Toy Blimps

Written by Michael O'Brien
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Toy blimps are great fun and a nice break from toy airplanes. My son and I had a wonderful Saturday blowing up a toy blimp and flying it around. Compared to most model planes, blimps are huge. They're more on par size-wise with remote control planes. The blimp we put together was about three feet across.

Toy Blimps: Easy to Assemble

Toy blimps are pretty easy to put together and are fairly sturdy. This surprised me. I'd imagined lots of intricate parts and a very fragile balloon, but it's not. In fact, the balloon even survived a short bout with the ceiling fan in our living room and was none the worse for it.

What you do is fill up the blimp balloon with helium. This is easily obtained at party stores. It's the same kind of tank you'd use to blow up mylar balloons. Once you've gotten the balloon filled up, attach the fins and gondola to the unit. Once you add batteries, you're ready to fly.

On Your Mark

The best way to use the toy blimps is to get two or more. That way, you won't have to fight over who gets to fly first and you don't have to grit your teeth while waiting your turn. My son even figured out how to get the blimps to fly tandem. They were like synchronized air swimmers dancing through the house. It was especially impressive to see them sail in and out of one another's wake.

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