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The New Lazy Bees are here!

The Lazy Bee is a versatile slow flyer for pilots of all skill levels. It has an almost magical flying ability that makes it fun to fly whether you are a beginner or an expert. It performs very short take offs and landings. Its sprung landing gear allows it to fly from very rough runways. Its oversize control surfaces and lightly loaded wing give it extreme maneuverability. These qualities made it the original "Backyard Barnstormer" when it first came out in 1992. You can set it up to be docile and relaxing, or very responsive and sensitive. It works well with a huge range of electric and combustion power plants. Think super light, super slow floater... or highly overpowered hot rod.... or anywhere between. That's how it has been popular for use as a basic trainer, AND as a 3d trainer! It's In The Design Another great quality: Intelligent construction. The Bee is quite exceptionally durable. It can tolerate crashin' and thrashin' again and again-- with minimal damage. Also, it’s designed to be easy to repair. The wing, motor, and tail are mounted with rubber bands (bolt-on wing is an option). Another advantage of the Lazy Bee's modular design is that it's super easy to convert between from one wing option to another, and back again... Or to go from floats to wheels. The Power To Fly With All Power The Lazy Bee has flown with all types of electric and gas motors. It flies well using low power systems with power ratings as low as around 75 watts, or more powerful motor systems up to 20 or so ounces for the combined weight of the motor, speed control and battery pack. Using combustion power it is light enough to fly on low powered fuel-endurance .049s, but strong enough to handle power plants as big as .30 size glows, diesels and four strokes. . Wing Choices: "But aren't ALL Lazy Bees 'Special'?" When you decide to build your first Bee, it helps to know the difference between the Lazy Bee Original and a Lazy Bee Special. A Lazy Bee Special is a Lazy Bee with the special feature of ailerons. Both Lazy Bees use the same fuselage; the wing is the only difference. Whether you get an Original or a Special, both versions include everything you need to build either a 40" Wing or an Extended Wing (48" for Original, 50" for Special). If you want to build both wings, or even all four wings, we do sell Wing-Only subkits. The Lazy Bee's modular construction makes it possible to easily switch wings at the flying field. Which wing do you want to start out with? The Original, non-aileron wings are lighter in weight. The short span version will do snap rolls and rolling circles.The long original wing glides the best and has done well in gliding contests, especially if flown with no landing gear. (Bees are designed to be able to belly land). The Special: aileron wings are heavier, and that weight is spread out so the wing tips have extra momentum in quick maneuvers. This makes handling slightly less precise. The Lazy Bee Specials do side slips, knife edge and other 4 channel maneuvers. Both of the short wingspan versions have a reputation for flying in winds that ground most other models. The longer wingspan versions will fly the slowest, do tighter maneuvers, and glide better than the shorter wing versions. But ALL Lazy Bee versions glide well, especially when set up to be light in weight. Floats On A Bee The optional Sea Bee Float Kit will be available soon. The Float Kit works with all of the Lazy Bees and also the Speedy Bee (available soon). If you have never tried float flying, it's a lot of fun with these floats. We got it Just Right: Over 20 different float designs were tested during development. Takeoffs and landings are short and just as easy as doing it from land! Nose-overs are only likely in high wind conditions or with really bad handling of the controls. The aerodynamic floats provide more lift than they weigh. Stall speed is reduced with the floats. Float flying does not require much more power than wheel flying. Bonus: The floats double as snow skis. Yee haw! From Turf To Surf Our Lazy Sea Bee Floats are lightweight and very simple to build. They attach to the axles with rubber bands. No extra fittings are needed. Simply remove your wheels, and then rubber band the floats to the axles. It's so easy. You are ready for water takeoff! The Lazy Sea Bee also makes a very fast speed boat by running it with no wing. Crafted By A Modeler The new kits come with all possible wood parts laser cut. The kit is carefully made by Andy Clancy, the designer, from wood carefully chosen for the job. The kit includes all the wood, the wire landing axle and pre-formed tail spring, bamboo wing hold dowels, transparent iron-on film for the windows, highly detailed 3 page plans, and the To Build a Bee Instruction Book... The plans have templates for all the parts, even the covering. This kit and its instructions have gone thru a long evolution of improvements based on the constructive criticism, ideas and suggestions from many of the modelers who have built it. We guarantee this kit. The New Lazy Bees are now available! Currently we have Original Lazy Bee kits. (You do not need to specify 40" or 48" wing. Each kit has what you need to build either wing.

