two seater hovercraft?

I am a student in need. What would be a  simple two seater hovercraft taht i could build for my engineering class?

Asked by 10jw652 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago

How to make the perfect hull for a hovercraft and how to attach the skirt on it?

Hey guys m plannin to make a hovercraft for my college project...just needed some help regarding the hull construction...i have read many designs and i m conused..can u suggest me the best one????

Asked by judopriest 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago

taken hovercraft as final year project need some strong data plz help reply

I am final year engineering student .i have taken hovercraft as my project & m planning to built a hovercraft with thrust & lift fan that can carry a load of around 250 lbs .can anyone help me with details about how much power engine will be needed help plz

Asked by horriss 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago

do u think high school students can build a hovercraft?

Asked by holrob11 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago

how can i get a pdf of an ible' without premium?

I'm trying to get the pdf to this ible': i'm in 6th grade and want to present this as my physics final project showing newton's laws and fluid dynamics. can anyone help?

Asked by brunodiaz20 3 years ago | last reply 3 years ago

Pickle Boat with 49cc motor?

Making a pickle boat for the kid.  Boat is made out of PVC and 55 gallon plastic barrel.  I've got a 49cc two stroke engine laying around I want to throw on it.  It's one of those motors that come off a pocket bike or stand up gas scooter. Anyhow, any thoughts on how to use it. I'd like to do a direct drive propulsion setup but I don't know what size propeller I would use. I could make a trolling motor out of it but I don't imagine it would work to well without stalling the motor.  I'm sure it would rust out as well.  So my questions...... 49cc two stroke motor, what size prop do I use for a propulsion (fan) like setup? If I put it under water, what size prop do I use for that?   Links would be amazing.  Thanks guys!

Asked by svince1884 2 years ago | last reply 2 years ago

How much pressure is in Hovercraft skirt? Answered

I am working on building a 10 hp hovercraft similar to the one published on 10 hp hovercraft. But i wanted to build it from scratch. could I use 2 tractor tires cut and glued back together.

Asked by rocketman20 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago

how does a Cardboard Hovercraft: powered by you work?

What is the science behind it

Asked by littlemangen 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago

Seven Hovercraft!

Hmm, seven different (but similar) hovercraft projects have been posted with a very short time.I wonder if somebody is using the site to document their science projects and get them judged by a wider audience?Why on earth did I not think of that??

Posted by Kiteman 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago

What is the difference between a hovercraft lift fan and a hovercraft propulsion fan? Answered

 I'm researching to build a hovercraft, and I am not sure what the difference is between a propulsion fan and lift fan.  I can find a hovercraft propulsion fan that requires 19 hp, but an engine like that is too expensive. The hovercraft lift fan only requires 11.9 hp, and I can afford an engine like that. So I was wondering if I could just use the lift fan as a propulsion fan, if I ever decide to build a hovercraft. I understand the difference in the fans' functions, but what is the difference in the fan itself? is it a different size, pitch or shape? ...All I really want to know is if I could replace the 'propulsion fan' with the 'lift fan'

Asked by frankenboom 9 years ago | last reply 7 years ago

how to make a simple autonomous hovercraft?

Please tel me how to make a simple autonomous hovercraft using a microcontroller.please tel me the steps in detail if possible.

Asked by oye 9 years ago | last reply 2 years ago

How does a hovercraft skirt work? Answered

I know that it traps the air underneath until the pressure is enough to lift. But does the lift engine push air into the skirt? and are there holes in the skirt on the inside for the air to be pushed out?

Asked by rocketman20 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago

Hoverchairs for floating senior citizens

Hovercrafts are great ways to reuse a leaf blower or shopvac for goofing off. Now some folks in Japan are using the same idea to float senior citizens around. These chairs designed at Japan's Kobe Gakuin University can lift up to 330 pounds. The next step is to find someone who can manufacture them so we can get everyone floating along, softly bumping off each other. Related: Hovercraft Autonomous, Wirelessly Controlled Hovercraft Simple Rideable Hovercraft Link

Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago

Quiet Hovercraft?

Long-time lurker, first-time poster. I very much enjoy this community of happily-twisted imagineers & feel strangely at home when I visit. Been toying with an idea & need some outside-the-box thinkers. One primary issue with recreational hovercraft design is propellor noise. Could a blade-free ("Dyson-ring") fan design be adapted to a hovercraft application? By ducting the required volume & pressure of air into the ring the primary source of noise is...gone. Safety would be vastly improved, eliminating the need (and weight) for protective screening. Fewer mechanical parts also means the craft becomes cheaper/lighter.  And if, rather than one large ring, two smaller rings were swivel-mounted they could further simplify the steering (directional thrust) and give the hovercraft another very unique feature. By quickly counter-reversing the two rings 180 degrees, the hovercraft would have BRAKES! I've never seen a recreational hovercraft with the ability to stop quickly (with the obvious exception of crashing into a large, heavy object!). All input is appreciated. Thanks very much!       

