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Well, I guess the answer is Yes, but No. If you buy all the parts in the parts list, print the instructions and put everything in a box you have pretty close to a kit, but no it isn't. Everything fits nicely together and only minor work has to be made to the parts. I would say the hardest part is to spray pain and get the finish right.
Very impressive. I did a quick costing at about £320 for the castings plus p&p from Europe. My last Shapeways purchase for a £25 oerlikon gun at 1:96 scale cost almost as much in transport costs. The quality of the castings is excellent and I would agree that painting is not easy due to the plastic used. It will be interesting to see the unit in use, please.
Tks Dave, have not had a chance to run it on a boat yet. The short story is that I started a boat project many years back, but it came to an halt as I realized I would never be able to get it fully finished because there was no stern drive available that would fit. With 3D printing I got the idea to make a drive to bring the boat project back to live, and that's where I am right now.
The only test I have had a chance to make is when I put a hand drill in front of it and dipped it in the kitchen sink. It gave a very good push and almost emptied the sink when I ran the drill at max rpm.
Will do Dave, but don't hold your breath, I'm a slow builder. Its 17 years since I started the project and although the model was collecting dust for a few years waiting for the Mercruiser drive I expect it will be a couple more years until it is "floating".