Remote Controlled Miniature Indoor Blimp
The World's Smallest R/C Blimp!
The Nano Blimp is the World's Smallest Remote Controlled Blimp! Add some helium and you can turn any standard latex party balloon into an indoor R/C airship.
With a bit of practice, you'll be piloting this mini dirigible with amazing agility throughout your entire house.
The secret to the Nano Blimp is its gondola which combines motors, propellers, a radio receiver, lithium-ion battery, and a charging port into one super lightweight design.
The sophisticated remote features multiple control modes which will appeal to both beginner and advanced R/C enthusiasts alike.
Designed for ages 8 and up. Requires 4 AAA batteries (not included) and helium (not included).
Features & specs:
- Turn any standard party balloon into a blimp!
- Requires 4 x AAA batteries (not included)
- Proportional control via pro-grade controller
- Have blimp wars! (Four selectable frequencies)
- Battery-saving auto-sleep feature
- Ages 8+
- Just add helium!
- Instruction manual Download (PDF) :
Watch our R/C Nano Blimp video
Lo and behold, blimpin' is easy!
The Nano Blimp is probably the coolest airship we've encountered. Sure, those obese Goodyear and MetLife blimps are cool (we guess), but when was the last time you got to take the controls? Exactly! Flying your own blimp has never been easy or inexpensive... until now!
The Nano Blimp is an easy-to-use indoor remote-controlled dirigible. With the Nano Blimp, just add helium to one of the included balloons (or any standard party balloon), attach the gondola plus a bit of ballast, and you're off!
Sophisticated, lightweight propulsion
The Nano Blimp's gondola is a high-tech and lightweight control mechanism. It features three 1.25" (32mm) propellers, an on/off switch, and a charging port.
Use a piece of the included double-sided tape to affix the gondola to the balloon and then attach a bit of ballast (a series of small magnets) a few inches behind it to achieve neutral buoyancy. Now you're ready to pilot your mini lighter-than-air craft!
With practice, you can turn on a dime
Setting up the Nano Blimp is easy — you'll be bouncing around the room in minutes. Mastering its flight, however, will take a bit of practice. "Less is more" is definitely the case with the Nano Blimp.
Small bursts of propulsion coupled with a bit of patience are the keys to success. Similar to steering a boat, the Nano Blimp won't react instantaneously when the props are spun. Getting used to this slower feedback mechanism is instrumental to mastering the blimping game. But once you do, circling a lamp or cruising through a small hoop will be easy and fun!
Pro-grade controller = precise command
The Nano Blimp controller offers three different modes of operation depending on the pilot's control preferences and skill level.
These modes (Airplane Style, Blimp/Tank Style, and Robot Style) alter how the control sticks operate the blimp's propellers. Extensive explanation and directions are included in the product manual. Suffice it to say, this controller has got you covered.
The controller also features a cable to charge the gondola as well as a fire button that lights up a little LED on the gondola and makes neat laser sound effects.
Crazy fun with other Nano Blimps!
The Nano Blimp's remote control can broadcast on four different user-selectable frequencies. This means that you can engage in air-to-air blimp combat with up to three other balloon airships.
Simply tape a thumbtack to the front your balloon and get poppin'!
Elevate your blimpin' to the next level with the addition of a thumbtack!
Transform any balloon into your mini airship
The Nano Blimp comes packaged with 10 balloons. However, any standard party balloon will work. Just add some helium and you're all set!
Note: Helium can be purchased at most large discount stores, party supply shops, or florists.
Just add helium to your Nano Blimp
The Nano Blimp contains everything you need (minus the helium) to turn party balloons into the world's smallest R/C blimp.
In addition to ten latex balloons, you'll receive the remote control, magnetic weights (ballast) with washers, adhesives to attach the gondola and ballast to the balloon, the lightweight gondola, and alternative joysticks (some pilots prefer slightly shorter joysticks). Simply add some helium, and you're ready!
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: I notice that the kit comes with 10 balloons. If I want to buy more from a party store, what kind should I get?
Answer: The best sizes are 10" or 12" latex party balloons. You can find these at almost any dollar or party store.
Question: How long does it take to charge the Nano Blimp?
Answer: A full charge takes about 20-30 minutes. Simply plug the connector found inside the remote control to the charging port on the gondola. While charging, the remote's blue LED will be illuminated. When fully charged, the LED will turn off.
Question: Why do I need helium? And where do I buy it?
Answer: The helium provides lift for your airship! If you used your lungs to inflate the balloon, it certainly won't fly. Small helium tanks can be purchased at many locations such as big box retailers like Walmart or Costco. You can also find them at toy stores such as Toys-R-Us or party supply stores.
Question: How long does it take to build the Nano Blimp?
Answer: It only takes about 5 minutes to set up the Nano Blimp. There are really only two steps: attach the gondola to the balloon and then add the correct amount of magnetic ballast. It's quite simple!
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