Nose weight for Academy B-24?? And idea how much weight needed?

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Nose weight for Academy B-24?? And idea how much weight needed?

Joined: November 4th, 2005, 4:54 am

May 28th, 2018, 12:27 pm #1

Does anyone know what amount of nose weight I will need to stop the Academy B-24 from being a tail sitter?

I was surprised there was no suggestion on the instructions.

Greg in OK
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Joined: April 27th, 2015, 9:31 am

May 29th, 2018, 9:36 am #2

I'm assuming that the Academy B.24? and the (ancient) Revell B.24D are the same scale (72) size and shape.  I used a Terry Dean solid lead nose weight in my Revell B.24D, and it was seriously insufficient.  Even 8 x 1/2" (12mm) spherical lead fishing sinkers (2 per engine nacelle) didn't help much.
So the answer is - probably more than you can pack into the forward part of the fuselage.
Best of luck with your build.  George, out................. 
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Joined: January 20th, 2010, 9:51 pm

May 29th, 2018, 1:32 pm #3

You can figure it out by taping the major components together and balancing it on the main gear struts' position.

Then tape a cup or some sort of container to the nose and fill it with weight until the model tips forward.

I use #6 bird shot held in place with epoxy. I usually make some sort of bulkhead on each fuselage half that will contain the goopy shot/epoxy until it sets.
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Joined: November 4th, 2005, 4:54 am

May 29th, 2018, 3:37 pm #4

Thank you.

I have heard that the Hasegawa versions recommends 90 grams (WOW).  So I will use that for a starting point.  

Greg
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Joined: June 4th, 2008, 11:45 pm

May 30th, 2018, 2:40 am #5

Hi Greg - this aftermarket weight set might be worth investing in. I bought their equivalent set for a B-26 and it works great.

Cheers,

Andrew
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Joined: November 4th, 2005, 4:54 am

May 30th, 2018, 11:10 am #6

I had not seen this company before.  They have quite of useful looking weights...

Thanks.

Greg in OK
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Joined: March 9th, 2005, 1:02 am

June 5th, 2018, 2:03 pm #7

When I saw 90 grms would not quiet do it plus the model would weigh a ton I went another route. I built two maintenance ladders , one going up to waste gun position and the other inside the back of the bomb bay. Looks good to Me and the model now sits on it's nose.
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