Dear John, Your e-book on swashplate setup and leveling is easily worth twice the price because after following your simple directions I transformed my collective pitch demon into a rotor angel in about an hour. It's like flying a totally different helo! You saved me months of time and untold frustrations, and I can't thank you enough. I surely would have given up on this hobby without you! Keep up the great work!
Chris Parker - United States
Hi John, just a quick thank you. Your beginners guide and website got me into RC helicopters and the setup & tips e-book is great but the best after building a Trex 450 sport and finding it hard to setup, was your swash setup and leveling book. After setting it up, I took it out the garden and apart from having to reverse the rudder on my dx6i it went straight into a stable hover without any trim at all, not bad for a novice! Once again thank you very much and keep up the good work.
Dave - United Kingdom
Hi John, received and used your swashplate guide. You have made it so much easier, cannot believe how long I stumbled in the dark, so much clearer now, have a few trex600 helis and all fly so well now. Thanks heaps...
Paul - Australia
Hi John, I MUST write you and say a big thank you for uncloaking the 'black-art' of swash plate setup! My little 400 electric had sat unloved and gathering dust after I gave up trying to unravel the secrets of setting up CCPM. I purchased your e-book last week and firstly enjoyed reading it through before starting work. Well, your e-book is so methodical, easy to follow, and correct that I almost started asking myself WHY had I not persevered with this before... simple answer is that despite searching the web, reading my radio manual and the heli instruction book, nothing has come close to your e-book. I have since purchased your other 2 e-publications and am enthused by the setup and tips for 400 series heli's.
Mick Edenso - United Kingdom
Just wanted you to know that I thoroughly enjoyed reading your Swash Setup & Leveling guide Ebook. I'm a "do-it-yourself" kinda guy that has recently taken interest in this wonderful and exciting hobby and what I love about your Ebook is that I never had any difficulty comprehending what you are trying to teach in your material. Most books either give you too vague/little or too much information, but yours totally hit the sweet spot for me. Lots of information to arouse interest, but just enough to keep a beginner like me engaged in the learning process.
Thanks for your Ebook! A good buy and highly recommended!
Niel - Philippines
When I got started, I crashed a lot and was about to give up until I found your website. Your Flight School is fantastic. Buying the setup & swash leveling e-books has given me a lot of insight into what IT was that I was missing. My model flies very well now, even after several crashes because I now know what to do to get the setup right. Since I started following your Flight school, I have only crashed once, and that was because I got too giddy and forgot to set the timer... Keep up your Brilliant work, I certainly appreciate it, and I'm sure many others do.
Adrian Atkins - re-noobed
Hi John, I didn't believe a new RC heli could fly "off the bench" as you call it in perfect trim and I've been at this RC heli game for a while. A club member purchased your Swash setup & levelling E-book and showed it me. To be honest I didn't really take it seriously until he had his maiden flight on his brand new Trex 550. I couldn't believe it was in perfect trim. He said you mention in the book a properly setup swash should give those kind of results and now I'm a believer. I went home, purchased your e-book, and went through the process - amazing! I can't believe how simple, but important this is. I grew up on mechanical swash mixing and never realized just how much different electronic mixing is and how important the programming is. Keep up the great work, I've been spending a fair amount of time on your website since, and it's so nice to find a site that is so rich in information. I'm sure it has helped many newcomers and even a few "old dogs". Best Regards,
Bob Atkinson - United States
Hi john I purchased the two of your ebooks - setup tips & swashplate leveling. Being new to the hobby, I was amazed at the amount of info you are generally not told when buying a kit. I managed initially to lift my heli with no swash mix etc. but
bent my flybar and got my thumb nail zapped. After reading the ebooks I feel i have gained a wealth of info that nobody else
wanted to part with. In the three weeks I have been setting up my heli and reconfiguring the swash etc. based on your ebooks I feel like a pro already. Once again, thank you for the well put together literature.
Ondrej Dvoulety - South Africa
I don't know how I missed your e-book on swash plate set-up but I purchased it last night. This is the book I've been looking for. Within 30 minuets of reading then applying what I learned, my scale Hughes 500C flew for the first time, a nice stable hover and the motor never went above 120 deg F despite having 4 blades to swing. You need to write more books like this. At the next club meeting this one will cause quite a lot of interest. Thanks again!
Capt R Coburn - United States
I bought your book on swashplates and like the rest of your books learned more from it then any other place.
Now when my new TRex 600 arrives I just hope I can put the reading to doing and correctly. Your book and the way you explain at least finally gives me a good chance. I must admit before I did not think I stood a chance of doing it correctly but the book makes it understandable and actually makes sense of it all. I am still somewhat unsure of radio settings but when I reach that point I may be turning to you for some extra advice. I had already ordered that Trueblood engineering leveller as all my research led me to that as being the best so it was at least reassuring that it was the one you recommended.
A great book John and $10 well spent.
Kieth Carter - Canada
Hi John, Congratulations! You have done it again! Swashplate setup has been a major topic for me over the last 2 weeks and has seen me scratching my head on many an evening. I bought your latest book on Friday and my problems are solved (well, almost all of my problems). I really must say that you have a knack to present difficult topics in a clear and understandable manner. To date (of all the documents I have read in respect of rc cars and helis - any there are/were many) the original book and the new one are by far the best and informative. My Raptor's setup instructions on the swashplate is contained in one paragraph. I gave it one look and thought "what?" together with some non-printable other thoughts. At least I now know that I will get that part right.
A local pro recently (yesterday) flew my Blade 400 and raved about how stable it is. I told him to purchase and read your "swash" book as you should take full credit for how my heli flies. I am really caught up with this hobby, already owning a
Blade 400, Blade MSR and a Raptor E550. Every one of my helicopters have been set up using your guides and I enjoy every minute flying them. I hope to add a T-Rex 600 nitro to the collection during the course of the year. Many thanks
for your efforts and please keep going. Kind regards
Michael Collins - South Africa
Hi John, Just got your swash plate setup book and wanted to say THANK YOU! I have your Setup & Tips book and got so much out it but was really trying to find out how to setup my swash plate after I had to replace a servo gear. I couldn't find the info anywhere and really made a mess of things. My LHS fared no better I am afraid and I think I should tell them about your e-book! Your excellent writing style and easy to follow format allowed me to follow along with the process from start to finish with no difficulties. I know my Blade 400's swash plate is setup better then it ever has been. I built that leveling tool and it works so well, but it was hard for me to confirm the heli was level so think I will get one of those Trueblood tools you mentioned. Too bad you don't sell those with the book - you would make a small fortune I think. Thanks again for making this info available for such a low cost.
Regards, Patrick Chan - United States
John, Wanted to let you know what a great help this swash plate book of yours has been. I thought I had a fairly good understanding of swash plate setup, but I do admit I was always messing around with servo interaction and followed the old hit & miss, trial & error method of getting the interactions figured out. I knew there had to be a better way and after searching the internet high and low, found your e-book. Your logical approach took the guesswork out of it. I can't imagine how much time I would have saved if I knew your "little secret". Keep up the good work.
Dwight Dukitch - Germany