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Author Topic: Is there a Little brother to the Chicago Fire "BEE", or did I buy a knock-off?  (Read 1101 times)
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« on: December 19, 2011, 04:24 AM »

This is what I bought.


I thought it was the Chicago Fire "Bee".
But, it has a wingspan of 193 cm, apr. 3/4-th of the BEE, and the spine is on the ground, together with the wingtips.

Soooooo, does anyone know, if there has been made a little brother for the BEE, or is it just a cheap knock-off?
Frame is all 6 mm pultruded Carbon, fittings New Tech Sports [though I like 'm] give the kite a toy-ish look.
Bungies are quite long, standoffs also fitted to sail with a bungie loop. there are pockets on the TE for a seccond set of standoffs / silencers [like there were on the Flexifoil Impulse].
No leach line, quite flat sail..

Anyone???
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« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2011, 08:12 AM »

that looks awful clean for a kite that would be at least 10 years old.......
Lex: got any detail shots of it?
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« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2011, 08:31 AM »

more pics: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11664659@N03/
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« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2011, 09:39 AM »

Here's a thread with another example of a 3/4 Bee, but it doesn't really answer your question.

http://www.gwtwforum.com/index.php?topic=2012.0

There are some things about your kite that look "knock off-ish", like the fittings and slightly odd proportions, also the stitching on the Bees I've had was much cleaner, but thats not a real indicator. The full size Bee has a 5.5mm Beeman frame. If this one has generic 6mm that's another poke towards illegitimacy. No Chicago Fire label? Most of their kites had 'em
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« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2011, 07:51 PM »

SOme of that kite looks reframed.  NTK had a couple bee's based on the chicago fire bee years ago so you may just have the NTK version.  FYI NTK did have FSD make fittings for them with new tech molded on them.
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« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2011, 10:36 AM »

Yep, there's some more pic's I took
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