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      Started: 07-10-20 Build Revisions: Never  
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      Inspired by some nice work on this site and other places recently, I rescued a couple of long-forgotten very old, very sad Pocher kits from my mothers house.

      They were both built very badly by an incompetent idiot. I know this to be true, as the builder was a younger version of me, to the tune of about 25 years.

      anyhow, the items in question are a mostly completed Mercedes 540 and the Ferrari F-40 engine I'm currently rambling on about.

      The Mercedes is parked for now.

      So to the F-40 motor.

      Having recently finished my MFH Brough Superior, I've been a bit spoiled regarding what a decent multimedia Ferrari F-40 engine scratchbuild kit can look like in 2020. I also had a look at sourcing an autograph F-40 engine transkit with little success, plus I'm not really willing to pay the crazy money the last few in the world would command.

      So bearing those two things in mind, I set about the old motor, which looked a bit like this when I started



      Pretty grim.


      So having striped it down and removed all the paint and other goo, standby for some modelling heresy - Pocher models are a bit rubbish. OK, actually really rubbish IMHO. there, I said it.



      OK so I know I'm looking at this with through modern eyes, but I never understood what they were supposed to be even at the time - expensive, terrible fit, often inappropriate materials, screw together, easy assembly, not intended to be painted in some cases, so I don't believe they were ever actually aimed at modellers.


      I was planning on replacing some of the worst bits with various scratch-built and turned items. To cut a long story short, apart from maybe the gearbox, it's all the worst bits.


      So I rolled my sleeves up and got stuck in with something 'easy' to start with. I give you the Delco Remy 105A Alternator as fitted to the venerable Ferrari F40.




      So armed with my trusty PC, iPad pro, apple pencil, shapr3D, fusion 360, resin printer, and mini lathe I set forth.







      So far so good. A steep learning curve involving CAD and resin printing supports then ensued.

      Some time later...





      Add primer ...


      And finally paint ...







      Compared to the Pocher part ...



      So although this is one small piece, it does prove my workflow which is now repeatable for the rest of it. I've learnt a load of new skills including CAD and how to get good results from my cheap little resin Ferrari F-40 engine scratchbuild printer. Which BTW I'm absolutely delighted with (Elegoo Mars) if you want to google it.

      This is my new go-to modelling tool.

      Thanks for looking.

      Regards,

      Nick


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  1. MODEL A MODEL's Avatar Yearly Subscriber
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    Looking at your progress and Rogerís Continental engine, and Kenís, Four engines, -this forum has become quite the school for modeling techniques and approaches!

    All three of you have had to learn every little detail, form an opinion of how to proceed, and then each of you work in your own way to achieve a similar goal.

    Quite the school!
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    First print of complete left and right banks, slow progress!



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    Still plugging away at the block, not much more to do on it now:-




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    Hereís the latest with an incomplete block, but nearly final heads and valve covers.

    Iím printing another set as these are scruffy and warped, which I tried to correct only after paint. Iím pretty sure I can take the warp out with warm water before paint now Iíve noticed it. I think this crept in during curing Ferrari F-40 engine scratchbuild , so went unnoticed until too late.

    Thatís another advantage of modelling like this, if you mess something up itís incredibly easy and cheap to just print another one rather than trying to salvage it.





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    This is great!

    I hope others will be inspired to follow your lead.

    Thank you for sharing!
    -craftsmanship is a lifelong project of
    self-construction and self determination
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    Small update, I have reworked most of my prints now as well as optimising the finishes a little better, here are the finished valve covers




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    Some slow progress




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