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Himilou
01-10-2012, 06:47 PM
Just discovered this Heli while poking around on the internet. I've got some questions though and thought you guys might be able to help out.

This Heli is a "425" but swings 425mm blades. Is this Heli bigger than a 450? I currently have an E-Razor 450 :arggg: It uses 325mm blades.

What size servos does this Heli take?

Anyone have an Electronic version of the manual or parts guide for this?

Hows parts availability?

Overall this seems like a really good deal for $80.00 whats the general take on this Helicopter?

I've been thingking about getting this
http://www.myrcmart.com/rcx-450-sport-v3-arf-carbon-fiber-edition-bare-bone-kit-80-preassembled-without-main-blades-canopy-electronic-p-3713.html
but the parts availability worries me a bit

Thoughts?

Lompma
01-10-2012, 07:43 PM
It is basically a 500 size heli. I think the 425 refers to the blade size. I went with 430 size blades. It uses 6S batteries.

wobbles99
01-10-2012, 08:05 PM
Like above, the 425 stands for 425mm blade size. Same as the trex 500. It can also be stretched to 500mm and 550mm size.

The frame accepts standard size or mini servos.

The other heli you've linked is a trex 450 sport clone. It would be pretty much similar to your e razor.

Jerrymac
01-11-2012, 02:32 AM
You can get the manual from Gaui's download page (link). It has all of their manuals. Just look for the Hurricane 425 manual.

http://www.gaui.com.tw/html/download.asp

The frame is made for full sized servos. Minis can be used with adapter plates. A few places I get parts from here in the US are;

RCDumbthumbs, AlleRC, and HeliFlightCenter.

IMO, it is a well built helicopter for the price. I have 4 of them. :bacon

japester
01-11-2012, 03:18 AM
Parts are available from more than just a few places still. There's a sticky at the top of the Gaui 550 forum with that info. Actually, a few sticky threads that are worth reading.

Good luck! the 425/550 is a good beast to fly, and rather cheap to rebuild when flown into the ground.

Himilou
01-11-2012, 03:05 PM
So this seems too good to be true!

Thanks for the manual post BTW. This is the best Heli manual I've ever seen.

I'm gonna get one unless someone tells me they ship with a self destruct function.

From looking at the Gaui site seems like there are 2 different versions of the 425. ( one they call Ep 425 plastic ) which has a longer gear train than the other.

Do they cost the same?

If so opinions on which is better?

Thanks in advance freaks!!

Himilou

Himilou
01-11-2012, 04:13 PM
This heli seems too good to be true!

I don't think I've ever seen a manual from Taiwan as well done as the one for this copter.

From looking at Gaui's site it seems that there are 2 different versions the EP 425 and the EP 425 plastic and for starters the gear train is completely different. Any opinions on which model is better?

Thanks in Advance

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01-17-2012, 08:03 PM
The plastic frame is great if you do not excessively over-power it. The gear train is the same for both versions. Parts should be available for a long time. I have one as a 550 and am looking at building my collection of spares into a 425. It's a blast to fly with or without a flybar.
I have wanted a carbon frame off and on, but have stuck with plastic cause it's cheaper.

LandenTD
03-30-2012, 05:07 PM
I have a TREX 600 and a Protos 500. My GAUI fits exactly between the two if you set them all out side by side. So, I'd say its a good 550 sized. In fact the 550 Canopy fits it and is actually better if you do the 1 x 6s vs 2 x3s battery combo modification. However, I currently use 2 x 3s batteries to total 4400mah and the 550 canopy. Just a little roomier. As you've read above, the 425 is the size of the blades.

My Gaui 425 is my favorite heli, well very close with my protos flybarless. I can throw the GAUI around like nothing. Its so responsive and controllable. I can fly it way better than my others. I use my 600 to take aerial photos as a business too. Little different with a camera mount. I'm a wounded warrior so I had to find something that was pretty easy to make a living at on top of my active duty pay. I should be able to retire right into it after my surgeries are complete.

Definitely recommend the Gaui 425.

stark
03-31-2012, 04:33 AM
Himilou,

I've recently built this heli and kept a build log. Might be of help.
http://www.helifreak.com/showthread.php?t=379930

Also refer to Finless' build videos of the 550. A bit old but useful.
http://www.helifreak.com/showthread.php?t=31211

cheers,

stark
05-09-2012, 02:16 PM
I have a TREX 600 and a Protos 500. My GAUI fits exactly between the two if you set them all out side by side. So, I'd say its a good 550 sized. In fact the 550 Canopy fits it and is actually better if you do the 1 x 6s vs 2 x3s battery combo modification. However, I currently use 2 x 3s batteries to total 4400mah and the 550 canopy. Just a little roomier. As you've read above, the 425 is the size of the blades.


Hi, just to clarify, 2 x 3s @ 2200mAh make a 6s pack @ 2200mAh and not 4400mAh.
Rule of thumb is: for batteries in series the voltages add but current capacity remains same as the individual packs whereas for batteries in parallel, the current capacity adds and voltage remains same.

pug907
05-10-2012, 08:51 AM
Hi Himilou,
I just bought 2 gauis, 1 425 and 1 550. What is brilliant about these helis is the gear train has so many different options for headspeed, depending on your motor. I've just ordered a motor from HK 1700 Kv for $38ish USD ( reviews say more like 1900KV) and have to run a 13T pinion with 60T rear main and 61 front main, just to get headspeed down to 2300(ish) RPM BEWARE, the motor pinion gears are 0.8 mod, you'll strip your gears if you dont use it!!!. Quality of these birds is amazing, price for spares good too ( even in the UK, where we normally get ripped off :roll:). You must watch finless' vid on tail mod if you are running more than 2000RPM. Enjoy, it's gonna be hard not to :bacon.
Andy

stark
05-11-2012, 04:17 AM
Andy,

for 425 you need to be around 2600RPM whereas for 550 you need to be around 2000RPM.

cheers,

pug907
05-11-2012, 10:48 AM
Thanks Roger,
I will be running 2699 @ 85% eff. I read somewhere that you need the metal tail upgrade for speeds over 2600. Is that true? I only have the plastic tail grips, but figured I would need to run a bit faster than usual, as I have the flybarless setup. Also read on here that Gaui flybarless controller is cr*p, but don't have the money at the moment for a microbeast. Have you had any experience with GU 365 FBL controller??
Cheers, Andy

stark
05-12-2012, 03:17 AM
Andy,

I have only a few flights on this heli and haven't experienced any problems with the tail yet. I will keep it stock as much as possible and do changes only if I face problems. And you are not too off the RPM recommended in the manual, so I wouldn't worry.

My heli came with a tail correction sheeet. It seems they have replaced tiny screws with nylock nuts around the tail bearings. I believe this should improve the tail situation.
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-j5ZwKD9tlrc/TzAtmUAgtmI/AAAAAAAADoQ/vXJVbU0fWyo/s720/IMG_3276.JPG

I haven't used Gaui FBL unit, but will keep away from it. You will not go wrong with beastx or V-bar. The money spent is well worth for the beastx as you spend less time on configuring (read fiddling) and more time on flying ;).

pug907
05-12-2012, 12:51 PM
Thanks Stark.
I will have to sell a few things before I can afford to upgrade the FBL controller. It's a bit strange that Gaui have upgraded the 365, but are still selling it with the FES kit, but not in the full heli kits!!! My 550 is up for sale at the moment, as I don't need the 425 and 550, so hopefully I can get the beastx pretty soon. Happy flying,
Andy