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Old 03-28-2011, 03:20 PM
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My Top Flite instructions say to make #6 Lead Shot Bags to assist with holding down parts. I have found 25lb bags at the Ammo store. How much weight is put into each small bag? What type and size of bags are used? And will one bag of 25lb lead shot be enough for models ranging from 35 inch wings to 75 inch wings.
Old 03-28-2011, 03:45 PM
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Default RE: Lead Shot Bags

I've got a bunch of these and they work real well. They're 1 pound each.

http://www.framedestination.com/prin...EI20000000000/
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Default RE: Lead Shot Bags

I used my old army camo uniforms to sew up a bunch of weight bags, but you can simply use ziplock bags if you want to . I made up 1 lbs and 5 lbs bags so that I have a little flexibility in what wieghts I used on a part. I've been using them for more years than I can count and they work great for me.

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I almost choked at the price of lead shot when I made my weight bags..but its a tool you will NEVER regret making ! I also hove some big calf length socks with bags of sand in them, They are about half the size of a french loaf of bread, they make the best moveable holding pads for wings and fuses..It works well to sand on a wing supported by the bags as well.
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How Much does the lead shot cost?? I am planning on making some up soon....Where is a good place to get 5 lbs or so?? many thanks Terry B
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Old 03-28-2011, 05:15 PM
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I have found the lead shot for 34 bucks for a 25lb bag, does that mean I make 25 small bags?
Here are some bags I found online, what size do I need? http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=...qid=1301361511
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Default RE: Lead Shot Bags

Here are the bags I made up for myself. The small bag is 1 pound and the big bag is 3 pounds (sorry, had a typo earlier when Isaid it was 5 pounds). These work really well for me.

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Old 03-28-2011, 05:34 PM
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I don't want the rest of the guys in this thread to laugh to hard at my simple method for making soft bag weights.[8D] I use zip top plastic sandwich bags and fill them with sand. Whenever I need to use bags for a build, I grab 15 or 20 plastic bags, go to the large sand can(trash can painted green) on the golf course behind my house and fill them. When I'm done with the project, I return the sand to the can. I've done this on numerous builds. Cheap and I don't have to store the more expensive shot bags.
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Years ago I made up 5 of them each weighing about 4lbs, if they were any heavier I think you would run the risk of crushing stuff with it. I made some of them cylinder shaped and the rest of them square, I use the cylinder shaped ones the most. My bags were made from a old leather coat. I would think that thick wool socks would make a good material for making lead shot bags as well.

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Old 03-28-2011, 05:35 PM
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ORIGINAL: scigs30

I have found the lead shot for 34 bucks for a 25lb bag, does that mean I make 25 small bags?
Here are some bags I found online, what size do I need? http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=...qid=1301361511
Make a few heavier bags to go with the 1lb. ones. You can always use several bags together when you need more weight. The bags you show will work, but they are a bit overkill. Just go buy a box of Glad (or any other brand) ziplock sandwich bags. A little tape as a backup to the zipper doesn't hurt and "double-bagging" is another mess prevention method.
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Some gun clubs sell reclaimed shot, that's you best deal. Stores usually only sell it in25 pound bags. Lead went way up in price and costs about 40 to 50 bucks for a 25 pound bag. I have baggies filled with shot, never bothered weighing it.
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Default RE: Lead Shot Bags

I first tried using sand in bags but any small pinhole results in sand all over the building table and my work area, so I gave up on that pretty quickly. My bags are filled with BB's, but I got a really good deal on them when I made the bags, so they were cheaper than shot at the time.

Ken
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ORIGINAL: Daryl_y

Years ago I made up 5 of them each weighing about 4lbs, if they were any heavier I think you would run the risk of crushing stuff with it.
A couple years back, I was at the hazordous drop off at the local dump. Someone had dropped off a half dozen emergency light batteries, the same as our 7ah 12V starter batteries. I grought them home and cleand them up. Nice rectrangular boxes that weigh four or five pounds each. They made a nice set of weights for holding down the main spars when building a wing. Until I bumped the build board one day and the wing moved a little but the battries didn't at first, then then CHRUnch. There went about about four bays of ribs To much weight and to hard a container.

I would think that a bunch of smaller bags would be better that a couple heavy ones. With the bags, you can always stack them up without them rolling.

Don
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Default RE: Lead Shot Bags

If you buy lead shot buy the smaller sizes, such as #7, #8 or #9 shot. The smaller the shot the more even the pressure will be. Make bags of 1 or 2 pounds weight. Best bet for a decent price is finding a local sporting goods retailer/gun store that sells reloading supplies. You can order it online but shipping will add up fast.
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Default RE: Lead Shot Bags

Zip Lock freezer bags and wet/damp sand work quite well, and the price IS right.

Les
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Default RE: Lead Shot Bags

I use zip top plastic sandwich bags and fill them with sand.
Airbusdrvr and I do the same. Plenty of free sand around, much safer than lead if the bag gets compromised. They also sell playbox sand in tubes at the home imp. stores.

I've also used books.
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Sounds like one 25 lb bag will be enough, I will pick one up tomorrow, thanks for all the help.
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I have friend who owns a tire shop and i get the old lead from tire weights. and mix it with shot. Iam cheap. lol joe
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Default RE: Lead Shot Bags

I also use the sand bags that airbusdrvr , Les and the others mention. I use freezer bags since they are heavier and double them. I've never had a leak problem. I just noticed one with a tear in the outer bag last night, so I'll rebag it.

For flat parts, like tail sheeting or edge joining sheets, I use a large board and a few discs from the weight bench.
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If you use lead shot, you want to be absolutely sure that nothing can escape whatever container you use. As you use the weight bags, the lead shot will rub together and make lead powder. You really don't want to inhale that stuff! Put the shot in to a good-quality freezer bag and seal it well. Then double-bag it. Now you can put the shot into a sock or canvas bag, or whatever else you're going to use.
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Default RE: Lead Shot Bags

I looked at lead shot but about fainted when I saw the price. Found some cheap copper BB's at the sporting goods store on sale. Just as heavy and a lot safer than lead.

http://www.academy.com/index.php?pag...348-00335-4455
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Found some cheap copper BB's at the sporting goods store on sale.
Safe? I doubt it.

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From SIMETRIC:

Specific gravity of metals.

lead 11340
copper 8930

Not quite the same weight.

Les
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ORIGINAL: LesUyeda

From SIMETRIC:

Specific gravity of metals.

lead 11340
copper 8930

Not quite the same weight.

Les
What weighs more? A pound of lead shot or a pound of BB's???

Total weight for his bags works out the same, just takes different amount of materials.

Ken
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Sand is cheaper[:-]

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