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Building Small Gas Blimps

by Robert ("Rex") Rechs

Rex is a long-time member of ABAC, a contributor to Aerostation magazine and an experienced LTA builder, rigger and pilot. This is in addition to his lifelong work in every phase of aviation as both pilot and mechanic. There is probably not another individual on the planet who could have put together such a complex and comprehensive book project.  First published in the late 70's and extensively revised in 1997, this book was published and promoted exclusively by its author until recently, when he kindly offered the publishing rights to ABAC (copyright remains with the author and ABAC's use is nonexclusive; for permissions, contact the author directly at r.recks@juno.com).  The book include detailed lists of materials, parts and suppliers. It is extensively illustrated.

ABAC's edition has essentially the same contents as the 1997 revision. Changes made by ABAC are primarily cosmetic: we've numbered the pages, added a table of contents and corrected some typographical errors. The new edition is bound in hard covers by hand with the pages sewn; the first batch of copies is bound in dark green book cloth with the title embossed in gold.

CONTENTS:


Section Title
Page
Foreword
1
Preface
2
Outline.
3
Glossary .
4
Blimp History .
6
Design Criteria .
7

Ultralights . 9

Standard Type Certification 10

Standard Sizes 11
Materials
13
Workmanship
16
Ground Support
22
Masts
29
Hangars
43
Gondola/Airframe
48
Instruments
70

Instruments & Controls----Suppliers 80
Engines
82

Ducted Fans 86

2-Stroke Engines----Suppliers 88

4-Stroke Engines----Suppliers 89

Propellers----Suppliers 90
Valves and Pressure System
91
Fins
102
Envelopes
125

Fabric & Webbing----Suppliers 138

Assembly Procedure 145

Bibliography 153

Airship Fin & Rudder Loads (BuAer LTA Design Memorandum No. 169) 155
. Gas Airship Parts----Suppliers 160
Catalog Section.
161
Airship Technical Notes.
185

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