Have you ever spent an hour on a lathe, or a milling machine... have you ever made anything from scratch? I have... There are a lot of these garage engine builders out there... maybe this is the first you have seen. There is a design for a 7 cyl radial, a 9 cyl radial, and an 18 cyl radial. The guys that build these are looking for the work of art they produce and would NEVER put the engine on the nose of a plane... it is their hobby. And they are masters... I have studied the plans and specs... I am not there yet, but my shop will soon be capable of doing it. Now you have to ask; why do it? Anything I do is for flight... building motors is not my hobby... I can appreciate it, but he is one of many doing these things.
If you want to show off, take it to the machinist forums, not the flying forums where the work is not as well appreciated.
Amazing number of assumptions in this thread. Has anyone ever posted something cool like this and has any anyone not completely tore it to shreds with keyboard expertise?
Just once I'd love to hear.... ''Man, that's cool'' without all the keyboard commando quarterbacking....
Why did you quote me? Are you asking me if I have ever built anything form scratch? Yes. Have I ever worked on an old manual Bridgeport to make parts for race cars? Yes. I have I ever worked on an old manual turret lathe? Yes.
My mechanical background began at 9 years old when I overhauled my first carb, a Rochester Dual Jet. It ran and didn't leak.
At 12 I made a 3.5 Briggs run like a 10.5 briggs without blowing up.
At 14 I undercut, deburred & polished the shift forks, sliders and upshift side of the gears in the trans of my 250cc dirt bike, dropped the cylinder by milling 2mm off the base then adjusted the ports back up to increase the dwell. Reshaped the squish band in the hand and shortened the header 20mm. Instead of polishing the intake, transfers & boost ports, I intentionally left them rough like fish scales to increase atomization. Bike ran like a 350 -400.
Can I appreciate these engines that guys like Gary Conley have been producing for 2 decades, YES! They are awesome. I am just tired of guys posting photos of cool planes, awesome engines, neat designs and every Tom, Dick & Harry ripping them to shreds for no reason.
I appreciate fine art, whether or not it flies.