Queen Bee (oz8169)


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Queen Bee. Control line sport biplane model.

Quote: "For guys who do their building at drug store lunch counters, a shrunken bipe ukie. Little but flies like mad on .02. Queen Bee, by Larry Scarinzi.

The Queen Bee was built shortly after the introduction of the Pee Wee engine. Because we have always been interested in building models that will bring out the most in smaller engines, we immediately purchased a new Pee Wee (other new small engines also suitable) and went to work. Result, a ship that will go as far as vertical-eights on 15-foot lines plus one arm length.

You may ask why we chose a biplane. Somewhat following the lines of the old Grumman biplanes, we feel that a biplane of this size is certainly more picturesque than a majority of monoplanes could be. it also is a little more compact in overall size.

The original was first flown during the winter early in 1958. It handled well and was flown many times. One of the more exciting flights occurred when the ship was launched with the engine running backwards. It gives you the oddest feeling to see your model speed out backwards upon launching. After several ridiculous flip-flop horizontal-eights inches off the ground, we were finally able to get it down with no damage. By this time all on-looking hecklers were rolling with laughter at the clownlike antics of the Queen Bee flying tail first.

Our side of the story is that the engine, running a little rich must have reversed direction just as it was launched. What other excuse could we give? But be sure the engine is running in the right direction before take off!

Because of its ability to perform well on such short lines, we were anxious to do some indoor flying, with our minutely powered lightweight. The opportunity came soon when we were requested to put on a model display by the town of Union, NJ at the annual 'Panorama of Recreation.' Our portion of the show consisted of a talk by one of the older members of the Union MAC on model activities in the town and a quick flight with the Queen Bee. The stage in Union High School was small enough to necessitate cutting the flying lines down to 10 feet in length. The method we used to help center ourselves, was to pivot on a pre-picked point with our left heel. Wingovers would have to be done between overhanging rows of curtains.

With no test flights the ship was launched. Before it completed a quarter a lap, the spotlights were pointed di-ectly in our eyes. Immediately everything vas a blur and boy were those 10-foot lines short! We were spinning like a top. Because of the overhanging curtains, along with our other difficulties, we were afraid to start looping the ship from where we were standing. To remedy this we walked to the edge of the stage and started into horizontal eights. Standing still enabled is to get our bearings and we were finally able to get things under control. Graduailly we got quite confident as we performed horizontal eights below the level of the stage in the orchestra pit..."

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Queen Bee (oz8169) by Larry Scarinzi 1960 - model pic

  • (oz8169)
    Queen Bee
    by Larry Scarinzi
    from Model Airplane News
    June 1960 
    11in span
    IC C/L Biplane
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
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User comments

I built this bipe from plans in a magazine sometime early in the 60’s, probably ’63. I still have it but never flew it and, covered with jap tissue, it didn’t survive. I am now going to peel the covering and rebuild it. I’m doing a 2 part series, starting tonight, then more later.
Lou - 18/08/2022
Please find enclosed pictures of my new smart Queen Bee [pics 006, 007]. Did not fly yet because of the blowing wind but colleagues loved it. Good experience to build. Thanks for sharing. Regards, JF Diaz, Alas de Cuatro Vientos U-Control Club, Madrid, Spain.
JF Diaz - 30/01/2023
Cool lovely model
Juan Barragan diaz - 01/02/2023
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