X500 Hovercraft test run 6 blade prop

I took my X500 hovercraft out for its first run on land at the weekend. Before I took it out some 6 blade propellers arrived. (Scroll down for videos)

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I was expected the motor to choke on these or something but they ran nice and smooth.

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The propeller fit snugly inside the hovercraft duct with no trimming required.

As expected the performance of the 6 blade propeller looked even better than the 3 blade one. With the hovercraft lifting nicely and the propeller running smoothly it was time to take it for a spin.

First up I ran it up and down a path to see what its speed and handling was like. Foolishly I chose a humped path and immediately noticed how much more of an impact this has on a hovercraft over say an rc car. The speed and handling were impressive and the craft was easy to get used to.

Next up is a little video of some slower spinning / drifting. As you can see when you crank the power up it can spin on the spot with ease.

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People often wonder what the underside of a hovercraft looks like. Well in this case its just some duct tape and landing skits along with the air outlet.

I am keen to test this hovercraft on the water but will need to make some water flotation tests first.

 

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