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Old 10-04-2021, 10:56 AM   #1
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Need to get a radio for my Summit based project I'm working on. Torn between getting the OE radio, or a FlySky FS-GT5 I found on Amazon.
Both are about the same price, but a little dubious of FlySky but the extra channels would be nice.
OE does have some kind of BT/telemetry module available, could be nice but doesn't matter too much to me. Plus being an extra buy lessens my interest.

Anyone have some input on one over the other, or experience with this specific FlySky radio?
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Old 10-04-2021, 11:49 AM   #2
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The G53C is 'good', but in the lowest-end of mid-range radios. The GT5 is definitely better...but, even it isn't all that great. If you want to consider a FlySky, I'd HIGHLY recommend checking out their Noble NB4. When originally released, it only supported 4 channels...but, with the latest firmware, it supports up to 12 channels. Plus, it has telemetry options available.

My neighbor bought one, and it's amazing. It has almost all the functionality you'd find in the top-tier offerings from Spektrum & Futaba, as well as outstanding build quality (aluminum & high-quality plastic, as opposed to the "cheap" plastic used in the GT3C & GT5), at approx 1/3 the price. Like the Futaba 7PX, it has a touch screen. Retail price is typically around $200-250, depending on whether it's packaged with 1 or 2 receivers (and which). Additionally, they will be releasing a new "Pro" variant on 10/10/21, although no information about it has been revealed (or even leaked).


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Old 10-04-2021, 12:09 PM   #3
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Iíve used a bunch of rtr radios (including Traxxas), and finally broke down and bought a Flysky gt5. I highly recommend it, itís worked well for me, receivers are cheap, setting end points is simple and quick. Plus it feels nicer to use than all the rtr radios Iíve had.

I havenít used any of the big name brand radios though.


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Old 10-04-2021, 12:46 PM   #4
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GT5 is an easy recommendation. I have 4 of them. Not high end, but definitely not cheap either. Can’t beat it for the money.
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Old 10-04-2021, 05:02 PM   #5
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The G53C is 'good', but in the lowest-end of mid-range radios. The GT5 is definitely better...but, even it isn't all that great. If you want to consider a FlySky, I'd HIGHLY recommend checking out their Noble NB4. When originally released, it only supported 4 channels...but, with the latest firmware, it supports up to 12 channels. Plus, it has telemetry options available.

My neighbor bought one, and it's amazing. It has almost all the functionality you'd find in the top-tier offerings from Spektrum & Futaba, as well as outstanding build quality (aluminum & high-quality plastic, as opposed to the "cheap" plastic used in the GT3C & GT5), at approx 1/3 the price. Like the Futaba 7PX, it has a touch screen. Retail price is typically around $200-250, depending on whether it's packaged with 1 or 2 receivers (and which). Additionally, they will be releasing a new "Pro" variant on 10/10/21, although no information about it has been revealed (or even leaked).


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Does look like a pretty nice radio, but more than I'm looking to spend. No real plans for something long term or multi model so just looking for something cheapishly decent.

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Iíve used a bunch of rtr radios (including Traxxas), and finally broke down and bought a Flysky gt5. I highly recommend it, itís worked well for me, receivers are cheap, setting end points is simple and quick. Plus it feels nicer to use than all the rtr radios Iíve had.

I havenít used any of the big name brand radios though.


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Thanks for the recommendation vote. I've had Futabas in the past, and my first non-frequency radio was a Nomadio. But with no real plans for doing much else with RC, just looking something on the lower $$ side.

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GT5 is an easy recommendation. I have 4 of them. Not high end, but definitely not cheap either. Canít beat it for the money.
Thanks, sounds like it's just what I'm looking for.
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Old 10-05-2021, 10:27 AM   #6
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What's the issue here? Many people, including myself, use the GT5 & you can't beat it for the price. It's been around for a few years now & it's proven to be a good, reliable radio. Not sure where your hesitancy is coming from. You won't do better for the price.
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Old 10-07-2021, 05:59 AM   #7
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GT5...hands down winner for your choice. Better feel, more channels, much easier to program endpoint and channels.
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Old 10-07-2021, 07:43 AM   #8
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When I was in a similar situation, I ended up going with the GT5. No regrets. Great radio as mentioned many times above. That said, they've supposedly teased about a new radio coming out soon. Think they plan to release the info on Oct 10th. You may want to wait if you're not in a hurry.
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Old 10-07-2021, 09:08 AM   #9
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When I was in a similar situation, I ended up going with the GT5. No regrets. Great radio as mentioned many times above. That said, they've supposedly teased about a new radio coming out soon. Think they plan to release the info on Oct 10th. You may want to wait if you're not in a hurry.
The new radio is supposedly going to be a "pro" version of the Noble NB4 (which, itself, is already better than the GT5).


