There is no more impressive indoor toy than a radio controlled helium balloon. Once mastered, it can be flown around the house, through doorways, up stairs and even at a pet-and-child bothering low-level flight path a couple of inches above the carpet. The officially licensed Goodyear airship comes complete with a palm-sized transmitter unit and a relatively sturdy basket module, with fake windows in it.
Trickiest of all pre-flight preparations is balancing the balloon. You need to make it float in mid-air, and to this end the makers supply some putty, which you can add to the basket if you need more weight. If you need less weight, add a touch more helium. Once you have your balance right, the helium present will last for a good few flights.
The vehicle has three propellers giving you total control. If you're good, you can watch the fans turning and get a real feel for the movement of the vehicle, as well as mastering the handset levers and switches. Once you're away, the balloon in flight is an awesome sight, and you get a real sense of satisfaction making it do its stuff from the comfort of the sofa.
One of the best features in the package is the diagrammatic explanation of the controls printed on the transmitter handset. It makes the inevitable recovery moves much simpler, and also improves your general technique because the instructions are in front of your face at all times. Rather than having to learn from the manual, learning on the job, as it were, is easily the best way of doing things.
And please please please only use this indoors like it says on the box and in the manual and like we say here. Even if there seems to be no wind, your beloved helium balloon will be whisked into the clouds before you can look up and get to the tenth 'o' in 'nooooooooooooo...'
This product can only be delivered to addresses within the UK.
3 Micro Fans
Refillable helium Goodyear blimp ballon and rudder fins
3 channel radio control 27 MHz transmitter
Ballast putty for neutral buoyancy
Instructions, piloting tips and warranty
Suitable for 8 years of age and up
Size: length 129.5cm (52 inches)
Goodyear blimp requirements:
Blimp requires 1 x 9v 6F22 Alkaline battery for Transmitter (not included)
1 x CR 123A 3v Lithium battery for module (not included)
Balloon is filled using helium canisters (not included), helium is available from most party shops and florists.
Ym nederland is it in pont op euro, s houlang duur it toe kaming. Markiejunior, - 8th November 2011
Firebox says: Hallo, We hoeven niet langer te verkopen dit product, sorry!
What A Rip Off! £40 + rip off postage. Omg everything on here is a rip off!. + you have to fill it up with helium which you have to pay for. =( not happy. Robbie Smith, Shrewsbury - 26th July 2009
Firebox says: Sorry you feel that way Robbie!
I had one of these but my bro popped it with a pin :(. They're great fun and easy to control. I would get another one, they're so great. JJ (age 9), Croydon - 24th June 2009
I got this thing for Christmas and it's great fun, well...it was. What ever you do never leave the door open when the blimp's half full because mine flew out the door and became a little advertisement for Goodyear, never to be seen again (unless you're an airline pilot or an astronaut)! It was good while it lasted. THANKS AGAIN FIREBOX! Charlie, Age 9, Sheffield - 17th January 2009
Firebox says: Unlucky Charlie!
Just wondering, does anyone know how much helium I need to fill one of these bad boys up? Got one for christmas but am yet to get it in the air.... Matt, Sheffield, UK - 9th January 2009
Firebox says: You'll need to fill the blimp until it is near full and weigh it down with the included plasticine to get it to float at mid-height!
Excellent. Got it as a Christmas present and only thought it would be small but it is enormous. I love it to bits! Matt Breathwick, Boston, Lincolnshire - 29th December 2008