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04-05-2010 04:43 AM  10 years ago
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GMP cobra main gear
Hello, help, I need a GMP cobra main gear. Mine is stripped on top.
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04-14-2010 05:39 AM  10 years ago
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Finally crashed it as nobody would sell me any gear, now this American made may have to go to sleep, I'll need a main shaft, connectors, 600 blade,etc. still need the main gear, i can get all but not the main gear, sucks to buy an american, maybe I'll move up to some other model that is easier to find parts. Horrible, many have the gear but fail to share or sell you one.
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04-14-2010 08:12 AM  10 years ago
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04-14-2010 05:46 PM  10 years ago
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yes, i was just learning to fly around, and after 900 I'm out.dissapointed, all these people messaged me that they have a gear but not willing to sell it.
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04-14-2010 07:52 PM  10 years ago
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As the owner of many vintage birds I would suggest that you park your cobra and get a bird that is still in production to learn on. Some day you might find your gear but will trash it too by crashing if you are pushing your flight envelope.Champion,Magic,MiniBoy,Xcell60+50,Intrepid,Intrepid Gas,Baron30,Whisper,300X,mCPXv1v2,Concept,Nexus
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04-14-2010 09:02 PM  10 years ago
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I will next time, i may buy a 30 raptor but not sure if it's stable enough. There is one on ebay rtr for 500 shipped. let me know if it's a good bird for a beginner or not.
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04-14-2010 09:19 PM  10 years ago
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a lot of people learned on Raptor 30's. I dont know where you got the 'I hope it's stable enough' idea from.
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04-14-2010 09:24 PM  10 years ago
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a friend who has one said that bigger ones are better like raptor 60 or 90 may handle better than 30 as it isn't so jittery like some of these electric ones which is why I kept my gmp kingcobra 60 becauswe it stayed so predictable.
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04-14-2010 09:42 PM  10 years ago
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A 30 size is a good size to learn on. Large enough to handle wind, and easy to see its orientation. Also easier on the wallet to fix(and you will need to). If you get one off e bay it's a good idea to take it apart and make sure it's put together correctly(lock tight,oiled). I bought a heli that had the bearing block upside down.Champion,Magic,MiniBoy,Xcell60+50,Intrepid,Intrepid Gas,Baron30,Whisper,300X,mCPXv1v2,Concept,Nexus
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04-15-2010 01:40 AM  10 years ago
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Hi
Id prob go for a 50 rather than a 30, I went down the 30 path and regretted it. The 50 was only a small amount of $$ more and are far more popular meaning parts are easier to come by.
As for the cobra main gear ebay has a few cobra kits/heli's for sale at the mo. Also have you looked into hirobo parts as they might be interchangeable and in some places the Hirobo parts are more available
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04-15-2010 02:24 AM  10 years ago
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I'm currently looking at a raptor 60 with everything except trans and reciver, and only 3 flights on it, as it says for 500 shipped or raptor 30 sealed new rtf 500 shipped which will need the start shaft. i believe the 60 maybe better but not new, I havent found a 50 raptor for that price yet. My biggest mistake with GMP was that it was used and i didn't invest money in servos and didn't research the parts availability.
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04-19-2010 09:31 AM  10 years ago
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I told you I had a gear and would sell it. Gave you a price and you never got back to me
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04-19-2010 05:42 PM  10 years ago
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i did, you never gave me your papal add. Check your pm, it said read on mine.
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04-20-2010 12:22 AM  10 years ago
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"sucks to buy an american,"

Interesting comment, as the main gears on the original Cobra's and Competitors were made by Hirobo in Japan (as well as the heads, shrouds, fans, and tail gearboxes...

The main gear was common to the Falcon Mk I, MK II, 505, 555, 707, and 808, as well as the Competitor and Cobra.

I think Mr. Gorham did have them made in the United States when he and Hirobo parted company.

I don't know if the Hirobo/GMP tail speed up unit will fit in the Cobra. These are hard to find, but drive the tail off the back of the main gear, so the fragile spiral gear on the top is not used.
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04-20-2010 12:40 AM  10 years ago
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it sucks because we live here in US and can't find a part that was made here??? I was so proud to fly and hover it a little and anytime someone asked about it, specially kids, I told them that it was an american made mostly by Gorham family and not as fragile as these new ones made in overseas, now, I can't understand why an american company who had such a good reputation didn't sell to another american to run it or continue the tradition. 20 some years later, and people are still learning to fly on them, including myself, must be a way to revive it so I can buy parts for it. Many people are still flying them on this site as they say.
As far as the tail speedup goes, it does run the tail using the main gear sides instead of the top fragile gears. I'm trying to engineer a way using tail box or something. Just can't find one. i'm from overseas, and i know since I was a kid, my father said, buy an american, you pay a little more but it lasts alot longer. This heli has been through 2 crashes now and if it was one of these crapy models that they sell now, it would've been done by now. If I can't find parts soon, may have to buy a raptor or Jr or something. BUY AMERICAN, it helps us all.
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04-20-2010 01:24 AM  10 years ago
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There are still American heli manufacturers. They make great birds and one even supports discontinued birds. I treat my discontinued birds like a classic car,just for Sunday drives,and don't squeeze it into a parking space at Wall mart.Champion,Magic,MiniBoy,Xcell60+50,Intrepid,Intrepid Gas,Baron30,Whisper,300X,mCPXv1v2,Concept,Nexus
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04-20-2010 01:46 AM  10 years ago
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Ah, but they did...
now, I can't understand why an american company who had such a good reputation didn't sell to another american to run it or continue the tradition.
You've got some studying to do to play catch up with RC Heli History but it's OK, you can't know everything.

GMP did sell many of the parts designs and the rights to manufacture to Kam Wyatt, and also partially to Bill Curtis of Tech Specialties. I'm having a 'brain fart' trying to remember Kam's company (oh yeah, PHI) but he eventually sold the heli designs to BNB Products.

The Legend was the most advanced and practical model of GMP's designs to make it in reproduction under the new names of Tornado and Hurricane as developed by Kam. The older models, Competitor and various flavors of the Cobra, were too old in their development to try to keep them alive. Progress in heli performance and the desires of the flying public don't look back toward obsolete designs. Eventually, the popularity of the earlier vintage models will bring a demand for newly produced parts to support them but you have to be patient. Look at the GMP Cricket; many new parts are being made available because there's enough demand to warrant investing in production.

And the Raptor 30, in stock form, is a very 'stable' heli, very easy to fly. You want more 'stable'? Add flybar weights and you will be very happy with its handling. Bigger doesn't mean easier to fly, just easier to see. The setup has more to do with the flying qualities than the size.

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04-20-2010 01:57 AM  10 years ago
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"I told them that it was an american made mostly by Gorham family and not as fragile as these new ones made in overseas,"

American company, mostly Japanese drive train parts on the Competitor and Cobra (for most of their product lives).

The Cobra had more American parts on it than the Competitor (which was essentially all Hirobo except for the clutch assembly and canopy). The side frames, boom, canopy, landing gear, clutch assembly, were American.

The Cricket had more American parts than the other early ones, but the tail gear box was still Hirobo.

The later machines were American, I believe.

I worked there, I know.
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04-20-2010 02:50 AM  10 years ago
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helibeast, Which companies are american helicopters, i'm not sure, is it X-cell,Century, let me know so I can begin researching, but raptor 30 is what I'm looking to get into if my King cobra doesn't fly.

As far as selling them to another company, their name died and now the overseas models are selling hotter than any american model. That is what bothers me that we can make better models but not doing it completely yet.
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04-20-2010 06:28 AM  10 years ago
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