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    Default Re: Building my own hovercraft

    Ashwin I started with the clubs plans on the Challenger. If I had to do it all again I would still start with the Challenger, its wooden and fast to build. It floats and has a small engine and fan.

    From there you would have learnt enough to build any other craft if you really want to take it further.

    That's my suggestion.
    In the beginning there was the Cube; I know where is came from and it has the power to create Hover life. But with great power comes great Fun.

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    Default Re: Building my own hovercraft

    For thrust and lift requirements, take a look at these:

    http://www.hovercraft.org.uk/showthread.php?t=18870

    http://www.hovercraft.org.uk/showthread.php?t=18869

    http://www.hovercraft.org.uk/showthread.php?t=18868

    Design of a hovercraft starts with a guess at the all-up weight. Divide this by the skirt area, and the resulting pressure should be in the region of 10 to 15 lbf/ft^2. Then make sure the weight does not exceed the initial value as the design proceeds and you firm up on things, its an iterative process, so create a spreadsheet to keep track of it.

    Ian
    Ian Brooks
    Gloucester, UK
    http://www.hoverclub.org.uk

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