View Full Version : Swatch Plate Leveler
04-02-2008, 08:08 PM
OK, I was at my local Hobby Town hobby shop today looking for a swatch plate leveling tool for my E-Sky Belt CP. I already knew that this hobby shop did not sell E-Sky helis but they do sell E-Flight helis and I have interchange a few part from in the past. So I thought maybe they would have a swatch plate leveling tool that would work for mei. They only had one leveler to offer and it was in a package setup for setting the swatch, main blades and what ever else and wanted $46.95 for the kit. I already have all the other items in the kit so I thought this would be a waste of money but I was supprised at the swatch plate lever included in the kit. It was a small bubble leveler that hung from the paddle bars (one side at a time). It reminded me of a $2 string level I have in my toolbox. Has anyone tried setting up their swatch plate using this type of tool and would you recommend it?
04-02-2008, 08:16 PM
you can make your own swashplate leveler for pennies..
Get the end connector for the cable box cable, that fits on the shaft perfectly, then find something round with flat surface on top, make a hole in it and glue the cable connector to it and your done.
I'll have to take a picture of the one i made for you but its at my bro's house.. but i will get you a picture.
04-02-2008, 08:17 PM
ps the swashplate leveler for trex will work on the belt cp, along with alot of other parts.
04-02-2008, 08:23 PM
Dierwolf...Thanks for the reply. Yeah, I've seen that ether on this site or another (maybe it was one of your postings). And I have actually made one out of wood on my wood lathe. But as we know no matter what kind you use be it professionally made or home made you need to strip the top of the head to set it all up. But this leveler just hung on the paddle bar and didn't require any dismantling of the head. A real time saver if it works.
04-02-2008, 08:30 PM
ahh i know the one your talking about... its no good,
only way to truely set your swash level with the main shaft is to have the tool attached to the main shaft itself.
Stripping the head of the belt cp takes but 2 minutes you dont constantly level your swash so its not a big deal.
Things hanging from anything on a heli cannot be good, it would mean your heli skids would have to be perfectly perpendicular to your shaft, which would have to be sitting on a perfectly level table/ground and so on and so forth. the main shaft is the true center.
04-02-2008, 08:46 PM
i cound not agree with you more. Considering you would have to even level he table you were working on makes it a bigger pain then it's worth. And of course your right it only take a few mins to strip the head off. And as many repiars as I make I shold be able to do it blind folded.
04-02-2008, 08:55 PM
Me and my guys will start doing how to's soon in the section...
you should look into the Direct to Swash modification..
This mod removes the need for all those linkages between the servo and the swash and go directly to the swash.
04-02-2008, 09:59 PM
Yeah, I saw the thread on the direct to swatch but to be honest it was beyond my knowledge of helis at this time. But any info on it (what is it, where to get it and how to set it up) you have would be very helpful.
04-03-2008, 07:23 AM
There is nothign to get, its all the hardware you have there right now..
No worries we will post a How to.