Model Engines in Action

See and hear videos of model internal combustion engines being run

 Paul Knapp's fine running Challenger V8. Click photo to watch a video of this engine being started. (This is an .mpg video, so you will need to have QuickTime installed in order to view it.)

Hearing is believing

The Craftsmanship Museum in Vista has several hundred model engines on display. There are also many photos of model engines in this on-line museum. However, one question we often get is, "I wonder what that one sounds like?" Unfortunately, we can't fire up the engines on display in the museum expect for the ones we have built for that purpose in our own shop, but the following video links will give you a selection of what a number of model engines of different configurations sound like. Most are links to YouTube videos. Each one you view will also give a number of related links that can lead you on a search of your own. In fact, if there is a particular engine you want to hear that is not listed here, do a search on YouTube. You may get lucky. Also, it you find a good model engine video not listed here, please send the link to craig@craftsmanshipmuseum.com so it can be included in this list.

ROTARY ENGINES:

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Paul Knapp's Bentley BR2 9-cylinder rotary engine flies in a model airplane for the first time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSYp1jFz6_E (Skip to the 6:30 point in the video if you just want to see the flight itself, but the engine run-up prior to the flight gives a better idea of the sound.)

RADIAL ENGINES:

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Three-cylinder “Halo” model radial engine, parts being made and engine being run: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFb9YvBqkDo

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First running of an FSP FS400AR 5-cylinder radial engine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fe686Lg4AY&feature=related

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John Collier’s Lee Hodgson-designed 9-cylinder radial explained and then run: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1rjRmTV9qE

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Full-size Continental 7-cylinder radial (in a car) running without propeller: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gw6iJznfiYI

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6-cylinder radial connecting rods shown in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mh6PH8XDKZA&feature=fvsr

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Wooden cutaway radial engine demonstration at the NEMES show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAHrC0_qc_E

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Cutaway of 7-cylinder radial in motion at SD Aerospace Museum: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hWZ40120BQ

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A Google search for "Radial Engine" turns up a number of interesting links when you CLICK HERE.

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Starting a 14-cylinder, twin row model radial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtBmoUmiHTw&feature=related (Also includes running of an Ohrendorf V-12)

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To see a Google video of a Seidel ST1426 14-cylinder model radial like the one on display in the Craftsmanship Museum in Vista, CLICK HERE.

“V” ENGINES:

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Ohrendorf OHV V-12 from Germany. (A similar engine is on display in the Craftsmanship Museum): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mutb7KgA9NM&feature=fvw

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Jim Moyer’s 1/6 scale “World’s smallest running Chevy V8”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jg0k7zDsB8w&NR=1

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Another run of Jim Moyer’s small Chevy 327 V8: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xObxrTEg-L8&feature=related

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Electric V8 made from Legos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5ZJwP5n_68&feature=related

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Paul Knapp starting his Challenger V8 at the PRIME show in Oregon: V8start.mpg

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James Weber’s 1/3 scale Chrysler V8 racing engine. (This engine is on display in the Craftsmanship Museum): http://www.weberprecision.com/ (Click on “V8 Engine Video” link)

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Model V-twin motorcycle engine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fB_LCCfJT80

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Bob Shores’ PeeWee V4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeYQPmb5IbQ&feature=related

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Ron Bement’s Ardun flathead V8: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmNiZ0yVLo8&feature=related

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A Conley V8 being revved (There are two Conley V8’s on display in the Craftsmanship Museum): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Is9hcU78gA&feature=PlayList&p=865DCA5FEDB69FB5&index=35

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Ron Colonna’s Challenger V8 run at the NAMES show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGXHMAic2O4&feature=PlayList&p=865DCA5FEDB69FB5&index=36

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A Conley V12: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPR4YqztzbU&feature=related

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Model V8: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjS2nLmpGco

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How is a Chevy V8 engine assembled? See a computer animation of the process at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aATDsYVVcRM&NR=1&feature=fvwp .

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Watch the assembly and running of an extremely tiny V12 engine at http://www.youtube.com/user/yesuswilder10#p/u/0/3YfTtGCsiD8. It consists of 261 pieces, 220 fasteners and took 1220 hours to complete. Though it runs on compressed air rather than ignition, it is still quite a triumph of miniature model engineering. (Titles and descriptions in Spanish.)

STEAM AND STERLING ENGINES:

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Rider-Ericsson Sterling pump engine. This propane-fired, 1/4 scale engine is property of the Craftsmanship Museum and can be seen in action by our visitors. It was one of two built by Bill Fowler in 1982 and donated by Les Cade in 2010. There are three versions of the video depending on the file size you care to download: Small WMV (1.9 MB), Large WMV (11.7 MB) and large MPEG1 (14.4 MB). An even larger MPEG2 version (39 MB) can be seen on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R56DSJRAefo. Still pictures and an a few details of the engine are on the Other Projects page of this site.

OTHER MODEL ENGINES:

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2008 "Craftsman of the Year" award winner Ron Colonna now has a YouTube page where you can see several of his engines in action. These include a 1/4 scale Offenhauser 270, a 1/8 scale Bentley BR2 rotary and a 1/5 scale Gnome rotary. More are being added by Ron's son Dale.

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Erickson FE200 Migrating Combustion Chamber engine simulation (This engine is on display in the Craftsmanship museum): http://www.ericksonmotors.com/mccsim.htm

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A scratch-built flat four engine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FG1BecPvyls

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Taplin in-line twin engine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzT4KEy2rC0&feature=PlayList&p=85E5A9B0D8092027&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=1

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Starting a Holt 4-cylinder in-line engine (A similar engine is on display in the Craftsmanship Museum): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tl0nD1smbAg&feature=related

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Another Holt 4-cylinder: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjQLKLaDOTY&feature=related

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Pierre Scerri’s Ferrari flat-12 story (From Top Gear TV show): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDZICiGmDxs (up as of 11/17/11)

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Another video of Pierre revving the Ferrari flat 12 engine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSDnMUeimuM

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For a computer animation showing the assembly of an in-line auto engine see

 

If you have found additional links to interesting engines being run, please forward them to craig@craftsmanshipmuseum.com for linking on this page.

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