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 will also have a Scale Hardware International Museum.
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.
A careful examination of a completed Pocher model can reveal a great deal about the builder and his or her intentions. Sometimes the intentions are more than clear-glassy paint in an eye-catching color, scores of after-market detail parts, scratch-built details galore and plenty of lights and working features add up to a well-motivated experienced builder who is determined to hit a home run which will have the modeling community buzzing for months. Sometimes it is clear that just getting the Pocher classic assembled is the primary goal, with a special emphasis on avoiding mistakes and emphasizing modeling strengths. In the case of the K-91 "True Roadster" there is the possibility of a builder motivated by the simple idea of making the model live up to its more detailed and expensive cousins with their metal wire wheels, additional engine details, and separate interior details.
Whatever the motivation for Joe Birge's True Roadster, the result is a fascinating odyssey. A careful examination of the model takes us on an extended adventure into the history of the Mercedes pre-war classic. Each step of the way was accompanied by careful planning, from color plates to study the effect of different color combinations to the amazing determination to build his own wire wheels. Open the hood and special details show themselves-this K-91 was going to be fully detailed despite the tight-fistedness of the manufacturer.
Of course the daunting challenge of cutting open the rumble seat lid and removing the cast-in seat must have taken considerable planning, but we have to wonder whether or not the idea of scratch-building pleated seat upholstery came before or after the seat was cut out of the body. By the time the radiator guard was added, Birge had himself a handsome and unusual example of the Mercedes-Benz 500 roadster, and a record of how a Pocher project so often leads down a path of research. It may be on cat's paws that the need for study presents itself to those of us who take on Pochers, but the results of our scholarship often result in models that make a big noise among knowledgeable builders.
Ask most professional auto restoration people and they will agree that selecting colors for a classic car is among the most daunting tasks. Satisfying the various demands-aesthetic, historic, technical-can be the car restorers' nightmare. This is proof that Mr. Birge did not underestimate the challenge.
Several appliances have been re-sized and several have been added to the kit. Such familiarity with the inner workings of the supercharged straight-eight Mercedes engine puts many model builders on an equal footing with restorers themselves.
A photo like this one serves as proof that cutting open the rumble seat lid and removing the seat from the body were not tasks taken on lightly.
Layered details are a requirement for convincing large-scale models, and no where is this truer than on the iconic Mercedes honey-comb radiator.
For most of us, just adding a rumble seat is enough of a challenge. Mr. Binge has gone on to invent a new way of simulating pleated leather. Few model builders take on such a complex kit without taking on such interesting technical challenges. When the Pocher is finally finished, it is safe to say that it has taught many lessons.
Years after this model has been finished, it will give the builder pleasure to look back on these how-to photographs. That so many Pocher builders try to pass on what they have learned is a credit to us all.
Compare this with the same view of the finished model to see the excitement that building such a complicated model can generate.
These graceful bumper brackets can inspire most of us to put a bit more effort into the bumpers of our Mercedes-Benzes.
It is unlikely that anyone has selected a more distinctive color combination. Notice that not only are the colors rarely seen, but they are totally appropriate for the period. The wire wheel s must be a point of pride for the builder as well.
Our standard is met: It looks as if it is ready to hop in and drive away..
The 1:1 crowd has been arguing whether or not to open their hoods at shows; no such arguments for models.
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