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Advice Please --nose weight 1/48 Italeri AC-130A Gunship

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Advice Please --nose weight 1/48 Italeri AC-130A Gunship
Posted by JohnnyK on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 4:12 PM

All I can say is that this is NOT a fun kit to build.  The instructions are just awful.


The instruction have a drawing that I assume is a nose weight of 9.75. Since this kit is from a European company, I guess that the 9.75 is in grams. However, 9.75 grams converts to only 0.3 oz. This is not a lot of weight and it would not help in keeping the nose down. 

Has anyone built this kit?  How much weight did you put in the nose?

Thanks in advance


Your comments and questions are always welcome.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 5:06 PM

In building aircraft I use BB's held in place with Elmer's type glue.

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Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 5:23 PM

I think it says "g - 75" which would be 2.64 ounces



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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 7:14 PM

That's a weird one.  9.75 grams doesn't seem like enough weight, but maybe it would be.  A 75 gram weight, OTOH, would be pretty big...big enough to where it probably wouldn't fit in that space.  If you're to the stage where you can temporarily close up the fuselage and throw the wings and stuff on for a mock-up, you can put a pen or something under where the main gear will be and see how much weight it needs to keep it solidly on its nose and not tipping backward.  But, that's kind of a PITA.  I would just pack as much tungsten putty into the nose as you can get in there and call it good.  There's really nothing that's readily available to us hobbyists that's going to be more dense than tungsten.  Love the stuff.  As long as it's not an RC plane, you can never have too much forward CG.  Cool  

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Posted by missileman2000 on Thursday, May 2, 2024 9:26 AM

Hobby Lobby carries lead stips for weights in their pinebox derby area of models.  Densor than BBs and reasonably easy ti cut/shape.


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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, May 2, 2024 10:17 AM


 In every C-130 I have built I have had to put nose weights in it. Even The other 'C" models required it. B,Bs in white glue is the answer

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Posted by JohnnyK on Thursday, May 2, 2024 6:57 PM

Thank's for everyone's great advice.  I'll try Eaglecash'suggestion. I'll tape the model together and add weight to the nose until the nose drops down. I tried this technique on my B-29 and it worked pretty good. The B-29 was a real tail-sitter and needed a lot of weight in the nose.




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