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01-25-2012 04:17 PM  6 years agoPost 1
wc_wickedclown (RIP)

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im still trying to get use to this device.

your opinions please

at times i feel like i have to double check my pitch with the old fashioned one

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01-25-2012 04:42 PM  6 years agoPost 2
rspiegel

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Fbl
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01-25-2012 05:47 PM  6 years agoPost 3
jbdww

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I have to agree with Richard. On a FBL head, make sure you zero out the pitch gauge on the model, like the motor, and make sure your FBL unit is set to 0 gain.

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01-25-2012 05:50 PM  6 years agoPost 4
blueprint

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Northridge, CA

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I don't know how i survived so long without one. I just purchased the new Align digital pitch gauge... it's super convenient and makes setting pitch on a FBL helicopter a breeze.

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01-25-2012 06:53 PM  6 years agoPost 5
Agilefalcon

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Fort Worth, Texas

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Both the ReadyHeli and Align units are great. I just bought an Align gage and it is nicely done: It can read upside down (the display rotates electronically) and it is back-lit which is great when you are working on the kitchen table with the light above you.

I used to be anal about getting everything 1 degree or less. Now I am OCD about 1/10th of a degree. :-)

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01-25-2012 06:54 PM  6 years agoPost 6
VANHELI

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Loving mine! Agreed tho, that on a FB heli they are not so good.

Dave V.

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01-25-2012 07:00 PM  6 years agoPost 7
Bob Wales (RIP)

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I like my digital gauge alot. Best thing for flybarless in my opinion.

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01-25-2012 10:04 PM  6 years agoPost 8
JPhillips

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Just got the BeastX one from HeliDirect and it's awesome. FBL set up will now be a breeze.

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01-25-2012 10:22 PM  6 years agoPost 9
ticedoff8

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I love mine. Can't see how I ever got along without it.
Make sure you get this one:
http://www.google.com/products/cata...ved=0CGgQ8wIwAQ

I use it for everything on my heli:
I 0-degree the main blades & flybar paddles on the workbench. This alone saves me a ton of time - the blades are almost always in perfect track after I check on the bench.
I check +/- Max pitch (for equality)
I check the roll & pitch travels on the bench (for equal throw).
I check the swash level on the bench - no extra tools needed.

I even use it to set the align the engine to the main mast.

This is a 2-peice unit - the readout head & the blade clamps.
The 2 are held together with high-strength magnets that are "just right".
The unit can be recalibrate at any time - all you need is a semi-vertical surface.
It has "absolute" and "relative" measurements.

All for about $40

I took it to the field one time, and everyone that used it said they needed to get one.

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01-25-2012 10:31 PM  6 years agoPost 10
lolramen

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I use the RC Logger one as well. Great little tool. Getting the thing to stop and give you a static reading can be a challenge if you're outside though. Really accurate though! If you'll notice, it's actually where Align got their design from.

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01-25-2012 11:35 PM  6 years agoPost 11
wc_wickedclown (RIP)

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ticedoff8
I love mine. Can't see how I ever got along without it.
Make sure you get this one:
http://www.google.com/products/cata...ved=0CGgQ8wIwAQ
that's the one i have rclogger
found it on a website for 33 dollars shipped.

and thank you fellows i was having issues using it with my fb helicopters guess ill give it a try on my fbl bird after my tx comes back from repair

Insha Allah made in america

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01-26-2012 01:12 AM  6 years agoPost 12
rpat

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OK I am going to throw a monkey wrench in the works....one word.....OVERKILL!!!!!!!!!!!. the 5 dollar one works just as good.

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01-26-2012 01:27 AM  6 years agoPost 13
Nycatt

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New York

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I had a bunch of points from ReadyHeli I needed to redeem, so I got the rclogger and love it. Center stick, slide it on, zero and Wala.




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01-26-2012 02:14 AM  6 years agoPost 14
heli-cuzz

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Pittston, Pa. USA

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I use my old skool heli max pitch gauge. Works for me until I can fine tune at the field.

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01-26-2012 02:34 AM  6 years agoPost 15
davehour

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I have the RC Logger Digital Pitch Gauge, and like it a lot, but the downside of digital pitch gauges is, if the heli isn't on a flat surface, and you move the heli from the position the gauge was zeroed in, it will affect the digital pitch gauge readings. In addition, if the heli main shaft isn't perfectly perpendicular to the horizon at all planes, you can't use the digital pitch gauge to check the swash levelness.

David

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01-26-2012 02:48 AM  6 years agoPost 16
Zaneman007

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RC logger here.
I have to agree with Davehour.

You have to level the area that you are working on or you have to take the incline into consideration.

If you want to see if the heli (including swash) and table are really level put the gauge on. Then read the pitch gauge with the servos set to neutral while slowly spinning the blade around 360 degrees. If the gauge moves, something is off.

Good luck chasing that one down.

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01-26-2012 03:22 AM  6 years agoPost 17
Tyler

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Chicagoland area

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Using a swash level tool long before reaching the steps of using the digital pitch gauge should eliminate the concerns about the swash being level. Once the swash is level and the linkages are matched it doesn't matter if the heli is level.

Zero out the gauge on the model and take the reading. If you must move the heli, then you must recalibrate the gauge to the model.

What I like about the e-gauges is that we no longer need to be concerned about making the model level on the workbench. Squatting landing struts don't create leveling problems any longer.

I have the rc-logger unit.

Enjoy things that money can buy IF you don't lose the things money can't buy.

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01-26-2012 04:04 AM  6 years agoPost 18
JPhillips

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I always place the gauge on the tail boom and zero it out. But it's always a good idea to find or build something level.

I use the BeastX and it works very well. I was going to get the RC Logger one, but would never consider the Align crap. $40 at HeliDirect. I like it because it has magnets on the bottom of it so I don't have to strap it to the grip; I just tighten the rotor bolt until snug, and set the gauge on the bolt with the center magnet. Works wonderfully.

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01-26-2012 05:01 AM  6 years agoPost 19
wc_wickedclown (RIP)

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can a flat spot on the head block be used to zero the pitch gauge ?

Insha Allah made in america

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01-26-2012 05:22 AM  6 years agoPost 20
PJRono

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Or the boom.

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