View Full Version : YIPEEEEE she hovers!

srn4 - n/a
14-Apr-06, 11:31 PM
After 13 months of working away in my over crowded garage I finaly got my heap of wood, plastic and magic spelotape to hover http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_biggrin.gif

Just got it into hover and pushed it down the drive and then flew back into the garage...Nothing major went wrong, I am so chuffed that it actualy worked!!

Now all I have to do is finish the trailer and do some more trials in an open space before I come and take part in some proper cruising http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_lol.gif

I have attached some photos if anyone is interested.


(Note the newly rounded fanguard....cant remember who mentioned it should be like that)

dazling - n/a
15-Apr-06, 09:26 AM
well done duncan , its looking good too , glad to see you completed it now , cant wait for the trails so you can start to enjoy it , all the hard work does pay off then


hoverchaps - n/a
15-Apr-06, 02:53 PM
Why have you used plummer blocks to support the top shaft? they will take the down load but not the end load. That is why we use a taperd bearing in a hub, hope this helps and saves a long float.

Ian Brooks - n/a
15-Apr-06, 03:14 PM
Congratulations and well done! It is looking good.


jon_curtis - n/a
17-Apr-06, 04:57 PM
does look good!

you need some more guard mounts and a guard over

that top pulley tho! but looks pucker!

Mart366 - n/a
17-Apr-06, 09:06 PM

how are you cooling your rad?? have you got an electric fan force cooling?? kenlow or similar??

as you wont have enough forward flow, you will need to augment the rad.


KerrinRees - n/a
17-Apr-06, 09:22 PM
Hi Dunc,

Looks brilliant, congrats.

You using that poly-fastener? - skirt attachment looks really neat. I've just got delivery of 100 feet of black PR900 from my sis in the states. If you are using it: how easy is it to attach? We can't use screws, just glue. Any help appreciated.

Well done again, your website keeps our enthusiasm up when it all looks to be going pear shaped here (we're quite a bit behind you).



srn4 - n/a
18-Apr-06, 10:10 AM
Thanks for the kind words everyone, its quite hard to stand back and be totaly hapy with something you have made because you can see all the faults because you know where to look! http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_rolleyes.gif http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_biggrin.gif

Firstly, I will be adding a lot more guard mounts and an upper pulley guard now I know that everything works ok.

Secondly, I am also concerned about the radiator overheating and am therefore going to buy myself some kind of car radiator fan and fit that to force air across the radiator. (The engine cover does help to force air into the rad by channeling the air through the radiator into the main fan, but this proberably wont be enough)

And yes, I am using the polyfastner from the USA. It went on quite well, but only time will tell how strong it is going to be! I screwed mine inplace with 1" stainless self tapping countersunk screws. If you whack them in with some force they will pull themselves into the plastic and not stick out. I also used a 3M marine grade glue and sealant which I am pretty sure would stick a fully grown adult to the ceiling perminantly! (Volunteers welcome http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_cool.gif )

Thanks again for your support. Hope to finaly meet some of you at an event! http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_confused.gif


Mart366 - n/a
18-Apr-06, 07:44 PM

buy a kenlowe electric fan, they come in two varietys (sp) one is a vanilla perminantly on type, the other is a temp switched style.

they can be mounted very easily and can by mounting infront of the rad, set to push air through the rad, or behind, to pull air through, (or is that the other way.) failing that nip down the sc**ppy ang get an electric one from a car, you can attach it to the rad, by cable ties through the fins and mount holes (s thats all kenlowe do)