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      This will be my first build post to the forum. I started this build a while ago, so I'll just load all the pics I have up to this point, and then more as I progress with the build. I am building this for a friend, whose grandfather started it, and my friend can't complete it.

      I am not intending this to be a 'how to'. It is only my second Pocher model, the first being a Ferrari. I am intending this to just be a build log, and hopefully some of my techniques and ideas will be helpful to someone, and I also hope to receive advice from any pros out there.

      The first step was to disassemble what was already done. Nothing was painted, parts were loose, parts were rusted, etc.....

      so so here is where I am so far:


      I remade the horn ring to look more realistic. It's just soldered brass and copper, and then dipped in liquid tin, and polished. I don't know if I will use it or not. It isn't as shiny as I would like. The kit one is on the right.
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      The small pulley didn't work very well, so I turned a new one on the lathe. The belt is also from a tape player (or something like that). The stock belt was way too stiff.

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      Anyway, I will post more later.

      I also just realized that I posted questions about this model many years ago. If anyone remembers, or finds that, then obviously I didn't get this done as soon as I had hoped. I had to put this on hold a few times to do some projects for paying clients. At least my friend is very patient and understanding.

      Feel free to give any advice or comments.
      Thanks for watching,
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    Pocher Mercedes 500K build
    I was able to test fit the engine and fire wall.

    Fortunately I decided to go ahead and test fit the body. I quickly realized that the firewall was a bit too high. I figured that the two attach screw holes were not in the best spot. The thought of disconnecting everything from the firewall in order to remove it and re-drill the holes left me with trying something that could have ended very badly. I held a soldering iron on the bolt head, while pushing down on the firewall. The plastic softened, the firewall moved into position. Almost too easy.

    A trial fit of the wings seems better than expected. I think I can do minimal sanding Pocher Mercedes 500K build and tweaking to get them ok. The hood also seems to be better than I expected as well. The doors on the other hand, I think they will be more problematic.


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    Just a couple other details I haven't mentioned yet:
    I got whitewall tires from Model Motorcars Pocher Mercedes 500K build . The original tires were warped and cracked, so my friend sprung for the white walls. Which are very nice.
    I remade the two cross-members that support the rear-end out of aluminum. The plastic ones were bowed.

    As far as the overall build goes; this is for a friend who stated that he doesn't care about extra details, and true scale appearance. He just wants it built and on display, as it was his grandfathers, and is the only thing left he has of his grandfathers. So I'm only doing extra details that would bother me if left alone. My friend wouldn't care either way. For example, the leather around the gauges. Every photo I've seen shows that to be mother of pearl Pocher Mercedes 500K build . I'm looking for a way to replicate that. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. And obviously everything gets painted. I'm not super happy with the routing of the copper lines on the engine. I've seen worse, but I have also seen much better. I may redo it if it bugs me enough. But again, my friend would never notice the 'sloppy' routing.

    Anyway, hopefully soon I'll have the body parts fitted properly and painted. Then I'll work on the seats. And I still have 4 more wheels to make.

    Thanks for looking,
    Scott


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    You can buy mother of pearl Pocher Mercedes 500K build laminate - at 0.3mm thick, and it isn't expensive. Google it and see!
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    Yea, I was looking at that, and will probably get some. The cheapest I can find is a 5 x 9 in sheet for about $12-$15. My only reservation is that the pattern won't be to scale. There are several types, colors, patterns of mother of pearl Pocher Mercedes 500K build . I think if I find a sheet that is just white with very little pattern to it would look ok. I could get a piece cut to shape from Model Motorcars Pocher Mercedes 500K build for about $50 - $60, but I'm not getting paid for this build, and I can't ask my friend to pay for that when he would probably be fine with the leather.

    I'm experimenting with paint to see if I can get something to look right.


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    I found a 2 x 4" sheet for $6NZ here

    http://www.oceanshell.nz/product/349...c-p-s-50x100mm

    Postage from here to the US isn't expensive (not like the other way!) so you should get it for $8US or so...
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    Thanks. I had not seen that one, and was about to buy it, but shipping alone would have been $17 US. There are still a few local places I can check.

    thanks again,


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    I can't believe the charge for postage! After all, it's just an envelope and a piece of card....
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    Yea, I was all ready to check out, and they only gave me three shipping options. $17 was the cheapest. I don't understand either.

    I got a can of pearl Pocher Mercedes 500K build clear coat Pocher Mercedes 500K build and sprayed that over gloss white (on a scrap piece of plastic), and that looks ok if I can't find anything else. I can get a sheet of laminate on eBay for $12, but it's got a very noticeable normal size pattern that I think would look way to huge for the scale.

    later,


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    Have you looked at nail polishes? A long time a go I experimented with several brands, and found them to have lots of potential. -Most of them have retarders in the mix, to aide in self-leveling. They can also be thinned to airbrush Pocher Mercedes 500K build . They dry pretty hard and can be wet sanded and polished to a very nice finish.

    I can also recommend a place out here in Anahiem called Coast Airbrush Pocher Mercedes 500K build , wwwcoastairbrush.com -they carry an amazing variety of paints.
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    yea, that's a good idea. I'll check it out.
    thanks,


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    This build was on hold for a little while, and I just started back on it again. However, I decided to post my progress on YouTube. For one, I always seem to have problems posting pics on this forum. Not sure why. Other forums are no problem, but this one is always a hassle for me. Also, I just thought I could do a better job of getting across what I am doing and why in a video. I also believe it will help keep me motivated to continue work on the project. So, if any of you are interested in my progress with this, please feel free to check out my YouTube channel, ‘Custom Fabrications’. You’ll see the Pocher build videos. Thanks to every one who gave me incouragment and advice here on the forum though, I do appreciate it.


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    "I held a soldering iron on the bolt head, while pushing down on the firewall." You've successfully scaled down the hot Pocher Mercedes 500K build wrench! That's beautiful!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nortley View Post
    "I held a soldering iron on the bolt head, while pushing down on the firewall." You've successfully scaled down the hot Pocher Mercedes 500K build wrench! That's beautiful!

    Thanks, but you had me nervous at first. I thought you were going to say I screwed it up by doing that. One thing I've learned with this kit is to not only test fit each piece, but at least the next two after that!


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