Countless e-mail requests for plans of a full working R/C
design using a glow engine and a few months later the Hover Hopper was
I took the basic seed design concept that I
published on my web pages last year from a test bed for hovercraft model
builders and developed it into a new model concept. What you will see here was
the first outdoor trip for the new model for ‘field’ testing…..and I was
not disappointed...this things moves!
The first tests were done in the
workshop. Using an 8 inch cooling fan from
some scrap piece of electronics I tested the basic chassis and skirt
combination. The twin deck concept use in my seed design was develop further to
make a completely replaceable skirt assembly. The decking bolts together in a
similar way to the seed design but the air ducting and lift assembly has
changed. This gives better lift and ground clearance whilst diverting the
majority of the air to thrust at the rear of the craft.
I introduced a new concept I have experimented with for many months in the
craft, this is variable geometry thrust and lift. This allows the craft, under
radio control, to dynamically change the amount of air that goes to thrust and
How does it fly? …..Its easy...you just have to get used to the lift,
rudder and throttle controls all being variable at once and your on your way.
Its like flying a Radio Controlled helicopter except the ground is far move
forgiving from 2 inches hover height when you misjudge the lift! This is pure
hover fun it zips about so fast you have to keep a close eye on it!