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I's actually quite interesting. I thought Mike's price was way too high, but I guess I'm missing something. I bought a Gypsy engine kit for less than the Holt, which is the highest price I've ever paid for a casting kit, and I thought that was on the high end. So, I'm kind of curious.... What did Coles sell this kit for when it was originally produced? No, the retail price isn't everything when one considers a product that is no longer produced, but it is still a metric. Anyhow, kudos to the new owner and to Mike.

The Holt is a very interesting engine. I hope that whoever bought the engine serializes his/her experiences in a post here. It would be a good read indeed.

Alan
 

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For those not able to find an old casting kit consider George Britnel's Drawings for building the engine from scratch. I have nearly completed my engine built to these drawings ( Marks Holt 75 ) and I found the drawings to be excellent.

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Yeah, I was kind of coming at it from the same viewpoint, Mark. That said, "from castings" would be fun too, I suppose... Just don't screw up! I bought George's plans and they are very complete and well done. I agree with you on their quality.... As for the Cole's casting sale.... Those were too expensive for me personally, but I've dealt with the seller before. He is honest, packs incredibly well, and easy to work with. To that end, if they were priced at a point where I could have justified buying them (things are tight right now), I'd have bought them from Mike with absolute confidence that I'd get the product I purchased.
 

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I bought these castings-been looking for awhile. I didn’t really want to spend that much, HOWEVER...they are just what I have been looking for

also looking for V12 Merlin Castings

thanks, and yes-I will post progress here
 

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some of those V12 castings were floating around a while ago. Those are incredibly expensive but oh soooo cool. I don't think I'd have the guts to ever do one. Anyhow, I'm not really sure they sold. Search in this forum... I think I saw them here, but I'm not 100% sure. You do have good taste, though, Elliot
 

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I am only 29. I was very Lucky, and was taught for 5 years (the basics) from a 38 year tool maker which ended up being my best friend. Lost him due to cancer 3yrs ago. I then went to school 2yrs ago for precision machining and automation.

I have always had a love for anything that ran, and anything miniature. I now have the capabilities to be able to enjoy building my own models. I am reading and researching, as I want to design my own some day.
Thank you so much for the help with the Merlin. If you ever come across any full castings-I’d love to get my hands on a set

Thanks Again!
Elliot
 

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I bought these castings-been looking for awhile. I didn’t really want to spend that much, HOWEVER...they are just what I have been looking for

also looking for V12 Merlin Castings

thanks, and yes-I will post progress here
Good luck on your build and I’m looking forward to seeing your progress. Joe
 

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Elliot,
That is awesome! And, it is great to have younger (ish) people getting into the hobby. It is gratifying that XBox isn't winning with everyone!

You should take a look at some of the plans people have made too. I'm not singling him out as the only entity, but George Britnel has a good number of different designs that have been very successful. The Colona Offy is another example. The point here is that these were designed and drawn not by large companies but by individuals. If you aspire to do the same (kudos to you), learning how others in the same boat created a successful design might be a good direction.

If you are looking for another interesting product that is still produced, search for the Gypsy from Engineer's Emporium. It is another interesting design. I managed to pick one of those up a while ago when someone was selling it. That is a retirement project for me someday. Neat engine though. The castings are not supposed to be as nice as the original Chennery (sp) ones, but are still pretty neat.
 

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No Xbox for me!

George is amazing-love talking with him. He kindly sent me the drawings for his Morton Style M5. I have (2) Morton m5’s (1 for sale) and plan to get the other running.

Here is my list of Prints/Casting Kits:

Ageless 9 Cyl Radial
Ageless 18 Cyl Radial
Ageless Bentley Rotary Radial
L.K Blackmore Bentley Rotary Radial
Britnel 5 Cyl Radial
Elmer Wall 4 Cyl Casting Kit (Complete)
Colonna Offhauser 4 Cyl
Holt 4 Cyl Casting Kit

Wanted:
Merlin V12
Any of the Offenhauser Castings

thank you for the Gypse Engine-it is a cool one! I also want to get george’s single vertical hit and miss. That thing is super neat!
 

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