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Obviously, being a wiki, and a project platform for the entire MAKE community, anybody can submit a project to Make: Projects, even kids. Here, ten year old Ben Adase has created a post for his hovercraft build — the leaf blower, plywood, and plastic-sheet variety. I love that he used simple MS Paint illustrations for the build and just that he saw fit to show off his creation in the first place. Way to go, Ben! As he puts it: “With only one mildly expensive part, you can glide a couple of inches off the ground. I’m only ten, and I can do it!”

Being a common hovercraft design, I’m sure there are others in our readership who’ve built this type of craft. Here’s a great opportunity to add what you know about this project, add your own photos, improve on Ben’s drawings, etc.

And if you’re a kid, don’t hesitate to share your project builds. Make: Projects is open to ALL makers, and that includes YOU!

Build a Hovercraft

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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