Balloon Powered Helicopter Third Attempt - modicum of success

I had plenty of suggestions on how to improve my Balloon Powered Helicopter and combining Justwantahover's suggestions with Amir Alamir's suggestion we are finally moving in the right direction - UP - still not flying high, but a definite improvement compared to attempts 1 & 2.

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Main components
Bottle top

Main Tools
Hot Glue Gun

Filmed using FujiFilm FinePix S4800
Edited using Serif MoviePlus Starter Edition

david vernon williamson has a great design that really works. Here is his comment and link.
One of the simplest ways to improve it is use a sausage-shaped balloon (Tesco) it's got something to do with the balance as it spins round. also use aerofoil shaped wings & only three blades. full instructions at
His YouTube video of the working helicopter is here

Benjamin Adams shared this link to the actual helicopter on
I have also found it on the Amazon UK site
and this one that whistles too
and here is an eBay link
Here is one of Arvind Gupta's videos showing the shop version

Related playlists
Balloon Powered Helicopter playlist
Failed Projects playlist
Balloon Power playlist

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