Wizard of Oz Hot Air Balloon help

Jlfolks

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Im wanting to make a realistic looking hot air balloon for Wizard of Oz Musical. My plan is to use pvc/connectors to make the frame and parachute material over the top-cut and sew to fit. Anyone ever done this and have any tips? OR have a better idea? Very, very open to suggestions.
Thanks in advance!
 

RonHebbard

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Im wanting to make a realistic looking hot air balloon for Wizard of Oz Musical. My plan is to use pvc/connectors to make the frame and parachute material over the top-cut and sew to fit. Anyone ever done this and have any tips? OR have a better idea? Very, very open to suggestions.
Thanks in advance!
@Jlfolks No tips, only three queries:
Realistic, as in full size, OR showing all of it at a reduced scale OR showing only the lower one or two feet of the balloon and all of the basket?
Toodleoo!
Ron Hebbard
 
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Don’t see why pvc wouldn’t work. Or flexible copper pipe (seen it for less than $20 for a 10’ length on amazon), or thicker gauge wire - like a giant tomato cage. Something like that might be less inclined to want to return to straight once it’s been curved.
 
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We're in the process of doing this exact stage trick at the moment and what we've settled on is using a 6' beach ball (sourced from Amazon) and then tying rope around it to make up the harness
 

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We did the basket on rollers as described and flew the balloon and rigging on a traveler. No performer flying. The basket rolled out and a hand pulled the traveler at the same time. With enough practice it was believable enough that it was all moving in tandem. The balloon was either just rope or maybe a flat, I can't remember.
 
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