Posted by Ghost Tracker 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago

Where can I find cheap/free fan blades for my hovercraft?

I have lots of motors; I am just looking for 10-20" fans for my r/c hovercraft. Metal would be preferable, but plastic should be ok (I'll be operating them at around 3,000 rpm). I don't need the expensive high-efficiency low noise blades they sell for hundreds of dollars, just something cheap to lift my 4x2' hovercraft. If anyone knows where I can find some, I would be very appreciative.

Asked by Hexadecimator 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago

Where can i get a 5 hp (or more powerful) motor ? Answered

Im looking for a 5 hp or more engine, for a large hovercraft project. It doesn't really matter how many rpm's, as long as it runs. no more than 10 hp. hopefully under 150 bucks, it's okay if it's used. if a large fan for any reason is included, that would be absolutely perfect.

Asked by frankenboom 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago

anyone in the LA area interested in kitebuggying this weekend?

So, some friends and I have built two racing kitebuggies, a kite-powered hovercraft and sewn a couple kites. We're going out to the mojave desert this saturday to play with em. We'd like to get more people into building their own kites and various kite-powered vehicles, and if you're in the LA area, we'd love for you to come along. If you've never kitesurfed/buggied/etc before, no worries, we'll teach you. It's a lot of fun, and I hope you can make it.We're going to El Mirage dry lakebed, about an hour and a half east of LA and meeting up there around 2pm saturday. mapHere's one of the buggies we're taking with uspictures from the last time we went outthe hoverproa, the wierd outrigger sailing hovercraft we're takingcall me at 919.609.8744 or email if you want more info.

Posted by prank 11 years ago | last reply 6 years ago

mentors for robots hovercrafting and knex

Need mentors for the topics above (over the internet plz)

Posted by grayecastle 10 years ago

Flying hovercraft!

Bungee jumping, kite-boarding... Why do all the extremest sports seem to come from New Zealand? The lightweight, canvas-covered wings are attached to the craft with what he calls a "Jesus pin". "If that comes out, you see Jesus," he said. Because the hovercraft is not classed as an aircraft under New Zealand aviation laws, the operator does not require a pilot's licence. Daily Telegraph.  

Posted by Kiteman 8 years ago

hovercraft parts

Me and my bro along with some other people are building a hovercraft made for 7 and will be used as an airsoft soldier carrier how do I make a steering device and how does the skirt work p.s we havnt started yet

Posted by grayecastle 10 years ago



Posted by ahmad5204 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago

Is it possible to have two trust fans on a hovercraft ? Answered

I am designing a hovercraft similar to the instructable " 10hp hovercraft ", but competly from scratch. Finding a blade big enough is becoming a problem. I had the idea of useing the 13 horse motor and pullies to power two 20" fans from a box fan. The fans power is also cut 1/3 from trust to lift. So my question is it powerfull enough to lift 250 pounds.

Asked by rocketman20 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago

Coanda effect VTOL or "hovercraft" - making a working model

I am currently working on the design of an impeller driven lifting device utilising the Coanda effect. My 3D printer is of course a great help here but only useful to test the vacuum cleaner assembly that I salvaged for the motor and impeller part. So far it is just I am interesting to see myself instead of reading it on the net but I was wondering if any RC model makers out here would be interested too? I have no clue about the available brushless motors and controllers or how much extra weight for electronics, batteries and so on but could provide the 3D files and design tips if anyone would dare to create a working RC model. Unlike all the designs on Youtube no propeller is used for the lift! Those designs might still use the Coanda effect, or better adjust it's airflow, for the steering but the actual lift comes from a prop. An impeller as used in vacuum cleaner does not provide lift and is more the "real deal". The last real world project that I know of was the Avrocar that was tested during the cold war but never made it into production. Just though it might be an interesting project to build your own "flying saucer" :)

Posted by Downunder35m 3 years ago

Will you have to create holes in the lift fan, if purchased??

On a hovercraft will I have to create holes in the lift fan, if purchased

Asked by 9 years ago

Will i have any problems building this HOVERCRAFT MODEL at 1/2 of his scale( aka use half the measurements he uses)? Answered

I really want to build a hovercraft model. Id design my own but i know id run into center of gravity issues. Id build this one but it is too large for my likeing and storage. Would it work at 1/2 his measurements. I realize i would need to use a different size motor and prop for the duct. I would probably use the same size motor but half sized prop for propulsion because me gusta( i like) fast.

