FT Super Bee WR (635mm)
- 1.50 LBS
- Power Pack:
- Power Pack F
FT Super Bee WR (635mm)
FT SUPER BEE!! The latest community series build thanks to Dan and Keegan SPONHOLZ! Based on a mash-up of on Dan's other builds, the FT Bloody Baron, as well as the FT Mini Cruiser THIS little BEE is a supped up mini with tons of speed and power! This little guy can reach speeds upwards to 90-100 MPH! Now, THATS FAST! ha With the DUAL engine setup, this allows for you to use the differential thrust option for your yaw control so the control on this plane is super tight! It also comes with an extra piece of plywood for added strength in the nose so it is even more durable then ever!! Grab a friend and don't forget your bee suit, because this Super Bee is ready for some high flying action! LETS FLY!
- 4x 16.5" pushrods
- 2x BBQ skewers
- 1x 4pk of full size control horns to be placed on top of nose reinforcement
- 1x 3/32" plywood nose reinforcement
- 1x Velcro 6"
- 3x velcro straps
- 2x zip ties
- 1x Mighty Mini Sticker
- 1x Flite Test Sticker
- Weight without Battery: 12 oz (340 g)
- Center of Gravity: 2 inches (50 mm) From the leading edge of the wing
- Control Surface Throws: 12 degree deflection (ailerons/elevator) Expo 30%
- Wingspan: 25 inches (635 mm)
- Recommended Motor: 2300 kv 2204 size motor
- Recommended Prop: 5x4.5 3 blade prop
- Recommended Esc: 12 amp minimum
- Recommended Battery: 800 mAh 2s or 3s
- Recommended Servos: (3) 5 gram servos
FT Super Bee - Build
Please watch recent build videos before removing any paper from the foam! Some videos may use white foam board, which is no longer available and has now been replaced with water-resistant foam board.
I haven't gotten it up and flying yet, (I'm still working out how to position everything) but the only two things I can recommend to make the airframe stronger is to hot glue two pieces of a zip tie to the tops of the fuselage tabs, and insert a vertical zip tie through the fuselage for a diversity receiver (heat shrink one antenna to it, and lay he other flat and either hot glue in place or tape it down. (6"props fit. I may have to see if they cause wobbles though, there's about a 1/4" gap between the 6045 BN DALprops I have and the fuselage. XD) I'm adding a Naze32 as well as an EMAX pdb so I can utilize more electronics as I go further into this hobby.
I bought both the plane kit and regular power pack (I'm a senior). Plane is plenty fast enough for me. First flight was great, no trim needed. Plane wouldn't power on after the 1st flight for some reason. Rebound it, forgot to check the controls (I'm a senior). Elevator of course was reversed and straight into the ground (clunk). The only damage was 2 broken props (very impressed with it's durability. Very fun plane. We are thinking of buying several over the winter and using them for combat (maybe with the racing packs). I'll try and forget I'm a senior.
Used Emax red bottoms, 30A opto esc, DalProp 4045 BN tri-blade props, Spider BEC, Detrum servos. OrangeRX R620. Ran the antennas out the wing top (similar to build video).
Crazy fast and it is smaller than the Baron. Flies in high winds easily since it is a little heavy and... fast... so it cuts the wind if you keep the speed up. I suspect it is 80mph in my current configuration - that is very fast for a mini-airplane. Keep it close. Give it lots of color on the bottom so you don't lose orientation.
It doesn't flare well on landing. Just bring it in low and cut the throttle.
Survives tough landings much better than the Baron since the props are on the wings and barely touch the ground. Breaking props is not a problem with this (it is with the Baron).
I had the same problem with the motor mount. The plywood was crumbling so I tossed them and made metal ones. Also increased the down angle of the motors slightly. At full throttle it likes to climb too much with stock motor offset and faster motors.
In the build video, Josh recommends a couple of times to tape the bottom of the motor cowl. That is a very good idea. The elevator extension came loose in flight and it plowed into the ground. Even with tape in the middle of the cowl, the cowl still came loose on one side. Easy repair but now I tape right up the start of the motor.
Insane roll rates even with mild ailerons. Differential thrust is new for me on a plane so I'm still getting used to it. Can't get it to spin like a top as seen in the videos but it does do some crazy maneuvers that make you laugh.
With hot motors, it is not a first airplane - it is more like a pylon racer that was shrunk and then fed a lot of LSD.
Launching is similar to a Baron - it will take off easily from your hand. Even with fast motors, you can fly it gently - but it is hard not to open it up and get crazy.. Fun and well deserving of 5 stars even with a few of the warts.