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Airplane News magazine.
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The Super Bee!
In our November issue, we featured a
construction article of Andy Clancy’s newest
Lazy Bee related design, the Bee Liner. In
a sidebar story, we also showed a flight
shot of the largest Lazy Bee ever built
and flown: the Super Bee. We chatted with
Mark Davidson, the original builder of this
monster incarnation of the Lazy Bee. Mark
built it in a team effort with beloved Joe Nall
personality Kirby McKinney, and the plane
first flew in 2009. With a 17-foot span, the
Super Bee is powered by an Air Hobbies
9.8ci twin-cylinder engine and weighs
80 pounds. Mark renamed it the KirBee
when his good friend passed away, and it is
now hanging in the main hangar at the Triple
Tree Aerodrome in Woodruff, South Carolina.
(Photo courtesy of Laura McKinney)
Thomas Severence: I just read the article
on the Bee Liner. I love all of Andy Clancy’s
Keith Holland: Wow. How long before
someone builds an ultra-light man-carrying
George Lewis: I have built a couple of Lazy
Bees; the biggest had an 80-inch span! They
all fly great.
Matt Wilson: I remember seeing the Super
Bee at the Joe Nall fly-in! It’s amazing. It
flies just like the original model with three
Facebook Sharing Photos
Since we started our Photo of the Week posts,
we keep getting great comments from all of you.
We look at past articles and try to find various
images that show the wide scope of model
airplanes that show up to fly. This great sunlit
image of a 1/4-scale Curtiss JN- 4 Jenny was
snapped by David Hard at last year’s Blue Max
WW I event, hosted by the Sanford Aero Modelers
RC club in Sanford, Florida. Built by Keith Goff, the
Jenny earned the Outstanding Flight award for the
U In Our Mailbox Fantasy Scale
OK, here’s the deal. I am having an argument with a club member, and it has to do with
scale documentation. My ill-informed buddy says that as long as you can find any type
of documentation, your model can be built and considered scale. I am of the notion that
the aircraft has to have actually existed and that you would also have to provide real
photographs of your subject aircraft (not Photoshopped). What do you think? Please set
my friend straight.—Charlie Thompson, Alexandria, Virginia
Hey, Charlie, this is a great topic of
discussion. Many years ago, MAN
contributor, aviation historian, and
illustrator Jim Newman coined the
phrase “fantasy scale” in an article of
the same name. In it, Jim proposed
a competition where model builders
would design their own scale-looking but totally fake aircraft to
help enliven RC model building in
general. We see it quite often when
someone shows up at an event
with, for example, a WW II German
wonder weapon that was, in fact,
designed by the Luftwaffe but never
put into production before the end of the war. So having three-views and/or artist renderings is,
indeed, enough to design and build a model and consider it scale. But if you were to enter it in
a scale competition, you’d score very low because of the lack of other documentation showing
the aircraft’s details. I think, because of this, you would not be allowed to enter a scale
competition. I’d like to invite other readers to check in and let us know what they think.—GY
RN: Thank you all. MAN does it well.
You all make our flying models look
great and realistic.
DH: Thanks for sharing.
HK: Awesome. That's what it's all
TBH: That is gorgeous.
CF: I thought it was real. Wow!
AM: Cool. I just saw a full-size Jenny
at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome.