Soko Heli Tool Review
I [Kev] have been having some issues with a couple of my helis recently, where they fly differently inverted to upright. And going over and over the setup, I couldn’t see anything wrong with it. But could definitely tell there was when flying the heli. All symptoms pointed to the throws being unequal, but the older style mechanical gauges I was using were telling me that it was fine. So I decided it was high time I got my ass into the 21st century and bought a super accurate digital gauge.
Now the choice here is VAST, The list is pretty much endless. Then I happened to come upon Soko Heli Tool, out of New Zealand. Who, and I quote offer “A unique setup methodology” Now me being me I bought into that right away!!
I watched their Youtube video’s and was seriously impressed at the simplicity and accuracy of use of this setup tool. So money was parted with and a week later (from New Zealand remember! No one stocks this in the UK yet) my Soko Heli Tool arrived!
I have used the BeastX pitch gauge in the past, borrowed from a friend and it does the job. However setting up a model with the blades on is hard work and requires lots of space. Being able to do the setup on the bench makes it much easier to move the head without disturbing the model and messing up the leveling process that you so carefully completed!
The unique feature of this set-up tool is the platform that the Soko Heli Tool sits on. Its a decagon with various bolt holes and thicknesses to suit every size of blade grip out there as well as being able to be bolted to the head button hole in the head to make it easier to level the heli in all orientations.
This tool can also be used to calibrate the tail blade throws of the heli, and even give you an accurate reading of your centre of gravity. I have not gone into that part of the tools capabilities just yet but it is something that I will be trying in the near future. Full details of the methodology of these actions is available on the Soko website.
Videos of the setup processes can be found at http://www.youtube.com/sokohelitools/
And their website is http://www.soko-heli-tools.com/
This kit cost me just under £50 posted from New Zealand which to me represents amazing value. And now its something that I cannot do without. I just wish someone in the UK would snap this up to make it more accessible!