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Homemade HovercraftI knew that my trip to Australia would take me away for Father's Day, so I dedicated the weekend before I left to a cool project -- building a homemade hovercraft with my kids. We used about $150 worth of materials, the majority of which went to a 30cc two-cycle gas engine leaf blower. We had a blast and the kids got to use some power tools. Mission Accomplished. The guys at the RoosterTeeth office loved it and want to feature it in an upcoming RT Life, but here's a quick clip of it in action: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujn2ltG4B-Q&featu... I will put some details and progress photos in the comments if you are interested in trying this yourself. Next goal: make a bigger one, invade Cobra Command headquarters.
3 years ago  |  Comments (134)  |  + 451 Cool
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Cut a 4 foot diameter circle from 3/4" plywood. (Jack Danger got to run the jigsaw)

Used heaviest gauge plastic sheeting I could find (shower curtain) wrapped over edges, stapled and excess trimmed off.

Excess trimmed off. Cut the hose of the leaf blower and secured it to custom hole as snuggly as possible.

Duct taped the curtain to prevent air leaks. Lots and lots of duct tape.

Cut six two-inch holes in a ring around the leaf blower hole on botttom of platform. Nailed a paint can lid to protect plastic and hole.

Attached leaf blower (added more duct tape to plug air leaks). Attached chair. Hired two ace test pilots.

The kids needed ear protection because it was loud as hell as you can see from the video clip. They had an absolute blast riding this thing. If I plug a couple more leaks, I could probably lift up 175 lbs with this.

Post edited 6/22/12 2:46PM
#1  Posted 3 years ago  |  + 53 Cool
When it comes to the invasion...
plz post a warning on the site.
i really wouldbt want to miss the fireworks of the mortar rounds hitting the wood
#5  Posted 3 years ago
JakeHCoker KingoHeroes
We did this once in my physics class, but the hole for the leaf blower wasn't in the center. The result? Fast spinning hover craft. Also be careful not to put the leaf blower on top of anything flammable. We supported it with phonebooks, and they lit on fire. If you mix fire and gasoline you�...
#6  Posted 3 years ago
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#2  Posted 3 years ago
That's freakin impressive
#3  Posted 3 years ago  |  + 1 Cool
Why are you such an awesome dad?
#4  Posted 3 years ago  |  + 4 Ditto
:O I want one!
#5  Posted 3 years ago  |  + 2 Ditto
cllewis91592 Assassin
Burnie, you are the best dad ever.
#6  Posted 3 years ago  |  + 29 Ditto
Of all time.
#1  Posted 3 years ago
total agreement on that.
#2  Posted 3 years ago
cyclone956 CorPirate
Thats badass officially jealous
#7  Posted 3 years ago
I have a new goal in life
#8  Posted 3 years ago
janevalenz bikebrarian
To be adopted by Burnie?

... that thought crossed my mind too.
#1  Posted 3 years ago
Blutonian Spooner
#2  Posted 3 years ago
#9  Posted 3 years ago
deryell General Guav
That's nuts lol
#10  Posted 3 years ago
Postman1337 Sponsor
Looks awesome
#11  Posted 3 years ago
Eddy Cast & Crew

#12  Posted 3 years ago  |  + 18 Funny
Lynxxon some guy
#13  Posted 3 years ago
good2cya FuckEdgar
You're an awesome dad Burnie!
#14  Posted 3 years ago  |  + 1 Ditto
New internet meme, here we come!

Misses Father's Day. Builds a hovercraft.
#15  Posted 3 years ago  |  + 2 Cool
OH this will be a fun project.
#16  Posted 3 years ago
I wish my dad made me a hovercraft lol !!
#17  Posted 3 years ago  |  + 1 Ditto
Patrick Questionable
Burnie, you may have just won father of the year!

#18  Posted 3 years ago  |  + 8 Ditto
won it! where the hell was the competition?
#1  Posted 3 years ago
Well, have you seen the AH vids with Geoff and Millie? That does come close. At least in "d'awwwwwness".
#2  Posted 3 years ago
billyb788 Sponsor
I tried to make one of these for a school project, alas it was nothing compared to this one!
#19  Posted 3 years ago
Haha that's so cool! Awesome that your kids get to experience this kind of stuff.
#20  Posted 3 years ago
SailorTweek Forum Mod
Invading Cobra Headquarters would warrent the assigning of goofy nicnames ala Snowjob, Junkyard, The GUS BUS and so on.
What would your G.I.Joes codename be, Burnie?
#21  Posted 3 years ago  |  + 8 Funny
I vote the hoverchair be named either "the Gus Bus" or whatever those little COBRA glass-dome shooty-flying-hover-chair thingies were called.
#1  Posted 3 years ago
LOL!!!! Amazing!!!!!!
#22  Posted 3 years ago
MrTrelawney Sponsor
That's pretty adorable how he let Gavin ride it first.
#23  Posted 3 years ago  |  + 20 Funny
You are an awesome dad for doing this with your kids, and they are definitely lucky. I can wait to have kids, but I can't wait to do this kind of stuff with them.
#24  Posted 3 years ago
an RT short based around this would be even better
#25  Posted 3 years ago
Burnie, that is very cool, great job!

Post edited 6/22/12 2:47PM
#26  Posted 3 years ago
Wulfboi The Friendly
Awesome dad award goes to.... BURNIE BURNS!!
#27  Posted 3 years ago
Leemum Leemum
That's awesome. Now make another and have jousting tournaments!
#28  Posted 3 years ago  |  + 3 Ditto
FlagFanatic EvilOverlord
They don't really show it, but hovercrafts have almost no friction. Get them going, and it will be quite a jousting tournament.
#1  Posted 3 years ago
Keegan Music Guy
This makes me think of Household hacker.
#29  Posted 3 years ago
The_Hybrid AHCommunity
Nominee for father of the year, awesome job!
#30  Posted 3 years ago  |  + 1 Ditto
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