Jet-powered doohickey? You bet.

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008 @ 20:01 | Project Build Reports, Stuff

I have found that I’m nearing the limit of what electric fast spinny things can provide. Five years of standing arenaside while watching fast electric spinny bits smash things, and some times even operating one myself to do the same, has kinetically jaded me some. I will spin up, stand next to, and touch many things which my peers would not. This is not always a good thing, of course.

But anyway, the spooling of brushless motors can only give you so much excitement. What I have found far more exciting is the spooling of turbojet engines. I always pick the rear seat on a short flight not because I’m cheap (I really am not), but because the “precisely engineered array of pointy things at extremely high speeds” sound is relaxing and spiritually refreshing. Most people would say otherwise.

Okay, so I lied. The cheap seats are usually in the back.

Anyways, stumbling upon home-made jet engine & gas turbine videos on Youtube like this and this and this and this and… uh, this have convinced me that it is my destiny to build a simple jet-powered implement. I’ve seen the videos before, but that was back when electric spinny-things were more exciting. At the very least I’ll investigate a turbocharger-based ghettojet, since pulsejets, despite being loud and obnoxious, just don’t have that high-speed spinny effect I’m going for.

I’ll probably make one for static testing, then consider mounting it on something. So that begs the question to be asked, WHAT DO I STICK IT ON?!




Shopping cart? I already have plans for a 50HP electric shopping cart in the works, so why not have a companion?






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    2 Responses to “Jet-powered doohickey? You bet.”

    1. Brad P Says:

      Jetpack. Definitely a jetpack.

    2. Jeff Says:

      One word: hovercraft.