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Old 01-29-2010, 10:59 AM   #21
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Hey Rick, here's another idea for you bud. For those of us with flybarless helis, it would be so great to have a temporary device we could screw onto the main block that could then be used to set the pitch. I'm currently using a bubble level and can't tell you how many times I've dropped that stupid thing while trying to set zero pitch!
Hmm, not being flybarless myself, I never considered how you would set the pitch without a flybar as a reference point. Send me a simple sketch of what you have in mind.Couldn't you just replace the button with a ruler with a hole in the middle?
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Old 01-29-2010, 11:19 AM   #22
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No, the align head is not perfectly flat... What I was thinking is something that has the same base as the head button, but then perhaps has a way of securing a flybar. You then screw this gadget to the head block and set the pitch.
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Old 01-29-2010, 12:36 PM   #23
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No, the align head is not perfectly flat... What I was thinking is something that has the same base as the head button, but then perhaps has a way of securing a flybar. You then screw this gadget to the head block and set the pitch.
Send me a sketch.
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Old 01-29-2010, 12:51 PM   #24
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LOL! They took the pencils away from me in this place...

I can't draw, but this is the idea... the grub screws are a distance apart equal to the distance on the flats of the flybar. The standoff is the same dimension as the head button standoff....

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Old 01-29-2010, 04:52 PM   #25
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Maybe I'm dense here. Why do you need the flybar at all? Just sight down the bar.

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Old 01-29-2010, 04:56 PM   #26
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Which bar?

The longer the "sight" line is, the more accurate your reading will be on the pitch gauge. That's why its hard to set the pitch just using the head button as a reference point.

You could make the bar longer and not need the flybar... but since you work w/ lexan, I thought a clear bar would not have the needed contrast to get it right with the pitch gauge.

The new 3G flybar kits from Align are supposed to have some sort of a tool that makes use of a standard flybar to set the pitch...
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Old 01-29-2010, 04:58 PM   #27
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Which bar?

The longer the "sight" line is, the more accurate your reading will be on the pitch gauge. That's why its hard to set the pitch just using the head button as a reference point.

You could make the bar longer and not need the flybar... but since you work w/ lexan, I thought a clear bar would not have the needed contrast to get it right with the pitch gauge.

The new 3G flybar kits from Align are supposed to have some sort of a tool that makes use of a standard flybar to set the pitch...
Oh, I see now. Interesting.
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Old 01-29-2010, 07:52 PM   #28
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Default TREX 500 ESP Flybar Locks are ready

I got my ESP head today and made up the new lock for it. Many thanks to everybody who helped to figure out what was different about the ESP.



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Old 01-29-2010, 10:47 PM   #29
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Looks great! Even with the shorter one if you applied pressure on the top of it, it leveled the bar. This will be much better though, frees up a hand and just put it in place and don't worry about.
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Looks Sweet!!!! Testers???
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Old 01-30-2010, 06:50 AM   #31
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Looks Sweet!!!! Testers???
Yep, I'll send them out to you guys that had the originals. Thanks for all the help!
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Old 01-30-2010, 07:09 AM   #32
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Yep, I'll send them out to you guys that had the originals. Thanks for all the help!
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All packaged, ready to send today.
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Old 01-30-2010, 06:14 PM   #33
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OK, I got them in the mail this morning. Making another batch tonight.
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Old 01-30-2010, 06:15 PM   #34
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Which bar?

The longer the "sight" line is, the more accurate your reading will be on the pitch gauge. That's why its hard to set the pitch just using the head button as a reference point.

You could make the bar longer and not need the flybar... but since you work w/ lexan, I thought a clear bar would not have the needed contrast to get it right with the pitch gauge.

The new 3G flybar kits from Align are supposed to have some sort of a tool that makes use of a standard flybar to set the pitch...
OK. I have an idea for this. I'll try it when I get the thicker Lexan next week.
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Old 01-30-2010, 11:42 PM   #35
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You are awesome Sir!!! I will post results and PICs ASAP
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any late luck for a guy from bahrain but with a shipping address in lockbourne - OH...
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any late luck for a guy from bahrain but with a shipping address in lockbourne - OH...
I ship anywhere. No freebies left though. Sorry.
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Old 02-01-2010, 08:16 PM   #38
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Well, the 500 Flybar lock arrived today from Rick for the 500 head with a metal seasaw. It is spot on!!! keeps the flybar level and makes setup a breeze!!! See Pics..
Thank you Rick for making tools to assist us with an easier and more precise setup!! Enjoy

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Old 02-01-2010, 08:21 PM   #40
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Wow that got there fast!

Nice pictures, glad you like it! Hearing news like this makes it all worth while! Glad to help! Nothing could make me happier than to have one of these babies in everybodys tool box. This is fun!

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