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    1. Kit: , by (Yearly Subscriber) nickedw is offline
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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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    And here’s a quick snap of the model progress




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    -craftsmanship is a lifelong project of
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    Plenums initially printed today



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    Ah-hem, a suggestion?

    Have you made a gallery for this build? Uploading your images that way will put them onto the banner across the top of the forum opening page. Your work is an excellent demonstration of contemporary model making! -and doing this would better insure that more modelers would see it.

    Other-wise, thread updates sometimes get buried by "chit-chat".

    Just a suggestion.

    Again, thank you for sharing!
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    Here's the latest renders - injectors, fuel rails, stanchions and ignition coils today, plus lots and lots of studs and bolts:-






    Hint taken re the gallery, I'll set one up when I get a moment!

    regards and thanks,

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    Excellent!

    -Though the viewing odometer seems to be stuck, this forum does have a fair number of visitors, and I am certain that following your progress will become a regular "to do" for many!
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    Fuel system, rear cover, oil filter decals and numerous bolts today




    I also set my gallery up as suggested!

    Regards,

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    This work must be very satisfying!

    Really beautiful!
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    Been grappling with the water pump today





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    Thought you might like to see this

    https://vimeo.com/453192911/008d634e9a

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    Almost finished the CAD drawing now.





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    Beautiful
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    Question?

    I have just signed up for Fusion 360, for personal use, but I think my computer is not up to the task.

    I looked up system requirements, and assume that all the suggestion are for optimum experience.

    Do you have some recommendations?

    Thank you!

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    I'm running an AMD Ryyzen 7 3700X CPU, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 graphics card and 16Gb RAM. Performance is not stunning , but it's very usable. Use an SSD for your operating system too.
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    I can’t really comment unfortunately I built my machine for extremely demanding 3D video modelling and 4K video editing using the highest spec components available at the time, about 9 months ago, so it doesn’t break into a sweat running fusion. So not very helpful for you.



    SSD is good but NVMe and M.2 is better. Much, much better. And what I run.

    Most modern motherboards have an unused, unloved poorly understood empty slot for this.

    Basically SATA (The interface that SSDs use) was designed for rotating disks so it was inconceivable back then that anyone could afford to use solid state for a disk.

    So now, when it’s super cheap, the storage chips in an SSD are orders of magnitude faster than the SATA bottleneck they are being squeezed through.

    enter M.2 NVMe. This connects these super fast storage chips directly to the computers databus similar to how a graphics card does.

    The upshot is I get just under 2Gb per second transfer speeds off my M.2 compared to around 400Mb per second for SATA so approaching 5 times faster. Where else in life do you get a 5x improvement for more or less the same money?

    As I said this is poorly understood and sadly not widely known. You need to install your operating system afresh and in a slightly different way if you go for these, but I would recommend doing that every few months anyway. It’s very easy if all your stuff is on other disks anyway, and avoids 90% of performance problems IMHO. it’s how I run, just win10 X64 on M.2, programs on SSD, data on a string of other SSD/SATA drives currently about 60TB.

    I know, I need to get out more.

    Have fun with what sounds like your new machine anyway.

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