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Any Jet Engine Kits Still Available?

Old 03-29-2020, 02:23 PM
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Hi all,
Bit of a long shot I know but with the current situation I have been trying to find good projects to keep me occupied and take the opportunity to learn something new along the way. Assembling a jet engine has always been high on the list because of the technical complexity (what better way of learning than by doing, right?), and with the imminent lockdown in my own country now would be a great time to see about lining one up. A quick search online doesn’t give many options, however. So, just checking if there are any kits still being produced, or if anyone has any ideas for how this could be done in a safe and cost effective way?
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Old 03-29-2020, 02:42 PM
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The only one that I know that they exist is the jetjoe they have turbine kit’s , parts and fully build turbines rtr.
Old 03-29-2020, 06:14 PM
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Check with Andy, he may be able to help with that.

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Old 03-30-2020, 09:27 AM
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There are parts for the KJ-66 on aliexpress, but quality and fit is a question mark. Jet Joe still sells kits, again quality issues.

One could also buy a runout engine and do bearing etc...kind of a reverse kit.

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Old 03-31-2020, 04:36 AM
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Ditto the reverse method. Disassemble an older engine. Or buy plans, and make your own. For example the UT160, which is a bit more modern than a Kj66. The difficult parts can be bought. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Bauanleitun...-/193369134249

I also recommend looking at the engines of Gerrald Rutten. You can learn a lot of the inner workings, just by looking at the drawings and pictures.
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Fantastic ideas, thanks all! I’ll jeep an eye out for some old engines in need of serious TLC. Anything to keep costs low makes things all the more possible. Lars, great lead on Ulrich’s turbines, this loos like a great option. Know of any build sites or threads?
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Cost wise, a used engine is probably going to be a better deal, but the trick is finding one that's in reasonable shape.

If you're still interested in looking at a kit, I ran across this site the other day:
https://www.minijetengine.com
They seem to have kits for a "J35", "J50", and some random parts for J66 size engines. At a glance, the cost of the key, bearings and ECU is more than a used engine.

I have *no* idea if they're legit or not. They seem to be a little bit active on Facebook and have some positive comments, but Caveat Emptor.

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This thread has some info. Some of it pretty confusing, due to user chrigui's somewhat cryptic answers. My own building and jet flying activities has pretty much ended, but it is an interesting hobby.

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Why not try Turbine Solutions (Wren Power Systems) in the UK?

http://www.wrenpowersystems.com/

Whilst their web site no longer lists kit engines, under the Education and Commercial Engines section they state the following;
  • For those who want to assemble an engine we supply a gas turbine engine kit, complete with all the parts, mounting and instructions to build the complete engine.


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