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Old 12-01-2005, 09:24 AM
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I HAVE A 60 SIZE CHIPMONK HOW DO YOU BALANCE THING THING
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It should be in the instructions what the CG is. Once you know that, then its just a matter of measuring back from the LE of the wing on both sides and marking it. I don't use those fancy balancing machines because all I'm looking for is a good starting point to test fly the plane. Everyones flying style is different, 3D flyers like a plane thats a little tail heavy, pattern flyers like a plane that balances right on the CG. If your CG is for example 3", measure back from the LE 3" on both sodes of the wing and mark that spot with a small piece of tape. I like to take two pencels and put the erasers on the spots I marked with tape and left the plane up. Naturally if the plane falls to the nose you want to move your battery pack AFT to get your CG correct and if your plane falls to the tail then you would want to move the battery pack towards the nose. This has worked for me for over 10 years. Hope this helps.
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Upside down, so that the airplane doesn't "toggle" from one end to the other.

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i know how to balance a aircraft i dont have the book what i should have said was how far back on the wing i dont have a book
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Old 12-01-2005, 11:12 AM
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i know how to balance a aircraft i dont have the book what i should have said was how far back on the wing i dont have a book
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I've talked with people that do balance their low wing planes upside down and they seem to be satisfied with that. I have had low wing, mid wing, and high wing planes and I have never balanced one upside down. I'm not saying that balancing a plane upside down is wrong, I just never saw a need to do it that way. Like I said, your just looking to get the CG in the ball park for the first flight. From there you'll end up setting the CG to your own flying style. The CG that is in your instructions with each kit was set by the people that test fly the plane and in their opinion, thought this would be the right spot. In their eyes this is true, but for someone else maybe not. What I normally do is set the CG as close as I can to the instructions and on the first flight after trimming it out I roll it over inverted to see how it reacts. I like my CG set to where I have to give just a little down elevator to hold the plane on a level flight pattern at about 1/2 throttle or a little more.
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I MEASURED THE WING AT THE FUSE AND TOOK 35 % OF THAT AND I AM ABOUT 41/2 INCHES BACK ON THE WING FROM THE LEADING EDGE IS THIS RIGHT
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is there any body out there
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Yes there is. And the following link will give you a very credible answer that you can work out for yourself and not have to wait around for your answer.
http://www.geistware.com/rcmodeling/cg_super_calc.htm
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I MEASURED THE WING AT THE FUSE AND TOOK 35 % OF THAT AND I AM ABOUT 41/2 INCHES BACK ON THE WING FROM THE LEADING EDGE IS THIS RIGHT
isn't right.

Although most CG descriptions are for a measurement that is done at the root chord, you actually figure out the percentage deal based on the Mean Aerodynamic Chord, which on a tapered wing isn't the "WING AT THE FUSE" chord. So working with what you've just described isn't actually going to get 'er done.

That website and it's real simple worksheet is really a good thing to have available.
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Jamie:

If you have a Goldberg Chipmunk, the ballance range is from 3-5/8" to 4-5/8" from the former at the front of the wing saddle. Phot shows info.

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ORIGINAL: jamie

I HAVE A 60 SIZE CHIPMONK HOW DO YOU BALANCE THING THING
In this case, a little less weight in the nose.
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In the above case, a .25 sized Golden Manteled Ground Squirrel.

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ORIGINAL: LesUyeda

In the above case, a .25 sized Golden Manteled Ground Squirrel.

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Ya think? The little sucker lied to me. When I asked him, he said he was a chipmunk... honest
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