RC blimps are an inexpensive and relatively sober way of having fun for radio control enthusiasts. RC blimps are nothing like the fast flying, maneuverable RC airplanes, in fact they are quite the opposite. So much so that even gliders seem more potent as compared to RC blimps; however, that doesn?t mean, in any way, that RC blimps are any less fun than other RC toys & models.
Blimps were first built in the early parts of the 20th century. They had a metal frame that was covered by a fabric, filled with hydrogen. The gondola under the blimp was the pilot's seating place and could also carry passengers and a crew. A common mode of transport, blimps, or zeppelins, began using Helium as the gas-filling inside the fabric after the more inflammable hydrogen caught fire on the Hindenburg, one of the largest blimps ever built. Incidentally, the disaster also marked the end of passenger transport on blimps.
RC blimps are much safer in all senses and are ideally suited for flying indoors. You normally get RC blimps with the body being made of nylon or plastic, making it quite tough. These blimps are filled with helium, just like the real deal. Helium is available easily at any wedding or party supply store and is ideal for usage. Manufacturers provide detailed instructions on the process of filling air into the blimp as well as the precautions that need to be taken.
The gondola, under the blimp, contains the electronic motors that enable you to fly the blimp. Normally, an RC blimp is accompanied by 2 or 3 motors, allowing you to control the direction, height and speed of the blimp. The motors can be rotated and are the only way of stopping a moving RC blimp.
RC blimps are slow; hence there is very little chance of any damage sustained due to collisions. These blimps generally bounce off any hard surface that they crash against however a puncture is always a threat. Flying an RC blimp outdoors is quite difficult unless there is an absolutely wind-free day. Any amount of wind can sway the blimp and make it harder for you to control its flight. The ideal way to fly them outdoors is by tethering them to a long rope. Even in case of wind, they can just fly off to a limited distance, something that helium balloons otherwise resist.
RC blimps are commonly used as a source of aerial photography. Their low flying speeds with stable structure make them ideal for holding cameras that either transmit images, or record them. So whether you want to take aerial pictures of your house party or just spy on your neighbours (don't get any ideas!), have some safe and moderate fun with your RC blimp.