Tires & Wheels Parts Announcements
We did it! We have revolutionized the assembly of Pocher wheels…
This photo shows the finished Alfa Wheel using our new system. Notice the missing plastic rings. Our new Wheel is cast in resin in one piece so no more stacking plastic layers between metal rings as you spoke the wheel. Rather than pushing the nipples with a screwdriver into the slots in the rings (problematic, at best!), you can drill the holes with the drill bits and neat resin thumb handles that come in your kit.
The wheel rims have been cast with a dimple for each of the holes – including one for the valve stem – so drilling the holes for the spokes is easy.
We use the Pocher spokes and nipples and either the Pocher tires or our replacement tires will fit. Complete instructions come with the kit and include 24 photos and lots of explanatory text. Our thanks to Dave DeBack for his ideas!
The Wheels are cast in white so you can paint them the perfect color for your Alfa build.
Complete Alfa Wheel Kit
(for one wheel, does not include the spokes, nipples or center hub)
Part N0. A030
Alfa Replacement Tires
Our new replacement Tires solve several Pocher problems. First, as the photo below shows…they are flexible…now no more heartbreak putting on the impossibly hard Pocher tires! Secondly, they are matte finish and soft..so soft, they deflect…just like the prototypes. They really look real!
Tip: We have been asked how to remove the old Pocher tires. Since these are replacement tires…just cut the old ones off the wheel. We found using our razor saw works nicely.
Part No. A011
The Bugatti Tire and Wheel
After many months of effort, the Bugatti Tire and Wheel will be ready to ship in a few weeks. We’ve asked Paul Koo to make one of his famous Instructions to assist in making the minor modifications necessary for the fit of our new slimmer Wheel.
The Tire is similar to the other marquees…that is; they are soft and flexible, matte finished and (most importantly) they are prototypically thinner. See contemporary prototype photo below.
The Wheel had to be thinned to accommodate the new Tire. At first, we tried to use the Pocher parts by thinning them…but, the results didn’t satisfy us! So, we had them designed on a CAD system and then “printed” using rapid prototype printing (3D). In the process, we had the air fins properly shaped with a correct sharper edge. The Wheel is now cast in colored resin in one piece…no assembling.
Because the Wheel is thinner, it will be necessary to modify the spindles and hubs. Not difficult…the parts are brass and easily filed. One should also thin the brake shoes. And, yes, the Wheels have the correct air fin direction. Just specify, if you only want one set.
White Tires for the Fiat
When cars started rolling on air-filled pneumatic tires at the turn of the century, those tires were white because nobody had yet realized that injecting the molten rubber with petroleum-based black carbon resulted in a tire that had far less heat build up and much stronger sidewalls. The fact that the carbon turned the tire rubber black was discovered by accident but went a long way towards making it easier to keep the rolling stock clean.
Our Fiat replacement tires are made from a highly flexible polyurethane based silicon resulting in a tire that looks and feels like rubber and is soft enough that it can be mounted on the wheel rims without having to be heated.
Pocher made a variety of Fiat F2 Grand Prix kits with some providing four driving tires while others included two extra spares and the support racks for them.
Because the K-77 and K-70 Kits didn’t include spare tires and the support racks, Model Motorcars is very excited to announce our new and highly accurate Fiat Spare Tire Support Racks (25% thicker, machined from .040 brass). These Supports combined with one of our Tire options below makes it easy to add a whole new level of detail to your 1:8 scale Fiat Grand Prix Racer.
To find out which Model Motorcars Fiat Tires are right for you, simply refer to the table below.
