[Project launched June 6, 2010]
Welcome to my project!
It's the year 2010, a new decade is upon us, and the question everyone is asking is, "Where is my flying car, already?!" What I'm building isn't a car, and it doesn't "fly", exactly, but I think it's a step in the right direction. I'm building a hovercraft that looks exactly like a Delorean. If you're like me, when you saw the flying Delorean in Back to the Future, you thought, "I want one of those!" I think this dream has been brewing since I thought that as a kid, and a few years ago I decided to just build one.
I started building two years ago and finished what I am calling a "rough draft" version just 4 months later. As you can see from my video, it looked like a Delorean and it did hover, but it was actually quite rickety and unsafe. So for the past 20 months I've been re-building it from the ground up. It is coming along nicely and should be sturdy, safe, and professional looking when finished. But now I'm totally out of money with about 3 months of work left to do, and I'm hoping you would be generous enough to help me finish it! My goal is to raise $5,500 for construction materials and labor costs.
Here are some examples of what the money will be going towards: - 2.5 gallons of epoxy resin: $160 - 16 yards of 6 oz. fiberglass: $120 - clear casting resin: $18 - 1/8" foam pvc plastic sheeting for dashboard and rudders: $70 - sandpaper (various grades, bulk): $73 - USCG required signal flares: $50 - marine fire extinguisher: $25 - latex mold-builder (4 gallons on amazon.com): $247 - 4 yards Baltek mat core material for doors: $45 - 2 part expanding urethane foam (2 gallon kit): $136 - Mig welder (used): $350 - marine stereo, speakers, and installation hardware: $120+ - 10 yards of 13oz. gray vinyl coated nylon fabric for seats and interior: $75 (also at least $500 will go to kickstarter and "amazon payments" fees and gift supplies)
When it is done, the craft will be able to hover on anything flat (asphalt, sand, water, etc), but it will be mostly driven on the San Francisco Bay. The hovercraft is registered with the DMV in California as a boat (it is not street legal). The top speed should be around 45 mph, which is pretty impressive for a vehicle with no breakes (it's not touching the ground, remember!). If you have never seen a hovercraft, the basic concept is that a fan pushes air underneath the middle of the craft and a "skirt" (basically a flexible inner-tube around the perimeter of the craft) traps that high-pressure air under the craft, which lifts it off the ground. Some air is escaping under the skirt at all points at all times, so in theory, even the skirt isn't actually touching the ground/water (in reality the skirt drags on the ground occasionally). A second fan pushes air behind the craft, driving it forward. Rudders behind this thrust fan turn the craft. Here's a very short video of a hovercraft in action to give you an idea of what I'm building: http://www.youtube.com/watch... , now just imagine that it's a Delorean!
Just in case you were wondering, the craft will not be able to reach 88 mph and so I won't be installing a flux capacitor. Of course, if it was a real time machine I wouldn't be asking you for money, I would be just winning a lot of horse-racing bets!
Thanks for checking out my project!
Ps. Here are 5 tracks from the CD that is available as a gift for a $10+ pledge. Even if you won't be pledging, you should still have a listen. They're really good!
Dan Hartman - Apple: http://www.youtube.com/watch... Dan Hartman - Are You Ready: http://www.youtube.com/watch... Dan Hartman ft. Al the Liar - The Only One: http://www.youtube.com/watch... Al the Liar - Don't Know What to Do: http://www.youtube.com/watch... Al the Liar - Bears: http://www.youtube.com/watch...