Picture of Radio Controlled Hovercraft.
This instructable i made in the last 2 months, meanly because of pending orders for parts i needed to get things going. I first started with a prototype made from old cheap rc helicopter parts, wich lead me to make a better working version wich i could control the way i wanted. This instructable is more a guideline and not a building plan, i only wanted to share the way i took to make this work.
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Step 1: Things you need

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I had a bit of a hard time learning what parts i could use and what i needed to cennect them propperly, a good website where i learned most things is (forum) the website itself is a good source for cheap and/or good rc stuff.

Things i used for the body:

Ply of Depron 0.5 cm thick  (plastic/foam like material)
Glue, (make sure to use correct glue when using it on Depron, because it can damage the material)
Hobby knife/stanley knife
Scotch and ductape
Glass fiber cloth (18gr per square meter)
Plastic sheet
Small rc hinges
Tent fabric to make the skirt
Sewing material

Electronic parts i used:

2x 55mm EDF motor (one for hover lift and one for propulsion)
1 Servo (for steering)
Controller and reciever (i bought them as a set)
Esc's to get your motors connected to the reciever
Battery (i use a 7.4v 1000mah battery)
On/off switch

Extra things necessary:
Free time

Note: i dont really have photo's of the parts only this one from my first order.

Step 2: Knowing what to build

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As all things go when making them by yourself it always comes in handy to have some guideline or sketches to have a basic guide to what has to be done. I made a real simple sketch because i already had my plan worked out in my head wich is somewhat difficult to get on paper the right way.
averma231 year ago
what is servo ?
please tell me the site to buy it .....

its a type of motor that it used for moving the rudder or elevator

Bauwser (author)  averma231 year ago
A servo is an electric motor used for steering and in airplanes for the movement of the flaps, you should look at for parts maybe google some info if you are in doubt.

nice can i got on water as well

punit panchal10 months ago
zspina1 year ago
What edf fans did you use? I'm trying to make a hovercraft and have had bad luck choosing fans
Great job!! But I have a couple questions. 1. Where did you end up putting the servo in, is it attached to the EDF motor in the back? 2. Is it possible for you to post a diagram/visual aid of how all of the electronics are wired together? It would be more clear without the Depron in the way :). That would be great, and very helpful! 
Bauwser (author)  TheBradleyJS1 year ago
I made a compartment like a car trunk in the back for the servo, the propulsion EDF is mounted in a bracket i made from some scrap and screwed on top of the servo after wich i tied the EDF on with a tie wrap.

The way i have connected everything is included in the following link/image:
averma231 year ago
hey can we use insulation foam instead of depron ply
Bauwser (author)  averma231 year ago
As long as it will hold it's form anything will do
How much did this project end up costing?
Bauwser (author)  everythinghunt2571 year ago
About 100 to 120 euro's for parts/materials and shipping costs.
debasish171 year ago
great work!! keep going.
the design is so cool!
great project
so basically scale it up, use a small gas engine... and Boom hoverboard ;)
Bauwser (author)  Presentteck1 year ago
Whaha, that would be awesome, something i would really like to have, a hoverboard :P maybe something for the future, i have been thinking about stuff like this, plus i'm a skateboarder so my dream is to ride a hoverboard ever since bttf. I've also been thinking on making a bigger size hovercraft for real, already have a 100cc lawnmower engine lying around. Who knows,
yeah lol, basically you'd be making the bulldog hover board if you kept the fans on the back. you could go over water just fine :D
Also, this song... because hoverboards
Bauwser (author)  Presentteck1 year ago
Nice song, really enjoyed it :P
How much did this project cost you in total? I think that your hovercraft is amazing, and i was thinking of trying to create one similar to yours. Unfortunately i dont have that much money, so i was wondering what the cost of all the materials were.
Bauwser (author)  blazeofkorea1 year ago
The electric parts in total were somewhere around 85 dollars from the hobbyking store, the other stuff like depron, glue, plastic and paint is about 20 dollars worth (bought in local stores), could be less this is a rough estimate. The goal for me was to build it as close to 100 (euro's) in total, with most parts ordered online and in dollar price i was not to far off. The skirt material i had lying around.
Dude that is BEAST!
I gave you a vote good luck :D
Bauwser (author)  FoamboardRC1 year ago
thanks :D
Very constructive and clear tutorial!!
Bauwser (author)  babylonburn1 year ago
Thanks man, i try to do what i can, you know how its like :P
old_alex1 year ago
Radio Controlled, yes it actually is!

The title is tribute to Tesla the real inventor of radio who in 1898 demonstrated a "radio-controlled boat" in Madison Square Garden.
While Radio Wave Controlled Hovercraft is more accurate, what you state is true also.

While wikipedi is not viable source fore term papers it is accurate on this account.

Marconi improved not invented the radio.

Read up on him, he is one of most important scientist of modern time.

Time to jump off the soap box.
Bauwser (author)  old_alex1 year ago
Haha, thanks for the info. I know who Nikola Tesla is, he actually is one of my favorite known persons in history. :-)
ASCAS1 year ago
That's a great build ! Thanks for sharing that wonderful project, helps a lot in inspiring people seeking for a good hovercraft design. Keep it up bro!
Bauwser (author)  ASCAS1 year ago
Thank you for checking it out :D i can only hope to inspire more people.
Bauwser (author) 1 year ago
not a real radio offcourse, but i think you already understand that :P I could have just gone for Rc hovercraft in my title but this was a bit more catchy.
wow i mean this is totally super cool because your making a hovercraft but your powering it by radio super cool and thanks bauwser