We’ve had some inquiries about the cutaway engine we bring with us to shows and Maker Faires, and I’ve always wanted to make more. I cut the first one away with a hacksaw and lots of elbow grease, but I’ve since streamlined the process. The new cutaway engines feature a precision milled engine block and cylinder head, revealing the engine internals. The crankshaft, camshaft, balance shaft, piston, pushrods, and valves all work with a turn of the crank. The starter motor, flywheel/ring gear, and carburetor with throttle and choke butterfly valves are also present, so this is as close to a working engine as you can get… except for the gaping hole in the side! The cover plate is made from laser cut acrylic, and the hand crank is zinc-plated steel for years of reliable service. Cutaway engines are great as both teaching tools and conversation pieces! See the Cutaway Engine product page for details.
Titan Hovercraft First Hover!
February 25, 2017
The Titan Hovercraft has just flown for the first time, lifting off effortlessly at only 1540 rpm on the lift engine! We’re very pleased with the way the skirt is inflating, and the Titan is very easy to handle for a craft this large. We’re very excited to see how [...]
Titan Hovercraft Prototype
January 18, 2017
In additional to ramping up production on the turn-key Phoenix hovercraft, we’ve wanted to build a larger hovercraft for a long time, so we’ve spoken with many hobbyists and sportsmen in the area and come up with a design that we think will be a true “multirole” hovercraft… A hovercraft [...]
The first production Phoenix hovercraft is complete!
July 12, 2016
We’ve just finished the first production Phoenix! Based on customer feedback, we will primarily be offering the Phoenix as a ready-to-fly, turn-key craft. Thanks to years of development and refinement, the Phoenix is a simple but high performance craft that appeals to beginner and expert pilots alike. And we’re proud [...]