Bunch of Bees: Almost Done!

Here’s an update from Bill on the Bunch of Bees Special Shape Balloon:

“Hey every one. A quick update on BoB.

Only one long seam to build. We will make the last long seam on the shop floor, so we do not have to move the Balloon on the table. It’s pretty big now…

Almost everything else is done thanks to Dale and Jean. Dale has been here at the shop since Tuesday, what a great big help he was! We had the Balloon outside all day Wednesday. We started by untwisting some of the inner panels, then we brought the sewing machines outside and worked outside in the fresh air, sewing all day. The top cap will be completed later today. The Velcro closures are ready for installation.

Once we sew the “Long seam” to close up the balloon (from a flat sheet to a balloon), we will have to sew in the inner panel sections, sew the inner structure panels, and put the last load tape in place.

Then we will turn the balloon outside-out, as it’s currently inside-out, with the bees on the inside to facilitate sewing the inner structure panels.

We are waiting on the material for the flying wires to be delivered from Atlantic Braid, and once we finish manufacturing the flying wires we will be ready to inflate it for the first time!

Thanks to everyone who helped, I am smiling inside and out….

Sunday we will start cutting the paper sections for the Queen BEE-Loon!

Thanks again

Wild BILL EH!!!”