balloon-makers Trying out the new list

Don DonPiccard at
Tue Aug 6 13:16:52 CDT 2002


As long as you are near the Gulf, are there any sailmakers   near you?

Check out how they loft a horizontal cut spinnaker, aka. "Balloon

Then consider that the "Nose" of the jib needs to be tweaked a little
to let it curve back horizontally to the balloon's crown.

Some sailmakers use a straight edge on one side of each horizontal
seam with twice the curvature on the other - saves a lot of time

Forty years ago, I got a lot of caching from the U.S. Olympic sailing
team's sailmaker, Rudy Aurez.  Very astute in conceiving a compound
curved surface on a flat floor.


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----- Original Message -----
From: <Greg_Winker at>
To: <balloon-makers at>
Sent: August 06, 2002 2:22 PM
Subject: RE: balloon-makers Trying out the new list

> Curtis -
> There's still a few of us out here.  Thanks for the update on the
new bag.
> I am just finishing a 1/10th scale model of my upcoming building
> It's going to be 90K, 20 gores, lightly bulbous.  I've always wanted
to try
> building a bulbous gore balloon.  Based on the model, it doesn't
seem to
> present any major difficulties.  I should have the model finished
> weekend.  Then I'll start gearing up for the real thing.  My Cameron
> just passed it's last annual inspection (most likely), so I'll need
> replacement by this time next year.
> Good Floating!
> Greg Winker
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Curtis Pack [mailto:cpackdo at]
> Sent: Tuesday, August 06, 2002 10:22 AM
> To: balloon-makers at
> Subject: balloon-makers Trying out the new lsit
> List,
> The new list appears to be working so here is an update on our
project. I
> recieved the 3/4" type III ( 11.5 cents per yard)and the 1" type IV
> tape from Bally Mills yesterday. I ordered the class 1a in black(
> the certification paper work). We have recieved the fabric from
>  heavy 1.9 with coating but inexpensive ) and we are awaitng our
> technician  ( me ) to accomplish a passable folded seam to begin.
> the cutting surface should be ready in the next two weeks and we'll
spend a
> few days cutting out the panels for the Boland 41-8 ( blue with tan
> panels and black load tapes and white thread to allow for easier
> inspection.) I am not artistic in my applications and tend to lean
> basic function so no offense meant to the wonderful creators of the
> balloons.
> Oshkosh ( Airventure) was fun with the BFA present in a booth to
> ballooning ( Ruth Ludwig ,a fellow homebuilder was there manning the
> I met Tina Reeves, as my family crewed for the Young Eagle tethered
> I was impressed with the balloonist doing the tethers as they took
> young and "old"eagles for flights and spread much goodwill in the
> with the kids. I missed the inflation of a 30 year old Semco
>  which, by second hand information, was intact !) This exposure
represents a
> very postive force for ballooning in the aviation community. I
talked with
> several parents ( who were GA  pilots)  as they tethered with their
kids and
> they were as excited as the kids.
> Since Airventure is a homebuilding paradise it is an excellent
chance for
> the balloon building movement to be recognized ( in the past this ,I
> believe, has been little appreciated) and furthered. I noticed no
> on sewing techniques, fabric( other than covering) ,etc. and much of
> balloonist know would be very helpful to others who make plane
> tents, and such.
> Some vendors (Aeroquip,radios, GPS, etc) are applicable to
balloonist and
> the rest are just fun to look at ( would you like a Stormscope radar
> real time GPS positioning for your balloon?).
> We'll continue to work on our small project here as time permits and
> hopefully be flying our new envelope in the late fall.
> By the way - who is on the new list or am writing to myself.
> Fly safe,
> Curtis

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