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Old May 12, 2010, 10:19 AM
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120" Big F'n Bee

Well after loosing my Bee a few years back, and divorce and relocation to Texas, ect, ect, ect! I have decided to build another 120" Lazy Bee. Taking what I learned on the first one, as well as learning a new to me, or old as it were, covering technique, Fabric and dope (thanks Everett). The costs are mor inline to what my budget will handle

I have most if not all the wood needed. I have a couple of changes, from the last one, in mind. Landing gear, horizontal stab and elevator thickness, I need to hide the servos in this version.

Power will either be a DL100 or Reaper GR85CC on 12S 10000 MaH, with a 160 or 200 Amp controller, I have both systems less the controller. As I get to the fuse I will make that decision.

Control will be Spektrum Rx, I have a Seiko Monster servo for the rudder ,1800 in oz on 3S 2100 lipo, and power HD servos, 284 in oz, for the elevator.
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Old May 12, 2010, 03:00 PM
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Good luck. I will be watching. Are you going to post photos of your build?

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Old May 12, 2010, 03:13 PM
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Yes I will be taking pics, might even start tonight, so you can see how messy my garage/ shop really is...lol
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Old May 12, 2010, 08:42 PM
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First do you really need that big of a servo on the rudder? This is not that big of a plane...

In the same line I also don't think you'll need that much motor and ESC.

What is your projected weight? Seems like you are way over powering this but I got flamed for saying someone else needed more power in this forum...
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Old May 12, 2010, 09:22 PM
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First do you really need that big of a servo on the rudder? This is not that big of a plane...

In the same line I also don't think you'll need that much motor and ESC.

What is your projected weight? Seems like you are way over powering this but I got flamed for saying someone else needed more power in this forum...
Evan, need has little to do with this project... LOL

I have all this stuff already, why not use it, the Rudder is full flying and 2 foot x 2 foot. On V1 it is no longer with us because the rudder failed and stalled the 2 805BB servos that were ganged together on the pull pull system, there was so load on the 5 cell 3300 MaH NiMh battery that I had no control and the plane went in, so I feel that it will work getter with this large of a servo on its own 3S 2100 Lipo battery.

I will always over power my aircraft, I am a 3D pilot , or at least I try...lol Having said that, its easier to throttle back than it is to wish I had more power.

Projected weight will be around 30 lbs. V1 was way too light, its all up weight was 23lbs. I feel at 30lbs it will be a much better plane.

In case you were wondering the main wing has 5040 Sq inches of wing and the elevator is 66 inches wide, I don't remember the cord of the stab/elevator combo, but its freaking HUGE!!!

Feel free to ask questions or give me your input, I am always happy to see different opinions and I will give you my reason why I am building it the way I am. I don't claim to be the be all, end all, when it comes to building these planes. All input is appreciated!
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Old May 13, 2010, 12:53 AM
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that's a great idea!! keep us posted, I'm in the middle of a 40" bee myself, its coming along great, I did half the laminations tonight. I'd like to know how stable a photo platform that bee will be, with the huge wing area you could lift some serious equipment up there.
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Old May 13, 2010, 06:04 AM
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Cool, keep us posted.
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Old May 13, 2010, 12:26 PM
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that's a great idea!! keep us posted, I'm in the middle of a 40" bee myself, its coming along great, I did half the laminations tonight. I'd like to know how stable a photo platform that bee will be, with the huge wing area you could lift some serious equipment up there.
A Bee is a great platform for photos, huge wing a fairly large fuse, the only issue is ground clearance. However if you wanted to leave a bay open on the bottom, I am sure you could make that work.

Bees love to fly slow and will hang on a thermal for ever! I have had my 60" electric bee in the air for over 45 mins. only reason I landed was because the transmitter batter was low.

I wll be adding pics as this goes along, I laminate different that most. may not be a smooth as using a form, but I think its faster and works just as well.
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Old May 14, 2010, 09:14 AM
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subscribed, :-)
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Old May 14, 2010, 11:30 AM
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subscribed i expect some good pics though but it should be amusing to see that big of a wing being covered do you have a spare cloths iron to do the covering
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Old May 14, 2010, 11:34 AM
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Nice project Click!!

I love to see old classics with new "giant" twists!!
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Old May 14, 2010, 11:41 AM
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subscribed i expect some good pics though but it should be amusing to see that big of a wing being covered do you have a spare cloths iron to do the covering
I have a local guy who is gonna show me how to cover with fabric and dope, so I have no idea how all that works, stay tuned, I will be going to his house the 2nd weekend in June for my lessons!!

Thanks again Everett, you ROCK!!
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Old May 14, 2010, 09:25 PM
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Silly! I've already given you your first lesson! Ditch the plastic stuff! :-D
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Old May 16, 2010, 10:02 PM
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Ok gents! I have officially begun the build.

I have one elevator half done and sanded. The other is drying.

Hang on this is gonna go pretty fast!!
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Old May 16, 2010, 11:06 PM
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Man.. That puppy is going to be HUGE!!!

Think you'll have this ready for the trip to FLI?
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