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  • Member since
    October, 2018
Visible V-8
Posted by Backordered on Monday, October 01, 2018 5:52 PM

Thinking about a journey down memory road.  Saw the visible V-8 model in a  local  hobby shop,  and recall it was one kit I could never finish back when I was like 10 yr old,  so I was thinking about getting it just for closure.

I've read a few web opinions by people who claim that the "fit" of the parts in this kit leave a great deal to be desired. And so that is my concern here.

Have any of you built this kit recently (last 10 years) and if so, what is your general opinion of kit quality?

Back in the day, my original kit came with a battery box that drove an electric motor hidden inside the starter motor, and the distributor actually had a rotating contactor that lit small lightbulbs as "sparkplugs".

The kits I see now all seem to have a manual crank attached to the rear of the crankshaft, so I guess the electronics are history?

I'm thinking about going a little overboard with this, and maybe fabbing a mock up of a GMC 6-71 blower, complete with rotors and manifold, and an improved belt drive, of course.

 

  • Member since
    February, 2018
Posted by MY327 on Tuesday, October 02, 2018 8:25 AM
Yes I had one back in the day with the electric motor that made the engine go around. I don't remember the plugs lighting up. Building a blower for it would be awesome. I'll keep watching. Good luck!
  • Member since
    April, 2007
Posted by ford57bucket on Tuesday, October 02, 2018 12:40 PM

I wish they would bring back the electric version and the visible chassis and make a visible blown engine or at least a conversion kit.

don;t throw that away,i can use it!

  • Member since
    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, October 02, 2018 2:07 PM

I'm really digging the idea of fabbing and fitting a working supercharger.

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
       - Antoine de Saint-Exepury

  • Member since
    October, 2018
Posted by Backordered on Tuesday, October 02, 2018 6:29 PM

Bainford

I'm really digging the idea of fabbing and fitting a working supercharger.

  Thinking of using an acrylic napkin holder for the housing, and creating the "ribs" with a 3d printer.
 
The rotors, otoh, I expect a good degree of difficulty, getting them to mesh.  Don't laugh, but I'm pondering using wood dowels as the center shafts,  with shaped "bondo" for the vanes.
We'll see. But in the mean time I'm concerned about reports that the block parts in the newer kits don't fit properly.
I guess that the original kit I had back in ther mid 60's was made by Renwal.
 
Since those good old days I hear that Revelle bought the rights to the design, and it is their parts that have issues fitting.

 

  • Member since
    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 10:54 AM

The rotors will certainly be the tough bit. I worked in a shop for a few years that was a Roots service centre and I overhauled a fair number of industrial blowers, so I can appreciate the difficulty in getting that part to function. The acrylic napkin holder sounds like a great place to start for the casing.

No doubt that the old engine kit will need some serious massaging to make right. I've never seen one of those in person, though I did build a 1/4 scale Wankle Rotary engine as a kid. I would imagine a fair amount of fettling to get all of those parts working smoothly.

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
       - Antoine de Saint-Exepury

  • Member since
    January, 2011
  • From: Chico, CA
Posted by Wick Humble on Saturday, October 06, 2018 10:28 AM

The other large scale V-8 Model; Monogram's SBC -- I still have the one I bought about 1960, and it's still pretty amazing.  As I have lost the box and instructions, I can only guess that it's about 1/12 scale, and pretty near the Visable V-8.  Everything in the kit for the Chevy is easily identifyable, including the GMC 6-71 huffer, which will mount Hilborn FI or a Rochester 4-bbl (as if !) and they can be interchanged with stock power-pak (C. 1957), Hilborn direct port injectors, etc.  It even has a front-mount kit, and manifolds, Hedman Hedders, or zoomies. Bell-housing, clutch assy., and even an early top-shift three speed included; plus it could be motorized!  It wasn't a cheap kit, back then, as I recall!  It's a wonder all the plating isn't worn off, considering how many times I assembled the different versions of it, in those high school years!

Could you adapt a resin copy of that blower, or even the rest ofthe goodies, to your Renwal kit?  One of the weaknesses ofthe Monogram is that it attempts the 'visable' feature to #2 cylinder, showing one rod/piston that reciprocates, but looks very odd when trying to depict a realistic SBC; mine is 58 years old, and I still haven't painted anything, much less obscuring the right front corner of the blocks -- but I've considered it often enough!  Just sayin'.

Wick

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