Never really thought I'd say that.
I was approached by a friend I have worked for in the past (aviation related) who had a sewing project he needed help with. Little did I know that the next day I would start construction on a 12 foot by 10 foot blimp!
It's a really unique shape, not traditional in any way and is meant for indoor arenas, sporting events, and if they get enough funding, an outdoor large scale version. I'll post some pics of what I have been working on and as I finish up the project I'll get some pictures of it inflated and flying.
The 'gondolas' (two parts) have been the most difficult part, very similar to designing a tent, just upside down; a lightweight carbon fiber frame supporting a complex shape made of lightweight ripstop nylon. It has compound curves, an awkward shape, lots of zippers, and needs to be able to support motors wires and rotational torque. yuck.
The rear gondola:
The front gondola:
A custom pressor foot I made from an old plastic one for sewing a zig-zag stitch over a carbon fiber rod:
And the immense yardage of ripstop used for the 'towers' that hold the helium bags:
More to come,