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Old 03-16-2008, 01:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Free Swash Level Tool - Included with B400

Someone posted a while back about the free Flybar lock out tool that came with the b400; what they meant was to take an included allen wrench and put it through the center hole in the head block and rest it on the flybar cage arms. This is along those same lines.

I looked all over for a swash level tool for the Blade 400, it seems the Trex 450 tool will work but when I went to buy one they were sold out everywhere.

Found a great post about using an allen wrench, clip tied to the main shaft, in order to find the swash plate level. It works really well.



Setup the wrench so that it contacts the ball link, and then advance or turn the main shaft to the next ball link or position by rotating the main gear clockwise:



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Position 3:



If the wrench is touching all three ball links equally in mid, high and low collective stick, then your swash plate is level. If any of the links are lower or higher, turn the ball links on the rods until all links touch the wrench equally.



This helped me immensely after I stripped two servos and jammed/bent a mixing arm.
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Old 03-16-2008, 02:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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*That's* intelligence. I owe you $20.

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Old 03-16-2008, 03:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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*That's* intelligence. I owe you $20.

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You give me far too much credit , I heard this from a guy who heard it from a guy, but thank you the same.

This forum is really cool IMO because we all just want to have a good time and help each other.
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Old 03-16-2008, 07:29 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Oh man!!!

I'm in the same place you are!! I needed a tool for the swash
and like you said, everybody is sold out.

I'm also basically 'cheap' and this idea costs NOTHING!!

Great idea....thanks a LOT!!!

You're right about this forum....that's why I hang around here so much.

Thanks again!
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Old 03-16-2008, 09:10 AM   #5 (permalink)
 

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tried that idea a while back when i first found it and decided to just buy the tool because it was just faster..
BTW i got mine from http://www.readyheli.com/T_Rex_Swash..._p/leveler.htm for 14.99 and they are in stock. At least at the time i wrote this they are.
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Old 03-16-2008, 09:16 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Yeah, I saw it there too, but they are out of stock right now
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Old 03-16-2008, 09:20 AM   #7 (permalink)
 

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I noticed that. They must not stay around long.. Guess i got lucky when i bought mine..
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Old 03-16-2008, 09:37 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Default You guys are giving me ideas

That could be really dangerous.

I've noticed a problem with many of the heli upgrade parts and tools, everyone always seems to be out of stock Just so happens I have a long time buddy who has a tool and die shop who could probably make stuff like this. Maybe it's time to start my own business. Just a thought.
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Old 03-16-2008, 10:38 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I saw an article in a magazine where somebody just took a large washer, cut a slot in it so it would pass around the main shaft, and then glued a couple of "level" tubes on it so it would read level in two directions. I don't know where he got the bubble tubes, but if you have an old level, there you go.
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Old 03-16-2008, 11:04 AM   #10 (permalink)
 

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Good idea GreenBar, when I first saw the thread title I thought you had given up!

Glad you didn't, be flying with ya soon!
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Old 03-16-2008, 01:34 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Good idea GreenBar, when I first saw the thread title I thought you had given up!

Glad you didn't, be flying with ya soon!
I guess the title does kinda make it sound like I am selling the b400 and if you act now you get the free swash tool.

My swash plate was so off after the last crash and rebuild, that I could not leave the ground without heading to the rear and right. Somehow the splines changed considerably when I rebuilt the pitch and aileron servos.

I would have bought the swash level tool, but after using this method, I just don't see any reason to.

Thanks for the encouragement and kind words guys.
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Old 03-16-2008, 02:53 PM   #12 (permalink)
 

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Okay so does this mean, weather permitting. You are back in the air?
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Old 03-16-2008, 03:27 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Doing some prep work for a job I've got on monday, so as soon as I get that finished, I'm going to get the fine tuning on the pitch set correctly. I really like being able to hover indoors, that trainer gear is worth it.

I'll be ready for an outing here soon. 2 Batteries just doesn't get the tuning done fast enough.
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I have 7 and 5 on the way, but 4 are for the 600 which will arrive tuesday so I may not be available for a while.
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Old 03-21-2008, 03:26 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Just in case somebody can use this info...... BUMP
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oh yeah mike you should add this to your 'dummies' thread
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Old 03-21-2008, 06:03 PM   #17 (permalink)
 
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Yeah, Yeah,

You got the allen wrench idea from someone else, but YOU posted it here.

I've been using this for a bit, again it works great, thanks.

As an "upgrade" I've also found that bashing the allen out wider allows me to adjust to those swashplates with bumps and bevels in the middle.

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Yeah, Yeah,

You got the allen wrench idea from someone else, but YOU posted it here.
. Honestly, I posted this tip to help others as it helped me.

I can't find the original post this tip came from, or I would link to it in order to give credit where it's due.

Why buy the $20+ tool, when you have one in your kit already?
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Found a great post about using an allen wrench, clip tied to the main shaft, in order to find the swash plate level. It works really well.
He did NOT claim it to be his own, hey I'm sure lots are just glad for the passing of the info.
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He did NOT claim it to be his own, hey I'm sure lots are just glad for the passing of the info.
Thanks for getting my back LockMD, but I think ***yb3ard is just messing with me for the fun of it . He was the first to respond kindly earlier.

Thanks too for the recommendation on the sticky earlier. This is somewhat an obscure need, so if it doesn't make the sticky I understand.

This is the last time I will bump it, that's a promise.
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