So you got fascinated with hovercrafts and how it works. Next thing you knew you’re into designing a plan of your own. The only thing is that you don’t know how or where to begin. Building a hovercraft is a neat project to do. Not only is it fun, it’s a learning process too. Especially if you plan to do this at home, you must start with a nicely prepared homemade hovercraft plan.
Any design plan tells you that there are principles applied to it. A homemade hovercraft plan must also follow this general rule of thumb. How a hovercraft works is simply by air cushion pressurized below a platform. That’s how simple the concept is. Assuming that it’s already floating, you need to put some additional power to thrust it forward. And of course, an improvised way to steer your homemade vessel should complete the design concept.
Ready to go hovercrafts can be expensive. So, many prefers to build their own at home. Also, some hovercraft stores would sell a design kit instead. It’s cheaper and it’s fun. Your homemade hovercraft plan should be something like this - a design kit.
Your homemade hovercraft plan should have the following items:
1.Specifications for your fanning system. A vacuum cleaner or any gadget that can create air pressure such as a leaf blower can be an example to use. You will use this little machine to allow air flow. You may use improvised conduit type materials to control the direction of air. The objective is to send the flow of air below the platform.
2.So next thing you need to include in your homemade hovercraft plan is the platform. This is because of two reasons. You need it to ride in to and you need a surface area to distribute the air coming from the fanning system. An improvised version can be made out of plywood or hard foam or fiberglass. As long as it can carry your weight and is not too heavy for the pressurized air you will create for cushion.
3.Include the flexible skirt. All hovercrafts have this. This is used to hold and limit the air beneath the platform. The effect will create the air cushion and therefore provides the lift for your vessel. In your homemade hovercraft plan, you may use heavy and thick plastic sheets. This is skirted around the platform. Specifically sized holes will be bored into the platform for air flow passage. A hovercraft cannot be a hovercraft without a skirt.
4.The last part of your design should be the propeller system. If you have available equipment that can generate air pressure strong enough to exert air cushion and thrust for your hovercraft, use it. Label the specifications in your homemade hovercraft plan as to how this should be installed. Include the steering system as well. A simple steering for your homebuilt vessel is that of two handle bars that you can maneuver by pulling each. This should be connected to a rudder system behind the propeller.
When all of these items are in your design, you should be ready to go. Just don’t forget to put them all in your homemade hovercraft plan. Make sure it’s easy to understand. Then you’re done, start building the plan. If your plan works and works really well, you can even earn extra by selling your plan yourself.
Author: Rashel Dan
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