balloon-makers building a model before the real thing
rescher at rescher.com
Tue Aug 6 21:05:31 CDT 2002
What seams are you using for your model? I assume you're not going
to deal with French fell seams. I think that 90 cu ft (ca. 3 m^3)
should be be enough for the model to fly free. I seem to remember
that the Schlegel family in Germany has one that is 2 m^3. Let's see
what Kasey thinks about this. Make sure to post pictures when you're
done. (Funny picture of you with Phil and Skinny on your new site.)
I've thought about building a model because (a) it's cheaper, (b)
quicker, (c) I could use a cheap single-needle home sewing machine.
But I keep coming to the conclusion that I should just bite it and go
right for the full scale envelope. It's just 200 big panels instead
of 200 small panels and a coouple more miles of sewing. ;-) Maybe I
should reconsider. A model would certainly be better than nothing at
all (my situation right now).
BTW: I love the Cameron O-Series. It's my favorite envelope
profile/shape, along with T&C's Series 1. There's nothing like the
structural efficiency of a slightly bulbous envelope.
PS: I also enjoyed the pictures of the gas flight in "Ballooning".
You look as comfortable as a baby in the mother's womb. What were
you dreaming about? ;-)
At 2:22 PM -0500 8/6/02, Greg_Winker at Dell.com wrote:
>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 project.
>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 this
>weekend. Then I'll start gearing up for the real thing. My Cameron O-77
>just passed it's last annual inspection (most likely), so I'll need a
>replacement by this time next year.
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