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Old 08-20-2008, 11:02 AM
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I read of an aircraft C. G. balancer but don't know what it's like or how to obtain one?
Old 08-20-2008, 11:21 AM
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I read of an aircraft C. G. balancer but don't know what it's like or how to obtain one?
Have you tried doing a search for "balancer" on sites such as Tower, Horizon, Hobby Zone, etc, etc?
Old 08-20-2008, 11:22 AM
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This is the one I use. Works pretty good.

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LXK259&P=ML
Old 08-20-2008, 01:56 PM
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Bob: Odd that I must have seen this advertised many times but it never registered with me as to it's usefulness. Thanks Bob will get one.
Old 08-20-2008, 04:23 PM
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I own a Great Planes Balancer and it works very well for smaller aircraft. I use a flexible ruler and measure from the leading edge and mark with a felt marker the recommended CG. Then I lift with my fingers, if the nose of the plane is slightly down, then I know my balance is correct.

Then I ask my wife hold the spinner with her finger under it, and I lift end of the fuse right near the rudder and we lift the whole plane checking the balance from side to side.

You don't really need a balancer to get your bird to fly right, the fingers and ruler are the next best thing. Also I try to move my equipment around to get my CG correct, I hate adding lead if I can help it. And if I have to add lead from the side to side balance, I hide it inside the aileron tray compartment on the light side of my wing.

Hope I gave you some ideas.



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Old 08-21-2008, 12:23 PM
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Do a search here for "Vanessa" and "balancer." Works great, on any size plane. (Nobody seems to know why it's called "Vanessa.")
Old 08-21-2008, 01:27 PM
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Do a search here for "Vanessa" and "balancer." Works great, on any size plane. (Nobody seems to know why it's called "Vanessa.")
Maybe it's related to the wife that's holding the spinner?
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Do a search here for "Vanessa" and "balancer." Works great, on any size plane. (Nobody seems to know why it's called "Vanessa.")
Maybe it's related to the wife that's holding the spinner?

[sm=lol.gif] Nope, my wife said she never heard of her. LOL


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Old 08-21-2008, 04:10 PM
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Here is a pic of one I made.
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