lazza's superwedge hovercraft

 

 

 

Superwedge hull construction

 

 

Partly assembled cockpit   Close up of the stich and glue method
Here is the basic shell of the cockpit made , minus the seat and steering items, i have specifically left these items out for now so that once the basic hull is created i can add the motor and work out what the weight distribution will be and then create the internals of the cockpit accordingly.   As boring as the picture maybe i thought i would add this anyway just to show anyone starting out building a superwedge that the panels prior to fibre glassing get stitched together with wire, (although hard to see in the picture anyway) and to be honest this is a brilliant concept , it saves time and effort and in some cases automatically aligns the plywood edges up. The fiber glassed section you see here is the extension to the length i made so i could fit a subaru engine to it later on.
     
rear corner of the cockpit  

glassed cockpit internalsfront of superwedge cockpit

raer inside view of cockpit fibreglassing

This picture here is a view of the rear of the cockpit, the reason i added this pic is purely cause i can :-) but apart from that its just showing the rear panel that has been "V" grooved with a router and then bent into place, another neat concept as this also saves time and hassles. :-), the masking tape applied to the panel is on the opposite side to the V groove and is there to help prevent the ply splitting to pieces when folded  

All three of these pictures are showing views of the cockpit filleted with epoxy resin and Q cells, and then fiber glassed over the top with epoxy resin and 50mm tape

 

     
Cockpit now with planning panels attached   Rear planning panels
The planning panels are stitched into place here and secured with temporary battens along the top until i fillet and fiberglass them in place, the front panels are yet to be added but that's purely because there is not enough hours in the day and i'll do that tomorrow :-)  

Here is the view of the rear of the hovercraft , the two upright pieces of ply you see there is a jig made from scrap ply to set the planning panels at the right angle for later, if you look closer you can see a row of Eyebolts along the base of the panels, i used these instead of bending 70 odd metal hooks from wire. I will be covering them with resin later when i fillet and fiberglass all internal seams.

 

 

 

More construction pics

 

Updated October 29, 2008