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David Ashton
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Hover board
David Ashton   6/21/2014 4:29:16 AM
@Max....a practical and achievable DIY strategy might be to aim between the two.  Use the leaf blower (or two or even 4 of them) and use a controller to control them (and/or control surfaces or vents) such that you can command motion in any direction like the big one, or maybe have an additional leaf blower or a fan for propulsion like a swamp buggy.

Just make sure not to fill it with eels........ :-)

betajet
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Plywood and duct tape
betajet   6/21/2014 9:32:00 AM
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I like the plywood and duct tape construction.  Very practical.  That way, when you (ahem) "land", you'll be able to use the pieces of broken plywood and tape to fashion temporary splints :-)

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Hover board
Max The Magnificent   6/21/2014 1:16:51 PM
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@David: ...or maybe have an additional leaf blower or a fan for propulsion like a swamp buggy...

I was wondering about that...

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Plywood and duct tape
Max The Magnificent   6/21/2014 1:18:05 PM
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@betajet: I like the plywood and duct tape construction.

It does have a certain rustic charm :-)

betajet
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Re: Hover board
betajet   6/21/2014 2:03:11 PM
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David said: ... or maybe have an additional leaf blower or a fan for propulsion like a swamp buggy.

I think Max should rig up a tow line and let Mum pull him with her Toyota iQ :-)

perl_geek
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Skirts
perl_geek   6/21/2014 2:58:25 PM
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For a practical hovercraft, (using a rather loose definition of "practical"), a flexible skirt is vital. Apart from increasing the ground clearance, and sealing the airflow, lifting panels can be used for control. Depending on the proportions, pressure, &c., control might be possible simply by titling the platform. Leaking air and Isaac Newton do the job.

eetcowie
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Hover Board (performance & forward thrust)
eetcowie   6/21/2014 6:32:40 PM
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I think perl_geek is closest: you need a skirt (like all hovercraft have). But also, I don't think it is cheating to have 4 tiny low-profile wheels spaced 90 degrees apart, to keep the leaning platform from nose-diving and biting into the pavement, thus spilling our Max in a most MAXimum way. By leaning, the leaking air will provide just a bit of thrust, at the expense of altitude on the leading edge (thus the need for the protecting wheel). Want more, just remove the governor (?) if it has one. If it doesn't, then shave the cylinder head to increase the compression; but watch out, it will get very hot, so you will need to adjust the fuel. Oh and by the way, the engine could spit its shaft, so have a metal plate between the engine and you. Just a thought or two.

betajet
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Re: Skirts
betajet   6/22/2014 10:00:15 AM
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I suggest a grass skirt, to go with Max's signature Hawaiian shirts :-)

tomeq
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two ideas
tomeq   6/23/2014 4:22:01 AM
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Max, here are some cool ideas from the nearest future ;)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkyLnWm1iCs

and something "oldie" from Top Gear experts... ;]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcKSZZsG11I

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Hover board
Max The Magnificent   6/23/2014 9:48:50 AM
@betamax: I think Max should rig up a tow line and let Mum pull him with her Toyota iQ :-)

Now, that would be a thrill ride -- I'll start practicing my screaming immediately (I think my usual scream when I'm riding shotgun with my mom will do nicely as a starting point :-)

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