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Pocher Mercedes 540 model K91 1/8

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Pocher Mercedes 540 model K91 1/8
Posted by littlefron on Saturday, June 22, 2019 8:24 AM

hi , am starting one of those legendary scale model Pocher , with all the joy and pain in the world , the task , issue , size, are an infinite and incredible world of adventure, the answer to a museum piece of collection , is improvisation , vision and upgrade of course , no rules except one !!! showing all details at is best .... 

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Posted by PatrickW on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 10:31 AM

I look forward to your build littlefron as I was gifted one by my wife in 1988 and have still not finished it, here is the chassis fully built.......

I have though had a nightmare with the black gloss paint and am at present stipping it all of with brake fluid. Let me say though that this a super kit but we have moved a few times since it's purchase and it takes a lot of patience and willpower to get back into it!

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Posted by littlefron on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 2:25 PM

1988 and still not finish .. whao a lifetime project .. me its around 24 month from A to Z ..

 

need to understand how to insert photos on this website ..

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Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 9:01 AM

littlefron
me its around 24 month from A to Z ..

That's how long it takes me to do a full detail 1/24 build...

Looking forward to seeing your project. There have been precious few Pochers built or shown on this forum.

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
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Posted by littlefron on Thursday, June 27, 2019 12:03 AM

pre assemblyupgradealclad II PAINT

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Posted by littlefron on Thursday, June 27, 2019 12:09 AM

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Posted by justmike on Sunday, June 30, 2019 6:34 PM

I have heard of Pocher but never seen one so this will be neat to watch.  You have made the engine look like the real thing.

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Posted by nottheband on Monday, July 1, 2019 6:41 PM

Now that engine is just beautiful, no argument.  That is museum display quality work, and I'll be following this keenly.  Cheers.

Steve

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Posted by littlefron on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 1:37 AM

assembly slowly start , even if I did a pre assembly before, it was only the major part, all the details to be added are another challenge as the paint ( Alclad ) is quite fragile and doesn't like to be over manipulate.  

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Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 8:22 AM

Very impressive! Thanks for showing us the gritty details.

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
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Posted by littlefron on Thursday, July 4, 2019 11:33 PM

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Posted by littlefron on Friday, July 12, 2019 12:36 AM

dashboard completed , aluminium panel fixed with brass bolt, gauge inserted in mother of pearl , glove box  in white leather with metal chrome handle.  

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Posted by Bainford on Friday, July 12, 2019 11:19 AM

Wow, that's looking great. Nice progress.

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
       - Antoine de Saint-Exepury

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Posted by justmike on Sunday, July 14, 2019 11:11 AM

What an incredible kit!  You have a fantastic build going on there.  Loving this.

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Posted by littlefron on Monday, July 15, 2019 10:51 PM

thank you for your comments... 

next step the fitting of the doors , have to be smart as paint will be added, to make sure to have a close no gape between frame and door panel , this is a challlenge as am not sure how many coat will be needed , ( primer / undercoat/ followed by 2 to 3 coat ) ..improvisation will be for a change ahahhaah

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Posted by littlefron on Saturday, August 17, 2019 7:41 AM

                                       I cut the seat form the main body shell to be able to work it more easily . I created line were the leather will be attached and also for different leather parcel to be connecting, the black kind of foam was founded in a box of knife that I cut , quite flexible and easy to cut , it will give the illusion of a real cushion , my leather parcel was quite small , add to fit all my required piece , no second chance .. all have to fit , almost forgot the inside door panel , I rectified on the last pictures and squeeze it all...

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Posted by Stew on Saturday, August 17, 2019 11:52 AM

Very nice work, I've got the Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 patiently waiting in it's box for when I retire. 

On the bench: Where to begin...

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Posted by littlefron on Sunday, August 18, 2019 4:26 AM

 

THAT WAS MY FIRST MODEL DONE '' el mitico Apha Romeo " 

 

that was my first model I built , in 2017 , I got this model from France and was already built by the italian factory itself in 1969 , the grandmother of the person who sold it to me was working for a famous toy shop in Paris ( galerie Primptemps Haussman  and she bring back the model in 1969 and offer it to the grand children)

, since then he was on a shelf for decades , and in 2016 I bough it , and bring it back to Dubai , it was original with the case ( classic built , but was showing the effect of time ) , I decided without any experience in modeling to dismantle the car , to upgrade it with dashboard aluminium , leather seat, new paint and to re built it in  a more roaster looking ... 

 since there it s sitting in my living room .... and can showcase this very old piece of model that travel in time and from Torino, to Paris , to  finally Dubai.

