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GoCat: Build Your Own Hovercraft

GoCat: Build Your Own Hovercraft

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Published by Jim
Classic plans for building a one person hovercraft.
Classic plans for building a one person hovercraft.

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Published by: Jim on Apr 23, 2008
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Fig. 1: Above, a slight push by Dad duringa test run sends the air car slowly alongthe driveway. Close up photo at rightshows air car tilted to direct it to the right
G O - C A T
 D o -lt-Y o u r s e l A ir C a r
By GERALD W. CRISMAN
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OR $20 and an old lawn mower engine youcan build this pint-size air car and makeyour youngster the happiest kid in theblock. And, he'll think you, Dad, are thebestest do-it-yourselfer what is."What's more, both you and your youngster
DECEMBER, 1962
will benefit from the knowledge gained in thedesign and theory of operation of this promis-ing new mode of transportation.When selecting the lawn mower engine besure you get one of the vertical shaft, light-weight aluminum jobs used on a rotary-typelawn mower. Cast-iron engines are too heavyfor air car use. It should have a rating of atleast 2-1/2 hp and a 3-1/2 hp engine will give you
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even better performance.Start Construction With the Box Frame
(Fig. 2A). After cutting the 4 x 4 ft. top piecefrom 1/4-in. plywood, locate the exact centerby drawing diagonal lines from corner tocorner and scribe a 19-1/4-in. circle. If you donot have a portable electric jigsaw to cut outthe circle, a keyhole saw will do the job. Thenfasten the 3/4 x 1-in. cleats to what will be theunderside of the top with glue and #6 x 1-in.
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screws. Note that the cleats are set back 1/4 in. from the edges of the plywood top sothat the 1/4-in. plywood sides will be flush withthe top. When cutting the side pieces, maketwo of them 48-in. long and two of them 47-1/2-in long. Since the 1/4-in
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plywood is very diffi-cult to fasten securely at the corners, rip sawsome 1-in. triangular cleats 3-in. long and in-stall at each corner of the box frame with glue
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DECEMBER, 1962
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