Introduction: RC Hovercraft

We have made a radio controlled hovercraft. First we controlled it with a PlayStation 3 controller using Arduino. Unfortunately the hovercraft didn't move controlling it that way. The hovercraft was lifting up, and we could steer with the rudder, but the motor on the back didn't give enough power to push the thing forward.



Actually, the motor wasn't running at it's topspeed. Reason was, the ESC (speedcontroller) wasn't calibrated in the right way. It was very difficult to calibrate the ESC again, using the PS3 controller. (the ESC seemed not to react). 

Therefore, our idea was to controll the hovercraft with a radio transmitter. We removed the Arduino part and calibrated the ESC again this way en tested the hovercraft. This is what it looked like:




Hope you enjoy it!

PS: should I make an step by step instructable?
EDIT: I've made one, find it here: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-RC-Hovercraft/

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TiemenK made it!(author)2016-11-29

Hee Sjors,

Ik ben benieuwd hoe je de aansturing doet met de arduino, zou je dat uit kunnen leggen?
Ik zie dat de Arduino er aan vast zit bij het programmeren maar de snelheden ect. weet ik niet te programmeren en hoe.

Ik wil een autonoom zwevende hovercraft maken.

Bedankt alvast!

Mvg,

Tiemen Koens

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YogeshM6 made it!(author)2015-10-18

Please, Can you send me the Arduino sketch you were using in the Hovercraft?

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DEEJAY642 made it!(author)2015-10-09

can it go over water

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amanda_1001 made it!(author)2015-05-18

this hovercraft is normaal

i want a good one the person who make it is very good the person reply on the message please thxxx

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British+Badger made it!(author)2014-10-27

hi I'm starting a hovercraft group to share experience and designs to make the best hovercraft s possible I was wondering if you were interested

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charles+gray made it!(author)2013-08-06

A nice blog and a hovercraft fact very well designed I am really impressed to see that with the image as i see that requires a great amount of skill and dedication that has succeeded quite wonderfully.

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sjors073 made it!(author)2013-03-17

Thanks for your comments!


I've made a step by step instructable of it, which you can find here:
https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-RC-Hovercraft/

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camping+crazy made it!(author)2013-03-10

That is awesome!!! Please make it step by step!

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Creeper3465 made it!(author)2013-02-27

This is a awesome project and please just make the building instructions for the main body.

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sjors073 made it!(author)2013-02-25

I could make an step by step instructable of the main building part of the project. For the Arduino part, take a look at nahamancygig's instructable.

https://www.instructables.com/id/Use-a-PS3-Controller-to-control-an-Arduino-NXT-Bot/

This instructable helped me a a lot understanding the communication between PS3 controller, laptop and Arduino. But, he used NXT motors for his bot and I used brushless motors for my project. In my Arduino-code, the Arduino recognizes these motors as servo's. So just write a servo code, as for the rudder, for your brushless motors.

If you have questions about the Arduino part, leave a comment, I will try to answer it. 


So if you want, I can make a step by step guide for just the building part?

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umursengul made it!(author)2013-02-24

Want a step by step please :)

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azharz made it!(author)2013-02-24

Please, Please, Please make an step by step instructable for it.

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Kimbones made it!(author)2013-02-23

Yes. Absolutely make a step by step Instructable.
I personally think that it should be mandatory. :)

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nlaspelotas made it!(author)2013-02-23

Please made a step-by-step guide
It's amazing xD

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Kiteman made it!(author)2013-02-23

"PS: should I make an step by step instructable?"

Absolutely!

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