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Old 04-03-2014, 12:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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First 450 size kit is in the mail... but I still have a very vague idea about what tools I need to build it and keep it sharp. From what I gather so far,

- Ball link pliers
- Pitch gauge
- Swash leveling tool
- RPM meter

Which of these are good, and which are to avoid?

What else?
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Old 04-03-2014, 01:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Swash tools are picky on the mini. Research to make sure you get one that fits.

Depending on your setup, electronic governors are extremely accurate and the phase sensors can be trusted. A tachometer may not be needed.

Gyro tape. Many use 4M 4011 permanent outdoor mounting tape.

Locktite, blue. 5 minute Epoxy and CA.

A VERY GOOD 1.5mm hex driver. Ideally a good set 1.5 - 2.5, with 2x 2.0mm. I use Wiha.

2mm nut driver.

Possibly soldering iron.

Teflon grease for feathering shaft. Triflow for metal/metal moving parts.

Personally I half-ass an iphone pitch gauge and don't use any of the tools you mentioned. But most do with the exception of the tach.
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You really don't need a tachometer, I personally never had one, and since I use the SK540 governor, I already have rpm's. I checked once against an audio tachometer on my computer and it was spot on for both 2400 and 3000rpm.

A VERY GOOD 1.5mm hex driver ! I definitely second that, I built and repaired my mini once with less than adequate drivers and I stripped a number of screws. Since getting my Dynamite hex drivers (the pink ones) I haven't had any issue at all. The mini has like 95% of 1.5mm so 2 and 2.5mm don't matter nearly as much.

Well you need a solder iron to solder your connector of choice (or simply the one the batteries you chose come with) to the ESC at least.

+1 on everything code3medic said, though I never greased my feathering shaft or put triflow on my shafts.
I also don't fly in very humid environments so usually don't have any issue with surface rust.
When I flew in Tenerife though I got some surface rust on the main shaft and tail shaft, I suspect having some triflow on them would eliminate this problem.

I use the zip-tie method for levelling the swash, and then fine-tune it after a test flight.
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so yo can't get ball link pliers behind the ball? my warp had that problem on the swash in fact I ended up unscrewing the ball because thinks press against the swash.
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I use align ball link pliers on a mini protos I used to have
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I use align ball link pliers on a mini protos I used to have
This one? http://www.amazon.com/Align-T-Rex-He...dp/B000IVT9AI/
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Yup! That's it.
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What size bolt is the one on the bottom if the main shaft?
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What size bolt is the one on the bottom if the main shaft?
M2.5x8. 2mm hex.
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The bolt on the bottom not the hex through the shaft.
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The bolt on the bottom not the hex through the shaft.
That M2.5x8 is the bottom bolt.

2mm hex was referring to what size allen you need because I was not sure if you were asking for the driver size or the actual bolt size.
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The bolt on bottom is not a hex drive but a normal bolt head. 5 or 6 mil but not sure. Or mine does not have a hex drive.
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The bolt on bottom is not a hex drive but a normal bolt head. 5 or 6 mil but not sure. Or mine does not have a hex drive.
It's a 5mm bolt head.

Not sure where you found a screw needing a 2mm hex driver on the main shaft ??
The only screws that use a 2mm hex driver are for the feathering shaft and holding the middle main shaft bearing in place.
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You have an older kit like mine. It is a hex-head bolt not an M2.5x8 like the newer kits. Haven't measured it.
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I was thinking it might be old. Bit it would let me have the esc under the shaft.
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