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    1. Kit: Pocher, by (Yearly Subscriber) Jo NZ is offline
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      I used to work with some nice people who owned a model shop (Grand Prix Models) that sold Pocher kits. In the 1980s I built the Rolls Torpedo Cabriolet and the first Bugatti T50 as display models (where are they now?) and an Alfa Muletto for a customer. The Alfa was far and away the worst of the three - not surprisingly, as the kit was probably 20 years older than the Bugatti. I alway wanted to build a Pocher for myself, but have only recently got around to it, so I bought - you guessed it - The Alfa! I love the shape, and it's far enough away now to forget trying to wrestle the firewall into the chassis using all three hands.
      I discovered this forum while I was looking for an Alfa kit, and have taken on board the trials, tribulations and modifications made by all on the forum - with particular thanks to Dougritt, his thread really got me moving on the Alfa.

      Basic starting point - I wanted to build one in Burgundy red with swept front wings but the Monza tail. This was (still is?) the target:

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      Of course it will probably change through the build....

      PS When selling the Pocher kits, we [I]always[/I] got asked what tools were needed to build it. The stock answer was - a small screwdriver - and a good Psychiatrist....


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    Steering wheel components: Advance and retard lever and horn button

    Basic silver soldered assembly

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    Filed to shape

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    Assembled to the wheel

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    Oil pipes from the tank to the engine: the unions are made from 2-56 Pocher 1/8 Alfa Monza revisited and 1-72 Pocher 1/8 Alfa Monza revisited hex bolts and nuts. I can't find much information on the routing of the pipes, so this is a best guess...

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    Although it won't be used in the upcoming display of the chassis, I wanted to make the cockpit floor before finally painting the frame.

    The actual floor is lower than in the kit - it's supported off what looks like a Z section fixed to the chassis rail. There are lightening holes in the floor supports, which give it a distinctive look.

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    The first picture I found showed these in aluminium - I can't find it now , and all the others I can find are black; however I've spent some time making the ally version...
    I used 4mm square section tube, with 7mm angle (cut from square tube) around it to provide the lip to mount the floor on.

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    There appear to be many variations on Monza floors - I've seen plywood, checkerplate, smooth aluminiun, fine ribbed aluminium, and coarse ribbed aluminium.
    Looking around for suitable material, I found some ribbed architectural trim in the local DIY store which is almost a perfect match for the coarse ribbed floor.

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    I'd also just been to the open day at the Southward Museum (just up the road) where their 1750 6C Alfa was up on the lift. This is the underside of the floor:

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    Which convinced me! (If anyone wants detail shots underneath a 6C, let me know and I'll post them to the site...)

    The angle is cut and filed to make the panels. One side of the angle finishes in a half rib, making it easy to butt the panels together:

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    The centre hump is a half tube, with angle cyano'd inside it to make the floor support:

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    Here's the finished floor. The two front pieces can't mount to the tunnel, so I've used square section to space them off the lips on the gearbox. I can get rid of the gaps when the floor is finally bolted to the outer supports:

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    The attention to details is absolutely staggering
    Really beautiful build as she comes together
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    Wonderful! So much detail on your model. Love the way you rendered real life items in scale. Very convincing.
    Greetings,

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    If you could post the ref photos to the Alfa gallery here that would be great. Thanks.
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    Thanks, Twokidsnosleep and Pouln. Those post kept me going this morning while I was trying to sand Pocher 1/8 Alfa Monza revisited off the overspray on the chassis without going through to the primer Pocher 1/8 Alfa Monza revisited ... Now I need to patch up with primer Pocher 1/8 Alfa Monza revisited and recoat the front half of the chassis

    Daniel - while I was waiting for the chassis to dry I uploaded 59 detail photos of the Zagato bodied Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 that's at the Southward museum It's all the pictures of the underside of the 6C that I wish I'd had for the 8C, and a few pics of filler caps, instruments etc. from an earlier session.


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    Thanks Jo
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    Ready to go to the NZ Scale Model Expo/IPMS Nationals

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    Looks great. Is this a competitive exhibit? If so good luck. Lot's of people will enjoy your workmanship either way.
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    There were two competitions, IPMS Pocher 1/8 Alfa Monza revisited Nationals - open to IPMS Pocher 1/8 Alfa Monza revisited members only, and NZ Model Expo - open to all. I had a choice, so entered it in the Expo competition. It did OK....

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    It did a little more than just ok! Ha Ha good for you
    Those are awards well deserved
    Congratulations
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    I 2nd that....
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    Thanks! The best vehicle trophy was unexpected, and best in show even more so!

    I have to take a break from the Alfa for a few weeks - I need to finish a Trumpeter GT40 (really a Ford MkII) in time for the 50th anniversary of the Ford 1-2-3 in 1966. We have a local "build the same kit" competion going, I'm building the Miles/Hulme arcadian blue car, others are building the black McLaren/Amon car and the gold Bucknum/Hutcherson car. Luckily, the black and blue cars are both Shelby and pretty much like the kit. The gold car is a Holman and Moody team car and has substantial differences... I'm trying very hard to make this box stock Pocher 1/8 Alfa Monza revisited ! (apart from the aftermarket tyres etc...)

    Back to the Alfa - here are a couple of details finished at the last minute:
    Shock absorbers (dampers, whatever) using the MMC kit and turned aluminium plates. The adjusters are nickel plated Pocher 1/8 Alfa Monza revisited

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    Wire locking: I used wire taken from electrical cable (USB cable I think)

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    And here's the wire twisting tool, along with it's big brother (I did try using the full size pliers first )

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    Here are some more pictures

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