The Insanity and Genius Behind One Homemade Hovercraft
A Homemade Hovercraft Made In The Garage.
There are do-it-yourself projects like building a cupboard or redoing your driveway and then there is this guy, Colin Furze from the UK. A self proclaimed plumber with no formal education in engineering, Colin takes on some of the coolest diy projects every.
This time, Colin is breaking the paradigms of flight as we know it as he starts from scratch with a design for a homemade hovercraft that leaves the drawing board and comes to life in his garage.
A S Shaped Frame for the Homemade Hovercraft.
The design hinges around a “S” shaped aluminum frame that allows the 2 motors ( one in front and one in the rear ) to balance around the load of the pilot. There is no room for error here as well as no extra power to take a passenger of even a package with him.
Controlling the Homemade Hovercraft.
There are no brakes on this craft and really no controls to speak of. All motion and direction of motion is determined by the riders position and balance. Two large downward facing motors drive one propeller each approximately 2.5 feet in diameter, producing the thrust required to push against the ground produce lift and keep the craft in the air. This means you need to stay close to the ground or risk loss of power.
Testing the Homemade Hovercraft without risking death or dismemberment.
Designing and building this craft is an achievement all by itself especially but for someone that is not a mechanical or aeronautical engineer it is remarkable. However ,climbing on this thing and taking it for a spin requires some serious stones. It helps to be a little crazy..
The way that he tests the hovercraft is not crazy at all. Check out the various ways that he figures out to test this rig and not crash, at least until he gets a feel for the machine and his sea legs if you will.
The final test of the Homemade Hovercraft.
So, there is only so much you can practice with the training wheels on before you have to take the plunge and go solo! Check this out.
Taking it to the next level – LED’s and pyrotechnics.
Colin cannot stop at just proving this craft will fly but takes it to the next level of cool with the addition of LED lighting and pyrotechnics for the ultimate night flight Scifi adventure!
We have included 2 videos in this post so that you can seen how it is made and then see if it really works.