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Dave Cunnington05/09/2018 19:05:38
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John Lee05/09/2018 20:52:22
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Posted by supertigrefan on 05/09/2018 17:54:15:
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!

Me? I prefer iridium!


Does it matter what the lead content is as long as it works?

Well, yes, if you want to melt & mould it and don't have a steel foundry in your modelling room.

Edited By John Lee on 05/09/2018 20:54:22

Jason-I05/09/2018 22:10:07
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I use self-adhesive window glazing lead. - The stuff they stick on glass to make georgian windows.

It comes in a small roll, and its dead easy to cut a strip off and stick it to your model (the self-adhesive is very strong and waterproof).

I don't remember where I got my roll from now (had it for years), but they have the stuff on amazon in different thicknesses....





8 quid for a 5m roll - which should last you a lifetime......

Edited By Jason Inskip on 05/09/2018 22:11:15

Keith Sharples05/09/2018 23:01:50
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Another vote for stick on car tyre balance weights, work brilliantly.

onetenor06/09/2018 00:56:08
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You can use Plasticene as weight. Easy to shape and sticks well to smooth surfaces.Especially if well warmed in the hands by well kneading.. It comes down to the old riddle "Which is heavier A pound of lead or a pound of feathers?"Of course they weigh the same so what does it matter what we use as long as the weight is right. Yes fishing shot has been lead free for years. However the real villains of the piece who are the biggest lead shot foulers are shooters. Their shot are still lead and you can buy bags from gun shops if you insist on having lead. It comes in different sizes from so called dust shot to Swan shot The small stuff is ideal for mixing with epoxy.The big stuff for odd bit of extra weight on/in maybe a wing tip for lateral balance. Yer pays yer money etc etc.

Ron Gray06/09/2018 06:44:29
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I needed to add quite a bit of nose weight to one of my warbirds so I bought some sash weight lead from this company: **LINK**

cymaz06/09/2018 06:47:22
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gangster07/09/2018 08:28:12
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Yea lead sea weights reasonably cheap and can be bashed or melted to any shape you want

Robert Cracknell07/09/2018 11:51:01
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As a former foundry apprentice I am probably telling the grannies (and grandads) how to suck eggs but to everyone contemplating melting lead, or any other metal, just make sure that everything is completely dry. Put it in the oven or heat the mould with the blowtorch before doing anything.

A friend of mine was making his own 8 oz sea fishing weights and poured molten lead into a damp mould. He was lucky but the car in the garage needed about £600 of bodywork repairs!!

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