Easy Tips for Balancing Propellers

When operating RC airplanes, properly balanced propellers are very important. Having a balanced prop helps prevent excessive vibration which can cause electrical connections to loosen, fuel in your gas tank to foam up, and can even cause structural damage.  Balancing your propeller helps avoid all these problems and it is very easy to do by following this two-step procedure.
1.  To balance blades, place the mounted prop on the balancer with the blades in a horizontal position.  Remove material from the heavy side (the side that falls when placed horizontally), or add to the lighter side until prop stays in a balanced horizontal position.
2.  To balance the prop hub, place the mounted prop on the balancer in a vertical position.  Remove material from the heavy side (side that falls when placed vertically) or add to the lighter side until prop stays in a balanced vertical position.

Tips for Removing or Adding Weight

To remove material from wood or plastic props, scrape or sand material from the backside of the blade.
To add material use drops of CA glue, epoxy or “dope” (wood props).  Also, light coats of these adhesives work as well.

That’s it. Balancing a propeller is very easy and it pays big dividends by making your model last longer and operate more smoothly.

Safety note: Don’t try to repair a broken or badly cracked propeller.

Building Plans

Comment from Dan Royer:

At the weekly lunch with the club members I told several where you can find Goldberg Plans free. I have attached the listing of the plans available and where to get them to download;

CAD conversions are sent to OuterZone, here is the list so far.

Bridi Flipper – Hand Launch Glider 
Gnome 60” – Hand Launch Glider 
Gnome 2M – 2 Meter Sailplane 
Gnome 3M – 3 Meter Sailplane
GP Trainer 40 – Trainer
GP Trainer 60 – Trainer
Jetfire 40 – .40 Size Power Sport Plane
M.A.N. Trainer 40 – .40 Pattern Trainer
M.A.N. Trainer 60 Senior – .60 pattern Trainer
RCM Advanced Trainer 60 – IC R/C Cabin
RCM Trainer 40 – Trainer
Olympic 650 – 2 Meter Sailplane 
Olympic II – 100” Wing Span Sailplane 
Pussycat – 2 Meter Sailplane 
Shuttle 78 – 2 Meter Sailpane 
Soar Birdi – 2 Meter Sailplane 
Square Soar 72 – 72” Wing Span Sailplane 
Step Two – 2 Meter Sailplane
Birdi Trainer 60 – RC Cabin
Wander 72 – 2 Meter Sailplane 
Wander 99 – 99” Wing Span Sailplane 
PROTÉGÉ – cabin trainer
Ultra Sport 1000 – pattern trainer
Super Sportster 40 – low wing sport plane
Super Sportster 60 – low wing sport plane
Grand Esprit – high performance sailplane
Extra 300 – high performance aerobatic 

Coming Soon
TIGER 60 – Pattern Trainer
Super Sportster Bibe – 40 sized biplane
Spirit 100 – 100” Sailplane
Top Flite Elder 40 – sport plane

2020 Polar Bear Fly

New Years Day 2020 brought sun shine and wind, neither of which stopped the 25 or more club members, wives and visitors that showed up to support the event.

On arrival at the site, the tumble weeds had gathered in protest of the day’s events, but Charles and I were able to overcome them and get the gates opened.

Food for lunch was in abundance, with fried chicken, chili, split peas soup, chicken casserole, chicken soup, sub sandwiches, tater tots, chips and multi layer dip, chocolate covered donuts, cookies, breads etc. No one went hungry.

Flying was a bit of a challenge, with the winds, but this did not stop the many club members that brought planes to fly. There were a couple of nay sayers, who did not bring their planes, saying “they though it would be too windy”.

One or two small mishaps added some extra challenge to the day, with one mid air collision and an uncontrolled landing some what short of the runway.

October 15 2019 Meeting

The October club meeting will be Tuesday, October 15, 7:00 PM at Kennewick Public Library on Union Ave.

We will be electing club officers for 2020.

The following have volunteered for service: 

John Patton – President 
Jim Anderson – Vice president 
Larry Fitch – Treasurer 
George Vargo – Secretary 
Scott Page – Safety Officer

Additional nominations can be made from the floor.Lyle Laughery will  be Chief Instructor.

