The new year brings a fresh beginning and what could possibly be a better way to start 2013 then a brand new model helicopter?
I’m a big fan of nitro but apart from Thunder Tiger’s Raptor G4 nothing really has come on the market that excited me enough to even consider a new addition to the fleet. The Gaui NX4 however is such a unique model as soon as the details was released earlier last year I knew this was one to look out for.
The NX4 is 500 class nitro model designed to suit 425mm main blades. Coupled together with an OS 37 nitro engine makes it the first production model of its kind!!!
Unfortunately you don’t see or hear of many Gaui model helicopters in the UK. It seems that Align, Blade, Mikado, Thunder Tiger, and SAB command most of the market at present. So without seeing many examples from Gaui myself I was a little concerned regarding the quality of the kit. Gladly upon opening the smartly designed box all concerns quickly faded way after being presented with all the nicely machined alloy and carbon components inside…….
It all went fairly smoothly, here are some pictures I took during the build….
Apart from the NX4′s obvious appeal there are also some nice little features that show the designer Bobby Watts really put a great deal of thought into the design.
The front and rear torque tube gear sets are the same parts meaning less spares are required, both side frames are also identical. There are no bell cranks as with most conventional nitro models as the NX4 has directly driven cyclic servos. The cyclic servo mounts are also slotted that allow for an easier more precise servo setup.
I may be clutching at straws to find something negative to say but I was a little disappointed to find out that there was no header tank included in the kit. Although Quick UK make a nice tank and a mounting kit that fit perfectly it is another expense that really should have been included.
Having taken it up to my local club (North Nott’s Model Flying Club) at the weekend for a final set up by Jason UBF (Ultimate build and Fly) it certainly created a lot of interest. This is undoubtedly a fantastic looking model, with many people refusing to believe it was a nitro heli until spotting the exhaust pipe!!!
UBF Pilot – Sam Burville