Remember that hot air balloon I blogged about some time ago? Well, it’s on the drawing board. Literally.
Last evening, I devoted considerable hours studying the interworkings of hot air balloon mechanics. If you’ll remember, my main character, Chester, is going to be building a hot air balloon as part of my story. But how, you may very well ask, does a fifteen-year-old boy, with no job or money, get the parts to assemble a hot air balloon?
Obviously, he raids the dumpsters.
That Chester’s balloon would be constructed from found objects seemed like a delightful idea upon first conception. Now, somewhat sleep deprived, I have realized something: Chester doesn’t have to build the darn thing. I do.
Last night, I had to figure out what common trash items I could reasonably replace with perfectly good hardware in order to create a solar-powered hot air balloon that could, potentially, function in real life. And then, I had to draw it. Technical illustration is just plain hard; talk about problem solving! I’ve used everything from kitchen colanders to bicycle frames and Elmer’s glue caps to make sure this baby’s gonna fly.
I should have the final design and illustration completed in another week or two. I’m looking forward to hearing what you think. Would you risk a flight in a hot air balloon assembled entirely of garbage by a fifteen-year-old kid? Of course you would.
On a side note, I picked up just over a pound of fresh blueberries from the farmer’s market today. I would like to make something yummy with them. Does anyone have any good suggestions?