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by AJW
February 4th, 2018, 1:34 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Noise - Anything Quieter than a Vanguard Hovercraft?
Replies: 5
Views: 1937

Re: Noise - Anything Quieter than a Vanguard Hovercraft?

One way of making it quieter is to fit a motor bike silencer. I found by using a standard Honda Fireblade muffler on a briggs & Stratton 35 hp, the exhaust sound was minimal. You can find good used bike silencers on ebay at sensible prices, as people swap out the standard silencers for after market ...
by AJW
November 4th, 2017, 3:41 pm
Forum: Builder Websites & Photo Gallery
Topic: Al's Vanguard Build
Replies: 17
Views: 6942

Re: Al's Vanguard Build

A little more progress. I've fitted some boy racer Dixie air horns as I got them cheap. The fuse box, battery isolator switch, earth bus bar, aluminium battery tray, switches fitted, just need to wire the lot in now. The aluminium steering wheel shaft is not finished yet. The steering wheel end has ...
by AJW
October 29th, 2017, 11:37 am
Forum: Builder Websites & Photo Gallery
Topic: Al's Vanguard Build
Replies: 17
Views: 6942

Re: Al's Vanguard Build

I had the Vanguard on the market for quite a few months, as I have a chronic health condition which affects my balance, which means I will probably give up flying cruising hovercraft, as I no longer feel safe being on the water. Anyway it hasn't sold, so I have decided to at least finish the hovercr...
by AJW
October 25th, 2017, 2:16 pm
Forum: Vanguard
Topic: Vanguard as a first hovercraft
Replies: 8
Views: 2607

Re: Vanguard as a first hovercraft

Karol, You should still get the weave of the cloth showing through with polyester and vinylester. I always wet the core first, leave it a minute or so to soak in, any dry patches, add a little more resin, lay cloth on, roller/brush air out of cloth. Any dry patches wet them with a brush. Same goes i...
by AJW
October 21st, 2017, 1:26 am
Forum: Vanguard
Topic: Vanguard as a first hovercraft
Replies: 8
Views: 2607

Re: Vanguard as a first hovercraft

HI Karol, Firstly don't waste your money by using epoxy or peel ply. Firstly vinylester is more than adequate and about 1/2 the price of epoxy resin. The peel ply is a waste as all the seams need to be taped, so the finish you get with peel ply is undone with the taping. Panel thickness, should be m...
by AJW
October 21st, 2017, 12:55 am
Forum: Surveyor
Topic: new prop?
Replies: 16
Views: 5158

Re: new prop?

Did you check clearance of prop blades to frame / idler pulleys etc? From memory there needs to be around 4" front & rear of the prop to allow for flexing of the prop blades.
by AJW
July 5th, 2017, 1:25 pm
Forum: SEV-Tube
Topic: Short cruise
Replies: 0
Views: 1306

Short cruise

Spur of the moment decision to take the hover out for an early evening fly on the loch

by AJW
June 20th, 2017, 7:16 am
Forum: SEV-Tube
Topic: Breezy day on the loch
Replies: 0
Views: 989

Breezy day on the loch

A shorter trip than I was hoping for as the wind made it uncomfortable on the water.
by AJW
June 20th, 2017, 7:14 am
Forum: Builder Websites & Photo Gallery
Topic: Al's Surveyor on Loch Carron Scotland
Replies: 2
Views: 1740

Re: Al's Surveyor on Loch Carron Scotland

Warm, but quite windy which made it interesting at times on the water
by AJW
June 20th, 2017, 2:50 am
Forum: Builder Websites & Photo Gallery
Topic: Al's Surveyor on Loch Carron Scotland
Replies: 2
Views: 1740

Al's Surveyor on Loch Carron Scotland

A couple of pictures taken on 19th of June 2017, while flying on Loch Carron in the Scottish Highlands.

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