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Old Feb 21, 2013, 07:42 PM
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You've built plenty of models, so you know your way around the building process. The worst position to get in is looking at a pretty much complete and covered model that's got no radio in it, no battery access and the CG is way aft.

When doing the initial check - dropping the expensive bits and battery into a close to complete but uncovered model is to get an idea of how it's going. Minus covering and, possibly, stuff like tailwheel unit, control horns and clevises, the CG is likely to be some forward, so if it's already a lot backward, you're better placed to do something about it.

Covering a model is, I reckon, inclined to move the CG aft some. The stuff weighs and there's more of it aft of the CG than ahead on a conventional layout model. Monokote will do aft shift more than SoLite, for an extreme case.

Hope that helps

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