p>Wij zouden graag contact met u willen opnemen via de e-mail. Dat lijkt ons een handigere manier om vragen te stellen als wij ergens mee zitten. Ons e-mail adres is davi.van.slobbe@gmail.com</p><p>Bij voorbaat dank,</p><p>Groeten Thomas en Davi</p>
<p>Did he send the coding for you? </p><p>If yes, please send it to me at hayammohamed2011@gmail.com </p><p>Thanks </p>
<p>hi friend, have you get any reply of your query. If so then please email me too at</p><p>ayush1994.cool.lmp@gmail.com</p>
Can you provide the coding part for this project on my email id lewialan@yahoo.in
<p>hi friend, have you get any reply of your query. If so then please email me too at</p><p>ayush1994.cool.lmp@gmail.com</p>
<p>Did he send the coding for you?</p><p>If yes, please send it to me at hayammohamed2011@gmail.com </p><p>Thanks </p>
<p>do you need to program the esc's if so email me. also what do you mean by DO NOT CONNECT THE RED WIRES OF THE ESC email me at ishankusuma29@gmail.com</p>
<p>hi friend, have you get any reply of your query. If so then please email me too at</p><p>ayush1994.cool.lmp@gmail.com</p>
<p>Hoi,</p><p>Wij maken een hovercraft voor onze PWS, en hebben precies dezelfde onderdelen als u, alleen we krijgen de motoren niet aan de praat. Moeten we de ESC's nog programmeren? Of zouden die het meteen moeten doen? Daarnaast staat er op de site van hobbyking dat de 28 prop drive een 25-30A ESC nodig heeft. Zou dit uitmaken?</p><p>Zou je ons kunnen antwoorden via de mail? <br>Mijn email is tomdelaat111@gmail.com</p>
<p>why my hovercraft can go forward?</p>
<p>Is Arduino programe code is avaliable ?</p>
<p>it is easily we can do without remote</p>
<p>hey ik had even een vraagje, hoe heet dat oranje doek dat je als rok hebt gebruikt en waar kan je dat krijgen.</p><p>En die Li-po baterij, moet ik twee van kopen om er mee twee motors aan te sluiten of kan ik ook met 1 baterij twee motors er aan sluiten. </p>
<p>Hallo Sjors,</p><p>Ik wil voor me PWS ook een hovercraft gaan maken. maar vraag me af hoe je alle onderdelen hebt verbonden etc. zou je mij daar mee kunnen helpen?</p><p>groetjes Julian</p>
Will this work in water
I need your help pla send d code quickly sir
I'm making a book about r/c hovercrafts would it be okay if I featured yours as an exaple
Where can we get foam sheets
<p>im making same one and do you have any blue print?</p>
<p>Im currently trying to produce a similar design for my aerospace and drafting class. Im looking for the dimensions for the diameter of the fan shroud for the skirt. Thank you!</p>
<p>does it have to be black and red for the 3mm heat shrink tube or can it be black and black</p>
<p>It doesn't matter.</p>
<p>Hi there and thanks so much for this set of plans; my students will get a kick out of it I am sure. Can you please provide a link for a good servo motor? Thanks a lot!</p>
<p>I recommend the Hobbyking tower pro 9 gram servo.</p>
<p>sjors073 Can you please explain what receiver you used. We are using a specktrum transmitter with a specktrum receiver and we cannot plug both motors into the receiver. We need a receiver with two throttle ports</p>
<p>You do not need a Receiver with two throttle ports. You can plug one Esc into any servo port and it will work. </p>
<p>look on amazon you can just get a thing that you can plug two into one</p>
Hallo,<br>Hoe heet de nederlandse site waar je je materialen gekocht hebt, en waar heb je he materiaal voor de rok vandaan<br>
<p>Hi! Ik ben deze hovercraft voor mij PWS aan het maken. Ik vroeg mij af wat de naam van de lift-motor is. Ik wil deze bij rc-addict bestellen. Maar kan de gegeven motor niet op hun site vinden.</p>
Great project - thanks! My son and I are currently building this and we ran into a few snags. Please keep in mind that we have never built any type of RC project so we are new to all of this. How is the steering servo powered? How is the receiver powered? Is a separate battery connected to the receiver that powers the servo? All we bought was the Lipo that powers the motors - can the servo and receiver be powered from that battery as well? <br> <br>Again, thanks for sharing and we will post vids when done. <br> <br>Damien
<p>the servo is powered from the receiver just plug it in and the receiver is pluged in to one of the little cords coming of the ESC controling the mottor it is a votige reg</p><p>you could all so power it by putting 4 to 8 volts over most recever power ports 2 of the prong dont put more that 1 amp over it thought</p>
