The Lazy Bee is a small field R/C airplane with exceptional low speed performance. Typical wing loading is around 6 oz/sq ft! The stall speed is very low and the control surfaces are oversized. The Lazy Bee loops and rolls easily at speeds where most planes fall out of the sky! This outstanding slow speed performance is shared by the Big Lazy Bee.
On the ground the Lazy Bee is just as impressive. The sprung landing gear ensures that the plane handles rough terrain like an R/C jeep! This is one plane that you won't have to chase - you can taxi it right up to your feet. The take-off roll is very short. The Lazy Bee leaps into the air quickly, even when flying from grassy fields. This amazing ground performance is only matched by the Lazy Bee's float flying ability. Short takeoffs, no loss of aerobatic ability, and you can switch from land plane to float plane in under 5 minutes! And to top it all off, the floats work on snow, too!
Both the Lazy Bee and the Big Lazy Bee have been successfully built and flown with a variety of motor and radio installations. As you can see, the Lazy Bees accept a remarkably wide range of motors. Micro-radios are recommended for the Lazy Bee. If you have an .09 engine or larger, you can probably use standard servos. However, the electric powered and small-engined (less than .09) Lazy Bees need to keep their weight down and should stick with the micro-servos & receiver, and a small battery pack (300 mAh). The light weight covering recommended for the Lazy Bee is Litespan - it saves around 3 - 4 oz compared with standard coverings (Monokote, Easytex). Litespan sticks to itself well, so you can easily apply the scalloped trim of the Lazy Bee. Gas powered Lazy Bees with .09 or larger motors can use the stronger Easytex covering instead of Litespan. Three rolls (2 base, 1 trim) will cover the Lazy Bee.
LAZY BEE KIT
This is the original 40" wingspan, 3-channel Lazy Bee. The kit contains all of the parts needed to build a Lazy Bee except: wheels, engine, radio, covering, & some minor hardware. Specifically, the kit includes: pre-cut sheet balsa and plywood parts, balsa sticks, spruce or basswood sticks, balsa strips, extra sheet balsa, bamboo dowels, windows, front axle, tail wheel spring, the complete plans (3 pages, rolled), and instruction book. The full-wing plans are very detailed and include laminating templates and covering patterns - which will save a lot of time when you cover your Lazy Bee. Our excellent instruction book (40 pgs) has over 50 detail drawings and includes a detailed "shopping list" that lists everything you'll need to complete the plane.
LAZY BEE PLANS PACKET
For scratch builders. You get the detailed full-wing plan set (includes the covering patterns and laminating templates), and an expanded "shopping list" for scratch building the original 40" Lazy Bee. It lists all the materials needed to complete the plane. You also get: windows, tail spring, axle, dowels, & instruction book.
EXTENDED WING LAZY BEE KIT
The extended wing was designed to reduce the wing loading for heavier Lazy Bees - especially for electric powered versions. The extended wing increases the wingspan to 48" and adds another 112 sq inches of wing area (20% increase) by extending the center section by of the wing. The 48" Lazy Bee is slower, more docile, and glides better than the original. The kit includes the complete plans and all of the parts from the original Lazy Bee Kit, plus the additional parts required for the extended wing: 2 wing ribs& basswood spars.
EXTENDED WING LAZY BEE PLANS PACKET
For scratch builders. You get the detailed extended wing plan set (includes covering patterns and laminating templates), and a "shopping list" specifically for scratch building the Extended Wing Lazy Bee. It lists all the materials needed to complete the plane. You also get: windows, tail spring, axle, dowels and instruction book.
AILERON WING (40") KIT FOR THE LAZY BEE
Put the new 40" Aileron Wing on your 3-channel Lazy Bee and make it into a sporty 4-Channel Lazy Bee Special. The aileron wing, like the Speedy Bee wing, is flat across the top, but gets some dihedral by bottom taper. The ailerons are very large (often referred to as "barn door" ailerons) for better control at low speeds. The aileron wing is more aerobatic: Inverted flight is much easier, and side slips and knife-edges are possible. The aileron wing is a new design and shares no common parts with the original wing. The aileron wing has the same 14" chord as the original wing, but less dihedral. No laminating is required. The aileron servo is installed in the wing to simplify installation. The kit includes: wing parts (pre-cut & sticks), 1 page plans, and instructions.
EXTENDED AILERON WING (50") KIT FOR THE LAZY BEE
Add the new 50" Aileron Wing to your 3-channel Lazy Bee and convert it into a sporty 4-Channel Lazy Bee Special. The extended aileron wing was designed for the electric flyer in mind, but is a good choice for gas flyers, too. The 50" wing has the same 14" chord and even larger ailerons than the standard 40" aileron wing (really big barn doors). The aileron wing is flat across the top, but gets some dihedral by bottom taper. The ailerons are very large for greater control at low speeds. The aileron wing has less dihedral, so it is less stable and more aerobatic than the original wing. Inverted flight is much easier, and side slips and knife-edges possible. The aileron wing is a new design and shares no common parts with the original 3-channel wing. The aileron servo is installed in the wing to simplify installation. Includes: wing parts, plans (1 pg), and instructions.
NEW! LAMINATION SETS FOR THE LAZY BEE
We do the dirty work for you! For the Lazy Bee , you get a five-piece set that includes: 2 wing tips, 2 elevator halves, and 1 rudder.
Lazy Bee Wheel Set - 3 wheels
For the Lazy Bee or Lazy Bee Special. Includes two 3" main wheels (size 9G) and a custom made size 1 tail wheel. A Lazy Bee or Speedy Bee tail wheel has to endure more than the main wheels on rubber powered planes. So, we get thicker rubber tail wheels for extra strength. Instructions included.
Heavy Duty Lazy Bee Wheel Set - 3 wheels
New! For the Lazy Bee or Lazy Bee Special. Includes two 3.5" main wheels (size 10G) and a special (thicker rubber) size 3 tail wheel. Good for rough fields or for a little extra ground clearance. The bigger wheels also add some extra cushion for those hard landings. Instruction sheet included.
New! Hardware Packs for Our Kits We now carry hardware packs for all of the Bees. They have the same stuff that Andy uses in his planes (he has expensive taste, too!) You get everything needed to hook-up all of the control surfaces with EZ Connectors, stainless steel push rods, heavy duty control horns with socket head screws, wheel collars, two kinds of hinges (For the removable tail option), and aileron connectors & bell cranks (if needed)
LAZY BEE FLOAT KIT
Convert your Bee into a float plane! Works with all versions of the Lazy Bee and Lazy Bee Special! Once the floats are assembled, you can change from wheels to floats in about 2 minutes! We tested about 20 different float shapes and configurations to find the optimal set-up. These lightweight floats (3 to 4 oz) are made from balsa and can be built either 2" or 2.5" wide, depending on the weight of your plane. Most planes should use 2.5" floats, only the lighter planes (24 oz or less) should use 2" floats. The floats can be covered with Litespan or Easytex to match your plane. The float kit includes: Pre-cut main & tail float sides, sheet balsa, bamboo dowels, all the required balsa & basswood sticks, and a set of plans that shows both the assembly and installation details. If the lake freezes over, use the floats as skis for flying from snow!