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Haynes 4 Cylinder Combustion Engine

by Trends Uk Ltd
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (273 customer reviews)
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  • The model is designed to be fun to put together,
  • To make it easer for you to understand how a full size engine works.
  • Comes complete with it's own Haynes manual giving you clear step by step instructions to guide you through the build process,
  • All you need to provide is time, two batteries and a little vegetable oil.
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Technical Details
Item Weight1 Kg
Product Dimensions27.9 x 21.6 x 12.7 cm
Batteries:2 AA batteries required.
Manufacturer recommended age:8 - 17 years
Item model numberHM01D
Number of Puzzle Pieces100
Assembly RequiredYes
Batteries Required?Yes
Batteries Included?No
  
Additional Information
ASINB000YX7OXO
Best Sellers Rank 380 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.7 Kg
Delivery Destinations:Visit the Delivery Destinations Help page to see where this item can be delivered.
Date First Available14 Nov 2007
  
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Product Description

Driving these days is a pricey affair indeed. Our colleague Simon saw a car advertised for ?1500 the other day. On enquiring further he was told 'the car's only worth ?500 - but it comes with a full tank of petrol.' Sigh. So we at gadgetshop HQ have coined a solution. Forget pricey car parts - build your own. The engine you build is a greatly simplified version of a real car engine. The model is designed to be fun to put together, and to make it easier for you to understand how a full-size four-stroke car engine works. This box contains all the parts and tools you need to assemble the working model. It comes complete with its very own Haynes Manual giving you clear step-by-step instructions to guide you through the build process, all you need to provide is the time, two batteries and a little vegetable oil. The on/off controller also includes a sound chip which reproduces the noise of an engine starting, as the model begins to work. What a beauty.


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250 of 256 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great toy for junior petrolheads 28 Jan 2009
By Dr. P. J. A. Wicks VINE VOICE
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Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
(Tested out on a willing participant aged 12 years old)

Anyone who knows anything about cars has heard of Haynes and their manuals for repairing cars so we expected something of high quality and simple to understand. Overall it delivered. Inside the box was a mini Haynes manual style explanation of how a car engine works. Anyone who has ever tried to explain how a car engine works knows that this is not an easy task. The manual managed to hit just the right balance between getting all the principles across and making it too complicated. It also has a short dictionary of engine terms which was very helpful. The kit comes in sealed plastic bags with the clear instruction to only detach one part at a time when you need it. Good advice as parts are not individually numbered. We did have a problem because one of the springs was missing but a replacement was sent in the post in few days. The instructions were very easy to follow and in spite of having to insert 67 screws it was completed in two evenings and gave the Wii some time off. The only challenging bit was the fitting the camshaft and the instructions need to be a bit clearer about how to do this.

As it is a working engine the instructions spelled out very clearly "do not try to put petrol or engine oil in the model" . As if... To make sure that the pistons actually worked without destroying themselves you have to use vegetable oil. When the model is complete you can see all the moving parts and it even has lights on the spark plugs that you have to set up in the right firing sequence to get the engine to run. When you have completed the kit just connect it to the supplied electric motor, press the starter and watch the engine run. Fascinating.
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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun on a Sunday afternoon 20 Mar 2009
By SC Dog VINE VOICE
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Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Although this product is aimed at children and teaching them how engines work it was still fun for an early 20s guy and his dad to play with on a sunday afternoon.
There are some fiddly parts, especially the timing belt which took a little while to get right, but once it is done it is quite impressive to see it going like a real engine. I certainly learnt a lot about how engines work from this.
I would definitely recommend this to someone else, either as a gift or as something to play with themselves! I still love turning it on and watching it run and is a great product.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Big boys toy 19 Mar 2009
By SlayerKat VINE VOICE
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Durability: 3.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
The boys in our house have had great fun with the Haynes Combustion Engine. It's taken them a while to build it just spending a few hours a week doing it and then putting it aside again. I'm sure it can be done in one go if you put your mind to it. It's definitely a toy for an older child. My 7 year old loses interest in it quite quickly and it's been left to dad to finish it although I think he's had more fun with it anyway. It's a fun model in keeping with the style of Haynes manuals and even comes with it's own Combustion Engine Haynes manual. It's relatively easy to follow albeit very very fiddly and requires you to supply a small pot of oil to make it work. It's a very simplified version of an engine but still educational and exciting to put together. We haven't quite finished building it yet but so far so good. There is the possibility that a piece is missing though which seems to be a common theme here. If it is, we will contact Haynes and let them know. This toy would make a great gift for a car enthusiastic both young and old.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good way to spend a weekend afternoon 13 Feb 2009
By Mr. Nigel Smith VINE VOICE
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Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I spent an afternoon building this with my son (age 8) and we both enjoyed ourselves. There is more to the model than we first thought, and unlike other reviews, we found that all the parts fitted just fine.

