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Old 02-24-2008, 07:00 AM   #1
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I am new to helicopters. I have read that balancing the blades is very important and I plan to do this to the best of my ability.

I saw that the Ray Hostetlar video on Balancing Blades mentions an Ohaus 310 balance but that sucker costs about $200. Here is the question: How critical is a 0.01 gram balance? Will a 0.1 gram balance be good enough?

Another good source for Heli Information is on HeliFreak.
Finless Bob offers some good videos on many aspects of Helicopters.
Here is a link to some of the videos.....there is one there on blade balancing.
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For some ideas on a scale for weighing you can watch yard sales and other places to see if you can pick up a small triple beam scale. They are not used much anymore due to everything going electronics but work very well.
An example when racing I weighed all my wood. I took it to the LHS and sorted it and took the best as far I could figure. It is surprising what the difference is on 1/16th sheeting alone. My little Century's blades when I checked where 9.8 grams and 9.1 and a piece of tape made a differance when running.
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