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    New Zealand man 'decapitated' by home-made hovercraft

    New Zealand man 'decapitated' by home-made hovercraft


    A New Zealand man has been decapitated by a propeller while demonstrating a home-made hovercraft to his family, local media reports say.

    Dr Alastair Kenneth Senior, 40, died instantly when his hovercraft suffered a mechanical failure, causing a blade to shear off and hit him in the head.

    The accident happened at Muriwai Beach, west of Auckland.

    Hovercraft experts are assisting police, amid calls for regulation of the hobby to build and run the crafts.

    It was reported to be the first time Mr Senior had driven the hovercraft. Police said that the victim had made the vehicle from scratch, possibly using an online design.

    Sergeant Colin Nuttall said there had been a "collapse in the structure'' when the accident happened about midday on Sunday, with his partner and a next-door neighbour looking on.

    An engineer is now examining to determine what exactly went wrong.

    "He took it up there for a test-run. It was the first time he'd tried to drive it, but I'm not sure if it was the first time he'd started it up," said Sgt Nuttall.

    "His partner and neighbour were there at the time, they saw it."

    Police said anyone could build or fly a hovercraft in New Zealand without a licence.

    The newspaper went on to quote a former member of the Hovercraft Club of New Zealand, Ashley Shaw, who said the craft were generally safe.

    "To make them, it's a piece of cake. I designed my own," he said.

    "Hovercraft are inherently very, very safe and simple devices. They are quite stable."


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    Well, he did one better than the Swedish man who tried to build a nuclear bomb in his kitchen.

    Kind enough to even keep a blog:

    Wednesday, I was arrested and sent to jail, when the police and the Swedish Radiation Safety Authory searched my apartment. They took all my radioactive stuff, but I was released after a hearing. But I am still suspekt for crime against the radiation safety law.

    I was ordered by the police to get out of the building with my hands up, then three men came, with geiger-counters and searched me. Then I was placed in a police-car, when Radiation Safety Authory went into my apartment with very advanced measure-tools.

    So, my project is canceled!


    Richard's Reactor

    The Weird Story Of The Swedish Man Who Tried To Build A Nuclear Reactor In His Kitchen

    A young man in Angelholm, in the South of Sweden, has been arrested after apparently trying to create a nuclear reactor in his kitchen.

    The young man's story appears in Helsingsborgs Dagblad, a Swedish language local paper in the area.

    The 31-year-old tells the paper that he was able to buy radioactive waste from foreign companies and picked apart the components in a smoke detector (apparently older smoke detector contain nuclear material). He believes he spent between $5,000 and $6,000 on the project in total.

    It was only later when the young man contacted Sweden's nuclear power agency that he realized his project was illegal. Police came to his apartment and confiscated the material. The young man was arrested but later released.


    Wot's wrong with these foreign weirdos.

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    Hovercraft are inherently very, very safe and simple devices.
    A BlackBerry is a device, a hovercraft is a vehicle/craft - not a device.

    Or perhaps I'm wrong:

    device |diˈvīs|
    noun
    1 a thing made or adapted for a particular purpose, esp. a mechanical or electronic contrivance : a measuring device.
    • an explosive contrivance; a bomb : an incendiary device.
    • archaic the design or look of something : works of strange device.
    2 a plan, scheme, or trick with a particular aim : writing a public letter is a traditional device for signaling dissent.
    • a turn of phrase intended to produce a particular effect in speech or a literary work : a rhetorical device.
    3 a drawing or design : the decorative device on the invitations.
    • an emblematic or heraldic design : their shields bear the device of the Blazing Sun.

    I don't know, and to be honest I have bigger fish to fry.

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    i wouldnt get even close to any of these home made flying 'devices' (sorry scampy) for the exact reason the OP demonstates. They are just too fucking dangerous.

    I find helicopters rickety enough, let alone some home made two bit flying machine. fuck that.

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    FOR SALE.

    Used once only. Sailors (captains) cap.
    Cheap (well, it wont cost an arm and a leg).


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    If fact he wasn't decapitated , but received a fatal slam on the head from a flying rotor, according to later news reports.
    The victim was a doctor of medicine, he should have got engineering graduate to check out his machine

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    Some guy built one few years back in Korat...

    First test he went straight into the brick wall.

    The brake and turning sytem were both not working



    A friend has one, commercial good one, for sale in Sri Racha, need some fixing, he can do it if interested..

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    CM, What's wrong with building a nuclear reactor in the kitchen ? My missus creates "things" which are far more dangerous than a mere nuclear reactor !

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    Amid calls for regulation of the hobby to build and run the crafts.
    Can people stop trying to regulate other people hobbies....

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    Quote Originally Posted by forreachingme
    A friend has one, commercial good one, for sale in Sri Racha, need some fixing, he can do it if interested..
    This is probably not the best thread to try and sell a used hovercraft

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    Is he still eligible for a Darwin award, living in NZ and all?

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