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    Anyone familiar with Pocher 1/8th scale models?

    Pocher 1/8th car models are considered by many to be the epidome of scale model car models (at least as far as mass produced models go). The models are very large and very detailed and the first series the "Classic" line are made from high quality plastic, brass, stainless steel, real leather and rubber parts.

    To say these models are intricate is perhaps an understatement. The cylinders in the engine go up and down when the crank is rotated. The windows on some models crank up and down inside opening and closing passenger doors. A very small switch on the dash board turns the headlights on and off. The wire wheels are all metal (stainless steel) and assemble spoke by spoke, the knock offs hub caps are cast and turned from stainless. These models, when complete measure up to 24 inches long. All in all a magnificent car model.

    I have been fortunate to own a factory built model of the company's Alfa Romeo 1932 Spider for over 35 years. This model was a distributor floor model came in its' own wood and glass display case, and even after all these years remains in mint condition.

    The Alfa is very nice and certainly the crowning jewel of my model car collection, But I have always wanted to build one myself (or at least partially myself). Every once in awhile I would check out what was selling on Ebay and last night put in a ridiculously low bid on a car that only had a couple of hours left on its' auction.

    Much to my surprise my bid of $122.00 won. I think people were put off by the $40.00 professional packing and shipping fee. To be honest I didn't expect to win the model and was very surprised when I did.

    The model, Rolls-Royce Sedanca de Ville appears to have much of the very intricate and demanding assembly already done on it (thank God the wire wheels are all completely finished, as is the drive train. But there is still enough left to do to keep me busy over the Winter.

    One always takes a chance when buying Pocher models that the kit will be missing parts. This can be a problem since the company went out of business in the early nineties and parts have to be bought from existing stocks in private hands.

    I hope this Rolls model turns out well as I want to, someday, give both models to my grandson's.

    Here are some pictures of the new to me model Rolls and of one of the Alfa Spider:

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    Re: Anyone familiar with Pocher 1/8th scale models?

    The Pocher Rolls-Royce Sedanca de Ville that I bought last week on Ebay arrived today. True to his word the seller had it professionally pack in two boxes. Having unpacked the model this afternoon I was pleasantly surprised to see the expert packing paid off as the model arrived in perfect shape.

    It is about 90% completed and the work, so far is to a very high standard. All the chassis and wheel work, the two most difficult assembly tasks, are already complete and about all I have to do is assemble and attach the body parts to the frame and hook up the electrical system so the lights will light up with the turn of a tiny switch on the dash board. I also have to put the doors and door glass (the glass rolls up and down by turning the small handle on the door) and installing the operation door handle and latches, should be fun.

    I am going to take my time and do the best job I can so that it turns out to be the amazing quality model that these 1/8th scale Pocher models can be.

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    Re: Anyone familiar with Pocher 1/8th scale models?

    Glad to hear it all arrived in good shape. That should help you make it through the winter!

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    Re: Anyone familiar with Pocher 1/8th scale models?

    Quote Originally Posted by orconn View Post
    The Pocher Rolls-Royce Sedanca de Ville that I bought last week on Ebay arrived today. True to his word the seller had it professionally pack in two boxes. Having unpacked the model this afternoon I was pleasantly surprised to see the expert packing paid off as the model arrived in perfect shape.

    It is about 90% completed and the work, so far is to a very high standard. All the chassis and wheel work, the two most difficult assembly tasks, are already complete and about all I have to do is assemble and attach the body parts to the frame and hook up the electrical system so the lights will light up with the turn of a tiny switch on the dash board. I also have to put the doors and door glass (the glass rolls up and down by turning the small handle on the door) and installing the operation door handle and latches, should be fun.

    I am going to take my time and do the best job I can so that it turns out to be the amazing quality model that these 1/8th scale Pocher models can be.
    Nice job orconn! Glad you found one you like

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    Re: Anyone familiar with Pocher 1/8th scale models?

    Correction on the demanding assembly part, I read a paperback book about the Rolls Royce assembly before I started my Sedanca from step 1. It is good reading material and I swear this guy is a doctor of model building. He speaks about the mental toughness and patience through out it all. I trusted him for the most part and now I am in the 90% complete range. The Body stage is the most demanding part of this kit. I was told by someone before and I did not believe it but it is. We spend all this time to make the super detail engine and chassis look amazing on its own, yet we cover it up with a body that could be rushed therefore making it look lack luster. It will be the body that is look at most often during it showing period so it must be our best work performed. I personally took every brittle brown plastic piece for the doors and replaced them with thin model wood. I carefully traced the parts and cut them and sanded. Spending MANY hours on a real wood interior and dash with real baby lambskin leather pleated seats (front and back and doors) Will make this model look and smell good for years to come. No worries of stick on fake wood stickers peeling off or aging throughout its life time. If anyone is interested I can supply photos. I know this is a older post but maybe someone is still interested so message me and I can share them.
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