Lazy Bee NEWS!


****Shipping Announcement****
3/27/2020 Our general policy is to ship within one business day of receiving your order. However, this week we are only shipping three times per week. This may extend into next week as well.  
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Welcome to Lazy Bee Central! We are coming back onto the scene with some of the old favorites, some new designs that belong in the Bee Hive, and something new: scale planes! You will be amazed!

One thing at a time, though. We appreciate your continued patience. Now that we have a wood supply and everything is finally happening, we are figuring out the best way to do some things just by doing them. Things such as packaging the kits, for example, or setting up the online store for this website, haven't worked out the way we planned before the wood came (when we had lots of free time). So we hope you will stick with us as we get up and running. The good news is that we have taken our first step!

Step one: We are now selling our first batch of Lazy Bee Original Kits
. "Original" means the wing without ailerons. These kits are priced at $99 plus shipping --we are using Priority Mail-- which is higher than we had hoped. Wood prices are high these days.  

At the online store, you are now able to check out using a credit/debit card, as well as Paypal.  We also accept phone orders.  You are welcome to call Andy at (480) 498 0239. We're in the Arizona time zone, but we start early, so you can call between 6 am to 6 pm AZ time.  

Anyway, the 2020 Original Lazy Bee Kit is still the same Lazy Bee, but the kit is a bit improved. The plans have been redrawn with a few modest updates. The parts are laser cut. The kit still comes with the classic To Build A Bee instruction book, but a supplement has been added.

One important difference: In the old days, when you ordered an Original-wing Lazy Bee, you had to specify whether you wanted the wing to be 40" (regular) or 48" (extended). Not anymore. All Original kits have the capability to be built as a regular OR an extended wing Lazy Bee.

If you want to build BOTH wings (and why not? the Lazy Bee is so modular, it's easy to swap the wings out while you're at the flying field), you'll just need the wood. We will have wing only subkits available very soon if you want a dual-wing Lazy Bee Kit.
We are also selling Trexler Wheels, Trexler Pumps, and #19 Rubber Bands. Right now we only have the size 9 wheels (the classic Lazy Bee size) but other sizes will be available soon.

Step Two is gonna be the Lazy Bee Special! That's the aileron version of the Lazy Bee, the Lazy Bee Special. It looks like the Lazy Bee Special will cost $109 plus shipping. You will have to choose either the Regular 40" wing  or the Extended  50" Wing for your kit.  The price for the Lazy Bee Special with Extended Wing is planned to be $114 plus shipping.   Both Lazy Bee Special wings will be sold separately as subkits. Regular Wing is planned to be $54 plus shipping, Extended Wing $59 plus shipping.

Also in Step Two: Lazy Bee tail wheels for a complete Lazy Bee Wheel Set. Unfortunately, Trexler no longer makes the extra-thick size #1 wheels needed for the Lazy Bee tail wheel. The standard size 1 Trexler Wheel is meant for small, rubber-powered airplanes. Andy Clancy Designs is working to bring you a suitable tail wheel to use with size 9 Trexlers.

And last but certainly not least in Step Two: Lazy Bee Float Kits! Yee-haw!

Step Three Big Bees and Speedy Bees. Also, we are planning to carry covering, as well as hardware kits. We are here to help make your plane the best it can Bee!

Step Four
  New kit designs!!!!

We're still in Step One right now... but we're making progress every single day!

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