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04-30-2020 03:22 PM  30 days ago
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Huey Flyer

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GMP Cricket restoration.
Hey guys, I just bought this Cricket as a project to restore. I have wanted a Cricket for years. I was only 10 or so when they stopped being produced so despite wanting one it never materialized for me. By the time I was old enough to afford the helicopter hobby the Cricket was a dusty dinosaur. This one was expensive but complete and in good enough shape to save most of the original components.

I need advice and parts.

So far, I plan to disassemble everything and strip off the cheap black paint. I need to derust all the hardware and black oxide coat the parts that were that way originally. Replace the broken pieces and get it running. I'm not looking for parts from other helicopters that will improve performance just what would have been on this helicopter when new. I don't think I will ever fly it. I mostly enjoy the process of bringing it back to new.

Can anyone tell me approximately when this chopper was made. I know there were refinements and upgrades over the production run. Or possibly just narrow it down to early or late in the run.

For parts I need a heloball muffler for the OS 25 that is in it. I need 1 tailblade holder, tailblades and the skids. There are screw holes in the aluminum skids, I can't fix that. I might replace the canopy if I can't get the brown glue removed.

Any and all advice would be appreciated.

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05-01-2020 12:47 AM  29 days ago
gorhambirds

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Basically, the Cricket was made from approx 1979 until 1989, give or take. Simply from the looks of what you have, yours is not the original production model which had wooden paddles and a shorter lower radio tray. However, being that you could put any of the production parts on any model, it’s hard too say what model you have. It could be the “ older model with the updated paddles “ or any other scenario.
I’m one of the guys still around who offers some crash parts for the Cricket. When you get it cleaned up, drop me an email of what you’re needing and we’ll see what we can do.
Steve Z
JOEGER03@HOTMAIL.COM
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05-01-2020 12:32 PM  29 days ago
Huey Flyer

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Thank you, I'll definitely be checking with you for parts once I know what it needs. I'm in the process of removing the paint now. It's cheap rattle can paint so it comes off easy. The underlying metal is in excellent shape. The paint protected the aluminum to some degree from scratches and the steel from rust.

That's excellent information on the wooden paddles. I did not know they had them or the smaller tray. I did have my suspicion that this one was from the late 80's because the radio it came with is from that era and this one has a gyro. Were the plastic paddles in the later kits, aftermarket or optional GMP parts? I may end up back-dating the paddles with wood and adding an older radio as well, it all depends on what pops up.
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05-01-2020 12:48 PM  29 days ago
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The wooden paddles were originally use on an 18 inch flybar. Then, GMP came out with a modified head called the Gold rotor head. It used stainless steel bushings where the flybar passed through the block, a heavier teeter wire, rigid blade straps ( that I see on yours ), and plastic paddles mounted to a shorter 14 1/2 flybar. This gave the Cricket more quick, agile performance for advanced flying. GMP then started putting that head in all their kits. It was the same as the Gold head, but without the Gold anodized aluminum parts.
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