Hovercraft Built from Styrofoam Tray is Cool for When the Internet is Down

Here’s a nice little project you can do to pass time or entertain your children in one of those days the Internet is down. Build a styrofoam hovercraft out of one of those takeaway trays.
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Photo: screenshot from Youtube
All you need is a styrofoam tray from the chipshop, a cup and a plate made from the same material, a 1.5 or 3 V electric motor from a toothbrush or something similar, a fan blade from a cheap toy and a 3.7 V rechargeable battery from a camera.

Tools? Just a hot glue gun, a soldering iron and a very sharp knife. Watch out your kids don’t get hurt using these if they’re helping you out. Oh, forgot to mention you’ll also need a thin plastic bag and two wooden sticks.

The process is quite simple and it goes like this: cut a round hole in the tray the size of the fan and also cut a “slice” off that cup to work as a case for the fan. Next, wire the electric motor and secure it using the glue and sticks right in the middle of the hole.

Fit the fan and its case using the hot glue on top as well as the battery. Then simply stick the thin plastic bag on the underside, right on the tray’s rim, cut it to size and also make a rectangular hole in the bag like you’ll see in the video bellow.

Feel free to improve the design with a forward thrusting hole and other stuff.

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