Hello Damien,<br> <br> Thanks for your comment! It's great to hear that you and other people are building this hovercraft too, it's a big compliment for me.<br> <br> About the questions, I was also completely new to this kind of projects. But after a lot of research I have learned a lot. Maybe the diagram in step 6 will help you. We have powered the receiver with a separate battery that came with the receiver and transmitter. The servo is powered by the same battery, by plugging the servocable in the receiver. But it's also possible to use only a LiPo battery that poweres everything. But then you need a UBEC, it's a small converter that regulates the voltage down for your receiver, so you don't fry it or something. Once your receiver is connected to your UBEC, you can plug your servo in the receiver so it's also powered with the voltage coming out of the UBEC.<br> <br> You only need the UBEC for the receiver (and servo), The motors are still powered via the ESC directly to the LiPo, they need a higher voltage.<br> <br> I hope this can help you. Have fun building your hovercraft!<br> Sjors
Hello<br><br>I'm am currently building a hover craft from your design and I had a few questions about it.<br><br>can it go on water?<br><br>and <br><br>how long do the battery's last <br><br>(knowing hovercraft and the size of the motors I was presuming about 5 minutes but I ask just to be sure) <br><br>P.S you don't need to apologise for you bad English I live in Britain and you can hardly tell that it was written by somebody from a different country
<p>Hello,</p><p>That's a great compliment! Thank you. But about the questions, I'm not sure if it can go on water. I have never tried it. Maybe it can but after a while water can get in the skirt and they hovercraft will get to heavy. Maybe you can try it first on some puddles on the street. About the battery, I think it indeed would last 5 minutes, maybe a bit longer, but max 10 min. You can always add extra batteries, untill the hovercraft gets too heavy.</p><p>Good luck and enjoy building your hovercraft!</p><p>Sjors</p>
I have made a hovercraft based on yours (I changed a few things) and I was wondering if it would be okay to put it on instructibles I'll put a link to your step by step and note it was by you originally if you like.<br><br><br>Things I've changed <br><br>added a onboard camera<br>use a different foam (celotex)<br>use a different motor <br>and completly redesigned the back end<br>
Thanks, I'll test it in some puddles (we have plenty in Britain) and then get back to you
Netjes hoor!! Goed bedaxht
<p>Hello,</p><p>I am building a different hovercraft and I am slightly confused about the transmitter/reciever. You have two ESC's connected to both the motors. Then you have the reviever connected to both ESC's and the servo. <br>My question is, how did you calibrate your transmitter? Does the transmitter control the speed of both motors AND rotates the servo? Basically, are you controlling both fan speeds and steering via the transmitter? </p>
<p>hello...i am creating the hovercraft.can i have the program?</p>
Can you pls tell me the size of styrofoam
hey I really liked the way you arranged the hovercraft, i was wondering if there is a way to make it but on a larger scale, one that could hold up to 3 people maybe. Please answer as soon as possible.
which servo have u used to move spoiler????? <br>
Hallo Sjors, <br> <br>Je Hovercraft ziet er erg mooi uit! ik Doe samen met een vriend een profielwerkstuk over Hovercraft en wij gaan ook een eigen RC Hovercraft maken. Ik vroeg me alleen wel af hoe je hebt bepaald welke propellers je nodig had? Dit heeft naar mijn weten te maken met het gewicht en de grote van je Hovercraft. Heb jij dit berekent? <br> <br>Ik hoor graag van je! <br> <br>Vriendelijke groet, <br>Niels Heineman
hello ,i am thinking to start making a hovercraft so can you please give me a picture of with with the parts connect real picture. . .and also what`s the dimension of the hovercraft.
i'm trying to make a one like this with styrofoam and acrylic and i have a problem with the lifting motor thrust calculations,, please tell me more details about the dimensions and weight to expect the thrust needed for mine
I can speak German some Dutch but can't write Dutch. Any way very good and I love your vids they really made the instructable
Eey ik had een vraag hoe heet die nederlandse site en wat heb ik allemaal nodig

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