« Reply #658 on: Mar 07, 2013, 9:31 am »
 
Anybody seen anything of this hovercraft?
http://airslide.eu/

Wonder which Honda engine they're using?

John Carter
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« Reply #657 on: Mar 07, 2013, 9:28 am »
 
As a film/video semi-pro....that's awesome!!


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« Reply #656 on: Feb 24, 2013, 5:54 pm »
 
Most people assume the colours were painted, but were ingeniously gel coated colours by masking tape build ups, tho Kip is far too modest to blow his own trumpet!!!! (such a quiet soul one rarely even notices hes there most o the time,,, ;)
I bet you found it difficult "blending in" Gav in France! Never knew youd been there. Thought they banned H/C after my Loire visit around Samur about 1985! See "Loire Loiterings" (my article written for HCGB)
Which picture most approximates your present appearance?
Your signature pixie? OR the strapping young thing on the craft? When I sport a beard nowadays, so-called friends refer to me as "Capt Birdseye". So unkind,,, :-\ gnf
Memories are BETTER than Dreams---"Capn" FLINT

gavinparson

« Reply #655 on: Feb 24, 2013, 4:40 pm »
 
Pauls union jack craft I believe had one of the earlier small ducts on which SURE hovered well, just like Dave Ibbotsons. Mine was the larger quieter duct, (perhaps more thrust) but never quite hovered on her tips. Perhaps I weighed too much? ;)
I used to polish her at week ends. Sad? Certainly not, as it made me (and my neighbours) smile. :D


I bought that Union Jack Kestrel as a bare hull in 1984. I had to re-bottom it at Kip's old works at Bolney Grange, then fitted a Yamaha bike engine. See attached pic.


With hindsight I can't believe I cruised that craft on the Medway and on the Loire. That was the one that capsized on me in the middle of the river.





« Reply #654 on: Feb 24, 2013, 3:54 pm »
 
Al! Ive been famous for years ;)
I "starred" in SuperGran about 23 yrs ago. I will try to dig THAT out in about 4 wks. Now that WAS fame.  8)
Memories are BETTER than Dreams---"Capn" FLINT

« Reply #653 on: Feb 22, 2013, 11:56 pm »
 


implanecrazy

« Reply #652 on: Feb 22, 2013, 8:54 pm »
 
Gee Al that was good. I feature @4.56 ish in red Kestrel GT 503 (courtesy of Mr Kip). with matching red over alls for that extra smooth look. NEVER let me down. Keith Oakleys "Spirit of Snodland" (if my memories apply),which I gather is STILL working now, and it was old in 1979!! :D

Fame at last Nick :D

Del Smart

« Reply #651 on: Feb 22, 2013, 8:47 pm »
 



I wonder who the baby faced kid was standing next to Roy Smart at the briefing? [/size] No idea Kip - no absolutely none lol

« Reply #650 on: Feb 22, 2013, 7:45 pm »
 
Pauls union jack craft I believe had one of the earlier small ducts on which SURE hovered well, just like Dave Ibbotsons. Mine was the larger quieter duct, (perhaps more thrust) but never quite hovered on her tips. Perhaps I weighed too much? ;)
I used to polish her at week ends. Sad? Certainly not, as it made me (and my neighbours) smile. :D
Memories are BETTER than Dreams---"Capn" FLINT

« Reply #649 on: Feb 22, 2013, 7:36 pm »
 
Tapered duct was simply outer thin skin joining the  frd outer flared bell mouth with the trailing duct edge. (standard on Kestrels.) Nice one Kip. I "hid" my fire ext within this void on my cruiser. My claim to winning was simply it never ceased. In those days not stopping meant you were likely "to Podium". tho it wasnt a verb in those days, more a thing you sat on first thing in the morning,,,
Memories are BETTER than Dreams---"Capn" FLINT

« Reply #648 on: Feb 22, 2013, 7:30 pm »
 
Gee Al that was good. I feature @4.56 ish in red Kestrel GT 503 (courtesy of Mr Kip). with matching red over alls for that extra smooth look. NEVER let me down. Keith Oakleys "Spirit of Snodland" (if my memories apply),which I gather is STILL working now, and it was old in 1979!! :D
Memories are BETTER than Dreams---"Capn" FLINT

implanecrazy

« Reply #647 on: Feb 22, 2013, 7:10 pm »
 
Some of the craft seemed to have a tapered thrust duct, or was it a duct cover.  Would a tapered thrust duct increase thust or reduce it?
 
Would a tapered duct increase noise?
 

Kip

« Reply #646 on: Feb 22, 2013, 6:51 pm »
 
Al,
That sure did bring back some memories for me.
I believe that I saw a certain Mr Flint out there along with his bosom pal Dave Ibbotson.
I was particularly delighted to see my Paul, Union Jack Kestrel No 130.
Paul went on to be F1 Champion for 7 years on the trot.
The No 1 man!!
The little feller with the "anti plough" was Phil Alderman who for 5 years was unbeatable in F3.
Great Guy.
 
Note the dominance of twin ducts,and even a triple which I believe was driven by Nigel Beale.
 
I wonder who the baby faced kid was standing next to Roy Smart at the briefing? :P
Roy actually quit a 3 hour race due to financial reasons having bust about 3 sets of blades.
I think he ran out of cash for the day.
In those days if you stayed over hump and didn't bust any blades you stood a good chance of being on the podium.
 
Stanford Hall was generally accepted as being the best Racing site we ever used.
Though for me the best race of the season was the Sunday morning marathon race at Mere Brow.
 
Good Days.
 
Kip

implanecrazy

« Reply #645 on: Feb 22, 2013, 6:52 am »
 
This should bring back some memories for some of you.
 
I like the anti plough device about a minute into the video :D
 

« Reply #644 on: Feb 18, 2013, 12:49 am »
 
The biggest thing ever built in the loch Carron area happened in the 70s

http://ssa.nls.uk/film.cfm?fid=5973