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  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Scale for nose weights
Posted by Don Stauffer on Monday, January 01, 2018 9:17 AM

Sure glad I got that scale for measuring nose weights.  On my recently finished Connie the plans called for 4 grams.  After cutting a couple of pieces of pinebox derby weights, I had 6 grams- thought a little extra to be on safe side would be a good idea.  Sure was.  Model will sit either way.  If surface is not real level it will sit on tail in one direction, sit proper in the other.

Seems to be hard these days to get enough weight in nose. I am thinking of carving wood to fit space in nose, and use it for a pattern to make a plaster mold. I have a toy soldier making ladle and heater to melt lead. Guess I'll have to search out local hardware stores to see if any still have lead solder.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    August, 2014
  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Monday, January 01, 2018 11:36 AM

Might check out either old time body shops or body supply outfits and see if body lead is still around.  I think you can still get it from Eastwood, but don't know if available in less than 25 lb quantity. 

Might be able to get a couple of sticks from an old time shop, or restoration shop.

Another source would be wheel weights, lot of guys use them for casting bullets.  Probably get a handfull from the local tire shop for nothing.

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    April, 2004
Posted by Jon_a_its on Monday, January 01, 2018 3:56 PM

Rather than carve wood, use soft wax, from children's crayons, or the wax coverings from posh cheese, or even mini baby-bell.

Wash the wax,  then float on top of hot water in a bowl, it will form a skin of wax, fish out with a cocktail stick & mould with hands, & press into nose cavity, previously lined with foil or cling-film, skim to edge with a ruler & repeat for other half.

Practice with simple shape like a drop tank to make sure you can get it out in one piece, popping it in the freezer may help...

When you have 2 halves you have masters to use plaster to make moulds.

Any plane I've used nose weights on i have also drilled a pin through the landing nose wheel & strut.

Another option, a company SAC(?) Make nose weights and metal landing gear already... 

http://www.scaleaircraftconversions.com/homepage.cfm

East Mids Model Club 28th Annual Show 20th MAY 2018

 http://www.eastmidsmodelclub.co.uk/

Don't feed the CM!

 

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    April, 2016
Posted by GlennH on Monday, January 01, 2018 7:09 PM

The non lead solder I use for copper pipes weighs about the same and melts the same. There are hundreds of various weights used for fishing as well. Might take a look at split shot assortmant packs. I think they range from about the size of a BB up to a large pea.

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Posted by Jon_a_its on Tuesday, January 02, 2018 1:57 AM

East Mids Model Club 28th Annual Show 20th MAY 2018

 http://www.eastmidsmodelclub.co.uk/

Don't feed the CM!

 

  • Member since
    January, 2013
Posted by seastallion53 on Tuesday, January 02, 2018 3:30 AM

I picked up a box of 9mm bullets(lead only) at a gun shop,had it for awhile now.I drop a couple in a nose with some super glue.

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, January 03, 2018 9:05 AM

Jon_a_its

Rather than carve wood, use soft wax, from children's crayons, or the wax coverings from posh cheese, or even mini baby-bell.

Wash the wax,  then float on top of hot water in a bowl, it will form a skin of wax, fish out with a cocktail stick & mould with hands, & press into nose cavity, previously lined with foil or cling-film, skim to edge with a ruler & repeat for other half.

Practice with simple shape like a drop tank to make sure you can get it out in one piece, popping it in the freezer may help...

When you have 2 halves you have masters to use plaster to make moulds.

Any plane I've used nose weights on i have also drilled a pin through the landing nose wheel & strut.

Another option, a company SAC(?) Make nose weights and metal landing gear already... 

http://www.scaleaircraftconversions.com/homepage.cfm

 

Found the metal landing gear, but not the nose weights.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    April, 2004
Posted by Jon_a_its on Wednesday, January 03, 2018 10:08 AM

May have been another co. for the nose weights, it's been a while since I've seen them & wingy things aren't my main interest... 

Terry Dean as of this site: http://njipms.org/?page_id=1003

Prices listed as May 2012 though

East Mids Model Club 28th Annual Show 20th MAY 2018

 http://www.eastmidsmodelclub.co.uk/

Don't feed the CM!

 

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