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“In this issue, we will start the assembly of the engine block by joining its left and right parts with the oil pan, the cylinder head, the engine top cover, and other components.”




Materials: The Engine Blocks, Oil Pan, Cylinder Head, Supports, and Connecting Pieces are all metal. The rest is plastic.


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Engine Block (1)

NOTE: I have slightly changed the order of these steps to make the process easier to follow.

Step 5.01

Fit the Engine Block Right Support (marked ‘R’) to the matching holes at this location of the Engine Block Right Part.

While the Supports are marked, the Engine Block Parts are not. These are how the parts can be identified:

Then, we can fit the Right Support to the Block Right Part, orienting it as shown:

Secure the Support into place with four (4) AM screws.

This is your friendly reminder to try using 3-in-One Oil on all screw threads going into metal:

Step 5.02

In the same way, fit the Engine Block Left Support (marked ‘L’) to the matching holes at this location of the Engine Block Left Part, as shown:

Secure this Support to the Block with four (4) more AM screws:

Step 5.03

Place the Cylinder Head on your work surface with this side facing you and the open ‘bottom’ facing up, as shown:

Fit the two Engine Connecting Pieces down onto the matching posts inside the Cylinder Head with the circular raised ends (circled below) facing you, as shown:

Secure these Connecting Pieces to the Head with four (4) more AM screws:

Step 5.04

Fit the Engine Top Cover to the detailed top of the Cylinder Head, orienting it as shown:

Secure this Top Cover into place from below with two (2) AP screws.

On my model, one of the Top Cover post holes was not deep enough and therefore the screw would not bite into it. I needed to use my Pin Vise Hand Drill to make the hole just a bit deeper:

Then, I was easily able to secure the Cover to the Head as instructed:

Step 5.05

Fit the rounded tabs of the Connecting Pieces over these matching posts of the Engine Block Right Part, orienting both parts as shown:

Secure the Connecting Pieces to the Block with two (2) AM screws:

Step 5.06

Fit the Engine Block Left Part to this Engine Block Right assembly, capturing the Connecting Pieces in between as shown:

Secure the Engine Block Parts together with three (3) EM screws:

Step 5.07

Fit the Oil Pan to the post on the bottom of the Engine Block assembly, orienting it as shown:

Secure this Oil Pan into place with one (1) EM screw:

Step 5.08

Gently press the two pins of the Engine Logo “Nissan Skyline GT-R” into these matching holes of the Engine Top Cover, as shown.

This Logo can inadvertently be installed the wrong way around – check for the proper orientation before you press it down:


Ah, the iconic RB26DETT 6-cylinder inline engine. Sporting a 2.6L ‘over-square’ displacement, dual overhead cams, electronic fuel injection, and factory installed twin ceramic T25 turbochargers, this powerhouse was capable of producing an advertised 276bhp. In reality this engine typically made near 315bhp, and due to its iron block and forged internals, it was highly valued in the aftermarket modification community. I have been looking forward to working on one of my own – even if it is only in 1:8 scale!

Next Up

Stage 6 – Intake Valves, Intake Manifolds/Tube, Throttle Valves, Rods, Distributor Cover, Alternator, Oil Filter/Dipstick (Coming Soon)

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