Some bits are fiddly and the screws are tiny. But apart from that I would definitely recommend the product. Probably good for people aged 10-15.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Robert Hardie VINE VOICE
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Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This is a great construction kit that shows how the internal combustion engine works. As a working/moving model is has a longer lasting appeal than many kits. It is also 'tuneable' so it has further interest. For that young, budding mechanic this is an ideal gift.
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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No problems here! 10 Dec 2008
Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
Bought this engine for my 8 year old daughter who wanted to know how car engines worked.

Suffered the same confusion as the first reviewer, the instructions are not that clear regarding the timing 'cog' but it does go on and works well once you work it out!

I thought it was a great project and my daughter now knows haw a car engine works.

Now trying to find the Jet engine .....
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good model, really good experience 30 Mar 2010
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This is an excellent model. It is obvious how it goes together, the instructions are simple to follow, the parts were crisp and we had none of the "timing belt" problems some people have mentioned. Quite the reverse, in fact it worked perfectly first time. "We" are my son - not yet 5 and me. He got such a buzz out of us completing each stage it has made me start looking for a similar project. No, at his age he cannot fully understand how a combustion engine works and he has the attention span of a gnat at times, but who cares? He does understand the mechanisms of cams, belts, cranks etc and is trying to use some of these ideas on his own with his lego, so what he did learn stuck. Most of all though we had fun together building it -what more can a parent ask of a kit like this?

The biggest drawback? It's loud. He often wakes his little sister by firing it up after bed time!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Plastic rubbish
A great idea but very poorly built. Pistons don't fit smoothly into the cylinders as cylinder tube far too tight which means crank can't turn. Poorly built plastic rubbish
Published 2 days ago by andrew ronald edwards1971
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really a precision model
I have just finished building one of these kits for a friend and though it was not too difficult (in spite of a severe eyesight problem) I do not think that anyone aged ten or even... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Mr. J. A. Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars well thought out gift for anyone looking for a basic understanding of...
really though this was a well thought out kit that helped demonstrate to my daughter how an engine works. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Stuart Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas gift
Given to my two grandsons, saw one being assembled. The interest taken in building it was fascinating to watch. Good bonding for father and son
Published 13 days ago by joyce whitton
4.0 out of 5 stars Birthday Gift
It greatly pleased my 12yr old Grandson and that's good enough for me ! I don't think I need to add anything else.
Published 17 days ago by CanFan
5.0 out of 5 stars alternative postage international ?
it was a birthday present for my grandson in Australia,. The component is plastic which is okay as you are limited as to certain types of materials you can send (eg no batteries... Read more
Published 28 days ago by mrs patricia a tudhope
5.0 out of 5 stars present
I bought it as a pressent for a 10 year old boy. What can I say , he like it . I don't know if he build it yet , but the box looked very nice .
Published 1 month ago by Lorelay
5.0 out of 5 stars A success!
An excellent kit which kept my 21 year old son busy, together with his Dad who wasn't supposed to be helping, on his birthday. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Margaret Muir
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable for big kids
Not sure the intended audience is a 37 year old male but as surprise gifts go he found this quite amusing. Unfortunately unlike other 'amusing' gifts I've bought him e.g. Read more
Published 1 month ago by MDC13
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect product.
I am 24 years old and I bought a gift for my brother and also one for me. It is very educating and fun. I finished it in a day :)
Published 1 month ago by ATHOS
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