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Craft was started Mid October 2004, and i achieved my first test hover in one spot on 11th November 2005. The plans were purchased from ASV Australia and i have stuck to the plans up until the stage of mounting a duct, from that point onwards i'm working off the top of my head which could be classed as a scary thought.
So the main items i'm not sticking with in the plans are , Duct, rudders, length, width, steering, fan assembly and the motor
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Latest News : updated on October 29, 2008
Added a FAQ / buyers guide page which is yet to be finished but will add pictures etc as they are availible
Well now that i've been there and done that as far as the hovercraft goes i've decided i need another project. So the hovercraft site is now going to have another area to it devoted to my new project
I went through a moment this month where i got bored at nights so i decided to play with a new gadget i just bought called a MS6115 mains LCD power meter. It measures household electricty usage and out of curiosity i thought i'd check if my monthly power bill was justified. I added my findings to the web just in case someone else went through the same moment of boredom and was wondering how to fill in time hehe. I used to laugh at people that turned things off at the wall cause i just thought they were being tight, but in actual fact i now know it can actually make a bit of a difference. the page with some of my readings is found here
June 22 2007 - Just added a "winter in Alex" section just coz i can
NOTE: Only the last three recent updates will be listed here. Past news can be seen here
Due to the hard nature of finding homemade hovercraft info on the web i would appreciate it if others can link to my web site by adding this code to their web site.
<a href="http://www.hovercraft.geek.nz">Hovercraft construction by lazza</a>
In return if you'd like your web site listed on my links page feel free to email it to me and let me know
A collection of most my hover pictures all on one 3D wall
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Length 3.52m (11`6") + extensions total 4 meters
Width 1.98m (6`5") + extensions total 2.14m
Height 1.30m (4`3")
Total weight without payload (max) 400Kg (881lbs), weighed on 23-Jan 06
Cushion pressure not sure fully about this yet either
Empty hull weight - (no motor or parts, just purely hull and duct) 140kg - weighed on 17th Oct 05
Performance (all these readings may vary from the original plans so they are a guideline for now)
Hover height 230mm (9")
Speed -max 100km/h (i've currently taken as far as 60km/h over water and that's it till i'm more confident in how it performs)
Speed cruise 50km/h
- Static 1 in 6
- Dynamic 1 in 3
Buoyancy not sure, would be more than original plans because i extended and widened the craft
Braking - None, relying on no hangover and good judgment
Hull - Monocoque, Epoxy resin bonded and sealed plywood
Skirt - Extended segment, individually fed, Chip bag on rear material- I'm going to try "polyester Oxford"
Steering - Multi aerofoil balanced rudders controlled by 2 marine push/pull cables
Engine and transmission
Engine - EA82 Subaru (1800cc) 4 cylinder, water cooled
Duct - 950mm diameter double skinned fiber glassed duct with internal reinforcing.
Fan - 9 Bladed Multi-Wing PPG 5ZL blades.
Drive train shaft size - 25mm
Gear ratio - 1.8:1
Fuel capacity - 25 litre plastic marine tank
Cooling system - B14 Nissan Sunny radiator, approximately 400mm by 600mm
*More specs added when available
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