Terry Dean Nose Weights
Available in various scales
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
I installed the nose weight in my B-25 without
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
I was very pleased with the speed, simplicity and
effectiveness of this inexpensive nose weight solution.
Thanks to Terry Dean for the
Terry Dean Nose Weights are
available via email from Terry
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24 December, 2007
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