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Posted by justmike on Sunday, August 18, 2019 2:33 PM

Wow!!

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Posted by littlefron on Friday, August 23, 2019 11:55 AM

 

must be one of the most difficult part , working the leather , giving a shape ,  hiding the connection , to get an acceptable result . this leather was so thick , but quality ... it was a one shot attempt as I had no spare fabric . As I cut the seat part to be able to work it in good condition , I created a bottom support , no idea yet how I will re fix the seat on this ... improvisation still on .... next step the leather on inside door panel .. 

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Posted by ModelTexan1 on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 11:41 AM

What glue are you using for the leather?  The reason I ask is that I built that kit back in the late '80s.  I used the leather that came with the kit and glued it as suggested.  Over the years the leather has lifted and curled so that the car looks horrible.  I need to fix it but every glue I have tried has failed to hold.  I will probably replace the leather completely but I want to know what really works before I jump into that.  I haven't had the greatest success using leather on my models but it is kind of required for the Pocher 540K.

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Posted by littlefron on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 5:03 PM

Well, the leather provided in the original kit is fake leather .. mine for example is 2 to 3 time more thick than the one provided in the kit ,where you see the line, between each cushion  ( use a credit card to press ) only there I glue !! For the leather to remain soft . On my Alpha romeo so far nothing moved ( real leather as well ) ..but  can t tell how  it will look  like in 40 years !!! It look quite strong And deformation seems impossible , a put leather cream once a month to keep leather soft. 

Dis you cut the seat section to be able to work it more easely ? Have any pictures of the evolution yo got ? 

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Posted by oldcarguy on Friday, August 30, 2019 1:21 PM

I like what I see.  

    Now then. Have you ever wondered how to make an engine turned look on a classic car dash model? Remember those Eraser Pencils for ink? Not Ball Point ink, But real Ink?

    Those can be run through a regular sharpener like the one on the wall at the front of the Classroom. Then You cutit off till you have a 1/32 tip.

 Take that and slowly spin it on a dash you have covered with Foil-Chrome that isn't shiny. Do this in overlapping rows and Viola. Engined turned look! Keep up the good work !   O.C.G.

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Posted by littlefron on Friday, August 30, 2019 10:38 PM

not sure I understand what the meaning of engine turned on a classic car dash model...

maybe i need picture to understand Wink 

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Posted by ModelTexan1 on Sunday, September 1, 2019 7:29 PM

"Engine Turning" is a term for the milling of a metal panel by lowering the cutting head to the metal and making a fairly large circle that kind of resembles brushed metal only in a circular pattern.  The mill head is then lifted and moved to a new position, usually along a straight line and lowered to cut a new circle that slightly overlaps the first one.  This process is continued until the entire panel is covered with the circlular pattern.  Look at pictures of the Cord 810 dash on the internet for an example.  Milling machines were originally driven by engines hence the "engine" in the term.  Pontiac actually simulated this finish on the dashes of some Trans Ams in the '70s using plastic parts with metalized finish. :)

 Here's a link to a video of the Cord that shows the enging turning.  Each circle in this case is about an inch but there have been dashes with much larger circles.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aozO4Wk9l0

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Posted by ModelTexan1 on Sunday, September 1, 2019 7:31 PM

I used the fake leather.  Actually, the seat still looks good and I did cut it into sections.  The fake leather that is peeling up is on the door panels and the fake canvas for the top boot.  I think the door panel problem is the extreme curve required to roll it across the top of the door and I've never found a good glue for that.

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Posted by littlefron on Monday, September 2, 2019 2:13 AM

understand now on the aluminium dash ...  would have been nice .... between the mother of pearl , leather glove box.. am  happy of that kind of ruff finish even if not clean perfect ..

I just spend 2 days to upgrade de gauge by adding a cover glass ( I used a water bottle in plastic ), cut out the exact size and insert them inside the gauge . the result is actually quite convincing ... make something out of nothing ...  now I will stop work on this dashboard and go back in my prep for the body frame , testing what haven't been so far, and then last sanding , pefore first primer and paint  

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Posted by littlefron on Monday, September 2, 2019 2:45 AM

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Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 6:44 AM

Things are looking good. Nice work on the gauge glass.

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
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Posted by justmike on Monday, September 9, 2019 12:20 PM

This is an incredible build. The glass on the gauges looks great.

Feelings are like scents: The more they are analyzed, the worse they smell.

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