The Cison FG-VT157
Shovelhead miniature engine is gonna be legendary!
It takes all the cool features of the or mother, original Cison FG-VT9 Panhead, and goes further with some awesome features.
First off, the Shovelhead features a hemispherical V-valve head, which is a huge improvement in terms of performance over the FG-VT9, giving a more complete & efficient burn of fuel.
I was really impressed with how Cison replicated the Harley Shovelhead’s valvetrain… beautifully CNC machined rocker arms, with oiling holes for rocker shaft lubrication, and perfectly machined rocker shaft ‘flat-head’ end plugs add to the scale aesthetics and function.
The Cison Shovelhead has a 15.7cc displacement, larger than the 9cc Panhead, which gives it a lower “thump.”
The connecting rods have added bronze bushings for better durability, and the pistons have skirt oiling holes added.
I think the part I’ve been most excited about is the flywheel, and how it looks so much more scale.
Cison also added an “open primary” type belt drive pulley that can be used for starting, or RC applications… it looks killer!
Cison also beefed-up the shaft start shaft diameter and clutch bearing, for durability.
The finish and machining on the Shovelhead is gorgeous. Every Cison engine has a beautiful finish, the Shovelhead’s silver, chrome, and machined aluminum are by far my favorite. -I’m looking forward to the black-jug Shovelhead to be added to the Cison lineup sometime in the future.
When I first started my Shovelhead, I was impressed by its instant start, and despite the smaller mass flywheel, it can still idle at at very low RPM. I was blown away at the power and instant response of this engine… all the updates Cison has done to the Shovel, have definitely paid off!! On the ignition side of the FG-VT157, I like how Cison made the CDI box black this time, and added spark plug boots that have a more scale look and fit the HT lead perfectly.
I’m looking forward to the optional flywheel-side Hall Sensor, and any other accessory that will be available for this little beast!
Huge applause to Cison and Stirlingkit for creating yet another unbelievable scale running V-twin engine, that any gear-head & modeler will absolutely love