This is a radio controlled hovercraft with an all cardboard body, and  plastic skirt. This hovercraft is highly maneuverable, and extremely simplistic in design. Since the design of this hovercraft includes swap-able motors and other electronics, the electronics can be transferred from vehicle to vehicle thus reducing costs. The environmental impact of building this hovercraft is minimal since cardboard (renewable), and plastic (recyclable) are two major aspects of the design. Due to the electric nature of this hovercraft, no Carbon Dioxide emissions are released. 

Step 1: Secure the Supplies

To make this hovercraft, you will need a/an:

1. 18A Brushless ESC(Electronic Speed Control)  (banana connectors/heat sink tubing may be needed)
2.  8.4 gram Servo
3. 37gram 1300 KV Motor
4. Lithium Polymer Battery: 2-3 Cells
5. radio reciever/ transmitter 
6. ~1cm wooden cylinder/rod
7. 8*4 8*3.8 ( 8in diameter propeller, 4 in pitch propeller) 
8. cardboard box
9. tape
10. hot glue
11. plastic bag(zip lock, or any other flat flexible bag that can be sealed)
12. scissors/X-Acto cutting blade
13. clevices, control rods of some kind
The ESC, servo, and motor can be obtained from this link directly. Depending on stock, the battery, receiver and transmitter may be available from this site also.

it's an awesome project
wnq7 months ago

design very smart!

PCfreak2 years ago
video is broken
Pib2 (author)  PCfreak2 years ago
If you're using the Instructables site on a desktop, or laptop, the video should work. If you're using the Instructables App, I have provided a link to view the video
PCfreak Pib22 years ago
ok well it first says that embeding disabled by request , is what i was tryin to say but very cool instructible tho
vj25922 years ago
Can i get further details about this ??
Pib2 (author)  vj25922 years ago
What would you like me to expand on?
Matt4282 years ago
Pib2 (author)  Matt4282 years ago
I value your support.
Awesome job
Pib2 (author)  ayalahighschool2 years ago
Pib2 (author)  Computothought2 years ago
ynze2 years ago
Wow! Wannahavewannamake!
Pib2 (author)  ynze2 years ago
Thanks a lot!
Neat. You may have inspired me to make my own version. If I do I will credit you for the idea.
Pib2 (author)  NightHawkInLight2 years ago
Awesome! I'm just trying to reduce CO2 emissions, and encourage the growth of sustainable, reusable, or recyclable products one view at a time.
Pib2 (author)  PeckLauros2 years ago
check out hobbyking.com for some cheap rc gear
Pib2 (author)  steamjunkprops2 years ago
Thanks for contributing sources.
PeckLauros2 years ago
Well done!
Pib2 (author)  PeckLauros2 years ago
Thank you!
rimar20002 years ago
Pib2 (author)  rimar20002 years ago
rens242 years ago
If you added in an extra servo on another channel you could make it so the fan is directed completely into the piece of cardboard that funnels it into the skirt and then use the servo to open up new slit/hole that would allow for varied forward thrust while still keeping the fan at full power and bag inflated at all times.

I would try to create this to demonstrate, but I don't have all the necessary hardware. It would be cool if you included a link to an affordable Transmitter / RX to go with the kit of the motor, servos, and ESC. Good work though!
Pib2 (author)  rens242 years ago
Here's a link to multiple transmitters. Just Copy and Paste.




You can even check eBay, or amazon
hummm i curious about plastic bag skirt? at bottom part have any air leak?
Pib2 (author)  gungriffonbr2 years ago
Kiteman2 years ago
That's awesome. Shame you disabled embedding on the video, though. 

The balance seems a little off, especially at low speed. Maybe mount the battery pack further forward?
Pib2 (author)  Kiteman2 years ago
I balanced the battery pack so the craft would be tail heavy, because that was the optimum setting for a low turn radius, and good handling. I will try to research your question further, and give you a better answer.