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Warning: Counterfeit Futaba GY401

July 22nd, 2009 No comments

Just a warning, if you’re considering purchasing a GY401 on the cheap via the grey market, keep your eye out for fake versions. These fakes are pretty good in terms of their visual appearance…I wonder how long it will be before they start copying other products at this level?

How to spot the fake

Original posting here: http://www.rc.futaba.co.jp/hobby/info_090717.pdf

The left 401 logo is genuine and the right is the counterfeit version, note the differences with the “G” and the “1”.
Fake 401 Packaging

The main visual difference for the gyro is the plugs, the left is genuine and uses gold pins. The right is the counterfeit version uses silver pins on the plugs.Fake 401 Gyro

Again the plug pins are gold on the genuine (left) and on the fake they are silver (right). Also the rubber boot that goes around the serveo cable by the housing is longer on th genuine (left) and shorter on the fake (right)

Fake 401 Servo