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03-21-2016 12:34 PM  3 years ago
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allns47

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401 clone
after some investigation I found out my 401 is indeed a clone,,,,i have already flown my ergo several times without issues,,but now im alittle scared flying with a clone,,,,so im thinkin of going ahead and upgrading my gyro,,ive always used 401,s as my gyro,,,I want something that is deff going to be a upgrade but not sure what,,,any suggestions,,,
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03-21-2016 12:51 PM  3 years ago
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if you can still find tail only gyros.

maybe spartan
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03-21-2016 12:56 PM  3 years ago
allns47

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really,,they are that hard to find,,,im talking about finding a good used one
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03-21-2016 02:57 PM  3 years ago
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Used you have a good chance of finding one. I don't think they are made anymore since the FBL revolution 2008.

Avoid the Align series of tail gyros.
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03-21-2016 03:22 PM  3 years ago
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For about the last 4 decades the model helicopter tail only gyro evolved through countless variations. They started with mechanical rate gyros and ended with solid state heading hold gyros.

The pinnacle of that 40 year evolution is the Futaba 701 gyro. It is the best tail-only gyro ever made. Because development of tail only gyros has stopped, it is likely to remain the best there is or ever was.

The good news is that it can be bought for about $220 and includes a governor. At that price it is selling for less than the last price I saw listed for the 401. It WILL be an upgrade to your 401 (clone).

The down side is that no gyro was ever easier to set up than the 401 it was probably the most effective AND easy to set up gyro ever. You will find the 701 easy to set up but you may have to read the manual.

One more thought... For about $260 you can buy a Futaba 750. While it includes many features you may not need today, it is still a very effective tail gyro and would be a nice unit to have if you ever decided to try flybarless. Physically it is exactly the same size as the 701.

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bi...p?&I=LXZZD3&P=7

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03-21-2016 06:20 PM  3 years ago
allns47

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thanks guys,,,ill do some searching,,,any other good gyros,,,,spartan
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03-21-2016 07:05 PM  3 years ago
allns47

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I see on ebay I can get the gy611 dirt cheap for around 140.00 with servo and this is new in sealed box,,is that a good price
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03-21-2016 08:05 PM  3 years ago
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I have used lots of gyros(never used a 701). The best I have found, considering price, ease of setup, and performance is the Spartan Quark. I try to buy any used ones that come up for sale. I usually get them for $30 to $40.
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03-21-2016 11:11 PM  3 years ago
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considering a fbl unit cost about the same as a Quality tail gyro and servo

it's up to you and depends on how long you can remain using a flybar.
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03-22-2016 12:20 AM  3 years ago
artimus

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+1 for spartan quark....or a spartan ds760 both a big upgrade to the 401.Fly Hard......Team Viagra
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03-22-2016 07:29 PM  3 years ago
allns47

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decided tonot to put a lot of money into a gyro for my ergo so bought a real gy401 from a member cheap....
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03-23-2016 12:07 AM  3 years ago
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Get your hands on an Align 780 and you'll be plenty happy.RIP Roman Pirozek Jr.
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04-03-2016 10:24 PM  3 years ago
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The 520 and 701 are still in stock at Tower. Probably original stock. Get a 520 used.
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04-03-2016 10:40 PM  3 years ago
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Doesn't the 520 require a long-lead harness type piece to be able to program (?)
This may be a problem on a smaller Heli and one-of the reasons I went with the Spartan ds760 (not the Quarks).
Although the Quarks are a smaller footprint I believe you need a long-lead to program these as well.

The ds760 is extremely-easy to access for programming (get a Spartan-link if you go this route) and a lot-of the actual steps to doing so are eliminated once you install the 2.0v software (all done with a Spektrum bind-plug, really slick)

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04-04-2016 01:59 AM  3 years ago
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520 programs with blinking lights. Download the instructions. It's certainly small !

http://www.futabarc.com/downloads/manuals.html
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04-04-2016 02:28 AM  3 years ago
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520 programs with blinking lights.
But to really un-lock it's full potential wasn't there a usb-link similar-to the Spartan-link (?)

Only reason I mention this is that I considered the GY-520 myself (for my T-Rex 250) but realized that I would need to find a way to place either the GY-520's usb-link neatly in-between the frames OR at least be able to access the gyro's lead that this link attaches to (this is a problem on such a small Heli).

Not knockin' the GY-520 here, it was actually my first choice (way back then) but these scenarios played a part in my going with the Spartan ds760

If you didn't know, the Spartan-link's connection-port is shown in the pic. I posted.

From the Futaba site ;
2 Ways To Program!
(1) Directly, using the GY520's push-button and 2-color LED.
(2) Remotely, using a PC and the optional CIU-2 USB interface. Both required.
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