ericw740
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HOVERCRAFT PROPULSION SYSTEM

Postby ericw740 » Thu Nov 15, 2007 11:51 am

I NEED HELP FINDING SOMETHING TO MOVE MY HOVERCRAFT I HAVE A HOVERCRAFT BUT IT DOES NOT MOVE AROUND! IF ANYONE HAS ANY IDEAS PLEASE POST!!!!!!!!!!!
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Postby raytrent » Thu Nov 15, 2007 6:47 pm

Depends on how fancy you want to get, but the typical answer is some variety of fan. I've heard that leaf-blowers are a reasonably affordable option, but really your problem is one of overall power, and any fan big enough to move a reasonable hovercraft is going to be somewhat expensive.

Of course, if you're just playing around with it, you could always use a pole and treat it like a gondola :-).
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Postby megaman » Thu Nov 15, 2007 8:49 pm

the problem with leaf blowers is that you would need at least 2 to propel a hovercraft. also what type of surface are you going to be using this on

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Postby zzzzdoc » Fri Nov 16, 2007 8:58 am

Mythbusters built a few, I believe with old vacuum cleaner motors and leaf blowers. Worked fine on smooth concrete in the shop, not as well on sand.

Try a vacuum cleaner repair shop. Might get a few motors very cheaply.
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ericw740
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Postby ericw740 » Sun Nov 18, 2007 12:31 pm

i already have a leaf blower but that just makes it hover i need something that will make it move around
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Postby zzzzdoc » Sun Nov 18, 2007 2:02 pm

ericw740 wrote:i already have a leaf blower but that just makes it hover i need something that will make it move around

Point a second one horizontally.

A repeat of that Mythbusters was just on. It will probably be repeated sometime this week. I saw three leaf blowers on one of their designs.
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ericw740
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Postby ericw740 » Sun Nov 18, 2007 2:04 pm

thanks! :wink: :D :) :shock:
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