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Radio Controlled Hot Air Balloons & Airships

G-ERMS - Hot Air Airship - Radio Controlled

Balloon name: Germs & Size: 3500 cuft Airship
Burner: Made by Thunder Balloons - Missing
Gondola: Made by Thunder Balloons - Damaged
Cylinders: 3 inverted disposable camping gas butane cylinders - Missing
Frequency:
27MHz Band - Missing
Information: This is a 3500 cuft airship made by Thunder Balloons in 1978, built as a prototype for their full-size airship. Registered as G-ERMS (
Experiential Radio-Controlled Model Ship) and con.no AS1. The envelope was made out of a material specially made by a sail manufacturer in Southampton (a rubberised ripstop nylon)

Update: Only being cold inflated due to age.

G-BBOD - Hot Air Balloon - Radio Controlled

Balloon name: Little Titch
Basket: Unsure if it ever had one
Mascot's Name:
Information: Registered incorrectly as an AX6-056A initially, reregistered as a
Thunder 0-5 Registration: G-BBOD and given the serial number 013 (as Thunder Balloons decided that no one would want this, despite this being their first balloon)  48 Gores originally fitted with load tapes (now removed). It was made as the prototype for Simon Faithfull’s 'Eric of Titchfield', G-BBOY and given Thunder serial 001, even though it was built a full year after their prototype G-BAIR 'Jumpin' Jack', serial number 003 which was flown for the first time at the first Icicle Meet (7.1.73)

Update: Only being cold inflated due to age.

HOP - Hot Air Balloon - Radio Controlled

Balloon name: Hop
Basket:
Bölling Twin Burner
Mascot's Name:
Information: Envolope
Bölling 20m3. Destroyed but fire.

Busy Bodies - Hot Air Balloon - Radio Controlled

Balloon name: Busy Bodies
Basket:
Bölling Twin Burner
Mascot's Name: Bones
Information: Envolope
  40m3. Colours and name is from our full sized balloon G-Busy, which has been donated to the British Balloon Museum.

Little Titch 2 - Hot Air Balloon - Radio Controlled

Balloon name: Little Titch 2
Basket:
Home made Hopper with a Bölling single Burner
Mascot's Name:
Information: Envolope
  7.2m3 48 gores. Copy of G-BBOD, using ultra light weight ripstop nylon.

Buzzb's - Hot Air Balloon - Radio Controlled

Balloon name: Buzzb's
Basket:
Bölling Hopper single Burner
Mascot's Name:
Information: Envolope
  20m3 48 gores. Made by Buzzb's Balloons, using ultra light weight ripstop nylon.

Buzzb's Balloons is a compmany that now makes Model Balloon envolopes and also offers a sewing service, www.buzzbs.co.uk

Photos of Our Collection of Radio Controlled Ballons and Airships

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