Asked by zigzagchris 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago

What to do with my vacuum motors?

Well here's the deal.  I have 3 working vacuum motors in my basement, waiting to be used for a project. I was all set to build a kick ass hovercraft, but then I realized 2 of the 3 motors are 240v :( I will probably still try to use the one (120v) to make a hovercraft, but I'm really not sure what I could do with the other two.  I'm assuming they wouldn't work well as generators...since they seem to spin at such high RPM.  I'm pretty new to this stuff but I feel like there must be something cool I can do with the motors.  (They are all Ametek motors. The one is a 120v which I successfully wired up and ran off of my outlet. The other two are 240v (50-60 Hz).    Thank you for any help/suggestions.

Asked by pkb4112 7 years ago

Best material for an rc car body? Answered

I bought a nice futaba controller set from Hobby Town USA and built a RC Hovercraft with it. It was a failure, so I took it apart. I now would like to tackle something easier, like an RC Car. There is less worry about weight on one of these, like there is on a hovercraft. What would be the best material to use to build the frame? I was thinking PVC, but I'm no expert. Thanks!

Asked by kcls 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago

flying steamers

Helicopters, planes, hovercrafts, harriers, jumpers are all for here. lets see e'm all.

Posted by paper clip man 11 years ago | last reply 9 years ago

Next Full size craft

So who else has got a full size hovercraft in the works?

Posted by Doug Costlow 11 years ago | last reply 10 years ago

What should I use for a hovercraft fan?

I have all the necessary building materials (wood, plastic tarp, foam, etc...) as well as a 22 hp engine and a weed whacker engine (both gasoline). I'm having trouble figuring out what i need in terms of a lifting fan. I've determined that i need something that can provide at least 4000cfm. I've looked at industrial shop fans 20+ inches in diameter which seem to provide enough airflow to work, but I've never seen them used in my research. Can anyone help?

Asked by Transience 9 years ago | last reply 5 years ago

Take apart vacuum, see powerful motor, wat do?

So I took apart my old vacuum today and took out the motor with the impeller and everything. I put it into a housing and made a little jet car by strapping it to a skate board, which worked pretty well. I got bored the second I figured out it couldn't push me though. XD Now, I'm just wondering what to do with it. I was thinking maybe a hovercraft, but I don't have a second motor to use for propulsion. (plus, I don't think it would be as fun as one without cords to have to drag around.) So my question is... what should I do with it now? As of now, it doesn't really have a use other than looking and sounding awesome.

Asked by tylervitale 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago

Potential $5 RC Hovercraft

Hey y'all, I was bored, so I made this RC hovercraft, kinda like a Tiny Whoov, from the guts of a $5 RC helicopter (sold at most FiveBelows). The idea is that a hovercraft is more fun than a cruddy helicopter, in addition to being a fun and easy DIY project for the weekend. It could be a nice gift to a kid. My first concern was that the motors would not provide enough power to get the thing moving. They give more than enough power, and this thing can MOVE. My second concern is that the differential thrust steering system (one motor turns faster than the other, steering the hovercraft) would not be effective enough. This is still a problem that I don't have the enthusiasm or time to solve anymore. Maybe someone could figure out how to reprogram the FC board to have more differential thrust (is that possible?), or somehow configure a servo or actuator without raising the cost of materials too much. Anyway, here's the concept, go have fun with it.Supplies:Foam platesHot glue$5 RC helicopter with 2 motors and receiver (LED optional, but really cool)Connector (the battery might be soldered directly to the FC board, so this will make it easier to fiddle with)Soldering iron (not %100 necessary, but it can come in handy)Propellers (see design notes)Design notes:Notice how the underside of the hull is curved and smooth. I used propellers from a Blade Inductrix FPV Pro, but any micro quad propellers should work. Notice the nice little compartment under the FC board where you can stick a battery without the need for Velcro or glue. This would be a very easy FPV mod, but that would add about $20 to the cost.

Posted by Thorondor95 8 months ago

how to make a wire less remote control?

I want to make a wire less remote control for my an aircraft and for hovercraft... 

