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Old 12-29-2010, 01:17 AM
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Hi there everyone,

I'm building (at least trying to build) a Lazy Bee look-a-like from a plan I received from a friend. This is my first attempt at building a plane with only the plan at hands.
The plane is still far from being finished, but I can't figure out how to make the motor mount or nose of the plane strong enough for installing a glow engine. The plan is not clear on that part and I am not experienced enough to figure out something.
Is there by any chance someone that could post a picture(s) from the nose part (motor mount) of a Lazy Bee? I have been searching on the net, but I only found pictures of finished Lazy Bees and still could not figure out how to do.

Many thanks in advance

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Michel



Old 12-29-2010, 08:48 AM
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Default RE: Lazy Bee scratch build

What size (wing span) Lazy Bee are building, I have plans for most of the bee's. I think I can help.
Old 12-29-2010, 01:03 PM
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The plans should show you the thickness of the ply firewall. Building the Bee from plans is not too far from building from the kit. It's mostly just a stick plane.
Old 12-30-2010, 03:21 AM
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Well, it is actually not a real LB that I'm building, trying to upload pictures, but receiving following message from RCU "500 - internal server error". I have posted them in my member profile instead.
The wingspan is +/- 40" (98cm).
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I just attached pictures of the nose on a 40" lazy Bee.
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To the left of the second picture, B1 shows the firewall. Looks like it says 1/32 ply, three pieces laminated together. Build per plans and you will be OK for a glow engine. I have an OS 10 FP in mine.
Old 12-30-2010, 01:52 PM
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Many thanks for the pictures and advice, they are of great help.
I'll remember to send you gents some pictures once I've finished this bird.

After it's finished, I still have a "Diamant-No Limit" to build and then I'll put my hands on a real Lazy Bee.
I used to buy and fly ARTF's, but I'm starting to like building them before I fly them.

Thanks again.
Old 01-03-2011, 04:44 AM
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Greetings: It appears that the engine mount on the TOON FLYER plans you have is of an old school variety. It's an engine mounting plate that is to be cut out to the specifications (width) of the engine to be used on the plane. Many older kits, 1960's - 1970's, that I know of, used this type of mounting plate, i.e. Carl Goldberg Falcon series, etc. You will just have to cut the plate out wide enough (add a little right thrust, 2 degrees or so) for the engine lugs/bearers to fit on top...simple and easy. I have a plane in the garage with the same style engine mounting system. Tonight I'll shoot a couple of pictures and send them or post them for you.
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Hi,

posting couple of pictures of my LB look-a-like, AKA Toonflyer. Will have to leave my first plan-building project for a couple of weeks due lack of time. I hope I will have the courage to continue later on.

best regards and thanks for the advices,

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What made you decide to sheet the wing? Interesting version of the Bee .
Old 01-07-2011, 07:06 AM
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Well, the reason is that I am a real lousy builder , I'm trying to get started in building before flying. I don't yet have the tools to actually build the plane like I should. I have an X-acto knife, a ruler, a file, some sandpaper and glue, lots of glue.
There are a lot of imperfections in the ribs and I was able to camouflage them by sheeting the wing, I realise when I finish the plane, it will be heavy, nothing like a real LB.
But I have an old OS.40 in stock, so I guess it will have plenty of power left over.

Anyway if it fails to fly acceptable, I will be able to say that I learned a lot. Then I hope my next build will be more precise.
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I hope you all don't mind if I jump in here. I am also scratch building a Lazy Bee.

I was given a Troy Bilt 29 cc four stroker, not running, just to play with. After doing some internal work and makeing a simple ignition system, I was able to get it to run very nicely with an 16 x 8 prop. The next step was to find something to put it in.

Being a new comer to RC and wanting something slow and easy, I chose to go with the Lazy Bee. I took plans found on one of these forums and blowed them up with a projecter and traced on poster paper. The wing span will be 8 feet. I have a good start on the fuselage and perhaps in a week or so I can post some pictures. I am happy to see a continued intrest in the Lazy Bee.

Thanks
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Old 01-09-2011, 02:21 AM
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Hi Goodvolts,

Welcome to the RC world. Looking forward to see your pictures.

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Michel , Don't cover the wing on the LazyBee with balsa. The real treat of the LB is that it is very very light. See my web site for futer information. http://lazybeebuild.ueuo.com/index.html all the plans you need will be found there plus more.
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Hereare the beginnings of my Lazy Bee fuselage. The wheels are segmented wood with lawn equipment inner tubes for the tires. About 9 inches diamiter.

This is a youtube link to my intended power plant: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-JYb094CPI
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Those wheels are very cool, did you make them? My other hobby besides building planes is making woodworking projects that include segmented decorative bowls and your wheels remind me of that. I never thought about doing anything like that before but that will be a neat set of wheels on your airplane.


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Thanks David

Yes I did make them and yes I love the way segmented wood turns. Just my way of showing off a bit. The rim is walnut with the inner part being lace wood, maple and blood wood. Not as heavy as it looks.
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ORIGINAL: goodvolts

Thanks David

Yes I did make them and yes I love the way segmented wood turns. Just my way of showing off a bit. The rim is walnut with the inner part being lace wood, maple and blood wood. Not as heavy as it looks.

Wow, those wheels are really nice! They are going to look great on your Big Bee.
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My first break in the winter weather to go outside to take pictures.
About 80% constructed - about 50% complete.
This has been a fun project. If flying is as much fun as building, this should be a great year.

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wow, she is lookin great! my 57" Big Bee is one of my favs. your engine looks monstrous...hopefully you get some nice vertical lines out of it. one question about your windshield area...I see the traditional vertial sticks missing...aren't they there to help hold the wing on?
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NIce observation on the windshield. This is heat formed plexiglass and once it is glued in place will become a load bearing intregal part of the airframe.
I am using the original plans for refference and I am incorperating my own ideas into it. The fuselage is also wider, trying for a better look, plus it is easier to get my hands inside to work on it.
Hope to start covering some pieces in a week or so. Dacron glider cloth.
Thanks
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Progress report. Good weather today allowed me to cover my wing and tips. Tail feathers have also been covered. Dacron cloth glued around the edges and heat shrunk with a houselold Iron.Green stuff is a nitrate sealer. Sanding sealer and paint is not too far down the road.
Still got some work to do on the fuselage.
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thanks for the pictures! looks nice covered...too bad that wonderful woodwork will be hidden.
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Getting closer. Still got some work to do on the fuselage. Hopefully in two or three weeks I will be able to start testing radio range, ignition interference etc.
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