Unafraid to Crash
Several months ago I picked up a Gaui 500X Quad Flyer kit. I wanted an inexpensive platform for learning FPV (first person view) flying and light aerial photography. I have several larger multicopters for professional photography. But I wanted a small practice aircraft that would be cheap to fix. I didn’t want to be afraid to crash it, while improving my piloting skills. This article takes a look at the Gaui 500X for this purpose.
Gaui 500X First Impressions
When I first opened the box, I was impressed with the engineering quality of the whole package. For example, the ESC’s are amazingly tiny. They fit inside the quad’s arms, so both wires and ESC’s are hidden. Very nice. The wiring harness is an extremely small and simple design, constructed from bullet connectors soldered together. Reliable. There’s a very light weight blade guard to prevent blade strikes should the copter bump into something. The arms of the quad are foldable, so you can pack the whole thing in a small canvas bag (included in some kits). And there’s an optional lighting kit with LED’s for each motor mount. This makes day flying easier and night flying possible.
Good Motors, Good Electronics
In case you’re wondering whether there might be overheating problems with internally mounted ESC’s, the motors and ESC’s run warm, but never hot. Even with heavy loads (over 1600 grams but under the 2200 gram limit), I’ve never had overheating (unlike my larger multicopters). The Scorpion motors are small, but efficient and ample for the quad plus a small camera.