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i am attempting to make a R/C blimp. i don't know what to cover it with. would like to have some help for making the frame. i was thinking about making it out of screen but I'm not sure. suggestions?

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ry25920

10 years ago

I'm tring to build a blimp that will retain it's helium for a few days. It won't need to hold a gondola or anything. It will tied down.

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nerfer192

10 years ago

just use a mylar balloon and strap on the motors.

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joeballer

10 years ago

use chicken wire and some screen it has worked for me in the past

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Sun Gear

10 years ago

i was thinking of using screen also but you might need something lighter but im not sure

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rc jedi

10 years ago

I thought of that project too. My take on it was to use a balsa stick and hack apart servos as the motor and speed control. put a small prop on the servo motors. 1 to lift, 2 parallel on booms for forward and steering. Mount helium balloons on the balsa rail. cheapo blimpo. battery must be light. lipo are 4 volt. might work.

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James (pseudo-geek)

10 years ago

use piano wire for the frame. glue it together with a soldering iron. you can bend it into perfect circles. for the covering, you'll need something airtight to hold the helium (or whatever you use). try canvas, and seal it with a thin layer of flexible epoxy.

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Sun Gear

11 years ago

the blimp/dirigible is almost complete

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Sun Gear

11 years ago

could screening (used for windows) be a good frame?

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Pat Sowers

11 years ago

You can go to an aviation store and they have a paper material that would be perfect for this. Sorry I dont know what it is called.

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Goodhart

11 years ago

Didn't I see PSci do something along these lines recently (or am I delusional again?) ?

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NachoMahma

11 years ago

. I'd use Mylar for the covering. Not sure about the frame.

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KitemanNachoMahma

Reply 11 years ago

Definitely mylar for the skin (it's one of the few membranes that will retain helium for more than an hour or so), and if it's a blimp it won't need a frame - gas pressure should hold it in shape. (If you mean the frame of the gondola, though, I would either use bamboo for cheapness, or most R/C modelling shops will sell thin carbon-fibre or plastic tubes suitable for the job.)