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  • max1234ita commented on bekathwia's instructable Solar Balloon1 year ago
    Solar Balloon

    You can use one single bag only if it's *very* big and thin, (say, some micron) Otherwise, the air inside it won't have the lift capability needed to get aloft te plastic bag, the sealing tape and the retention line. Not to speak of a possible load (balloon, candies, parachute bear, etc.Iin the late 70s, I was just a boy, then, in Italy, a toy was sold called "UFO Solar":http://imagorecensio.blogspot.fr/2015/01/ufo-solar... (only in Italian, sorry, hope online translators will help :-) )It was just like that, a 6-micron thin plastic foil, opened at the ends. It had a 20-meter nylon line and a small plastic ring to attach it. The vendor declared it could reach an altitude of 10000 m (32800 ft) and more; selling it was prohibited by Italian Laws in 1984, due to the danger it c...

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    You can use one single bag only if it's *very* big and thin, (say, some micron) Otherwise, the air inside it won't have the lift capability needed to get aloft te plastic bag, the sealing tape and the retention line. Not to speak of a possible load (balloon, candies, parachute bear, etc.Iin the late 70s, I was just a boy, then, in Italy, a toy was sold called "UFO Solar":http://imagorecensio.blogspot.fr/2015/01/ufo-solar... (only in Italian, sorry, hope online translators will help :-) )It was just like that, a 6-micron thin plastic foil, opened at the ends. It had a 20-meter nylon line and a small plastic ring to attach it. The vendor declared it could reach an altitude of 10000 m (32800 ft) and more; selling it was prohibited by Italian Laws in 1984, due to the danger it could represent for flying planes (I think it's still available on the internet from foreign vendors, however).I still remember the (in)glorious end of my balloon: I was at my grand parents' country home; one day plastic ring broke and the balloon (which was only 2-3 meters above the ground) started gaining altitude. I immediately grab my slingshot (yes I was a VERY BAD boy :-) ) and started shooting stones at it: the first 2-3 shots were fast, direct hits and went through the balloon's body without making great damage.Eventually, I got an irregularly shaped stone and managed placing it in a quite angulated way. Poof. A long rip appeared and the balloon started losing altitude... very slowly, but it was going down. It was out of reach, now, since a light wind was blowing... so I started running after it, through the fields. It touched down about 1 Kilometer away...I never used it again, but since then I've learned some important lesson:1) Balloons and are quite hard to shoot down (I've had luck that time, I think): the easily follow the wind and can cover long distances over a quite short time.2) If you plan flying such a thing, have your slingshot and some sharp pebble ready in your pocket... just in case! :-)Max - ItalyPS Remember that kites and other similar toys should not be flown over a certain altitude (in Italy it's 50 meters, but you'd better check your local Laws)

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  • From Logo to Lego - Creating a Lego Mosaic

    Well, it seems quite like creating a computer icon in the real life.Maybe a free icon editor, like Greenfish (http://greenfishsoftware.org/gfie.php) can be useful?(BTW, if you are looking for a free vector graphics editor, just take a look to Inkscape (http://www.inkscape.org)Cheers,Max - Italy

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  • How to Fill an Office with Packing Peanuts

    Nice, but I didn't get one point: after having sealed the door and put something heavy behind it to increase its resistance... how do you leave the room? O-O

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