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12-21-2015 08:00 AM  3 years ago
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Tritan

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Hirobo Ministar 025
Hirobo Ministar 025 with an original NIB OS Heat Sink for OS25 FSR. I have owned quite a lot of Hirobos and this Ministar is the last and have also the finest & best parts of the Ministars, looks almost like brand new. Also included is the original manual and plan, very hard to get.225 Eur

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12-21-2015 04:41 PM  3 years ago
RAK402

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That is an extremely rare machine!

I have seen one built (back when they were new) and still have on new in the box.

Very cool!
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12-21-2015 08:33 PM  3 years ago
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Thanks RAK,
its a very nice model of the Hirobo range, fairly simple but clever construction and used widely as a beginners heli. But being that, many many of them are looking like a car crash as it is not very rugged.
Took me about ten years to get it in this condition collecting parts from all over the world.
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12-22-2015 06:24 AM  3 years ago
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Kind of a back story to the Mini-Star...

I worked at GMP for John Gorham in the summer of 1980 when the Cricket was put into production (flew for him for a few years as well).

Mr. Gorham was, at the time, the Hirobo importer (for the scale machines, not the pod-and-boom models (Falcon 505 and 707), which Hobby Shack had the rights to. He sent two Crickets over to Hirobo in Japan, asking if Hirobo would like to sell them there (I remember him sending Telex messages to them and reading those messages to us).

Hirobo politely declined-it seemed they had no interest. Within not too long of a time, the MiniStar appeared in their catalog.

Although the Ministar was not an exact copy of the Cricket, there was no question in our minds that the Ministar's origins were in those two Cricket kit that were sent over (I still believe this).

The Ministar did have a few differences (few of the parts were, as I recall, interchangeable)-it was still fixed pitch, but had a Bell/Hiller head (similar in concept to that of the Kavan Allouette II), and a cooling fan (which showed up later on the Cricket, oddly enough, as an accessory item).

The Ministar is a very interesting model, in its own right-nice looking and very well executed. I have not decided whether I will attempt to build mine (I have been pondering this for about 30 years now..).
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12-22-2015 07:41 AM  3 years ago
R.J.

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Did the Mini-Star Bell/Hiller head make much difference in the flight characteristics versus the Cricket head?
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12-22-2015 06:49 PM  3 years ago
RAK402

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My friend, who got his at the same time as I did, built it. I have a vague (remember this was over three decades ago) recollection of trying to fly it once, but cannot remember any of the details.

It should have sped up the cyclic, but that is speculation.

I would be very interested in Triton's impressions of it.
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12-22-2015 08:00 PM  3 years ago
Tritan

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Ministar 025
I have never flown this one, just hovered another one about 25-30 years ago.This one I wanted to keep in a as good condition as possible as a memory but my choppers has served me well now for that purpose so they are all up for sale. //Tritan
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12-22-2015 08:01 PM  3 years ago
Tritan

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Thanks for the info about the Ministar/Cricket - very interesting to read !
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12-23-2015 07:36 AM  3 years ago
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Tritan,

You are most welcome, sir!
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12-29-2015 02:38 AM  3 years ago
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Hey RAK402,

Were you working for GMP when they closed their doors in the early 90's? The reason I ask is because I was a GMP dealer at the time and we received a letter from John stating that they ran into financial problems "due to the worries that the war in Iraq caused in the world market" and the cost they incurred when they decided to tool up for "American made" parts since they were trying and eliminate as many Hirobo parts as possible in their kits. Of course I've heard many other plausible rumors over the years for their demised but have never been able to talk to someone that knew the whole/true story. Thanks! Mark
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12-29-2015 03:36 AM  3 years ago
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hrc37,

I worked in the factory in the summer of 1980-leading up to when the Cricket was released. I was in college at the time, so when fall came I stopped working there.

GMP was, at one time, a Fortune 500 company (something which John was extremely proud of). As I recall, the Cricket had a planned product life span of 10,000 units and actually went to around 20,000 (this might be off a bit, as there have been a few intervening decades to cloud my memory).

I flew for Mr. Gorham for a couple more years, then had a falling out with him (entirely my fault by the way-he had been extremely good to me).

I was not around when GMP closed up, so I am not equipped to shed any light on that.
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12-29-2015 05:53 AM  3 years ago
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RAK402,

Yes, I did know that they were once a Fortune 500 company and that's why I found it so hard to believe that he would blame his down fall on Saddam Hussein....which if I remember correctly, he even stated Hussein's name in the letter he sent to all his dealers.

But whatever the reason was, GMP was a good company to deal with and they made a quality product and it was sad to see them close up.
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12-30-2015 05:36 AM  3 years ago
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"GMP was a good company to deal with and they made a quality product and it was sad to see them close up."

Agreed sir.
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04-01-2017 09:05 AM  28 months ago
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Sold.
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04-02-2017 03:26 AM  28 months ago
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For me it's hard to look at it and not see a cricket.Roy Mayoral
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