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Radio Controlled Cardboard Hovercraft

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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. 
 
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Step 1: Secure the Supplies

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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.

http://www.hobbypartz.com/60p-dy-1006.html
PCfreak1 year ago
video is broken
Pib2 (author)  PCfreak1 year 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 Pib21 year ago
ok well it first says that embeding disabled by request , is what i was tryin to say but very cool instructible tho
vj25921 year ago
Can i get further details about this ??
Pib2 (author)  vj25921 year ago
What would you like me to expand on?
Matt4281 year ago
NICE JOB!!
Pib2 (author)  Matt4281 year ago
I value your support.
Awesome job
Pib2 (author)  ayalahighschool1 year ago
Thanks
Cool.
Pib2 (author)  Computothought1 year ago
Thanks
ynze1 year ago
Wow! Wannahavewannamake!
Pib2 (author)  ynze1 year 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)  NightHawkInLight1 year 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.
+1
Pib2 (author)  PeckLauros1 year ago
Thanks!
check out hobbyking.com for some cheap rc gear
Pib2 (author)  steamjunkprops1 year ago
Thanks for contributing sources.
PeckLauros1 year ago
Well done!
Pib2 (author)  PeckLauros1 year ago
Thank you!
rimar20001 year ago
Beautiful!
Pib2 (author)  rimar20001 year ago
Thanks!
rens241 year 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)  rens241 year ago
Here's a link to multiple transmitters. Just Copy and Paste.

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__9042__Hobby_King_2_4Ghz_6Ch_Tx_Rx_V2_Mode_2_.html

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__16239__HobbyKing_HK6S_2_4Ghz_FHSS_6Ch_Tx_Rx_Mode_2_.html

http://www.nitroplanes.com/79p-th9x-r9b-9channel-radio.html

You can even check eBay, or amazon
hummm i curious about plastic bag skirt? at bottom part have any air leak?
Pib2 (author)  gungriffonbr1 year ago
Yes!
Kiteman1 year 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)  Kiteman1 year 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.