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Old 10-07-2021, 04:30 PM   #10
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The GT5 is a superb radio at the pricepoint-- which happens to be lower than what I typically pay for a decent servo. I would never hesitate to recommend one. I foolishly have 4 rigs hooked up to a single Spektrum DX5C and I dislike it so much (the power button and the scroll wheel are enough to make a person want to throw the transmitter off of a bridge) that I'm gradually adding GT5s until the DX5 will be removed from the fleet.

GT5 > any OEM radio, and absolutely GT5 > DX5C.
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Old 04-29-2022, 06:01 AM   #11
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I ended up getting an FS GT5, haven't used it yet but just looking it over out of the box I'm impressed for the price point.
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Old 04-29-2022, 04:41 PM   #12
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I have no complaints at all with my GT5.
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Old 01-15-2023, 06:23 AM   #13
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Just to follow up, having used my GT5 now and set it up on my Capra, I am exceedingly happy with it.
Perfect for setting up both dig and rear steering, and survived a complete dunk in the drink after I slipped on some rocks and made a splash.
Only thing I wish it had was a button to switch 4WS steering type instead of having to go into the menu. I set the rear steer up on the knob channel just above the steering wheel.
I also just noticed recently a small plug in the battery compartment, looks like it's ready to accept a TX pack.
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Old 01-15-2023, 09:41 AM   #14
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I also just noticed recently a small plug in the battery compartment, looks like it's ready to accept a TX pack.
Yep, you can plug in any 2S LiPo that will fit in the battery compartment (and has a JST plug on it.) I used to use some 1000mah super-cheap packs from Amazon (Urgenex) but found that the QC on those batteries is... not consistent. Have had one puff in the radio, and one blow up on the charger. So if you're looking for LiPo, look elsewhere.
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Old 01-31-2023, 06:28 AM   #15
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Yep, you can plug in any 2S LiPo that will fit in the battery compartment (and has a JST plug on it.) I used to use some 1000mah super-cheap packs from Amazon (Urgenex) but found that the QC on those batteries is... not consistent. Have had one puff in the radio, and one blow up on the charger. So if you're looking for LiPo, look elsewhere.
I was actually thinking of using a couple of Vapecell 14500(AA size) cells in parallel and rewiring the battery tray so I can easily pop them in and out and charge on my regular cell charger.

On another note, I was just noticing a button on the TX, ST. DR. Little mention other than identifying it in the manual as "Steering D/R"
I'm guessing this is Dual Rate, but hoping it may be direction as in like when 4WS is activated it can be a button controlled switch between same/opposite steering F&R. Can anyone confirm or deny?

On another nother note, I also recently found the RX has a built in gyroscope! While useless as far as I can think in crawling, I do want to go in and check the settings and disable a few of the settings with it that look like they may be enabled.
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Old 01-31-2023, 12:03 PM   #16
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For price it's hard to beat Radiolink, plus their receivers are incredibly tiny and cheap at only $17. less than an inch and .1oz
Transmitter is Comfortable for lager hands as well

https://www.amazon.com/Radiolink-Rec...50&sr=8-8&th=1

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Old 01-31-2023, 05:03 PM   #17
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GT-5 Is a nice radio. I prefer the Radiolink RC6GS mysefl. While the Flysky is more user friendly in terms of radio layout, I much prefer the adaptability and programming options that come with Radiolinks.
But you wont be bummed at all with the GT5. Is a pretty capable radio.
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Old 01-31-2023, 06:04 PM   #18
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Also running a gr5 here, has been great. Just ordered a radiolink rc4gs to use with my trx4, was about $30 cheaper than the gt5, and seems to be well reviewed as well.
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