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    Lightbulb Light Hovercraft Company UK

    I ahve a hovercraft built by the "Light Hovercraft Company" UK.

    It has a Rotax 640 thrust engine and a 200cc lift engine.

    I was wondering if anyone has heard of this company or knows anything about it.

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    Default Re: Light Hovercraft Company UK

    After a little research i could only find The Light Hovercraft Co of Australia ref (Janes Surface Skimmers ) sorry i could not help you further.

    Kev
    Freedom One & Freedom TS3 Manufacturer

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    Default Re: Light Hovercraft Company UK

    That was Lindsay Gatward of East Grinstead Sussex. Started in '68 with a foot propelled crinoline skirt craft that enabled you to walk on water. Manufactured and sold several Nigel Beale designs (eg Cyclone) in the early '70s then went on to make a no of innovative self designs. Faded away around 1980? Kip McCullom and Martin Dougall will both tell you much more, they made most of his craft.
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    Default Re: Light Hovercraft Company UK

    Attach a photo and we can let you know more, it will be old, is it still running

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    Default Re: Light Hovercraft Company UK

    Yes Lindsay is still around... He has a couple of vids on YouTube of his latest 'Spirit' Hovercraft.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/Hovercraftltd

    Before that he constructed the Freedom / Phantom 6 - a dual duct integrated craft which ended up with a lift engine. I think it turned up on eBay a couple of years back.

    His website with some interesting pics of his earlier craft from Light Hovercraft Company days including the Phantom 6:

    http://hoverzone.webs.com
    Last edited by Mustang Hovercraft; 7-Aug-10 at 01:58 AM. Reason: typo

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    Smile Re: Light Hovercraft Company UK

    Thanks for the info, it is not going at the moment, it is in storage.

    The thrust engine was overhauled a number of years ago and is still in good condition as it was well oiled on storage.

    I was in the process of converting to a finger skirt, eventually I will get back to it.

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    Default Re: Light Hovercraft Company UK

    i think that craft was called a Fantasy not seen one for a long time, would have been built in the 70s, solo lift engine

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