Honey B (oz6399)


Honey B (oz6399) by Lary Grogan from Model Airplane News 1962 - plan thumbnail

About this Plan

Honey B. Control line speed model.

Quote: "Another champion design by one of the most consistent speed winners in hot line circles. '61 class B Nationals Speed Winner it has won or placed in every contest entered in '61 speed season. Honey B, by Larry Grogan.

The Honey B was designed in the spring of 1961 for a homebuilt engine that was in process at the time. Design target was a strong and easily constructed model that would really stay in the groove permitting the engine to run at its peak rpm. Both engine and model took two months to complete but it was a nice looking model and figured to really go.

On the day before the Longview Championships at Longview, Texas, we flew the Honey B, it came right out of the dolly real smooth and it flew better than expected. After the clocking we all looked at the stop watch with amazement, it read 11.3 which was 159.23. I was really happy about the flight, but I looked at the engine after the flight and it had sheared the rotor-pin off in the back plate, so I had to build up a new rotor the night before the contest.

On the contest day, during the first flight, it blew out the glow plug element and the piston and sleeve burned. However, it was good for four real fast laps and three dead lean laps and still turned 146.05, good enough for a 3rd place tie in open B speed.

The next contest was the Houston, Texas Internationals and on the first two flights it didn't get a good needle valve setting, but on the last flight it was better and it turned 153.61, which was enough for first place in Open class B speed.

Next contest was the National Model Airplane Championships in Willow Grove, Penna, and I wasn't sure how it would do in a different climate, but the engine settled in real nice. On the first flight it turned 150.19 which was first place at the time. On the second flight, too large of a prop was used and it only turned 146.88. We put the Honey B up and waited to see if it would be necessary to fly again. As the time didn't stand up, we had to fly the third attempt and it turned 152.35 which was good enough for first place. Unfortunately after the clocking the engine leaned through and burned the piston sleeve. We weren't aware of it at the time and at Wichita Falls, Texas, it only turned 130.19 because of the cracked piston. However it still won third place.

The next contest was the Southwestern Championships at Dallas, Texas, it turned the best speed ever: 155.92, one hundred of a second off the AMA record, in a 35 mph wind. That was the last flight to date and if you are a speed modeler or just a beginner in Speed, the Honev B is a real fine flying machine, strong and easy. '

Construction would be perfect for a beginner. I hope you will have as much luck with the Honey B as I have and many days of happy and smooth flying.

Construction. Wing: Use 1/4 x 3 x 18 inch basswood and draw the wing pattern. After sawing the wing, draw the wing taper 1/4 in at the root and 3/16 in at the tip - then use plane, after marking the high point of the airfoil in the wing, to rough the wing shape..."

Direct submission to Outerzone.

Supplementary file notes

Article, thanks to theshadow.


Did we get something wrong with these details about this plan (especially the datafile)? That happens sometimes. You can help us fix it.
Add a correction

Honey B (oz6399) by Lary Grogan from Model Airplane News 1962 - model pic

  • (oz6399)
    Honey B
    by Lary Grogan
    from Model Airplane News
    April 1962 
    17in span
    IC C/L
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
  • Submitted: 01/03/2015
    Filesize: 186KB
    Format: • PDFbitmap
    Credit*: JJ

Honey B (oz6399) by Lary Grogan from Model Airplane News 1962 - pic 003.jpg

Do you have a photo you'd like to submit for this page? Then email admin@outerzone.co.uk

User comments

No comments yet for this plan. Got something to say about this one?
Add a comment



Download File(s):


* Credit field

The Credit field in the Outerzone database is designed to recognise and credit the hard work done in scanning and digitally cleaning these vintage and old timer model aircraft plans to get them into a usable format. Currently, it is also used to credit people simply for uploading the plan to a forum on the internet. Which is not quite the same thing. This will change soon. Probably.


This model plan (like all plans on Outerzone) is supposedly scaled correctly and supposedly will print out nicely at the right size. But that doesn't always happen. If you are about to start building a model plane using this free plan, you are strongly advised to check the scaling very, very carefully before cutting any balsa wood.


Terms of Use

© Outerzone, 2011-2021.

All content is free to download for personal use.

For non-personal use and/or publication: plans, photos, excerpts, links etc may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Outerzone with appropriate and specific direction to the original content i.e. a direct hyperlink back to the Outerzone source page.

Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site's owner is strictly prohibited. If we discover that content is being stolen, we will consider filing a formal DMCA notice.