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Event Coverage Small Scale, Big Horsepower

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  1. J.Ukrop
    Joined: Nov 10, 2008
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    Small Scale, Big Horsepower


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  2. GordonC
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 1,791


    Always loved these small engines and really appreciate the workmanship involved! Cool!
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  3. When dad and I were going to the LARS every year in the 90's, as soon as the roadster or whatever we were driving was parked I would beeline to find the Bay Area Modelers and just loiter for a while and watch them fire those things up. My uncle Jim Hay began building scale single cylinder hit and miss engines, then graduated up to a 4 cylinder.
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  4. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 8,053


    small but mighty, these excellently engineered babies always intrigue me
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  5. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 10,624

    from Raytown Mo

    Very cool
  6. Joey @J.Ukrop -

    Thanks for sharing!

    The yearly "Bay Area Engine Modelers" show within this "late August Car Show" is always a Must-See for me.

    I always enjoy talking to these talented machinists ... and appreciate how enthusiastic they are to share their creations with us Hot Rodders.

    The supercharged V8s are for sure very cool ... but my favorites still remain Ron Bement's ARDUN & Offy minature motors ... Here's a couple iPhone videos I shot at the 2011 "late August Car Show":

    Sadly, we lost Mr. Bement a little over a year ago:

    Ron Bement & his ARDUN Scale Model Engine @ the 25th GG WCNs.jpg
    Ronald Bement
    January 7, 1939 - November 16, 2018
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  8. oldcargary
    Joined: May 6, 2010
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    from devore, Ca

  9. jaw22w
    Joined: Mar 2, 2013
    Posts: 938

    from Indiana

    I just love these miniature engines! I remember back in the 60's building my Visible V8 and wishing it was real. I wanted one for my go kart. These are about the same size. I wonder if the horsepower output is in scale relation to the full scale engines they are modeled after. Has anyone ever dyno'ed one of these engines? They are examples of supreme craftsmanship!
  10. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 13,103

    from oregon

    Many years ago there was a magazine article with photos about Ron Bements' unbelievable handbuilt engines and his shop, now I was a machinist for many years but I sure felt out his league, a true craftsman with skills beyond belief.
    RIP Mr. Bement.
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  11. Bluedot
    Joined: Oct 26, 2011
    Posts: 303


    Great pieces of engineering, but that cited website URL shows where my mind is. Instead of reading it as North American Model Engineering Society Exposition, I first read it as Name Sex Position. Surely I'm not the only one? Not that I was disappointed when I checked it out....
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  12. 283john
    Joined: Nov 17, 2008
    Posts: 775


    Totally what I always thought. Go kart, mini bike, even a push mower would be awesome with one of these.
  13. No you’re not the only one
  14. This one? ... in issue Number Twenty Nine of The Rodders Journal (pages 58-61):

    TRJ #29 pg 58.JPG TRJ #29 pg 59.JPG TRJ #29 pg 60.JPG TRJ #29 pg 61.JPG
  15. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 13,103

    from oregon

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  16. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 3,843

    from Berry, AL

    Skills and much better eyesight than I have! No way I could see some of those tiny parts without a big magnifying glass, and I doubt my ten thumbs could assemble one for sure!
  17. jaw22w
    Joined: Mar 2, 2013
    Posts: 938

    from Indiana

    I really would like to know how much power these miniatures make! I would think they could be hooked up to a dyno like the kart or motorcycle engine builders use. I can only imagine having a V8 go kart. How cool would that be?

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