burnie Cast & Crew
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: 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.
1 year ago  |  Comments (134)  |  + 451 Cool
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burnie Cast & Crew

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 1 year 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 1 year ago
JakeHCoker RTX Guardian
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 1 year ago
Wookiee72 Sponsor
#2  Posted 1 year ago
That's freakin impressive
#3  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 1 Cool
Why are you such an awesome dad?
#4  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 4 Ditto
Andy UnUnemployed
:O I want one!
#5  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 2 Ditto
cllewis91592 RTX2014
Burnie, you are the best dad ever.
#6  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 29 Ditto
Of all time.
#1  Posted 1 year ago
total agreement on that.
#2  Posted 1 year ago
cyclone956 DrunkGamer
Thats badass officially jealous
#7  Posted 1 year ago
akoestel BravoLeader2
I have a new goal in life
#8  Posted 1 year ago
janevalenz bikebrarian
To be adopted by Burnie?

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

#12  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 18 Funny
Lynxxon 2014 is here
#13  Posted 1 year ago
good2cya OppressEdgar
You're an awesome dad Burnie!
#14  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 1 Ditto
chadstat33 Sponsor
New internet meme, here we come!

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

#18  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 8 Ditto
won it! where the hell was the competition?
#1  Posted 1 year ago
Well, have you seen the AH vids with Geoff and Millie? That does come close. At least in "d'awwwwwness".
#2  Posted 1 year ago
billyb788 Sponsor
I tried to make one of these for a school project, alas it was nothing compared to this one!
#19  Posted 1 year ago
Swiggapigga Nolife
Haha that's so cool! Awesome that your kids get to experience this kind of stuff.
#20  Posted 1 year ago
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 1 year 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 1 year ago
LOL!!!! Amazing!!!!!!
#22  Posted 1 year ago
MrTrelawney Sponsor
That's pretty adorable how he let Gavin ride it first.
#23  Posted 1 year 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 1 year ago
an RT short based around this would be even better
#25  Posted 1 year ago
Burnie, that is very cool, great job!

Post edited 6/22/12 2:47PM
#26  Posted 1 year ago
Wulfboi The Survivor
Awesome dad award goes to.... BURNIE BURNS!!
#27  Posted 1 year ago
Leemum Leemum
That's awesome. Now make another and have jousting tournaments!
#28  Posted 1 year 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 1 year ago
Keegan Irish Rocker
This makes me think of Household hacker.
#29  Posted 1 year ago
The_Hybrid The Brit
Nominee for father of the year, awesome job!
#30  Posted 1 year ago  |  + 1 Ditto
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