DIY Hovercraft

Jan 27, 2005
Huntsville, AL
I figure that this page I created on how my son and I built a hovercraft out of junk in my garage might be appropriate for this category. What I really learned in creating the hovercraft and this page is that taking photos to document a project construction process is very hard and is something that I am not too good at :(

It was a good experiment and it allowed me to go back and review the snapshots that I took to be able to learn from my mistakes in the future. Hopefully, as I improve the hovercraft and work on some more garage hack projects in the future, I can improve the step-by-step photos -- composition, lighting, clarity, cleaning my garage first, etc.

Here is the web page:

Here is my smugmug site with all of the photos I took:

And here is a shot of the completed hovercraft (or at least completed enough to test and ride -- we're still working on refining the design and construction):
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Other than better lighting, a clean garage, and a few better angles, does anyone have suggestions on how to shoot photos of this sort (step-by-step construction diaries/instructions)?
Jan 29, 2005
St. George, Utah
I had fun following your project from beginning to end. Pretty neat project and a real teaching tool for you son. Now as to practical applications, hmmmm, haven't really thought of any yet. Thanks for sharing this project with the Cafe.
Apr 12, 2005
Man, I wish my dad had done things like that with me. You can bet I'll be stealing that idea to do with Chase.

Great stuff, Chris!

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