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bufo - n/a
3-Feb-07, 08:06 PM
<font size="3">Introduction[/COLOR]



As promissed I am opening new topic where complete work of creating BUFO Ha W - organic deisigned hovercraft will be presented.



As I said in one post before in other topic, there are no secrets only hard work and so called know-how - to know how to do/create something from ''zero point'', and I would like to share with you the wonderfull work we spend on creating BUFO with my excelent team of skiled workers. And have in mind... as long as you learn from us... is very logical.. http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_rolleyes.gif... we are step ahead http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_biggrin.gif



I belive some of you hovercrafters / hovercraft builders will find some good and usefull information about hovercraft construction, and I am glad about that.



Since I have lot of other work and realy huge number of pictures of the complete work (step by step), I will make posts in this topic several times a week, depends on free time I will have so please be patient.



Also take time and rank this topic in Poll.



On my first post I would like to intruduce our construction team.



http://www.bufocraft.net/HCGB/team1.JPG

From the left... Bojan - he is master of theater arts... he is very mad if you say him he look old and not sirius http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_biggrin.gif

He was a speed way racer and ski jumper when he was yung... He decited he will race with BUFO Ha W on championship class ROTAX, so we make one for the racing team http://www.mad-hovercraft.si/BUFO_racing_team_hovercraft_mad (www.mad-hovercraft.si/BUFO_racing_team_hovercraft_mad-bufo_hovercraft.htm) -bufo_hovercraft.htm , so we have the craft, we have the crazy pilot, only need to find sponsor to buy us an engine (if we don't find one, we will buy one by our selves). Hope to meet some of you soon on the race fields...

In the middle... Charly... he is expert for detail works, composites, metals, etc... When I say detail works... here are close up fotos of his composite long bows that he produce http://www.mad-hovercraft.si/charly/closeups/index.html (www.mad-hovercraft.si/charly/closeups/index.html) -everything is hand work and costume made.

On the right... Domen... he manufactures power boats, and is very helpfull guy and cam cad designer, see his boat in action at link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9b5aTGIFn84&mode=user&amp (www.youtube.com/watch?v=9b5aTGIFn84&mode=user&search=) ;amp ;search=



http://www.bufocraft.net/HCGB/team2.JPG

On the left... Anze... he is the best man by hart you can meet in your life and he supports crazy guys like we are. He is the owner of large workshop facilite and he is always ready to give us a help at making our project real.

In the middle - thats me, with my wife on the left and BUFO model at bottom, but we are not there yet...

There is also several other people, that will be introduced later...



For the first posting that would be it...



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bufo - n/a
4-Feb-07, 06:52 AM
We had the idea of BUFO for several years, but problem was, there was no money to make it real...



If you want to create something like BUFO there is only 4 thinkgs you need...



- money

- a lot of time

- skilled team with know how to work

- wish to make something



by some coincidence money fell from the sky http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_cool.gif, and money was the only thing that was missing to make BUFO real...



The work started with the resarch of frogs and determinating the final shape of BUFO...



http://www.bufocraft.net/HCGB/1st_step_hovercraft_model/a.JPG

and very soon after the start we had the designe...

http://www.bufocraft.net/HCGB/1st_step_hovercraft_model/f.JPG



Complete gallerie you find at http://www.bufocraft.net/HCGB/1st_step_hovercraft_model (www.bufocraft.net/HCGB/1st_step_hovercraft_model)



There is small difference between final product and clay model, because from the first we plan to make BUFO moulds from the silicone... so we would not have angle limitation in design, after calculating the costs, silicon molding would be TOOOO expensive... so we decided to be more careful with real model in angles, and make classic moulds...



First part of designe research was done, but the major work was ahead...



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Russ Pullen - n/a
4-Feb-07, 10:44 AM
Goos to see that you'res sponsored by BEER - "Helping people everywhere come up with crazy ideas for 100 years...." http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_smile.gif

kach22i - n/a
5-Feb-07, 01:02 PM
Goos to see that you'res sponsored by BEER - "Helping people everywhere come up with crazy ideas for 100 years...." http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_smile.gif


I'll drink to that. http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_biggrin.gif

bufo - n/a
6-Feb-07, 07:19 PM
The duct...



Duct was the first thing I had to made...



I got help for duct designe from my Italian frineds from Italian hovercraft club. Guys made me drawings of how duct should be, and I was the creator http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_smile.gif



Work started...

http://www.bufocraft.net/HCGB/2nd_step_hovercraft_duct_part1/hovercraft_duct_model%20(6).JPG



And duct was getting more and more duct shape http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_smile.gif

http://www.bufocraft.net/HCGB/2nd_step_hovercraft_duct_part1/hovercraft_duct_model%20(15).JPG



See the complete work at gallerie... http://www.bufocraft.net/HCGB/2nd_step_hovercraft_duct_part1 (http://www.bufocraft.net/HCGB/2nd_step_hovercraft_duct_part1/) /



But this is only the start... part two is comming up, as soon as I manage to edit photos from my huge archive...



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bufo - n/a
10-Feb-07, 06:35 PM
Modelating duct Part 2



Filling and sanding part...the one I hate the most...



Anyway, comparing to filling and sanding BUFO model, this part was pics of cake... and very soon, moulds were done and Bojan was ready to jocke about in his style... http://hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/smiley_icons/icon_smile.gif with first products produced in new moulds...

http://www.bufocraft.net/HCGB/2nd_step_hovercraft_duct_part2/hovercraft_duct_o.JPG



Complete picture galery of making duct moulds you will find at link http://www.bufocraft.net/HCGB/2nd_step_hovercraft_duct_part2 (http://www.bufocraft.net/HCGB/2nd_step_hovercraft_duct_part2/index.html) /index.html



After duct was done, work with BUFO model started...



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bufo - n/a
18-Feb-07, 04:39 PM
And fotos of first BUFO duct with flow stragithors.



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Pictures are taken during istalation, so on fotos duct is not finished yet...