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10-13-2010 01:08 AM  8 years agoPost 1
Jetski750ss

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Does anyone have any recommendations on a gyro for my nitro? Should I stick with all one brand or may I mix and match? I have not bought a receiver but I have a futaba transmitter and futaba servos. I have not yet purchased a servo for the tail. Any advice would be great. Thanks!!

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10-13-2010 01:21 AM  8 years agoPost 2
z11355

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futaba 520 or if you're going to get a governor also, consider the 701 w/ governor (might save some $$ while being the absolute best).

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10-13-2010 01:28 AM  8 years agoPost 3
thenewguy

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One of the pros if you stay with Futaba is everything is one to one in the radio settings. This is very nice because you know exactly what your gain settings are. Ether the 520 or the 701 will work very well for you. I have both on 2 different helis and am very happy with their performance.

Chris

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10-13-2010 01:35 AM  8 years agoPost 4
iFlyHelis

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It comes down to personal preference. I use a Futaba 8FG with a Spartan Quark on one machine and a Align 780 on another. It really does not matter what radio you are using. Like z11355 said, if you are also in need of a gov, the 701 combo is worth looking at from both a performance and cost perspective.

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10-13-2010 02:22 AM  8 years agoPost 5
fastflyer20

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One of the best deals is a used Align GP750 (not the 780).
Very easy to set up and forgiving. Some love the GY520, some don't - it never worked well on my T600, it felt strange and twitchy.

To learn, the GY701 is a overkill and pricey option. You can pick up a used gyro for well under $90 and a used governor for $30.

Gyros, almost more than any other electrical component, can have almost fanatical followings. You have to sort through it all. I like to read the issues people have, many times directly related to the gyro, many times it is a unidentified issue causing a "gyro" issue.

Mix and match any of the components is not a problem as long as you run a decent digital tail servo and supply the correct voltage to them.

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10-13-2010 02:48 AM  8 years agoPost 6
Jetski750ss

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Thanks all for the info...this hobby is great but starting in it can get overwhelming. I'll just keep going forward...

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10-13-2010 02:53 AM  8 years agoPost 7
z11355

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also consider the Spartan Quark or 760

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10-13-2010 03:04 AM  8 years agoPost 8
fung_jeff

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You can get the GY611 with a S9256 or BLS251... Cheap right now, I always see them for about $130-150 for a combo, but the BLS251 is too good, no one wants to sell it.

Jeffrey Fung...15 Years old - FLEET: Evo 50, Raptor 30, Trex 500, SDX's, X-Spec, Logo 10/400

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10-13-2010 03:39 AM  8 years agoPost 9
bulldogs

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If you are new to helis simple will be the best! set it and forget about it. Futaba 401 comes to mind no USB needed to set up. I still cant out fly the 401. Best thing you can buy them cheap these days.

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10-13-2010 10:55 PM  8 years agoPost 10
RcRules

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on my 6oon i used a fut 520 at first,but now use the quark .the 520 is a good gyro i bumped it to my 450 but i prefer the quark just my. opinion

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10-14-2010 01:15 AM  8 years agoPost 11
SSMKN2

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Either a Futaba Gy 401, or the JR 770 3D. Both are simple to use and both work well. I prefer the JR over the Futaba, however, have about the same amount of each type.

Joel
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10-14-2010 01:55 AM  8 years agoPost 12
Flying Brian

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I have used the GY401 for 2 years with excellent service. The Gyro has been involved in MANY crashes, and even has a cracked up case and still works perfectly.

Hey, the pro's used to use this gyro back in the day.........

"I just don't Listen" "

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10-14-2010 03:12 PM  8 years agoPost 13
doorman

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Sherwood, Arkansas

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Why??????
Thanks all for the info...this hobby is great but starting in it can get overwhelming. I'll just keep going forward
I cannot figure WHY guys would come up with 520's and 701's for a new heli flier?????????????

I think some really believe that they will out grow the 401 as soon as they learn to go past a hover.....

The 401 will take you a long, long way and when you can finally out fly it, I promise, you will not be on the machine you learned to hover on.....
As stated, you set it and forget it.... get a combo unit with the 9256 servo and you will be set and it will work just fine for you....

Good Luck and welcome to the FUN side of RC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stan

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10-14-2010 06:15 PM  8 years agoPost 14
chopper_crazy

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yeah but for the price you pay for a new GY401, you can almost get a 520 and not have to worry about it. They both set up very easily IMHO.

It's a complex, costly, glow powered anti-gravity machine!

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10-14-2010 11:07 PM  8 years agoPost 15
RcRules

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The 401 was the best in its time but its dated the 520 is superior and not much cost dif.If you can get a good used 401 for dirt cheap its a great option ,but if buying new you would be selling yourself short imho.Rich

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10-14-2010 11:28 PM  8 years agoPost 16
Jetski750ss

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Fort Walton Beach, FL USA

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Since I agree with taking advice from more experienced folks in this hobby and I like simple...I think I will look at getting a GY401 w/S9254 for now. I need to learn as a beginner and not go from novice to expert overnight. Thanks to all for giving advice. I'm sure I'll post more questions once I think of them.

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10-15-2010 12:13 AM  8 years agoPost 17
mustang67ford

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Central Pennsylvania

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I have a 401 and it's great. Just bought a 520 which is a little more to program. Right now, the 520 is cheaper Ben the 401 on tower hobbies. Haven't used he 520 yet

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10-15-2010 05:57 AM  8 years agoPost 18
RAK402

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Alhambra, CA

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I just installed a GY520 on my .90 (Odin II). It holds beautifully.

Running GY520's on 450, 500, 550, and 600 sized machines as well (both glow and electric).

Brilliant gyro-easy to set up, great tail hold, great feel to the tail.

Team KBDD/Compass Team Manger/Experience RC/Team JR Americas/WR Field Rep

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10-15-2010 01:18 PM  8 years agoPost 19
ascf

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i think some heli flyers get a head of them self and go a bit over the top when it comes to recomending some one a gyro. i am a sport flyer and ive now been flying for 5 years im not in to 3d and i dont think i ever will get in to it. so ive been using a 401 gyro since ive been flying and i dont feel the need to upgrade and i dont think ill ever upgrade so if i would have got a better gyro i would have wasted my cash. so there is no need to buy a better gyro then a 401 unless your going to be doing some hard 3d.

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10-15-2010 01:37 PM  8 years agoPost 20
z11355

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the 401 is a very good gyro and if you're not doing anything particularly advanced and can find a good one used, it's a great value.

but if you're buying new, there are better, more modern gyros for approx the same price (that are also more crash resistant; 401 cases are fairly brittle plastic).

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