Model Hovercraft


Paper, finger skirt test craft


Underside of finger skirt

These projects stemmed from the mousetrap racecar project junior year of high school. The idea was to eliminate ground friction for maximum distance. It would have been powered by a battery for hovering, technically not cheating I think. Then forward thrust would be with a mousetrap powered fan or a wheel that contacted the ground and then retracted once it got moving. This proved too complicated so I just experimented with tiny hovercraft. They both worked fairly well, but only on smooth surfaces because of the low airflow. 


Bag Skirt model made from a trashbag

 

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