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- Construct a fully working model of a car engine
- Challenging and fun for the budding mechanic
- For ages 12 and up
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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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.
It didn't require any glue, which is nice, but the screwdriver that came with it was too weak to effectively screw in the tiny screws that come with it (it actually started to fall apart). I had to get out my own precision screwdriver to make get it together.
Also, towards the end of the instruction sheet it just seemed like the team just gave up due to time or budget and left out some pictures that would be helpful to those trying to build this.
Finally, the biggest problem was that the distributor that comes with it to turn the lights on and off was defective. Luckily I had read about this from another reviewer and shut it down as soon as the motor sounded strained and the lights weren't coming on.
You basically need to pull it apart and remove the plastic piece that rotates with a couple of ball bearings and a spring and place it back together so it rotates smooth. I don't know if they get unaligned during shipping or if it is just poor quality control. The center piece should rotate smoothly. If it doesn't you may have the same problem as me.
If you just want something that goes together without having to work through some issues I would buy something else. If you don't mind doing a little trouble shooting this is a pretty cool set.
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,
UPDATE- I contacted customer service and the immediately sent a replacement part completely free.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
my son and husband had a blast building this. i wish the parts had been more clearly categorized, but other than that it was great!Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
Got about half way built and found that parts were missing. Unfortunately this was after the return time has expired. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Nancy Partridge
My kids and I finally got around to putting this together tonight. Building it was fun but the parts are not molded all that well. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Wes Register
Bought for my grandson. We built it together, and had a great time. It was a little fiddly at times, but works great. It even had a few extra screws included.Published 1 month ago by K. McArthur
my nephew loved it. He's 11, it was challenging but he completed it by being patient and following the directions.Published 1 month ago by an3ony
Followed instruction. Got to the part where we plug it in and look for the light bulbs to light up. Regardless of our adjustments, they do not, but there is the sound of the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jeannie Flippen