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Old 06-28-2007, 01:43 PM
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I'm thinking I should buy 1 or maybe 2 scales.

I have no way of weighing my completed airplanes.

Plus, since I'm doing electric, I'd like to simulate the weight of a battery.

So it looks like I need two scales.

Any recommendation on what to buy and where to buy it??? I don't want to spend a fortune...


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Old 06-28-2007, 02:12 PM
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Default RE: Where to buy scales?

Not sure how much you want to spend but I bought a fish scale for weighing the entire plane. I think the cost was ~ $20, I bought one on Amazon.com
If you want to weigh individual components maybe a digital diet scale is the way to go.
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Old 06-28-2007, 02:13 PM
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You can get a pretty accurate fish scale at your local Bass Pro Shop. They sell a digital scale that works well for a good price. Just hang the plane from the scale and read the weight. For smaller parts, I use a postage scale (also digital) that I bought at one of the office joints (Office Max, Office Depot) and I weigh each part (especially the ribs) in order to keep the plane balanced laterally.

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Here is where I got mine. www.saveonscales.com
I got two scales, the Ultraship 35 (35lb cap., .1oz acc.), and the MX300 (300g cap., .1g acc.)

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Default RE: Where to buy scales?

I bought mine from e-bay. Someone in another thread said to look for "postal scale" and found one for $18.00 including shipping, insurance, etc. The one I bought has a precision of 0.1 oz and can weigh up to 35lb. I also saw many on lower ranges.

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I went to Office Max and bought a postage scale, paid about $30. Mine is a platform style, with a dial calibrated down to ounces, and it will weigh up to 50 pounds. It's accurate enough for the USPS, so I guess it's close enough for government work
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Oh really...... Last time I sent a small package, the USPS scale said that my item was heavier than what my scale said. Ya know an ounce here and an ounce there????
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ORIGINAL: anonymouse

Oh really...... Last time I sent a small package, the USPS scale said that my item was heavier than what my scale said. Ya know an ounce here and an ounce there????

So if you care about getting an honest weight for your model airplane, don't take it to the USPostalService to weigh it? right?
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ORIGINAL: anonymouse
Oh really...... Last time I sent a small package, the USPS scale said that my item was heavier than what my scale said. Ya know an ounce here and an ounce there????
Without having both scales checked, we do not know which one is correct.
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I guess I'll concede that the USPS scale "must" be correct. After all, that 1 or 2 cents is a lot more important than the correct wieght of my airplane........
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Da Rock, Yeah, sorta like paying for the butchers thumb........
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I order one online and paid $30 and then saw it here a week later..

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=95364
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prgonzalez, Where did you find a scale with that kind of range for $18.00? I would be interested in getting one.
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prgonzalez, Where did you find a scale with that kind of range for $18.00? I would be interested in getting one.

Make sure there is a gurantee of accuracy.

I've got some test weights for my other hobby. The scales for that hobby don't go up high enough for my models, but the test weights work anywhere. I took back a couple of different scales over the years that were great deals. I made sure the people who sold them guaranteed their accuracy before I paid 'em. Funny, but they were not happy to see me again so soon. And didn't want to pay the refunds.
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Old 06-28-2007, 08:40 PM
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da Rock, Where would a person get some standards? Maybe 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and 1 oz? Those should be enough to calibrate so you could make 1 or 2 pound wieghts to calibrate higher. With what I fly anything within a couple of oz would be close enough.
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I've bought 2 scales from this site and they also sell weights too... http://www.oldwillknottscales.com/
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Thanks to all you replied...

I just got back from an office supply store. Bought a digital scale that weighs up to 10 pounds. And is accurate to 1/10 an ounce. $40.00.

That should take care of most of my needs. At least my smaller planes. Anything bigger than that, I'll need a different scale, and that kind of granularity won't be needed.


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ORIGINAL: anonymouse
I guess I'll concede that the USPS scale "must" be correct. After all, that 1 or 2 cents is a lot more important than the correct wieght of my airplane........
I didn't mean USPS "must" be correct. I just meant that both scales would have to be tested to know for sure which one was off.
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Glad you found one that works for you. As I said, if you weigh the ribs and spars in fact, all the wing parts, you can keep a running tally, and switch out a light part for a heavy part, and keep shuffling side to side and you will have a model that balances laterally.

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Carell, I understand, and I guess my statement wasn't as funny as I thought it was and if I have to explain, it isn't funny at all..........I guess I'll cancel my audition for the Last Comic Standing show...
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I bought my scale from [link=http://www.digitalscalescenter.com]Digital Scales Center[/link]. They have the BEST customer service and their site is really easy to navigate.
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