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Old 04-06-2011, 02:44 PM   #1
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"inclinometer" for measuring angles

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I remember reading here about a way to measure aileron/elevator throws using some tool but can't remember what was used.

Lee Valley has an "inclonometer" for sale at $24.95 (reg $34.95) that can do this (I am satisfied with using a pin and a ruler--an inch of up elevator for example to ensure both sides are even when full up is done) but for those who aren't, there's this item


I don't know how it compares to the other way mentioned (in the thread I can't find).

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Nice find, I'v been looking for one of those. nice price too.
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Hey Len, I use this one from Great Planes, and its OK, not great.


I use this one for wings and tails. The indicator comes off, so it can be used just like the one you posted.


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Do you have an i-phone? If so, just download the free angle meter app from the i-store and your phone will do exactly what that meter from Lee valley does

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Do you have an i-phone? If so, just download the free angle meter app from the i-store and your phone will do exactly what that meter from Lee valley does

Great idea!
I think windows phone 7 has it as an app as well

But does the Iphone have a magnetic base?
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Re: "inclinometer" for measuring angles

Are your flight surfaces sheet metal??

I have the tilt box, I use it in my shop for checking saw blade-to-table angle. Its a nice gadget, but I think it would be a little fussy to use on a plane, especially with a real airfoiled wing or tail, with no horizontal flat surface and tapered control surfaces would make things even worse... as you really need to have the thing sitting on the "imaginary" line passing through the center of the control surface.

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Re: "inclinometer" for measuring angles

I've got one, we use it at work for all kindsa different things, and it does work great.
However, it's so heavy that it won't be very friendly to control surfaces and will sag them down a few degrees.
Oh well.
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