An aluminium space-frame hovercraft
Follow the progress (or often the lack of it) as I try and build my first full size hovercraft from aluminium,
then race it in the HCGB National Hovercraft Championship.
as power tools burn
Wince at the quality of the welding!
Laugh as parts are made then remade!
Gasp in awe at the amount of scrap material generated!
Feel pity as the temperature plummets, but work carries on
in a freezing cold garage!
Cry as the months turn into years!
Marvel as it finally comes together…
(More pictures will be added as I find them)
Introduction - the boring bit
|October 2003 – welding the floor panel|
December 2002 – the space frame
|November 2003 – fan frame and air holes|
|January 2003 – adding the deck panels||December 2003 – engine frame, back to the fan frame|
|February 2003 – the hull takes shape||January
flow straighteners, skirt fixing strips
and the bearing platform
March 2003 – the winch and the RD200
|February 2004 – more engine frame|
|April 2003 – the TZRs arrive||March 2004
handles, twin rudders,
remaking the engine frame and the trailer
||May 2003 – seeing my first hovercraft race||April 2004 - bracing struts and splitter plate|
June 2003 – aluminium welding
|May 2004 -
pod, fuel tank + seat, steering,
starter cup, exhausts - a busy month
July 2003 – welding the frame together
|June 2004 - Rudders, wiring, painting it all|
|August 2003 – the hull continues||July 2004 - fitting the skirt, buoyancy foam, sealing the hull, finishing it off, plus IT FLIES!!!!|
September 2003 – the duct and the splitter box
2004 - Fitting the powervalve control, testing in the
and the saga continues...
Overheating - Getting to the bottom of the overheating problem
Spring 2005 Part 1 - making a new 7 litre welded aluminium fuel tank
Spring 2005 Part 2 - modifications to the seat, steering improvements,
Jakes Place and Gang Warily
Summer 2005 Part 1 - trying to build a hydroformed exhaust system
Summer 2005 Part 2 - Whittlesey and Return to Black Ditch OOPS!
Find out how other people built their hovercraft on the links page
Find details of suppliers on my suppliers page
This is just my story of how I built my hovercraft. I hope it's entertaining and/or useful, but as they say "Motorsport is dangerous" so don't blame me if you injure yourself, or strain your wallet in the process.
The hovercraft and website were built by me, Richard Evans.
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