Many years ago I began toying with remote controlled hovercraft, initially a rubbish bin lid with a vacuum motor and decided that now I'm in uni I need to make something that reflects this.
I began by messing around on catia to get a model of what I wanted and after about a week I had a shape resembling what my initial idea.
My knowledge of Catia initially was limited but along the way I discovered various new techniques for creating what I wanted. This meant that after working for a while on one model I restarted to redefine what I wanted and get the modeling process to go more smoothly.
After getting the 3d model I used the drafting component to get sections to print and then translate into balsa wood.
Below is the design that I had come up with.
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Here is an excellent resource for building your own Hovercraft.Its full of information on how to build a hovercraft capable of holding a person.