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Haynes Build Your Own Internal Combustion Engine

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Fully working model of a car engine. Features electric motor with over 100 parts, illuminating spark plugs, and "Engine-Starting" Sound Chip. The engine you're about to build is a simplified version of the real thing. Designed to be fun to put together and helps explain how a full size 4-stroke car engine works. Kit includes all the parts and tools you need to assemble the working model. All you need is a little time, batteries and some vegetable oil! The manual gives clear, step-by-step instructions to guide you through the building process. On/off controller also has a built-in sound chip that reproduces the noise of an engine starting! Uses 2 AA batteries. Approx. 11"x 8"x 7" when assembled. From the Manufacturer: For the budding mechanic. Learn to construct a fully working model of a car engine with ignition sound and light up spark plugs. This fun and challenging model is endorsed by Haynes (World's number one publisher of Car Repair Manuals). Kit contains all the tools you need and over 100 detailed and precise parts. Includes electric motor and instructions. Requires two AA batteries (not included). For ages 12 and up.

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For the budding mechanic. Learn to construct a fully working model of a car engine with ignition sound and light up spark plugs. This fun and challenging model is endorsed by Hayes (World’s number one publisher of Car Repair Manuals). Kit contains all the tools you need and over 100 detailed and precise parts. Includes electric motor and instructions. Requires two AA batteries (not included). For ages 12 and up.


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Edit: I decided to come back and add some information to my review with regard to issues with the instructions. Hopefully this will help others who purchase this kit. Our kit instructions and parts list indicate that the timing belt idler pulley is a chrome part number 30. Our kit did not contain a part number 30 but it did have a part number 41 (not on the parts list at all) that looked a lot like an idler pulley. Looking at photos of the kit it seems clear that the manufacturer is substituting this new non-chromed part 41 for the old part number 30. An addendum in the instructions would be nice but, if you get this kit and find part 30 missing -- just use part 41 in its place and all will be good. The other mistake we found was that the part numbers for the crankshaft and camshaft pulleys are reversed but the only-fits-one-way construction on that step made sure we didn't mess up.

I built the Renwal V8 with my dad (the motorized version with the "working" plugs) when I was a kid and loved the experience. Since Revell no longer makes the motorized V8 I thought that I would try this kit with my son (he's 13). We had a great time working on this together. I loved that the whole kit goes together with pressure-fit parts and screws. No glue necessary. I would have gone five stars except the engine has a tendency to seize every once in a while -- but I think I remember the old V8 doing that too.

One tip: lubricate everything liberally. The tolerances on most parts are good but, as with a real engine, there are lots of "moving parts" and that means opportunities for things to catch or friction to get the better of the small electric motor that turns the crank shaft.

With a couple exceptions, the instructions were clear. When we found ourselves puzzling over a step it was almost always a matter of us getting in a hurry and not taking the time to thoroughly read the written instructions as well as looking at the pictures.

I bought this for my son as a Christmas gift. It has lights for sparkplugs and you can see the parts move inside. I bought this as an educational tool/toy for him to learn the parts and function of the internal combustion engine. no glue required. the parts screw together. A screwdriver and instruction manual are included in the kit.

I researched many models of this type since I had built a Revell V8 as a kid. Due to all the negative reviews of that particular model and problems with other similar models, I almost avoided all of them. I wanted one that was powered and had flashing spark plugs and was visible while operating. Saw that many people had problems with this version, but took the chance on the Haynes offering hoping that at least the instructions would be clear.

While it is smaller and only a straight four, it went together in about four hours completely assembeled by my 12 year old son. The only points that could have been clearer would be the orientation of some of the parts and it took some trail and error to figure out a few pieces. All in all a good experience and none of the issues reported,

I reviewed a number of other brands and was not happy with the reviews. The reviews on the UK site of this model was very high, so we decided to check it out. My Son loves picking at all things... so this was a cool gift. He was able to put the whole thing together in 2 nights and is still tinkering with it. He is delighted with the working parts. Each "cylinder" lights up, the fan turns, the moving parts are cool. He is now wanting to build bigger engines. It is a great model and highly recommend.

