After trawling the forum for the last 2 weeks and learning new things from the postings, I have finally taken the plunge. I have decided to build my first IC engine. I also took a decision to use castings which is also a first for me. I bought the kit of the Kiwi Mk2 from Hemingway Kits (http://www.hemingwaykits.com/acatalog/The_Kiwi_Mk2.html). I would like to thank Mainer (Steve) for sending me photos of his water cooled Kiwi (mine is going to be an air cooled version). The kit arrived by Fedex and it was nicely packed with each item individually bubble wrapped. I already knew from the sales receipt that the timing gears were missing but cheching through the items I noticed that the BA hex nuts were missing (not really bothered as I intend to go metric). Also missing were a piece of spring steel and most importantly the piston casting. I contacted Kirk at Hemingway who quickly replied that he would send the missing parts with the timing gears (when these become available in a couple of weeks). As I know that everybody here loves to see the pictures I took some photos of the castings.