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Blimp no 2 by flaketom Blimp no 2 by flaketom
An unmanned blimp with anti air missiles.
*added a silhouette to show the overall dimensions.
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:iconrealitybender-kera:
REALITYbender-Kera Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  New Deviant
this U.B. (unmanned blimp) might be good for border watches in my theoretical country, Belka due to that its an island. Keep it up!
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flaketom Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
Thanks! Will try, will try.... :D
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xparament Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015   Filmographer
great one!
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:iconflaketom:
flaketom Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015
Thanks a lot!
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NOMANSNODEAD Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I haven't seen this one, damn awesome man! I always enjoying your work so much by the way.. :)
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:iconflaketom:
flaketom Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015
Many MANY thanks!
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templerman Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
Great concept, especially the vertical design being its best feature. As an advanced concept in Eco-science-fiction, I have always wondered if it would be possible to regenerate areas of the Ozone layer by artificial means. If something like this could be adapted as a very high altitude ozone generator platform, in large enough numbers to be effective. It would require a lot of miniaturizing of a power source, and a some form of compact ozone generator. Of course, it would require some form of super strong fabric or fiber composite that would be capable of withstanding the pressure and cold at the altitudes necessary for these to operate. Maybe the ideas full of hot air,(no pun intended) but your blimp project got me to thinking about the this two and a half decades old concept. Really great work!
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OrionShipworks Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting idea! Any way to make a stealth version?
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:iconflaketom:
flaketom Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
SOunds interesting. Maybe!
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Merlote Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
(Using my wife's DA account)

Any thoughts about Civilian versions? Possibly modular "sky-stations" where the envelopes are grouped together for large communications arrays say? Solar panels on the top for power, etc?
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:iconflaketom:
flaketom Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Actually I never thought about a civilian version, but there should be plenty of usages for it. Communications, monitoring of traffic or (possible) forest fires, collecting weather data or patrolling sea borders to secure from illegal fishing, or waste dumping.
Another military use could be submarine detection and ASW.
It's main advantage, especially if equipped with solar panels (or even a small wind charger) it could stay in the air for extended periods working autonomously.
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CUTANGUS Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Really love the concept of vertical airship. You are a superb designer, as usual.
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:iconflaketom:
flaketom Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Glad you like it and thanks for the kind words! Yeah, I also like the unusual silhouette and it's space saving advantages.
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ModalMechanica Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
cool concept
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:iconflaketom:
flaketom Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Thanks! Much appreciated coming from you!
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ModalMechanica Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
haha, are you kidding? I wish I could portray some of my ideas as convincingly as you do. You've always brought a lot of real world believability into your designs. I'd honestly assume you are actually a defense systems designer or something haha.
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flaketom Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
defense system designer?! Haha, I am biologist fiddling with sketchup in my spare time. But thanks for the kind words and I am happy to hear my stuff and intention of believability works out. Still love your style and think you're a amazing designer/concept artist. Dig your Blog btw. Now enough with the praising :D
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NikitaTarsov Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Könnste eigentlich gleich zu dem Dronenträger dazustellen. Die Size-ref is auch nich verkehrt.
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:iconflaketom:
flaketom Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Stimmt, wollte ich auch ursprünglich, aber dann weiss ich auch nicht wie ich beides richtig aufs bild kriege...
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NikitaTarsov Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Ach so - schade eigentlich, aber wenigstens geht´s auch mal jemandem anderem so wie mir XD
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MrJumpManV4 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah much better, got a good perspective of the size now.
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flaketom Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Yeah, that was kind of missing. Thanks!
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johnnyharadrim Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Just put lots of them up in the air, with decoy/dummy balloons. Give the enemy too many things to shoot at, no need to over-engineer what is basically a drone weapons platform suspended to a big gas bag ;)
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flaketom Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
decoys are a good one :D
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
I think it's feasible if you reduce the number of missiles.
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flaketom Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
Yeah, I was actually hassling if 16 missiles are too many, but then I thought, that means less reloading and the weight added isn't so much...
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
Well remember when it was thought that kid was in a weather balloon?

That balloon could only carry about 50 pounds of material.
You want to carry 16 missiles, directional engines, batteries, and a popcorn maker. You might need bigger bags:P
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flaketom Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
I added a silhouette to show off the overall dimnesion, but still you are probably right.
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
I'm never right so just ignore me:bucktooth:
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flaketom Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
haha, and the same one is right for me...
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MrJumpManV4 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
heheh, very nice as always. I assume the balloon is modular to prevent it from being shot down so easily?
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flaketom Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
Yeah it's modular. Cool it's recognizable. First four big cells which are then subdivided as well. It has Chaff and Flare launchers, but if they fail to work (e.g. bullets...) the cells help a bit. If too many of the aircells are destroyed, it has an emergency parachutes (the 3 boxes under the ring with the long antennas). The whole balloon will be blown off, and the chutes will open. And to soften the impact on the ground small airbags(from the boxes on the 'legs') will open. Thought that would make sense, so the expensive stuff will be safer.
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johnnyharadrim Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
I would totally not be surprised if something like this shows up over Kansas City or Ohio...
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flaketom Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
Nice it worked out, as I tried to keep it as realistic as possible. Althought them missiles are more of an Russian design, so that wouldn't be to good over Ohio :P
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
Anything that can destroy Ohio is good for the rest of us:P
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johnnyharadrim Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
Oh dang, you're right, I just assumed they were Hellfires!
Yep, those multi-battery ATGWs you see on KA-50s. Beam riders, not fire-and-forget, if I recall correctly...
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flaketom Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
They are Anti Air missiles, based on the Igla.
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:iconjohnnyharadrim:
johnnyharadrim Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
Cool, best place to put AAMs is...in the sky where the targets are ;)
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Reactor-Axe-Man Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How tall is the gas envelope?
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flaketom Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
Gotta measure that. I made it quite tall, double of what is visible in the pic. And the upper part has an bigger diameter. Will check and tell you.
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BMW-Concepts Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
hahaha! I love it! Unique shape as well>! Obnoxious to hit>
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flaketom Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
Thanks man! :D
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