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Rocker05/09/2018 01:46:32
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Need some lead weghts for the c of g on my models .Used to have a bit of old lead pipe but that has all gone now ,any tips on where I could buy some more .tried a builders merchant but they wanted silly money for a massive roll that would of kept the whole of our club going for life

Simon Chaddock05/09/2018 02:03:42
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Rocker

You can try a scrap yard. Most will buy brass and lead (I got £30 for 80 lbs of lead!) so presumably they will sell it as well.

Any tyre fitter will have balance weights but they are not as free with them as they used to be. wink 2

robert chamberlain05/09/2018 04:41:13
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I have used lead shot mixed with epoxy in the hollowed out nose of my sailplanes

SR 7105/09/2018 04:50:33
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i always use led shot of ebay, poor just the right amount mix with a glue or mostly i melt it and cast the shape it need

Tony

Chris Channon05/09/2018 06:33:30
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Stick on lead wheel weights from ebay, very cheap brill.
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Itisme05/09/2018 07:59:50
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I use wheel balancing weights from the local tyre shop (the ones that fit and balance the tyres)

Colin Bernard05/09/2018 08:12:39
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As Chris says, get a box of 100 balance weights from Ebay. Example here - just under 16p a strip!

Stuart Z05/09/2018 09:19:09
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Another vote for wheel weights, they come complete with their own sticky tape so easy to use and you know just what you’re adding without having to weigh each time!

Bob Cotsford05/09/2018 09:43:15
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Keep an eye out for roofers and builders, I'm quite happy to scrounge their lead flashing offcuts. Most roofers will quite happily give you a foot or so off the roll.

Don Fry05/09/2018 09:48:52
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Try steel shot and epoxy. Cheaper, non toxic alternative. E Bay supplies it.

Engine Doctor05/09/2018 10:12:01
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Most car tyre centers will sell a strip of self adhesive weight very cheaply. The last time I asked they gave me a strip to free.

Dane Crosby05/09/2018 10:12:48
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I prefer to use flashing lead.Every builder and roofing firm regularly skips small offcuts. I cut them and weigh them.

The flat section is easy to fix with sticky pads.

I also melt and mould the lead to make streamlined weights for any externally fixed weights. The moulds are very easily made out of plaster of Paris.

An example is when I re-engined a motor glider with a more powerful motor. A small amount of weight was needed at the tail..

To avoid opening up the fuselage I fixed a streamlined weight in place of, and identical to, the tail skid.

Another source is a fishing shop. Their neat and marked lead weights are of different shapes and sizes.

The model shop weights are also fast and convenient to use.

Gordon Tarling05/09/2018 10:19:42
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I think I ought to point out that many car wheel stick-on balancing weights are made of steel these days, so if buying them, try to ensure they really are lead.

Former Member05/09/2018 10:57:46
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John Lee05/09/2018 11:58:17
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Posted by Gordon Tarling on 05/09/2018 10:19:42:

I think I ought to point out that many car wheel stick-on balancing weights are made of steel these days, so if buying them, try to ensure they really are lead.

Likewise fishing weights will be a non toxic lead substitute, I understand that it has been illegal to sell lead fishing weights in the UK for some years due to its toxicity.

I bought a bag of genuine lead shot used as diver's ballast which should see out my lifetime. The shots are about 2mm diameter, just pour in enough to get the CG correct & follow with a little warmed epoxy to fix.

Nigel R05/09/2018 12:32:16
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Bags of 1oz fishing weights are pretty cheap on Ebay.

If the ones I bought are not lead, then they are doing a very good impression of it.

The Wright Stuff05/09/2018 12:45:54
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I dunno what all the fuss is about, I bought a 1 oz lead weight and a 1 oz steel weight to compare. They weighed exactly the same!

Me? I prefer iridium!

Tom Sharp 205/09/2018 12:49:31
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Posted by The Wright Stuff on 05/09/2018 12:45:54:

I dunno what all the fuss is about, I bought a 1 oz lead weight and a 1 oz steel weight to compare. They weighed exactly the same!

I love it. laugh

john stones 105/09/2018 15:20:51
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Posted by Nigel R on 05/09/2018 12:32:16:

Bags of 1oz fishing weights are pretty cheap on Ebay.

If the ones I bought are not lead, then they are doing a very good impression of it.

You may have bought some produced before the ban came in, the substitute looks like lead, but ain't as heavy and it's harder.

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