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Post  NEW222 on Wed Dec 23, 2015 6:52 pm

Hi there. I was talking to a guy at work who told me he had seen in an old magazine somewhere of plans for a 'hovercraft' powered by a cox engine. He also said he recalled that it was tethered to a pole, I am assuming like the old race cars? Anyways, if anyone out there would happen to know where this may have been published or even have a copy of this, I would love to see it, and attempt to build it as winter is here and I got a lot of time ahead of me here. Thank you.


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Post  Oldenginerod on Wed Dec 23, 2015 7:45 pm

Pretty sure I remember seeing it in Popular Mechanics magazine back in High School. I remember I started to build one but gave up when I couldn't figure out a workable skirt.

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Post  NEW222 on Wed Dec 23, 2015 8:24 pm

Cool. At least I have something to look for now. If found, I will post it. And after reading your response, it does seem to sound familiar about the Popular Mechanics. Thanks.
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Post  roddie on Wed Dec 23, 2015 8:57 pm

Read through this thread.. Ken Willard apparently had a book "1/2A Projects" featuring models you could build for your Cox engine.. after the airplane it came in was broken.

http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/1-2-1-8-airplanes/10002147-what-book-print.html
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Post  NEW222 on Wed Dec 23, 2015 9:12 pm

Found it online, thanks. I just don't think it warrants the $375 Canadian price tag though. I think that shipping is also on top of that price. It would be cool, but I think I can come up with something for that price. Even another Cox engine or two plus a boat-load of materials I would still be under that. But, I thank you kindly for pointing the book out for me.
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Post  roddie on Wed Dec 23, 2015 9:49 pm

Holy CRAP!!! Laughing Laughing lol! I hope it's hardbound! Laughing Sorry to lead you down that path. Maybe you could ask for it for Christmas? Christmas Tree Laughing I'd love to know more about that book though. Ken Willard had some nice amphibious 1/2A RC airplane designs.
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Happy How about this stuff? RC on a stick?

Post  happydad on Wed Dec 23, 2015 10:08 pm

HobbyKings new bleep. RC on a stick.

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It is called Flyline Room Raiders. So what do we do? Start it, then leave? Come back later?

What do you think?  I still like the old way.RC Plane

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Post  NEW222 on Wed Dec 23, 2015 10:35 pm

First Question. Is it over .55 lbs. I wonder if it would have to be .55 lbs each, or together as I see two on the pole? Laughing
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Post  happydad on Wed Dec 23, 2015 10:39 pm

NEW222 wrote:First Question. Is it over .55 lbs. I wonder if it would have to be .55 lbs each, or together as I see two on the pole? Laughing

shipping weight is shown as 1516 grams. So actual weight is ??  most likely > 1/2 pound. Hello FAA registration...


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Post  NEW222 on Wed Dec 23, 2015 10:41 pm

Please forgive me if I am not allowed to post a link from another rc website, but a few questions will be answered by this single post. Here are 6 of the 8 plans from the book.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showpost.php?p=19422187&postcount=6053
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Post  Oldenginerod on Thu Dec 24, 2015 12:08 am

happydad wrote:
NEW222 wrote:First Question. Is it over .55 lbs. I wonder if it would have to be .55 lbs each, or together as I see two on the pole? Laughing

shipping weight is shown as 1516 grams. So actual weight is ??  most likely > 1/2 pound. Hello FAA registration...


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I would doubt that the regulations apply to indoor flying. lol!
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Post  NEW222 on Fri Jan 08, 2016 9:42 pm

Plans now added to Building Plans.
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Post  Mark Boesen on Sat Jan 09, 2016 1:42 am

...would this be 2.4 or narrow band?

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Post  Marleysky on Sat Jan 09, 2016 9:35 am

Mark Boesen wrote:...would this be 2.4 or narrow band?  

  No, no, no this is add-a-log, the predecessor to analog.   I always wondered what the pilot would do to keep the lines tight when a wind gust brought the plane into the circle?
"Endorsed by Airline pilots" oh yeah, you'll get that "real flight feeling" as you helplessly watch your plane crash, time and time again!


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Post  Mark Boesen on Sat Jan 09, 2016 10:42 am

Lol, addalog! nice!

Actually it had a bellcrank assembly that was spring loaded and if lines went slack it would climb a little, i'll post pics tonite. On a calm day it probably worked pretty good, little wind not so much!
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