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08-28-2013 09:17 PM  5 years agoPost 1

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Canyon Country, CA, USA, 3rd Rock from the Sun

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I'm locating the batteries for balancing my little 500 electric.

In a perfect world, the balance would be right on the main shaft.

But it the real world, if you have to "error" one way or the other, is it better to error as a nose heavy helicopter or a tail heavy helicopter?

For airplanes, isn't nose-heavy stable and tail-heavy very unstable?

Thanks guys...

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08-28-2013 09:50 PM  5 years agoPost 2


west chester pa usa

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Better forward
If you must be ever so slightly off balance, it is better to have the extra weight slightly forward. I think I actually have all of my helis are set to be slightly nose heavy. Since most of the time we are flying forward (except for smack heads) it is best to have he weight forward.

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08-29-2013 12:01 AM  5 years agoPost 3

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San Diego, CA

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If you "must" error, nose heavy for right side up and tail heavy for inverted flying. Personally I would spend the time to NOT error.

08-29-2013 12:31 AM  5 years agoPost 4


Henderson, Nevada

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All mine are slightly nose heavy, it seems to fly better in forward flight.

On my Gasser, it starts out dead on the shaft and as it empties the CG moves forward.

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08-30-2013 04:28 AM  5 years agoPost 5

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Jonesville , IN USA #1

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Why not just get it right to start with?
I do agree with slighty nose heavy could be better.

If i were learning tail in hover i'd much rather it nose away from me than back up into me. Right?

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08-30-2013 01:17 PM  5 years agoPost 6


Richmond, VA, USA

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If the model is FBL, you need it spot on. Even modest errors in CG degrade piro comp performance, sometimes to a marked degree. Rules about slightly nose heavy went out with flybars.

Ben Minor

Peak Aircraft/Team Minicopter Team Futaba Team Kontronik USA

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