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Balloon8AJim writes “Plans for a quarter-scale sized hot air balloon. Radio controlled propane burner quickly lifts the balloon into the air – and it is big enough to haul up a digital camera. Video of the balloon in action is downloadable from the site.” The plans cost money, but the freebie section has some good stuff too. Link.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.



  1. chipsndip says:

    This is pretty impressive. There are lots of hot-air balloons in the area (North Dallas ‘burbs), but I’ve never seen an RC balloon. Tempting.

  2. lawrence1 says:

    Me too, never seen a RC balloon. I’m quite into hot air balloons myself too. If you don’t mind, I’ve a joke to share about it also… :-)

    Is a Hot Air Balloon a Male or Female?

    Hot Air Balloon is a male, because to get it to go anywhere you have to light a fire under it… and, of course, there’s the hot air part. :-)

    Visit my site for more hot air balloon rides and other info too. Thank you.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Go to youtube and search under RC hot air balloon, I have put a video up of my RC balloons in flight.

    Or search under my name “growingupisoptional”
    I have a full size balloon and fly my RC balloon when the RC jet gets too expensive.
    Hope you enjoy.