8 SERVO 11.2016
Iremember as a kid marking up the toy catalogs with the gifts I wanted and leaving them for my parents to find. Things have not changed all that much over the years, as I still look forward to unwrapping those thoughtful items that my loved ones have carefully
selected for me. They may need a hint or two, so I try to
aid them in their search for that perfect gift. Maybe these
ideas will prove useful in your search for that special
someone on your list whose time is spent designing and
building. Either way, you are sure to find something here
that any builder would appreciate.
I will include a variety of options in a range of prices. I
hope you can find a few items that you would like to find
under your tree as well!
Half the fun of building things is getting new tools!
The right tool for the job makes building more enjoyable,
safer, and saves time!
1. Pencil style AC power tester — http://tinyurl.com/
The most important consideration when tackling any
job is safety. Take no chances — especially when working
with AC electricity. Check lines before working on them.
With this device, it is a simple process to check to see if an
AC line is live (Figure 1).
2. Calipers — http://tinyurl.com/hds9tay
Constructing many of the projects we dream up is not
“a game of inches” like football. We require much greater
accuracy in our measurements than that! A tape measure is
fine for rough cuts but when real precision is needed, I
reach for my calipers. Although you can spend considerably
more, I have found that these suit my purposes quite well. I
like the digital display, and the six inch size has been
sufficient for my needs (Figure 2).
3. Ratcheting pin crimpers — http://tinyurl.com/nuo4jwy
This handy tool has greatly simplified the process of
assembling the multitude of servo headers my projects
require. I have used other models, but they were always
It is once again that time of year when the air turns cool and our thoughts turn to the
holidays. However you celebrate, I am sure we all enjoy receiving a special gift that we
can appreciate and put to good use in our hobby.
By Steve Koci
Prop Builder’s Gift
Figure 1. Is this on? Test it first!
Figure 2. Accurate measurements are a must.
Figure 3. Making cables
can be simple.