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Cardboard Hovercraft

Page history last edited by mckgyver@... 13 years, 5 months ago

After 10+ years of scheming (spawned by a junkyard wars episode in 2001) we finally got around to building a hovercraft. Our goal was to build a craft as fast as possible (less than 1 day) with the simplest materials available. Bonus points if the whole thing could be recycled later.

 

Project Duration: 5 hours

Materials: 4 Cardboard bike boxes, 2 rolls of packing tape, 20 plastic trash bags, 1 bouncy house inflater

 

Cardboard Hovercraft Snow Test

Cardboard Hovercraft Test Preparation: 1)Test Pilot, 2)Power Distribution Engineer / AUX power unit, 3)Cardboard Fuselage, 4)Trash Bag Skirt, 5)Bouncy House Impeller, 6)Rear Thruster, 7)Cockpit, 8)Tether.

 

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The secret to this design was an internal honeycomb structure that provided immense rigidity with very little mass.

A skirt was produced by taping 12 bags end to end to form a tube. Ducting was connected to the impeller via a T connection.

Matt testing the capacity of the device.

Ready to test!

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