THE HOWERCRAFT

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Autumn came, and I was a little sick. Spending a lot of time at home, I thought about my ekranoplan and read various articles about hovercraft. Remembering the feeling of how easily a 120-kilogram boat flies out of the water, when you give gas, I thought that it would be easy to make a hovercraft according to a scheme similar to my ekranoplan and no excess power would be needed. Since it is difficult to get a powerful engine with my budget, I decided to quickly design a hovercraft with a front-mounted engine that would work as a supercharger and as a sustained engine. No sooner said than done. First, I created a scale model using cardboard and hot glue. And with a vacuum cleaner in hand, he began to conduct tests. I was satisfied with the results and immediately began building a full-scale boat. The engine I used was an old Raket 120 Aero. The body was made of plywood and foam. And I made a skirt from an old banner that was lying around at work. I took the cockpit from the dreamfighter project, the fiberglass lightweight body was already becoming a lot. In general, pretty quickly I put it all together, even there was time to paint everything. The rudder had to be large enough for the boat to handle well, and I tried to make the rudder not only functional but also fit the shape of my entire structure. It worked out pretty well. Skirt pressurization tests were successful and now it was necessary to wait for the real winter. The fact is that going out on the water is always very difficult for me. Since I have to negotiate with very different people in order to take my product to the water, and then I decided to test everything right on the territory of the plant where my workshop is located. In short, last week it poured properly and on the weekend when there was no one in the territory of the plant, I pulled my boat out for testing. It rarely happens that everything turns out as desired, and this time everything happened exactly that way. My hovercraft works great. The cushion inflates and the boat picks up speed quickly. I quickly figured out the controls and got used to it in five minutes. On a relatively narrow road, I was able to easily maneuver and turn sharply. I am very happy and now I can start developing a more perfect apparatus on the same principles but with a more perfect body and with a different more powerful engine. I will not reveal all my secrets. I hope everything will come true. In the meantime, look at the photos and video reports of the tests ..

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Oleg Gladchenko