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dash3riprock 11-08-2012 05:43 PM

lead weight
 
Anybody know a good source for some lead weights? Im tired of running to my LHS for those little stickys every time i need to add weight. theres got to be something ealse im not thinking of. somthing i can drill and use screws on. I have used rolls of pennies and epoxy with pretty good success but i need a little more this time. any ideas ? Thanks, Joe

uncljoe 11-08-2012 05:53 PM

RE: lead weight
 
BB's   (usually at ammo dept) are a great source get then at walmart  , 5 pound plastic container  about 8 bucks  pore the amount you need into a plastic bag . you can also add epoxy to secure them in the bag.<div> Semper Fi</div><div> Joe</div>

samparfitt 11-08-2012 05:54 PM

RE: lead weight
 
I get 25 lb bags of buck shot (was about $40) from local gun range:

http://www.targetworld.net/

I'm sure you have something, similar in your area.

Live Wire 11-08-2012 06:03 PM

RE: lead weight
 
Tire balance weights:D

tunakuts3d 11-08-2012 07:21 PM

RE: lead weight
 
Gary Prince ( ram3500 -rcu) sells steel powder that you mix with epoxy to form a thick paste that can be applied to the inside of cowls or other areas up in the nose. http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_10...m.htm#10903110 pm him for more info or search for more of his threads.

Peter_OZ 11-08-2012 07:34 PM

RE: lead weight
 
fishing sinkers and lots of heat :D

Edwin 11-08-2012 07:38 PM

RE: lead weight
 
I've used 1/4" thick steel plate cut out to fit the firewall. Then mount the engine. Usually on short nose round cowls like on Zero's and Stearman's. Of course it helps have a metal cutting band saw.
Edwin

Check6 11-08-2012 07:47 PM

RE: lead weight
 
I use lead flashing for chimneys. Get it at hardware stores and Home Depot You can fold it quite easily and make blocks.
Thanks,
Fred

carlbecker 11-09-2012 03:45 AM

RE: lead weight
 
Lead shot in the 25lb bag. Make holding weights or epoxy pie where ever needed.

MajorTomski 11-09-2012 05:07 AM

RE: lead weight
 
And if you need nose weight, on my last two models I bought flat round or triangular fishing weights at Academy sports. Then drilled and tapped the sides of my engine mounts and screwed the weights to the engine mounts. Puts the weight as far forward as possible, minimizing the amount needed and lets you remove or lighten the amount if needed as you get comfortable with the plane.

gibb 11-09-2012 05:36 AM

RE: lead weight
 
My buddy and I use a small cupcake metal cooking sheet. Fill the cupcake form with shot or whatever you like and hit it with the propane torch. Let it cool and turn the sheet over and you have a nice block that you can drill a hole through or glue on.....recommend the bolt on method. Again, use the mini cupcake sheet.

scale only 4 me 11-09-2012 05:48 AM

RE: lead weight
 
nice tip

I did want to try that "SteelPowder" someday too

a65l 11-09-2012 05:50 AM

RE: lead weight
 
I'd say Wal-mart for lead sinkers, but those things are rather expensive..... but they can be pounded into whatever shape you need and then held in with silicone adhesive...

tfarmer96 11-09-2012 07:06 AM

RE: lead weight
 

Quote:

ORIGINAL: dash3riprock

Anybody know a good source for some lead weights? Im tired of running to my LHS for those little stickys every time i need to add weight. theres got to be something ealse im not thinking of. somthing i can drill and use screws on. I have used rolls of pennies and epoxy with pretty good success but i need a little more this time. any ideas ? Thanks, Joe
This is where i get my lead

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trks...at=0&_from=R40

ForcesR 11-09-2012 07:30 AM

RE: lead weight
 
dash3riprock;go toyour local "Scuba Dive Shop" in your area, theyshould have a good selection of various lead weights, size, shapes, weights etc.,that can be drilled and attached to your aircraft to suit your needs.

Roger

STUKA BARRY 11-09-2012 08:06 AM

RE: lead weight
 
Why not usable weight? If you need to add weight, purchase a larger battery. It does'nt make sense to add dead weight. A larger battery will solve your balance problem as well as adding more flight time.

Edwin 11-09-2012 08:25 AM

RE: lead weight
 
I didnt have room for 5lbs of battery.:)
Edwin

check6ii 11-09-2012 08:26 AM

RE: lead weight
 
I get mine at the local dive shop. You can get some that goes on a weight belt, and shot thats in a strong woven bag. On the bag I emty out whatever amount needed.

GerKonig 11-09-2012 09:47 AM

RE: lead weight
 

Quote:

ORIGINAL: gibb

My buddy and I use a small cupcake metal cooking sheet. Fill the cupcake form with shot or whatever you like and hit it with the propane torch. Let it cool and turn the sheet over and you have a nice block that you can drill a hole through or glue on.....recommend the bolt on method. Again, use the mini cupcake sheet.

Great idea...

Gerry

aa1a 11-09-2012 10:00 AM

RE: lead weight
 
I go to my local tire store and ask for some used tire weights. They are usually reluctant but when I tell them what I want them for they will give me me a couple handfulls. Bring your own bag. They are using steel instead of lead now so there is less and less lead in the mix. They are dirty but the price is right.
Jim

radfordc 11-09-2012 11:12 AM

RE: lead weight
 
Decoy strap weights work great. They are soft and flat and can be easily cut, drilled, or bent to shape.

Walmart has them http://tinyurl.com/bchqoe5

Moggy 11-09-2012 12:04 PM

RE: lead weight
 
Zinc plates used on boats. You can usually get used ones at a marina in the spring for free.

wayne d 11-09-2012 12:50 PM

RE: lead weight
 
I would recommend Ram3500 (gary Prince) and his steel powder. Very easy to use and besides lead is toxic when melted. I took some old paper tubes from wing tubes, sealed the end with packing tape, mixed up 30min epoxy and poured it in. When its cured it can be cut on a band saw without clogging up the blade. Best thing is you can cut it to any size you need. And its heavy stuff when its mixed.

lkruse 11-09-2012 02:21 PM

RE: lead weight
 
Wheel weights at Harbor Freight. They are available and cheap.

dadragon 11-09-2012 06:02 PM

RE: lead weight
 
Edwins steele firewall is a clean idea,you dont need to epoxy a bunch of crap to the cowl just BUILD it into the plane.good idea ED.


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