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Old 05-03-2021, 02:06 AM
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tkpapercraft V8 Cycle Car

tkpapercraft have just released a new one - this time actually a very unusual one - a British JAP (JA Prestwich Industries) V8 Powered GN Cycle Car.

For those unfamiliar with the cyclecar concept, there is a good article here on Wikipedia...

Cyclecar - Wikipedia

11 pages of parts look they will make up to an unusual and attractive model.

Here's a pic of the model from the tkpapercraft site.

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Nice looking kit. Thanks for the information. I just did a re-paint of the tkpapercraft MG K3 for a friend of mine.



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Old 05-03-2021, 06:07 AM
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Pleasure Gary.

I think they are actually very interesting little cars - I only discovered them a few years back!
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That's interesting. Didn't know JAP did V8s only familiar with their smaller motorcycle type engines.
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That's interesting. Didn't know JAP did V8s only familiar with their smaller motorcycle type engines.
I got a sneakin' feelin' that V8 just might be four JAP V-twins grafted together.
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Certainly looks like a collection of single pots bolted to a common crankshaft.

108-Year-Old GN Jap Is The Wildest Ride Of All - YouTube
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Thanks for posting the video, that thing is awesome.
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Thanks for the info on this vehicle, Kevin. I am enjoying the discussion and learningn from it.

I first learned about cycle cars from a book I purchased at the Cornell University Bookstore just before I graduated in 1962 and have periodically re-read with pleasure ever since. The book is Cecil Clutton and John Stanford, The Vintage Motor Car (London: Batsford, 1954, paperback reprint 1962). The book included an image of a G.N. cycle car that I always thought looked very good. According to Clutton and Stanford, the G.N. cycle cars were among the best. They dismiss most of the cycles cars ("a moderately-powerful two-cylinder engine of about 1100 c.c. in a crude frame with transmission by belt or chain" and usually with wire-and bobbin steering) as combining "grotesque mechanical features with phenomenal unreliability and frightful handling qualities." (p. 104) But the G.N. was apparently quite a good and reliable cycle car.

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