Asked by duedsi 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago

Regulations on a ground effect vehicle (Australia)? Answered

A while ago, I came across the work of guy in New Zealand who had made a hovercraft that could also fly like a ground effect vehicle. (See it here) And it got me wondering..... What kind of regulations are placed on a vehicle like this? Say I (while in Australia) built a similar craft to his, only smaller, lighter, and a single seater. Well, firstly, I'd like to know if it's legal or not. I'm assuming it would be, but with certain conditions, so; What licensing (if any) would be needed for it/me? And what regulations must it/I follow? Here's what I've taken in so far, although I don't know for sure that it's accurate/true: It's legal, as long as it does not exceed a certain weight, number of occupants, noise level, etc  I'm allowed to fly it as long as it is not able to get over a certain height (a couple of metres) It's a wing in ground vehicle, so it falls under the same category as boats, so the same regulations apply. Does that mean I'm not allowed to use it over land....? It'd be helpful if you could just point me in the direction of answers somewhere else, even Thanks 

Asked by .Unknown. 7 years ago | last reply 6 weeks ago

Remote control Sensor?

Hey I am doing A2 level engineering at college and for my coursework i have upgraded my last years project which is a remote control hovercraft i have upgraded my motors and layout etc etc but we require more electronics this year. i an wanting to know how i could possibly mount 2 sensors at the front so that i can make the hovercraft run by itself and if it approaches an object it turns away from it. i would like that to be a sub system itself so i can turn it on and off for when i want to use the remote control. how can i do this? thanks

Posted by The Burn Crew 11 years ago

What is a good but cheap rc transmitter and reciver??

I am planing on building a rc hovercraft and I dont know type of rc transmitter and reciver i shood get. I only have of $100-$150 so it need to be a good one but cheap.  

Asked by paul1256 7 years ago | last reply 6 years ago

How much thrust usally does a 9 inch fan give out ? Answered

How much thrust does a 9 inch fan give out? Also how about a 1.5 feet R/C helicopter. How much horsepower is required to lift a human. How much thrust. If you had a 100lb man and had 101lb thrust how far up in the air would the 100lb person go. Sorry really dont want to do the calculations right now.

Asked by planetroverrobo 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago

atmega powered autonomous tank

I want to make an atmega powered autonomous tank but i dont know what atmega i need to use i need it to be able to process video give me a video feed from anywhere cost less than $150 and use an rc hovercraft that i have

Posted by taterkiller 8 years ago | last reply 4 years ago

need ideas for an invention for school invention convention

Last year for the invention convention i made a hovercraft and everyone was really impressed and now this year i don't know what to do i need to keep up my reputation i just need a good idea.

Posted by Tanners 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago

spy aircraft

Is there a RC plane or aircraft, (like helicopters or hovercrafts) that can carry a camera and drop a payload. This would be great for pranks or dropping weapons for allies in an airsoft war, maybe even shoot airsoft bb's, that would be awesome. If you know how to make at least the first two or know a product that can do that tell me.

Posted by TheInventor1997 8 years ago | last reply 7 years ago

where can i find instructions on building a working hoverboard?

I dont mean a hovercraft, i mean a skateboard-like thing that actually hovers above the ground. i dont have a lot of money..... so i cant make one that is like a hundred bucks. i would also like for it to be simple and easy and compact.

Asked by chucytbear 9 years ago | last reply 7 years ago


I am currently building an RC hovercraft, I plan to use a single 12 volt 2.1 amp hr lead acid battery to feed both the lift fan for the skirt and the power motor for the drive. However the fan for the skirt is 12v 0.3 amps. How can I reduce the feed to the required amperage with out affecting the other feed from the same battery that will power the drive

Posted by Seafarer77 3 years ago | last reply 3 years ago

Any ideas for what to do with an old vacuum cleaner?

OK, my wife bought a new vacuum cleaner today and I assumed that meant that she would like me to create something out of our old one. Doe s anyone have any good ideas besides a hovercraft? Keep it simple, because I'm a beginner. Maybe a jetpack or something? Seriously though there must be something interesting that can be made from all those parts.

Asked by phredrik 9 years ago | last reply 8 years ago

Power Tool Corded to Cordless

Hi 'nstructables I'm building a hovercraft (see several tutorials on Instructables - the one with a leaf blower) and my leaf blower is corded. I don't want to buy 25 miles of Black and Decker High Power Extension Cabling so I'm planning to convert to cordless. Here's my idea: (in visual) Is there anything I need to add? And if so, how do I make the "12VDC-240VAC" inverter described? My blower is 1600 watt. Thanks for any help! (Black and Decker)

Posted by nitrojon 1 year ago | last reply 1 year ago

Call for Makers - Greenbrae Mini Maker Faire in Greenbrae, CA

The Call for Makers is open for Greenbrae Mini Maker Faire! The event is Saturday, Sept 13, 2014 at Bon Air Center in Greenbrae, Marin County, CA. At the inaugural Greenbrae Mini Maker Faire in 2013 projects included a flight simulator, a hovercraft, coding classes, gardeners, robots, 3D printing, electroluminescent clothing, knitting, and alien mechanical sculpture. For 2014, we’ll be featuring more projects and connecting more Makers with a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and imagination, celebrating the Maker in all of us. We want you to have fun, be surprised and delighted, try something new, and leave inspired!

