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Flying Cart Hovercraft Plans

Flying Cart Hovercraft Plans

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Vintage Magazine article on making a hovercraft flying cart.
Vintage Magazine article on making a hovercraft flying cart.

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Published by: Jim on Apr 14, 2008
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That's a 200-lb. load four 504b. bags entirely supported on a cushion of air.
OU'RE almost ready to believe inflying carpets when you open thethrottle and see a 200-lb. load floateerily off the ground. Tip the handlesslightly and you have to brace yourself tokeep this wheel-less Flying Cart from skit-tering down the drive faster than you want
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HOWI BUILT THE
Flying Cart
By Hubert Luckett
 
162
POPULAR SCIENCE JULY I960
 
Plywood, plastic, and aluminum make the airframe 
FINISHED "HULL"
showing how fan shroud androunded contours in the plenum chamber areobtained, using sawed-to-shape plywood coveredwith a skin of sheet aluminum and plastic film.
ALUMINUM IS FASTENED
to inner curve of strutsby bending a flange over flat against the ply-wood, and securing with stapling gun. Alumi-
num is slit every 1-1/2" to make a smooth bend.
to follow. More—you can easily trundle a 100-lb.load across a soft, soggy lawn with this machineand never leave a mark.The Flying Cart is a true ground-effect machine(GEM). It has no wheels. It glides on a cushionof compressed air supplied by a modified chain-saw engine and a four-bladed wooden prop.I built the "airframe" of ordinary lumberyardmaterials for $59.75. If you're well supplied withplywood scraps you can cut that figure in half.Engine and props are from an outboard air-driveunit sold by Airboats, Inc. (3323 N. FlorissantAve., St. Louis 7). New, they cost $130.
 How it got that way.
The cart didn't start outas a search for an improved wheelbarrow—ithappened the other way around. The buildingitch came with the first story I read about airsleds, and intensified with each story thereafter.It was a challenge to build a totally new kind of vehicle before all the development problems weretrampled to death—and all the unanswered ques-tions were answered—by multimillion-dollar re-search programs.I doodled the requirements. It would have to be:Reasonably easy to build with ordinaryhome-workshop tools.• Adaptable to continuing changes and experi-
Write for fuller drawings
Want to build the Flying Cart? The drawingat left shows enough for you to proceed on yourown. For larger scale drawings, send $1 to: FLY-
ING CART,
Popular Science, 355 Lexington Ave.,New York 17, N. Y.
CROSS-LAPPED STRUTS
are clamped
between main frames, glued andscrewed to the spacer block. Notefloor flange that anchors leg of theplatform covering engine.
PLASTIC FILM
is folded double un-der the clamps. Sheet-metal screwshold the two aluminum clampingstrips. Plywood clamp at bottom isheld by wood screws.
CONTINUED

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