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Old 05-27-2007, 11:24 PM   #1
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Default Blade balancing tape

I was looking to buy some balancing tape for wood blades and was wondering what you guys were using, or if you had any links to places online where you bought it?

This came up today because I ran out of the align tape that comes with the wood blades.
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Old 05-27-2007, 11:27 PM   #2
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use electrical tape. it has a little wieght to it so your not making 30 rounds of tape on the blade.
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Old 05-28-2007, 02:40 AM   #3
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Plain old sticky tape if only a little is needed or electrical tape if you need a bit more weight.
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Old 05-28-2007, 06:41 AM   #4
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I'm with kgfly.
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Old 05-28-2007, 09:44 AM   #5
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I prefer strips cut from Monokote trim sheets out at the tips. I use red on one tip and yellow on the other, and blade tracking is a breeze as it's very easy to see which is higher. If I need tape near the middle of the blade purely for balancing, I use plain old clear packing tape cut in appropriate width strips. It is practically invisible once in place, and it sure as heck doesn't come off without quite a bit of effort, so I don't have to worry about it coming off by accident.
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Old 05-28-2007, 12:33 PM   #6
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I prefer strips cut from Monokote trim sheets out at the tips. I use red on one tip and yellow on the other, and blade tracking is a breeze as it's very easy to see which is higher. If I need tape near the middle of the blade purely for balancing, I use plain old clear packing tape cut in appropriate width strips. It is practically invisible once in place, and it sure as heck doesn't come off without quite a bit of effort, so I don't have to worry about it coming off by accident.
Exactly what I've used, except I've used regular Monokote (not trime sheets) applied with Monokote trim solvent.
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Old 05-28-2007, 12:49 PM   #7
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Yeah, that would work too... just a bit more effort than I'd prefer, but I'm sure quite effective. Since I painted the outer half of my Hyperion CF blades white for visibility in flight, I don't think I'd want to use solvent on the paint as I suspect I'd end up with a mess...
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Old 05-28-2007, 01:28 PM   #8
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I like to use the clear portions of the Trex decal sheets. There is lots of "left over" decal materal left over after you've trimmed out the decals, and since its clear, you dont really see it unless your looking for it.
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Old 05-28-2007, 02:31 PM   #9
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I used paint stripe tape from Pep boys.
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Old 05-28-2007, 02:56 PM   #10
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Electrical tape.

I got one bad set of red 325 pro woodies that I had to 'tip balance' and even then they took 6 of the supplied 'tracking tape' strips to balance them - if I had balanced them at their CG like you're meant to it would have need 12 strips I may re-do them and use a heavy clear varnish on the underside as a weighting method.
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Old 05-28-2007, 04:06 PM   #11
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www.grandrc.com put tracking tape in the search box they got it in rolls


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Old 05-28-2007, 09:26 PM   #12
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I use electrical tape, I put it on the lighter blade then I use that blade to adjust tracking. Black tape on white blades is plenty enough visual. I like the electrical tape because, it is cheap and you can cut it to any width with a hobby knife, creating different weights, so one piece of tape is all I ever need.
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