|If you have Pocher Fiat Kit:||And you want:||Then you should order:|
|K-88 with our Wooden Wheels Kit||A set of six White Tires
(3 Front and 3 Rear)
|Part No. F003 - $200.00|
|K-88 with the Pocher Wheels||A set of six White Tires (6 Rear)
to replace the black tires in your kit
|Part No. F004 - $200.00|
|K-77 or K-70 with or without
our Wooden Wheels Kit
|A set of six White Tires
(3 Front and 3 Rear) and a set of our new Spare Tire Support Racks
|Part No. F005 - $225.00|
|K-77 or K-70||Two Black Spare Tires (Rear and Front) and a set of our new Spare Tire
|Part No. F006 - $100.00|
|All Kits||Single White Tire - Rear||Part No. F008 - $40.00|
|All Kits||Single White Tire - Front||Part No. F009 - $40.00|
|All Kits||Single Black Tire - Rear||Part No. F010 - $40.00|
|All Kits||Single Black Tire - Front||Part No. F011 - $40.00|
The Fiat Wheels Kit
With the start of the commission to build a 1907 Fiat F2 Gran Prix Racer, Model Motorcars is proud to announce the development of an entire suite of upgrade and replacement products for the unique Pocher Fiat scale replica.
The first listing in our Fiat parts inventory is the Fiat Wheels Kit. Consisting of 353 wooden (Oak) and bronze pieces, this kit contains the wooden spokes, cast bronze rims and hubs and assembly hardware necessary to build a complete set of four wheels. From the delicate spokes on the front to the “knuckles” on the back that serve as mounts for the drive gears, these wheels are accurate down to the smallest detail, including a set of Valve Stems.
Taking advantage of the most advanced casting and CNC 3D routing technology available these wheels are a huge upgrade over the plastic pieces that come in the kit. This exciting Kit is the first of many Pocher Fiat upgrades…so stay tuned.
The Fiat Wheels Kit includes all the 00.90 bolts, nuts, washers and Valve Stems needed to assemble 4 wheels. Each Kit also includes an Assembly Instruction CD (by Paul Koo), our 00-90 Nut Driver and a #55 Drill.
Part No. F001 – Complete Kit for 4 Wheels
Announcing our Replacement Tires for the Lamborghini Aventador
As we have built new Replacement Tires for all the Pocher marquees: it was only natural we would build them for the new Pocher Lamborghini Kit.
They are flexible (no need to heat! See instruction photo from the Kit manual below), the right feel, color and…as the photo above shows they deflate. The secret was in the rib we built into the Tire. We were concerned the weight would squish the Tire, but, the rib holds them perfectly.
The ribs are clearly visible in the photo
Part No. L003
$180.00 per set of four (2 Front and 2 Rear)
Replacement Tires – Black sidewall or Whitewall
Anyone who has built or is building the Pocher Mercedes-Benz knows the tires provided are too hard, too wide and always misshapen on one side! We have corrected all these problems with our new replacement Tires for the Pocher Mercedes.
Our Tires are made from the same material that was used in our very successful Alfa and Fiat Tires and the whitewalls are an integral part of the Tire… no more painting! Best of all, we were able to reduce the width of the Tires by almost 1/8th of an inch (3.0 mm) to make them much more like the prototype. Easy to install or remove…no need for heating or boiling!
Black Sidewall Tire – Part N0. M030
Whitewall Tire – Part No. M030w
Announcing the Rolls-Royce Wheel Kit
With the success of our Alfa Wheel Kit…it wouldn’t be long before we produced a Wheel Kit for the Rolls-Royce. Same assembly and same results! A much improved assembly system. The response from builders who have constructed their Alfa Wheels is very positive!
Click here for Instructions.
The Wheels are cast in white resin. The builders can paint them the color they choose.
Complete Rolls-Royce Wheel Kit
(for one wheel, does not include the spokes, nipples or center hub)
Part No. R036
Rolls-Royce Replacement Tires in blackwall or whitewall
When we designed our replacement tires for the Pocher Rolls-Royce, we were determined to create a tire with four key improvements over the Pocher-supplied tires; flexibility for ease of installation, a “real-rubber” matte finish, removal of the unsightly bulge in the sidewall and – most importantly – a perfect fit on the Pocher metal rims.
We are thrilled that our new Rolls-Royce tires feature all of the above. No more scratching or damaging your painted rims while installing the tire. No more heating to soften them. No more tires that are shinier than the paint job on the car. No more painting the sidewalls with white paint that cracks and chips. Our new tires are a great upgrade for any Pocher Rolls-Royce enthusiast.
Black sidewall Tire – Part No.R035
Whitewall Tire – Part No. R035w