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Post  roddie Tue May 21, 2019 9:03 pm

I've probably lost my mind for this recommendation. The Star Wars movie "Phantom Menace" features a Pod-Race between several different anti-gravity vehicles having powerful forward-propulsion power-plants.

These vehicles (the "Pods") are somewhat similar to what we know as Pylon-Racing aircraft... except that they operate "much closer" to terra firma.

A Cox engine powered pod-racer as envisioned by me; would require radio-control... and would have aero-dynamic control-surfaces.. but also be able to "roll" over mixed-terrain.

The vehicles' frame" might consist of a tripod... with major-components centrally-positioned for balance. Vectored-thrust could certainly be applied to the design.

Any thoughts?

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Post  KariFS Wed May 22, 2019 12:54 am

Not exactly a pod racer, but a pretty wild and scary surface-skimming ride from "real life":

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Length 242ft, top speed 297kn (342mph)... Shocked

More info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lun-class_ekranoplan

There was also a smaller version with a huge propeller in the rear. Maybe "doable" as a model?
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Post  Davenz13 Wed May 22, 2019 5:06 am

I had the game, not sure where it is now. It was a lot of fun to play. I had a joystick which I used for the flight simulators and air combat games as well.
It would be a bit harder to play using the keyboard, for me anyway
My son and I spent hours playing it, seeing who could set the fastest lap and race times on the different courses.

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From memory the Pod Racers are chariot style.
Maybe you could mount the power plants on a clear perspex or similar sheet wing with the pilot rear section hinged to move left, right, up, down for rudder elevator control.
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Post  roddie Thu May 23, 2019 6:56 pm

Thanks Kari and Dave. It would be interesting to come up with a different type of ground-vehicle design for our Cox engines, which utilized a conventional propeller. I like unique designs.. and will see if I can come up with something..
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Post  Jason_WI Fri May 24, 2019 12:43 am

Some designs on thingiverse that can be 3D printed.

https://www.thingiverse.com/search?q=Pod+racer&dwh=495ce783abeac2b
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Post  roddie Sat May 25, 2019 10:20 am

@Jason_WI wrote:Some designs on thingiverse that can be 3D printed.

https://www.thingiverse.com/search?q=Pod+racer&dwh=495ce783abeac2b

Cool stuff Jason!!!
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Post  fredvon4 Sat May 25, 2019 11:37 am

I can not wait for MAG-LEV technology.......a bunch of StarWars vehicles I want
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Post  Frizzen Fri May 31, 2019 2:47 am

Do it!

Don't let the germans with electric power show you up.

https://youtu.be/ujILY-Sv-Jo
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