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Six Important Must Have Tools
For Repairing Your R/C Helicopter

    The all important check list. Forget one thing on the list and the day could be ruined, not to mention dangerous.
    THIS HOBBY REQUIRES SO MUCH BUILDING, NATURALLY THERE IS A WIDE VARIETY OF TOOLS THAT MUST
    BE OWNED in order to be able to build and maintain a helicopter.  Even though there is a vast number of tools
    that can be used, there are only a core few that required to get the job completely done.  Those core sets of tools
    are widely seen at every flying field and shouldn’t be left out of the anyone’s toolbox.  In this Tools of the Trade,
    we will break down seven very important tools that will help build and maintain your helicopter at all time.

    1.  PITCH GAUGE - Even though some talented people out there are able to eyeball their pitch, there is a gauge
    for the rest of us (thankfully).  A pitch gauge is very important in making sure that you have your head set up
    properly and don't have an uneven pitch range for a balanced helicopter.  Pitch gauges come in various shapes
    and sizes, so find one that suits you best, and keep it in your tool box just in case.
































    2.  HEX DRIVERS - This is perhaps the most important set of tools in your toolbox.  Hex drivers are used for just
    about everything.  In most modern-day helicopters, all bolts have a hex head on them that makes them easier to
    tighten and remove.  The most common sizes are 1.5mm, 2.0mm, 2.5mm, and 3.0mm.  It is very common to see 2.5
    mm heads on almost all applications on larger helicopters.  3.0mm heads are used for items such as spindle bolts
    and blade bolts.  2.0mm heads are seen on specific applications that vary from helicopter to helicopter. 1.5mm
    heads are usually the universal hex driver on micro-helicopters.


































    3.  CUTTERS/DIKES - When doing things such as dressing your wires with zip ties, you'll need a set of dikes or
    cutters in order to cut the remaining strand.  There are many situations where cutting may be needed.  Whether it
    be cutting tape for your gyro or fuel tubing, you'll need to use some sooner or later.  Dikes are ideal for cutting
    thanks to their size and smaller heads that make it easier when cutting around wires.


































    4.  BALL-LINK PLIERS - These pliers are very important tool that makes un-popping and popping ball links
    together much easier!  Even though many of the links in the head can be popped off with your hand, it often
    becomes a tough task and can get quite annoying.  Since tracking adjustment is very common, ball-link pliers
    become quite handy.  Not only can they be used to pop links, but also most of the time they have groves and
    cutters integrated into them.  The groves work well for gripping ball-link rods when building links to prevent them
    from spinning.

































    5.  NUT DRIVER - RC helicopters use a wide variety of nut and bolt applications, so a nut driver comes in handy
    for tightening down these applications.  Even though pliers can be used in some of these cases, nut drivers
    prove to be much easier to use in hard-to-reach areas and are just more efficient. The universal size for nuts on a
    larger helicopter is 5.5mm, so the 5.55 driver is the most commonly used.  You'll most likely use an 8 mm driver
    for the blade bolt nuts on a .90 size, so it will come in ahndy to have one of those in your toolbox, as well.  you
    might find smaller sizes on micro-helicopters, so look up the size in your manual and get a driver that
    corresponds with the proper size.  



































    6.  CLASSIC SCREWDRIVERS - Even though screwdrivers are not as commonly used as hex drivers, you will
    usually run into something during a build that will either require a Philips or flat-head screwdriver.  Sometimes
    there's a pesky helicopter that will require a Philips for the entire build.  Philips are a little tricky to use because
    using them makes it easier to strip out the screw heads, but they do become necessary on our helicopters, so it
    is important to have a few in various sizes in your toolbox.


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