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.
The Pocher K-91 Mercedes-Benz True Roadster has always been something of a red-headed step child to the Classic range of Pocher kits. It was among the very last of the classic cars to be released, and was billed as a 'simplified' kit-no troublesome wire wheels, fewer metal components, a simplified body without rumble seat, and with a molded-in-place seat. The chassis with its complicated independent front suspension and its daunting swing rear axle with transverse camber springs was largely intact from the earlier kits, but some of the sheet metal doodads from the engine and brake systems were MIA. None of this irritated the seasoned Pocher builders quite as much as the lack of provenance. This was ironic because the very first Mercedes (K-72, black 500K/AK Mercedes-Benz Cabriolet) was a model of an extremely rare pair of 'spezial cabriolets' of which only one survived WWII, and the subsequent Pocher 'spezial roadsters' were merely cobbled up versions of this cabriolet body with a rumble seat conversion, for which no prototype exists. By the time the K-91 came on the scene, the general consensus among Pocher builders was that the question of provenance was no longer a relevant topic when it came to Pocher Mercedes-Benzes. Thanks to the wonderful work done by Jan Melin, we now know that the K-91 is an excellent model of chassis number 113621, an extremely rare 500K roadster which did not have a set-back radiator. In Volume 2, (p.211) of Melin's Mercedes-Benz-the supercharged 8 cylinder cars the author is kind enough to provide a lovely photo of the car, confirming the black with red interior livery of the Model Motorcar version built nearly 20 years ago. In short, the K-91 is among the most accurate and buildable of all the Pocher classics, and lacks only a few details of its more prestigious cousins.
David Bertrand of France has lavished time and effort onto a K-91 that demonstrates just how successful this model can be. The following photographs, taken by the author, demonstrate how careful assembly and attention to details can transform even the 'lowly' K-91 into a show-stopper.
Taking process photos always pays dividends, but when the components are as neatly finished as these, the photos become a vital record of the project. The model looks great because the components looked great even before being assembled.
Opening the deck lid and installing a proper rumble seat were among the major modifications.
This wonderful photo shows how close a builder can come to 'scratch-building' using kit-supplied components. The finished rocker arm shown on the left can hold its own with many scratch-built versions.
Installed in the engine, the results are magnificent. The finish on the air silencer are proof that effort was lavished on this lucky K-91.
A closer look at the engine proves the point: careful detailing makes a huge difference. The colors and finishes are excellent, but all of it complements careful assembly.
Uh oh, not much of this effort can be appreciated after the engine is installed, but that is true for the 1:1 cars too!
Fortunately, the hoods can be removed so that all the effort can be seen.
From the wood-veneered dashboard to the MMLtd. details, this interior is hard to tell from a photo of the prototype. The exceptional leather work is a great showcase for the details.
A functioning rumble-seat is among the many modifications done, and MMLtd. had just the hardware to help out.
This handsome and beautifully finished model would be a credit to any collection.
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