Flite Test headquarters had a lot of snow recently, so we challenged ourselves to build snow-friendly vehicles that we could take out to the yard and have some fun.
Peter built a skirter hovercraft with a pusher motor. It has two layers of foam stacked on one another and a foam board skirt with a Hefty garbage bag taped to the bottom.
The foam board in the skirt is 17–18" wide with roughly 3" of skirt between the edge of the foam and the outer perimeter. The holes in the foam board allow the air to flow through the hovercraft, and the skirt enables the hovercraft to fly easily over uneven terrain.
Josh built a giant Snowball by drawing an airfoil into a conventional FT Nutball. The top center section provided the girth we needed to make a stronger connection to the tail and make the entire craft more durable.
The Snowball sits on large pontoons and uses the conventional motor mount from Peter's Circle Plane. The tail uses elevon mixing and a simple rudder to help with bank control.
We've also partnered with Adams Ready Board to develop water-resistant foam board that will be available in the Flite Test Store soon!
Let us know if you want to see more projects like these!