CPO’s DIY 3-Point Leveling Platform : Part One

In this video, I show you how to build a 3-point leveling surface that can be used to level a heli (or most anything really). That’s right — the point is less about having a level table, and more about having something that can be adjusted to level a heli that is sitting on the table. This design does, in fact, also provide for a perfectly level work surface. This is my personal design and build process. As usual, there are often many ways to achieve the same end goal, but this is my solution to the challenge of finding a reliable and repeatable method for surface spirit leveling.

The build is a three phased approach:

Phase One: A basic leveling surface with minimal cost, ease of use, and simplicity in mind. You can stop here if that’s all you need. Cost: $7-8 buying all parts from scratch (very cheap if you have wood already laying around).

Phase Two: I take it up a notch, and devise a method to secure the heli to the surface, but in a manner that will work for any size or model of heli. This should work for a micro all the way up to a 700. Cost: I think I’m in it for about $10 total at this point, again buying all parts specifically for this project.

Phase Three: I take it up one more notch into “over-engineering-land” and find a way to make it rotatable without compromising the leveled state. I haven’t completed this step yet, but I have a pretty good idea in mind, and I’ll show you how it works out. Cost: This is only going to add another $3-5, and will take advantage of the scrap pieces of wood from Phase One. Total will be around $13-$15.

Phase One and Two are covered in this video. Phase Three will be coming up in Part Two.

In addition to the basic design how-to or Do-It-Yourself instructions, I also discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the 3-point leveling method over the 4-point method, and why I chose the 3-point method for this design. Don’t worry, I also show you how to use the leveling surface. In a nutshell, you need to level the left-right axis first, then the front-back axis (thinking of it from a heli perpective).

This leveling surface can be used to ensure a perfectly level main shaft or main block top surface, calibration of FBL/gyro self-leveling sensors, or when the table is level can be used to facilitate calibration of digital pitch gauges that have such an option. Of course, there are hundreds more uses!

In a few weeks, I’ll be showing you how I plan to use this device. Stay tuned!

Thanks for watching!