The Perfect Wall Art For Your Man Cave!

Guys, this is way cool! I’m sure by now, if you’ve been active on any social media ...

Guys, this is way cool!

I’m sure by now, if you’ve been active on any social media platform over the past couple of weeks, you’ve seen this video, as it went completely viral when it first hit the book of faces and the like. While most of you are pretty smart folks, there may be some folks out there in the community who are new to the scene or just haven’t ever been exposed to radial engines and how ridiculously awesome they are. If this is your introduction to radial engines, then sit back and be mesmerized!

What you’re looking at is a cutaway of an R-985 radial aircraft engine. Checking in at a massive 16 liters of displacement, the R-985 was capable of cranking out 450 horsepower and of the nearly 40,000 units produced, beginning in the 1930’s, many of them are still in use today. The engines were used in a variety of applications, from civilian and military aircraft to helicopters thanks to their dependability and adaptability, as the engine could also be swapped for it’s larger sibling, the R-1340.

We’re going to assume this particular engine was busted or otherwise unusable because we would hate to think somebody chopped up a perfectly good powerplant just to hang it on the wall. Regardless, you can see in this cutaway exactly how the rotating assembly works and how the pistons fire in order to push the crankshaft. It’s all quite hypnotizing and makes the perfect addition to any man cave wall.

I’m not sure if these are cheap or how easy it is to get your hands on one that has enough of the parts needed in tact to build something like this yourself, but we have to assume there are plenty of aircraft out there with busted radial engines that could be cut in half to display like this. Of course, now we’re all wondering what other types of engines could be cut away to make badass wall art from. I’m thinking a Porsche boxer style engine would be really cool, personally!

Finished with the R985 cut-away engine display. This video is real-time (not slow motion). Thanks again to Kevin Kline for the machine work!

Posted by Skip Stewart on Wednesday, May 9, 2018

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