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Plantraco's Nanoblimp

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Overview

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 (what's this?): Download (PDF)

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!

R/C Miniature Indoor Blimp.
Turn any standard latex party balloon into an indoor remote controlled miniature blimp.

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!

A sophisticated gondola provides control functionality for the Nano Blimp.
A set of three propellers provides precise flying control in all directions.

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!

The Nano Blimp is surprisingly maneuverable.
With a bit of practice, anyone can become an expert miniature airship pilot!

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.

Sophisticated controller for the Nano Blimp Indoor RC blimp.
The professional-quality controller delivers proportional control, a built-in charging mechanism,
and the ability to play simultaneously with up to four people.

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'!

Have dog fights with your friends with the Nano Blimp.
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.

The Nano Blimp works with any party balloon.
After you've gone through the included pack of ten balloons,
you can use any standard size latex party balloon.

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!

Nano Blimp box contents.
Simply add helium to your Nano Blimp set and you'll be flying in no time!

Watch this video of the Nanoblimp maneuvering around some cactuses. I mean Cacti. Heroic Blimp Flying Fun!

Tape on some thumbtacks to the balloon and have some blimp busting dogfighting fun in the living room. Who is the best pilot? Prove it!

Dogfighting Nanblimps! Who will rule the skies above the Chesterfield?



The Nanoblimp Gondola weighs nothing and is carried by a standard latex party balloon filled with helium gas! 3 Motors with propellers are radio controlled and enable you to fly indoors with precision! It's a whole new experience to fly like this, and the Nanoblimp allows you to do it at the smallest scale. The Gondola and Balloons colors may vary and ship at random.



The Nano-X controller is fully proportional and has 4 User Selectable Frequencies so you and your friends can all fly in the same room. 3 Mix Modes, 3 Mapping Settings, Exponential and Beginner modes available for pro control of this Supertoy from Plantraco! The charger is built right in to the remote, so when you're done flying just plug the receiver into the transmitter charge cord.



All you need to fly is an inexpensive helium tank and batteries available from WalMart or Costco stores. The Nanoblimp gondola is attached to the balloon with double sided foam tape. Some extra weight is added for "Ballast" so that neutral buoyancy is achieved - The airship neither rises nor falls, it simply hovers on its own in mid air. The Nanoblimp arrives ready to go - complete with 3-Channel Proportional Gondola, Two-Stick proportional Transmitter/charger, 10 Latex Balloons, magnetic Ballast weights, stickers, and Instructions. Simply Fill with Helium and add 4 - AA batteries (sold separately), and you are ready to fly in your own Living Room!



When you burst a balloon, just fill up another one with a home use Helium Tank from WalMart or Costco. You will end up using a lot of latex balloons with your Nanoblimp - especially if you buy 2 of them and have aerial dogfights! It's a super fun game to play in the living room, so definitely consider buying 2 Nanoblimps for Dogfights! You can also get quick "fill" of helium gas from a local flower shop, party store, or anywhere helium balloons are sold.

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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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