I put together one of those plastic scale model engines a few years back. It was a fun exercise, and I’d love to do it again. Especially if I could find a nice version in metal. The one you see in the video below is particularly amazing because it actually runs. There’s coolant, a radiator, and a starter, and it needs air, fuel, and spark to get moving. The builder has to set the timing. This is as close to the full-scale thing as you can get. And I want to build one.
Now, I’m going to assume something like this is extremely expensive for what it is. Anything cool costs money, right? Yup, I looked it up. It’s one thousand dollars. So quite a bit too rich for my blood. But I will most certainly spend the next half of my day searching for alternatives, forgetting what I was looking for eventually, and then turning my attention to other wastes of time.
But if I could pick an engine and make it affordable, what should I build? What would you build? I think a nice Ford 427 would be fun. A rotary would be neat. And then obviously some manner of V12 would be interesting as well.