Queen Bee: Introduction

Bill Whelan has been building two Special Shape Balloons here in the Ottawa, Canada area. If you’ve been following this blog, the first of the two, named “Bunch of Bees” or BoB has recently been completed. BoB is a tribute to Bees, being a representation of a hive with 6 bees.

What’s at the core of beehive? a Queen Bee, of course.┬áThe second Special Shape Balloon is going to be a “Queen Bee”. ┬áSince Sandra will be flying this balloon, she wanted the queen bee to be very feminine – with eyelashes and red lips, and a crown.

Here are the 3D Composites of what the balloon will look like when completed:

Alot of work has already been done on the balloon, and it is progressing well. I helped cut out the pieces for the crown, and other club members have been helping cut and sew the thousands of pieces required for the balloon.

Here’s a video of a completed eye (notice the size of the hands holding it up!)

And here’s a picture of the red lips:

Queen Bee Lips
Queen Bee Lips

And finally a video of the inflation of the crown:

I’m told that as of this morning, the entire head is now sewn together.

More to follow!