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Kirt Blattenberger, Webmaster - Airplanes and Rockets
Kirt Blattenberger
Carpe Diem!
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Even during the busiest times of my life I have endeavored to maintain some form of model building activity. This site has been created to help me chronicle my journey through a lifelong involvement in model aviation, which all began in Mayo, MD ...

1996 - 2026

Kirt Blattenberger
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Bee-Tween ½A R/C Model by Steven Swinamer

Model Airplane News, July 1991 - Airplanes and Rockets

Steven Swinamer has, with this Bee-Tween project, probably entered the realm of the prolific model airplane builder class of fellow hobbyists. Maybe it is an addiction to balsa dust or the sound of a Cox .049 engine screaming at 18,000 rpm that causes the compulsive need to create model airplanes. There seems to be no cure - not that those affected have a desire to be ridded of the condition ;-) 

As is readily apparent by the photos below, Steven's well-honed skill at building and finishing ½A size radio control models has been applied to the Bee-Tween. Being a life-long lover of Charles Schulz's Peanuts comic strip, I especially appreciate Steven's wise selection of World War I flying ace Snoopy as the pilot. At the time of receiving the photos, Nova Scotia was buried in snowstorm of historic proportions, so the Bee-Tween's maiden flight will be delayed a while.

The Bee-Tween was designed by Randy Randolph. His plans and construction article appeared in the July 1991 issue of Model Airplane News magazine. The entire issue is available for reading on the Archive.org website; however, the pull-out section that included the plans and article is missing. Fortunately, both can be accessed for free on the Outerzone website (see links below).


Bee-Tween ready to fly (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets

Ready to fly Bee-Tween/p>

Bee-Tween radio installation (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets

Bee-Tween radio installation

Bee-Tween CoverLite fabric covering (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets

CoverLite used for fabric look

Bee-Tween frame (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets

Bee-Tween Frame

Bee-Tween rear 3/4 view (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets

Bee-Tween rear 3/4 view

Bee-Tween WWI Ace Snoopy pilot (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets

WWI Ace Snoopy pilot

Bee-Tween Plans (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets

Plans for the Randy Randolph Bee−Tween can be downloaded free from the Outerzone website.
Here is the construction article.

Bee-Tween front view with Snoop pilot (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets

Bee-Tween front view with Snoopy pilot

Bee-Tween plans description (Steve Swinamer) - Airplanes and Rockets

Bee-Tween plans description

* See Steven's Bee-Tween, Ace Whizard, Simple Citabria, Simple Duster, Quarter Pint, So-Long, and Ace Pacer models.



Posted February 16, 2019

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