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I keep seeing all these lovely kits for building your own V8 engines and steam engines etc. American money but cheap at £39.99. Are these scams? Look too good to be true. Anyone bought one?
 
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Have you got a link to the afore mentioned engines.
Dusty Is this one of those sites.
External link removed as it flagged up as a risky connection.

Looking at some of the products you can go from sponges to a bob cat digger for $39.99 , I woud not purchase anything from them.
 
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Dusty Is this one of those sites.
External link removed as it flagged up as risky connection.

Looking at some of the products you can go from sponges to a bob cat digger for $39.99 , I woud not purchase anything from them.
Stirling engines are very quite as they are external combustion. Once the great hope of many but really only used in specialised applications.
 
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They come up on Facebook. However I think they are too good to be true. Note they are always for odd amounts. Hence my original enquiry. IMO I believe they are a scam but very tempting if they were genuine.
 
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2 Christmas's ago I was given a Haynes build yourown combustion engine (embarassingly am yet to get round to doing it, but will do - loved airfix models as a youngster.) Looks to be good. hayes.3PNG.PNG

Argos still stock them.
 
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These are called internal combustion engine but I think it looks and sounds like one but it’s actually powered by batteries, it’s to show how an engine works but doesn’t actually run on petrol, I may be wrong but that’s what I think.
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I wasn’t at all saying these were not worthwhile, I think it would be enjoyed by lots of youngster and probably lots of older people who enjoy tinkering with things, my favourite toy when young was without a doubt meccano, I’m sure if a decent meccano kit was to drop into my lap I’d still enjoy it and the same with these model engines if I had a grandson of the age to have one I’d soon be there to help, with my grandchildren I’ve 3 girls who would have no interest in these and my grandson is interested in football, football and probably football, breaking into becoming a football player professionally.

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The problem with these kits is what do you do with them once they are built? I would like to have a go at the V8 engine kit and some other kits. At least with a jigsaw puzzle you can take it apart and pack it away in some cupboard.
 
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The problem with these kits is what do you do with them once they are built? I would like to have a go at the V8 engine kit and some other kits. At least with a jigsaw puzzle you can take it apart and pack it away in some cupboard.
The lego Technic kit are fantastics, costley but well woth it. My youngest son has a 4 wheel drive sports car an a friend has an Articulated truck and trailer, not much change out of £400.
 
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The lego Technic kit are fantastics, costley but well woth it. My youngest son has a 4 wheel drive sports car an a friend has an Articulated truck and trailer, not much change out of £400.

My son can’t get enough of them. Last count, a Lamborghini, the Millennium Falcon, a Saturn rocket and a VW motor home.

Good job they have a spare room to display.

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When I was at work a member of my staff bought one similar to one of these model ships. As I remember it was around £1200 then, about 12 years ago. It had details like over 1000 individual copper tiles to fit on the hull. It was over 1 meter long.

I asked him where he was going to build it. He lived on his own, but on a narrow boat. He said the table in the lounge. I then asked how he intended to get it out. He had to have a think about that. Always wondered how he got on. Still have him on FB. I will have to ask.

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We have two dedicated lakes in Milton Keynes, for model boats, one for Powered and one for Yachts, BUT, and this is the bit I hate, you have to join a club to be able to use them, I have 3rd party insurance for all my model aircrat and drones, which also covers boats which I have one off, but hate having to join clubs. To operate my models.
 
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We have two dedicated lakes in Milton Keynes, for model boats, one for Powered and one for Yachts, BUT, and this is the bit I hate, you have to join a club to be able to use them, I have 3rd party insurance for all my model aircrat and drones, which also covers boats which I have one off, but hate having to join clubs. To operate my models.
Hi Hutch i am in agreement about joining a club to be able to use any models that i own.
 
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We have two dedicated lakes in Milton Keynes, for model boats, one for Powered and one for Yachts, BUT, and this is the bit I hate, you have to join a club to be able to use them, I have 3rd party insurance for all my model aircrat and drones, which also covers boats which I have one off, but hate having to join clubs. To operate my models.
How about some pictures of your boats! Agree about having to join a club and then invariably be put on a waiting list!
 
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Where can I get a model steam engine kit i.e. something like the Flying Scotsman? A search seems to throw up results relating to complete trains when I want to build one from scratch. I don't want a working model as they would cost and arm and a leg. Thanks.
 

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