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microsect
12-26-2007, 01:43 AM
Say hello to the San Diego mini blimp!


http://www.nolanchart.com/article703.html

http://flyinghouse.com/flightcrew.jpg

pacelli
12-26-2007, 01:51 AM
Wow, what a great mini-blimp!! What have the responses been like?

european
12-26-2007, 02:05 AM
for some reason i think its not that "mini" lol.
it looks like it can actually lift a person if its filled with helium or so :)

francisco
12-26-2007, 02:17 AM
How much does it cost, roughly, to fill with helium?

If the cost to deflate and refill between uses is prohibitive, can it be kept full (with small top-offs as necessary), and can it be transported in filled state in a U-Haul type 20' or 24' straight truck?

kushaze
12-26-2007, 02:26 AM
It looks like one of those arena blimps that spits out free things at sporting events.

microsect
12-26-2007, 02:47 AM
The blimp measures 20' long and has a volume of 370 cubic feet of helium. It comes with a light kit that allows us to illuminate it at night, a 120 ft. tether and electric cord, a helium fill hose, and artwork on both sides. The cost was $1642. Not included was shipping (about $80) and helium, which we will have to buy locally and have to recharge the blimp with about once every 10 days for $150-$200. We purchased it from Arizona Balloon Company in Glendale, AZ. So far, we are about 2/3 of the way there to cover our costs and have some left over for helium, etc.

The blimp is floating next to high-traffic location. I'll let u guys know what kind of response we get.


-About 40 people from our meet up group donated about 50 bucks and raised the money in no time.

I hope every meet up group out there considers this.


Thanks Elizabeth for setting up this project!

Man from La Mancha
12-26-2007, 03:04 AM
The blimp measures 20' long and has a volume of 370 cubic feet of helium. It comes with a light kit that allows us to illuminate it at night, a 120 ft. tether and electric cord, a helium fill hose, and artwork on both sides. The cost was $1642. Not included was shipping (about $80) and helium, which we will have to buy locally and have to recharge the blimp with about once every 10 days for $150-$200. We purchased it from Arizona Balloon Company in Glendale, AZ. So far, we are about 2/3 of the way there to cover our costs and have some left over for helium, etc.

The blimp is floating next to high-traffic location. I'll let u guys know what kind of response we get.


-About 60 people from our meet up group donated about 50 bucks and raised the money in no time.

I hope every meet up group out there considers this.


Thanks Elizabeth for setting up this project!With some day and night video and pictures please. thanks

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Lexx78
12-26-2007, 03:36 AM
that looks very good indeed, I didnt know they came in that size, I would want one to make it radio controlled and fly around town :)

abruzz0
12-26-2007, 03:50 AM
I see Mike Benoit!

jahazii
12-26-2007, 04:23 AM
Awesome

Man from La Mancha
12-26-2007, 04:44 AM
that looks very good indeed, I didnt know they came in that size, I would want one to make it radio controlled and fly around town :)
There not cheap and require calm wind conditions. I would think tethered is just fine and alot cheaper.
http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/4182/blimpremotesp6.jpg

walt
12-26-2007, 07:41 AM
maybe thousands of small blimps is the way to go! :)

pacelli
12-26-2007, 12:09 PM
maybe thousands of small blimps is the way to go! :)

Imagine if every meetup in each city had one of these things. You wouldn't have to track them by GPS, you wouldn't have to try to predict the path in order to get a glimpse, and you wouldn't have to worry about a moneypit situation.

microsect
12-26-2007, 01:53 PM
I see Mike Benoit!

lol yeah he is the guy with the yellow shirt.


Props to mike his Ron Paul Meetup group in San Diego is over 700 members!

Shatterhand
12-26-2007, 02:03 PM
Please post photos when it you get it up in the air on the tether. Great work. Kudos.

Amazing too, how ideas generate new ideas. Blimp = smaller blimps.
:D:D:D:D

gcdugas
12-26-2007, 06:13 PM
The blimp measures 20' long and has a volume of 370 cubic feet of helium. It comes with a light kit that allows us to illuminate it at night, a 120 ft. tether and electric cord, a helium fill hose, and artwork on both sides. The cost was $1642. Not included was shipping (about $80) and helium, which we will have to buy locally and have to recharge the blimp with about once every 10 days for $150-$200. We purchased it from Arizona Balloon Company in Glendale, AZ. So far, we are about 2/3 of the way there to cover our costs and have some left over for helium, etc.

The blimp is floating next to high-traffic location. I'll let u guys know what kind of response we get.


-About 40 people from our meet up group donated about 50 bucks and raised the money in no time.

I hope every meet up group out there considers this.


Thanks Elizabeth for setting up this project!



Can you get it to a MeetUp in WA after Super Tuesday? And then to OR after the 2/19 primary? How fast can you get one complete with the art work delivered to your door? Thanks.

Tidewise
01-02-2008, 04:13 PM
The Ron Paul San Diego mini-blimp pays off with a television interview of our fearless Meetup leader Mike Benoit.

The blimpette has been proudly flying in a super high-visibility area near downtown SD - it was irresistible to the local TV newscritters.

Nice work people!