Sub Micro (Spy) Blimp Building with Hacked Servos

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Step 7: Tips on losing weight (optional)

As with 11” balloons there is not much lift capacity to spare, loosing half a gram or more is worth some trying.

A relatively easy one is losing the potentiometer and circuit board of the middle motor and soldering the motor to the receivers built in ESC (if it has one, as the DelTang have). Obviously you lose the ability to reverse it, so you definitely to trim a little heavy. On the other hand you gain a lot in proportional control, compared to the servo circuit. You can also use it for the forward propulsion, sacrificing the backwards function. I would recommend the latter in larger rooms as in that case coming back down is probably more important than reversing.

If you’re up to some tiny soldering you can replace the potentiometers with two tiny (1/10 Watt) 4,7 kOhm resistors.
You can consider to replace the connectors by soldering directly to the receiver, but to be able to use a 9” balloon as I believe the Plantraco Nanoblimp does, one needs to bring it all below 6g. That will need another approach and another Ible. (If you’re interested, subscribe to me).
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another way to lose some of the weight is to replace all the wires with enamel coated speaker wire, like the stuff they use in headphones .
really liked this instructable! keep up the great work.
masynmachien (author)  rocketman2172 years ago

Indeed, once you start soldering, enamel coated wire is the way to go.