Created more than 40 years ago with amazing detail, Pocher Classic models have become coveted collectibles for modelers and automobile lovers all over the world. At Model Motorcars, we understand your drive to improve your Pocher experience, bringing you the best catalog of proprietary parts and materials for over 25 years. From all imaginable parts to books, CDs and tools to help you build and customize the car of your dreams, we have you covered. We pride ourselves in providing the best researched, manufactured and finished parts the world over.
We are very excited to inform you that Model Motorcars has purchased the brand name and inventory of Scale Hardware, a company specialized in miniature nuts, bolts, rivets, fasteners, etc., which serviced hobbyists and miniature machinists globally for over 20 years. We believe this will be a great addition to our already vast line-up, as the Pocher community continues to evolve into super-detailing our beloved Pochers to new heights!
A new web site has been constructed which features all the fantastic Scale Hardware products,
as well as photos of many great models built using them. As is our tradition, we now have a Scale Hardware Model Museum.
The Metal Shop will feature the complete line of metal products offered by the well known K & S Precision Metals. We will carry both the Imperial and Metric sizes!
Most of our US hobbyist have seen this display rack in their local hobby shop…usually, missing items! We will stock the complete inventory at all times.
We bring you instruction manuals, thousands of model and prototype pictures, build logbooks, hard to find essential tools and materials to achieve the level of quality and satisfaction you are striving for. We are no further from your shop than an email away, and we are always happy to share what we have learned.
Our stainless steel miniature digital gauge is state-of-the-art. Beautifully finished, it is practical and compact. It measures in millimeters and inches (maximum 100mm, 4 inches). Accuracy is assured at 0.01mm. Powered by a single 1.5 volt cell (included) and protected in a high density plastic foam lined case.
Length 6 3/4 inches
When asked which Pocher kit to build for the first time, our policy has always been to recommend the Bugatti. Not only is the kit the most technically developed of all the Pocher classic car kits, but it is also one of the best models 'on the shelf', which is to say that it is above all else handsome-the doors and hoods fit; the proportions are correct; and the engine and running gear are good looking right out of the box. Add this to the facts that the interior is among the easiest to upholster, and the door latches and hinges are nearly fool-proof. In short, the Pocher Bugatti kit is a wonderful introduction to large-scale model car building. Rarely do we hear the familiar lament that the builder was defeated by either the lack of instructions or the orneriness of the components. In the end, the big challenge is a familiar one-getting a good paint job. Our friends at Pocher addressed that issue with their famous polished body panels. Even in raw plastic, a Pocher Bugatti can make for a handsome display.
From the beginning, we have tried to show that painting a Pocher classic can transform the model from a toy into a show piece, and we are pleased to see that builders like Michel Ronzetti have proven us correct. But anyone who has painted a car-no matter what size or scale-will be able to attest to the struggle of picking a color. Ask most restorers about picking colors, and nearly all of them can describe memorable struggles. Models, despite their reduced size, offer similar challenges.
An additional challenge with the Bugatti kits is that, like the Star of India Rolls-Royce, the prototypes threaten to kill creativity. Of the handful of coupé bodies erected on the Type 50 chassis, only three or four were of the "Profilé" style, with the distinctive laid-back windshield and famous Jean Bugatti-designed front wings. Of this tiny number, only two survive, one in yellow and one in red, and the red one started as a Type 46 (single camshaft, wire wheels). Many Bugatti enthusiasts can recite the chassis numbers of these cars, which only adds more pressure to model builders who are sensitive to such things. It is a delight to see a Type 50 built by someone willing to take a chance on painting a Bugatti 'outside the box', as the current phrase goes. Instead of changing the color sweep on the body, Ronzetti has chosen a much more unusual approach by substituting a color for the black background. The result is that the model is unique yet maintains a gratifying connection with its era. A matching interior pulls the design together, and the result is harmonious yet striking.
Careful attention to the under-hood finishes and to the dashboard assure that the model rewards close inspection. Only the shiny tire treads give a hint that the photos are of a miniature and not the full-sized car--and even there it can be argued that the cars in museums often have such ancient and un-used tires that the treads are as shiny as the sidewalls! All in all, this model speaks volumes for the quality of the Pocher kit and the eye of its builder. Monsieur Ronzetti has managed to retain the drama of the traditional color sweep while creating a unique model.
At first glance, this can appear to be a tradition model of the famous Bugatti Type 46/50 from the Harrah Collection, but on closer inspection, the dark color is not black. This photo shows how important it is to take photos of our models, and how helpful it is to use a plain background to record the details of the model, such as colors and finishes. The color 'flop' is inspired; notice that on the hoods themselves, the color is, for all intents and purposes, black.
From this angle the drama of the two-tone paint is accentuated. Getting clean breaks between the colors is essential to the drama, and Monsieur Ronzetti can teach all of us some lessons. The open cowl vent, the grill guard and the lovely engine hand-crank are details that help the model come alive. Also note the perfect fit of the doors, which is always a sign of considerable effort.
Only the red underside of the bonnet hints that this is not a 1:1 car. The MMLtd. windshield wipers, the surfaces of the engine, and the firewall details make this image a keeper. Note the wonderful finish-when you take a chance on the color, it makes sense to pay attention to the shiny bits.
The chestnut-colored leather, the wood window surround, and the door furniture are extremely neatly done. Only the plain leather of the door lets the impression down a bit-one itches to add a map pocket or a bit of carpet-but in this case the prototype is just as austere. Color is so important to this model, it must be said that a touch of flat black paint would hide the bright red under the running board. As usual, Pochers can be a work in progress, just like the 'real' thing.
Wow, this photograph is a keeper. The immortal sweep of the Jean Bugatti fender and the celebration of the colors should make the builder very proud. The fact that the lovely MMLtd. hood latch has popped loose, allowing the hood to be ever so slightly misaligned, is merely proof that Monsieur Ronzetti is truly one of us! If there were any doubt, one need only to look closely at the wheel to see that the fins are correctly oriented to catch the cooling air as the wheel rotates. A model must be very fine indeed if such minutiae can be admired.
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