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Terry Dean Nose Weights

Available in various scales

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Catalogue Number and  Description Various
Contents and Media: Each set contains one or more pieces in solid white metal
Scale: 1/48
Price: Prices range between USD$1.50 and USD6.25 available via email from Terry Dean at NightieMission@aol.com
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Simple solution to your nose weight problems for a range of models in 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32 scales.
Recommendation: Recommended

Reviewed by Brett Green

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Many models with a tricycle undercarriage suffer from the dreaded "tail sitting" syndrome. Although a model may have a perfect scale appearance, the fact is that the engines and cockpit components do not represent scale weight. This means that the centre of gravity is frequently far too aft to permit the nose gear to sit on the ground without assistance.

I had heard of Terry Dean Nose Weights before, but only recently had a need for one for my 1/48 scale Monogram B-25J.

A selection of nose weights arrived promptly after my correspondence with Terry. These were all solid pieces of white metal, each simply packed and labeled in a zip lock bag, and far more compact than I would have been able to manage by squeezing lead sinkers with a pair of flat nose pliers. All the Terry Dean nose weights have been specifically shaped for their donor aircraft, so fit should be a breeze.



I installed the nose weight in my B-25 without delay.

This kit needs a lot of nose weight. Terry Dean's B-25 Nose Weight is designed to fit inside the forward wheel well. The main gear door is closed, so this chunk o' metal does not obscure any visible kit detail.



Test fitting of the nose weight suggested that it would be safer to trim the raised ribs off the wheel well ceiling. This offered a millimetre's more clearance and, more importantly, gave a flatter surface for a strong bond.

The nose weight was glued in place using super glue.



I was concerned that I might need more nose weight than standard as I had moved the centre of gravity aft when relocating the turret. I therefore packed a few lead fishing sinkers in front of the instrument panel as insurance. These spherical lead weights were squashed with pliers before installation to permit more to be fitted.



Now the fuselage and wing halves were glued together and taped to set.



I was very pleased with the speed, simplicity and effectiveness of this inexpensive nose weight solution.


Thanks to Terry Dean for the review sample.

Terry Dean Nose Weights are available via email from Terry Dean

Text and Images Copyright 2007 by Brett Green
This Page Created on 29 August, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007

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