Posted by vkbonair 4 years ago

Mini Maker Faire Kerkrade: masynmachien reports

Finally some time to do a short report on the Mini Maker Faire in Kerkrade last weekend: It was realy great. Two days of fun at the Continium. Being a hands-on science museum, it is a great location for a Maker Faire. The Maker Faire was very well organised. I'm sure it was not only because of the bad weather that we had so many visitors. The people showed real interest and were very inquisitive.  Mgossye and me build 30 hovercrafts with visting kids and adults. We where actually a bit overwhelmed by the succes. It was great to see other makers and their work and catch up with other Ibles members (emilyvanleemput, janw, IamWe, ynze). I must admit however that for me a high point was a "fan" coming up to me, saying: "Are you masynmachien? I love your blimp projects on Instructables!" :-)

Posted by masynmachien 5 years ago | last reply 5 years ago

Contest criterias

I tried to post this earlier but either something went went wrong or I was too blonde to find it, so if i is adouble plese ignoreand delete! My intention was to enter the Make it Glow contest with a better and more complete version of my forever Light. But after checking some entries I decided against it. There are a lot of totally unrelated entries in the contest and I fail to see the point in entering if obviously noone cares about what goes into a contest. For example a hovercraft, cordless screwdriver, fingerprint scanners, remote controlled robots, space doors or cmputer controlled flower pots..... I though the reason for a contest would be to have stuff in there that fits th contest.... I know some standards are not that high but isn't it a bit too low to allow totally unrelated entries into a contest??? Me, I simply don't see how a contest can be fair if the entry rules are already being completely ignored and obviously noone here cares to remove those entries... For that simple reason I won't support a contest with my entry.

Posted by Downunder35m 3 years ago | last reply 3 years ago

Ask a Scientist Special Event: Phat Tuesday Physics Circus

Come join ringmaster Zeke Kossover and his crew of sensational sideshow scientists as they (and YOU) perform dazzling demonstrations that illustrate physical principles! Watch, and listen, as sound shatters a wine glass! Ride a hovercraft! Turn on an electric pickle! Try to look at invisible glass! Witness the stopping of time! (Ok, not time exactly, but the hands of a watch.) Zeke and his crew will astound, amaze and explain, every step of the way. Can you think of a more appropriate way to celebrate Mardi Gras, than sledgehammering a bed of nails into the chest of a physics teacher from New Orleans? I sure can't!RINGMASTER: Zeke Kossover, physics teacher at Jewish Community High School of the Bay.THE CREW: Tucker Hiatt, physics teacher at The Branson School and director of Wonderfest; Leif Steinhour, Constructor, One Off Shoppe.WHEN: Tuesday, February 5th, 7:00 pm WHERE: Axis Cafe, 1201 8th Street (btw. 16th & Irwin) Ask a Scientist recommends that you come early to make sure that you get a good view.

Posted by noahw 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago

Group : Collection of Instructables for class-room and teaching purposes ...

Hi !I created a group that seems not to have been ever created here yet."Class-Room" group.The main purpose of this group is to make a collection of every instructables that may be useful for school teaching, and that may be reproduced by pupils or students as science-fair or class-room projects ...Please, add your Instructables if they fit this description._Biology :"Be a Scientist : map your skin"Chemistry :"Carbonating""Kitchen laboratory II : The CO2 trap""Make crystal clear ice !""Make Rheopectic slime in less than 15 minutes !""Shelling a raw egg !""Sodium Acetate"Investigations :"Amazing Kite For Under $5""How to make Playdough (Play-doh)""Oobleck""Pop-Up 3D words and messages !""The Huffin' Hoopster""The Improved CD Hovercraft."Physics : Electricity & Electrostatics :"Build an Electrostatics Motor""Jacob's Ladder Sculpture from found materials""Kelvin's Thunderstorm : Create lightning from water""Paper Resistor"Physics : Instruments & Measures :"Be a Scientist : Make your own force-meter.""Be a Scientist : Make your own thermometer"Physics : Magnetism :"A simple mechanical resonance demonstrator""Diamagnetic Levitation Experiment"Physics : Optics :"Naff Movie into _DVD-Spectra_""Optical Water-Prism"Physics : Sound :"How to measure the speed of sound ...""Mechanica Wave Driver for Chladni Plate"

Posted by chooseausername 11 years ago | last reply 11 years ago