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Old Aug 25, 2010, 10:53 AM
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If you buy cheap you buy twice.
Indeed....I bought twice (two) gyros for about 1/3 of what it cost for a GY401. With the money I saved I was able to pack two air-frames with gyros (They Mystic 401 variant), ESCs, and servos.

I liked them so much I bought a third and sold both my Futaba GY401s.

From a setup and operating standpoint, they feel like the GY401.

I've got an HK version of the 401 also, I must say it is not built as well as the Futaba or Mystic variations.
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Old Aug 25, 2010, 11:39 AM
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for general ff and maybe even very light aerobatics, these knock off gyros will work fine.
it's hard 3d that they can't handle.
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Old Aug 25, 2010, 12:02 PM
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Damn. I am now fairly sure I have bought a knock-off.
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Old Aug 25, 2010, 12:04 PM
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Damn. I am now fairly sure I have bought a knock-off.
How does it work? Any tail drift? Is it more like a piezo or a SMM?

Just wondering your thoughts on your knockoff...
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Old Aug 25, 2010, 12:04 PM
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I need a favor. I've never bought one of these before. Could some please confirm that this is a knockoff. I need to open a case with ebay.

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI....=STRK:MEWNX:IT

I refuse to have a knock off product ... it cheats a good company that makes a good product out of its money and it's exploits its good name.
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Old Aug 25, 2010, 12:14 PM
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email the seller. there's a few different people selling those 401's as genuine, but they're so cheap that i don't see that being possible.

i emailed one of the ebay sellers of those 401's (based in hong kong, $88 free shipping is too good to be true for a genuine futaba 401) and they stated they're the real deal.

i'm still not sure if i believe him or not, but if they're fake and being touted as real, i think ebay would make the seller pull the auctions...or at least edit them to state "knock off" or some such.
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Old Aug 25, 2010, 12:18 PM
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I need a favor. I've never bought one of these before. Could some please confirm that this is a knockoff. I need to open a case with ebay.

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI....=STRK:MEWNX:IT

I refuse to have a knock off product ... it cheats a good company that makes a good product out of its money and it's exploits its good name.
(its a clone? ) , but it looks like it has gold contacts. look at the lettering on the case (gyro ) go here and compare the 2
http://www.futabarc.com/techsupport/counterfeit.html
edit: not sure, the only way would be to open it up and see if it has gold contacts or not
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Old Aug 25, 2010, 12:27 PM
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that's the pic they show on the auction, but has anyone on this thread bought one? i'd be interested to see what they look like up close....are the contacts actually gold?
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Old Aug 25, 2010, 12:46 PM
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I'll pull mine apart and take pictures as soon as I get it.

At least the contacts look gold in the pictures ...
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Old Aug 31, 2010, 12:19 PM
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Any update?

Sounds like futaba is going to need to put holograms on their packaging to ensure 'the real deal'....
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Old Aug 31, 2010, 02:24 PM
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I have several of these, they work great. fast shipping too.

http://www.hobbypartz.com/60p-dy-1017.html
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Old Aug 31, 2010, 02:37 PM
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Actually, looking at the Futaba counterfeit page, those two linked on ebay are definitely fakes. The font on the packaging is the best way to tell- look at the top of the number '1'. That matches the fake on futaba's site.

Here's what I'm looking at:

http://www.futaba-rc.com/techsupport/counterfeit.html

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI....=STRK:MEWNX:IT

Scary.
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Old Aug 31, 2010, 02:51 PM
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Ok I have finally got my GY401 and I can confirm that if you have bought on the GY401's from hobbyrc-y on ebay that they are fake.

They are however a very good copy. They do as pictured here have what looks like gold contacts.



However, when one opens up the gyro case what we find is very interesting....



There is a rusty bolt ... instead of this ...

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/attac...mentid=3141785

I'm going to have some fun with this guys I suggest everyone else does the same.
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Old Aug 31, 2010, 03:03 PM
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oh i wish that pic of the bolt was clearer, i can barely see it.

if i were you, i'd contact ebay and futaba. that's complete and total fraud.
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Old Aug 31, 2010, 03:07 PM
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I'll take a better picture later ... I'm at the office right now and I will replace the pic. I also already contacted futaba and I have opened an ebay case against the seller. Also, I don't want my photobucket account to spike with 2 meg photos.
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