Yep, little weekend project I’m thinking of putting together. Amazing what you can MacGyver with some heavy-duty twine, canvas, and duct tape.
Scaled design drawing for a patent submitted by J.B. Métivier shows two cross-sections for a fish shaped airship utilizing balloons, sails, bellows, and propellers to transport passengers. (Source: A.G. Renstrom, L.C. staff, 1981-82.)
+ Source: Navire Aérien Dirigeable :: 1857 :: Flying Machine :: Library Of Congress