I can't say enough good things about this product. Bought it for my 12-year-old grandson and he loved it. Put it together in two nights. There were a few minor glitches. In particular, one of the cylinders was a bit too tight at the bottom to fit the piston.We filed/sanded down the cylinder rim and resolved the issue nicely. I told my grandson that that was a good lesson in how auto repair projects often require improvisation. This is a great product, sturdy and well-designed. Using screws rather than glue to fasten the parts is definitely the way to go. I highly recommend the kit.(Note: We had a minor problem with the distributor. The seller immediately sent a replacement on request, although we were eventually able to get the original up and running. Excellent customer service!)

Was so glad that someone still had one of these to sell. I had been on the search for something for my teenage nephew that needed a toy to build and tear apart (and still go back together). It has really helped him understand how engines work. The best part was that it actually didn't work the first time he built it. Making it a good lesson for when he's fixing his own car, that it most always takes more than one try to get the engine running right. It did eventually work once he used some patience and thinking to see where he made mistakes and how to correct them.

RLM
I think I remember seeing some good and bad comments on this, but just wanted to say that we got this for our 9 year old son for Christmas, and we had a blast putting it together. He has shown some interest in cars and so we thought he'd like it - he did. He has now taken pictures and videos of it, and wants to take it to school to show his class. A few things: I saw different versions of this, Haynes, Smithsonian. Didn't know the difference, but we went with the Haynes and it worked well. The instructions and book do a great job of explaining how a motor works. I saw a few comments that they put this together and it didn't work, so two words of advice. First, use a real screw driver, not the tiny one that comes with the set. Also, the pistons have to move freely in the block, but we're talking about plastic molded parts here. One of our pistons didn't want to move too well, so I put a TINY bit of superglue to hold it together, and it worked better. Also, there is a brief mention of using some vegetable oil in the block to lubricate the pistons, we didn't do that because we didn't read it until after the block was assembled. Ours is working fine, but don't miss that part at the very beginning. We had to use a bit of superglue to hold down the two piece top part of the block as well, because one piece of plastic was bowed enough that it would not stay quite in place to allow the the spring loaded firing pins move freely at the one end - a touch of superglue removed the bowing of the plastic and allowed that pin to work with the rocker, and it was fine. This took us about 3 hours, but wasn't difficult, and we really had fun putting it together.

I put it together a while ago but decided to write a review because i just recommended the kit to a friend and remembered that I couldn't have done it without the tips in some of the reviews. A part (30, I think) is mislabeled but is not missing. Lubricate certain parts. Aligning certain parts is counterintuitive but essential. There are more tips but that's all I remember. Follow the instruction manual very carefully. Start assembly where you can leave everything out. It took me, a very patient adult with time on my hands, about four hours to put it together and actual assembly was not really a fun project. If you tend to get impatient with your child, don't try this at home. Once assembled, it's educational but it's not a toy you or your kids will play with. I give it five stars only because when I showed it to my local mechanic, he absolutly loved it and started explaining what was accurate and what wasn't and what actual engine it might have been modeled after and how distributors have been replaced with electronics, etc.

Purchased for two grandsons, one 10 and one 13. The 10-year-old is about 70% done assembling it, but his mother reports that it takes a fair amount of attention to detail, more than her son exhibits, so he ends up getting help from babysitters. The 13 year old hasn't looked at it since he opened the box 9 months ago, so I have commandeered it as my own project (I built a Revell Visible V-8 when I was a kid; with all the ecology & sustainability nonsense being promoted these days, we are reduced to building baby in-line sixes).

The young man we bought this for who loves to take things apart and put them back together claims he had hours of fun with this! And he loves to take it apart and put it back together over and over… So this was a great gift for the young man with a stimulating mind who loves to always be fiddling with something, building, &/or creating something. He's always eager to learn something new and he really enjoyed this little engine with lots of little pieces. And it actually works! It sure entertained a group of guys for a few hours on New Year's Eve and is now a traditional puzzle game for the guys in our family, for future New Year's eve parties ;-)

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