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Following are "Hints and Tips" both from Southwest Systems and our customers!

 
            If your model manufacturer only shows the C.G. location at the wing tips, the solution is simple. Assemble the wing halves onto the wing tube off the fuselage, lay the assembly on a clean work bench and run a string from wing tip to wing tip at the location desired. Now, you can mark the location of the C.G. at the root of the wings. We recommend using a fine line tape if you don't want to make a permanent mark on the wings. See the picture below!
            Here's an idea if you like many of us are getting on in years and the eyesight isn't quite what it used to be or you work in a space that is darker than the ideal workspace would be. Take some white paint and paint the inside area of the "Notch" in the cradle so it is easier to see under the wing. It really makes the "Notch" stand out.
            The rubber guard material for both the EZ Balancer II and the EZ Balancer 'Lite' as well as the base angle guards on the EZ Balancer II are shipped to us on a roll and therefore have a curl to them and can slip off. We have always recommended to glue them on for a more permanent cure and to keep from losing them. We have used everything from Goo Glue to Construction Adhesive with good luck but it is messy and can be expensive as you only need a little and most are sold in tubes that sometimes goes to waste. Here's a very neat idea sent in by costumer Dave Bryer. Use double sided tape. Most of us have that in our supply drawer. Dave used the Scotch Brand that comes on a dispenser roll just like regular Scotch Tape. Thanks Dave!
                       If you have an oversize model that is taller than the original EZ Balancer will reach, you have two options. First, you can mount the Aluminum cross piece on top of the wood base rather than on the bottom as shown in the manual. Second, if you have a truly unusually tall model, you can block up under the wood base with scraps of wood, or anything high enough to achieve the height desired. The All New All Aluminum EZ Balancer II is 3" taller than the original, so height should not be an issue. But, if in fact you do have that truly rare model with an unusually tall gear, you can now order our new EZ Balancer II "Super Size" kit.
            If you have a model that has an unusually wide fuselage such as a very large scale Gee Bee and it won't fit between the uprights of the original EZ Balancer, don't despair. The answer is very simple. Take a 1" x 4" or a 2" x 4" that is slightly wider than your fuselage and bolt it to the wood base of the balancer. Now, simply bolt on the upright assembly to the wood adaptor utilizing the aluminum angles. The All New All Aluminum EZ Balancer II is much wider than the original and is 18" between the uprights. I cannot think of any models that this will not handle including some of the new 50% scale models. If in fact you do have a model that exceeds the new design, we have a modification that can handle it with ease. Just contact us.
            If you have the original EZ Balancerdon't forget that you can balance a model inverted as well as upright. We know that some will say that the gear will tend to swing the model off balance, but that will not occur when the model is within the C.G. range. The All New All Aluminum EZ Balancer II has been designed to accomodate most high wing and biplane models in the upright position. But, if something does interfere, there is no problem with balancing the model inverted.

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Picture of the fine line tape over the notch in the cradle.

A good view of a model on the balancer at the C.G.
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If you have any "Hints and Tips" you would like to share with your fellow modelers, please send them to us. Thank you.