The logo shirts and jackets have been ordered.
Don’t have a firm delivery date, will let you know.
Actual prices including sales tax: 
shirt: 22.80 shirt w/name: 28.23 
jacket: 42.36 jacket w/name: 47.79
The club purchased some extra white logo shirts, in large and extra large if you would like additional.
If I don’t see you at the field, hope to see you at the meeting!John

More Meeting Notes

The following officer nominations will be voted on at the October meeting:
President – John PattonVice President – Jim AndersonTreasurer – Larry FitchSecretary – George VargoField Manager – Bob AndersonSafety Officer – Scott Page
A couple of notes on these positions. Jim will continue as web master, but we would like someone to begin learning the web site maintenance just to have backup.
The Safety Officer is more like a Safety Education position. The FAA and AMA are in the process of changing some of the rules of  model aviation. Scott will be keeping us up to date on changes in the rules and how they effect us. So, many thanks to Scott for taking this on.
In theory, you may make nominations from the floor next month, but these members have stepped up to lead your club and will appreciate your support.
Jim Anderson qualified as flight instructor. Congrats, Jim, and thanks for your contribution to the club and model aviation!
The next meeting is October 15, 7:00 PM at the KENNEWICK LIBRARY on Union. I will be sending out more reminders but note the change in time and venue.
Finally, at the club meeting we discussed changing the meeting nights to the third THURSDAY beginning in February 2020. This was a consensus of the members present, that seems to accommodate various schedules.
Another long email, but quite important for the club. 
Hope to see you at the field!

September Meeting Notes

Had a good club meeting yesterday, the wind calmed down, rain stopped, and Jim grilled some mean burgers and sausages!
Larry is still out of town so we don’t have an updated financial statement, but the club made about $350 on the pattern event, and the club is still in good financial condition.
Bob brought us up to date on the field maintenance. The Cub mower steering is shaky, not to say flakey, so we authorized Bob to get a steering kit. He is also planning to fertilize the field sometime after the irrigation is turned off, probably in November. He will let us know what help he will need.
Members are encouraged to use the “Flying Tomorrow” function on the web site. But you must subscribe with Jim before you will receive emails. 
There were about 5 students from the Hanford High Model Airplane Club at the field last Thursday. Bill, Lyle, and Scott were there as instructors. All the students got all the stick and FPV time they wanted. A nice bunch of students and enthusiastic about the hobby. Dave will check the school calendar and see if we can get in one more afternoon of flying before the weather turns. One of the students, Isaac, also attended the meeting. Nice young man and enthusiastic.

Jim has contact with a Boy Scout Troop leader. He will try to arrange a Saturday morning where the troop can visit the field and get a taste of model flying. More to come.
We will arrange to order TCRCM logo embroidered shirts and jackets for those who wish to purchase them. The shirts are golf type collared shirts, in white, red, blue, or green. They will cost about $25.
Light jackets will be about $30. Both shirts and jackets can have your name printed for an additional $5.So, let me know how many of each, size, color, and if you want your name on them.We need a minimum of 24 total items. The club will purchase and you reimburse the club.
Once we get enough orders I will buy them and give you an approximate delivery date.Jim is also setting up a function on the web site to get the info.
This email is getting long so I will send another email with more info from the meeting.
Hope to see you at the field!

September Club Meeting


September 17, 2019 Meeting



  1. Safety: Heat: hydrate; sun screen; hat; rest in shade
  2. Financial Statement. Larry out of town. Good condition
    1. Made about $350 on pattern event.  
  3. Web Site update – use “flying tomorrow” facility
  4. Field operations – field in great shape! Thanks to Bob and for all who contribute  
  5. Recognition: Jim Anderson qualified as Instructor. Congrats! And Thank You.
  6. Hanford High Club.
    1. 5 students came out Thursday afternoon with Dave Wilson
    1. Lyle, Bill, and Scott were here as instructors. 
    1. All students got flight time and FPV time as they wanted.
    1. All interested and involved with what was going on. An impressive group of students.
    1. One came out Saturday morning and had stick time with Jim.
    1. Dave would like to have one more afternoon before weather turns.
  7. Boy Scout Troop.
    1. Jim has contact
    1. Arrange Saturday morning when they can come out.
  8. Logo shirts
    1. TCRCM logo embroidered golf shirts, about $25; and jackets, about $30.
    1. Minimum 24 total items
    1. Shirts in white, red, blue, or green.
    1. Can be personalized for additional $5.
    1. Can order now, pay when arrive.
  9. Club officers for 2020
    1. Encourage all and new members, too.
    1. Current officers as is.
      1. Jim willing to serve as VP
      1. Safety
      1. Web master. Jim will continue, but would be nice to have someone getting familiar with web maintenance.
    1. Election at October meeting.
  10. Next year’s meeting night. Mondays?
  11. Next meeting October 15. 

Pattern Event

The Pattern Event was successful for the flyers and the club!The weather was warm but a slight breeze made it bearable. and did not effect the flying.The field was in top notch shape. Thank you, Bob, for organizing the field prep, and all who assisted.Jim and Tania prepared the food, and Jim and George V grilled and set up the serving line.All the flyers appreciated the work done by the club for such a nice field and the food.
The September club meeting is September 17 at the field at 6PM. It even may be cool enough to fly some before and we are planning some food to serve. More details to follow.
Hope to see you at the field soon,

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