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Frequently Asked Questions
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Pocher FAQ's
  • What are Pocher kits? The older Pocher Classic Car kits [not Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini, Ducati] bodies and engines are high quality, very dense plastic. Wire wheels*, frame rails and/or reinforcements, exterior hardware, screws, nuts, bolts, linkages, fuel lines, and many other details are metal.  The Classic kits  are built from the frame up, just as the real cars were. Most of the assembly is done using supplied miniature screws, nuts, and bolts, with minimal gluing. The engine and driveline are added, then suspension, brakes, dash and interior (real leather on K73/K81 Alfa Romeos), bodywork, and exterior hardware and detailing. Brake linkages operate through the pedal (and the handbrake in some cars). Steering wheels operate through accurate linkages, and suspensions function. Windows roll down, doors, hoods and trunks open, convertible tops can be raised and lowered, and the headlights work. 

     Each Pocher Classic kit (except for the Fiat) also has movable engine internals: remove the head or oil pan, handcrank the engine, and watch the action of the crankshaft, pistons, and fan. The Bugattis have dual camshafts that actuate the metal valves in proper sequence. Most cars (Fiat and Bugattis excepted) have real wire wheels that are assembled one spoke at a time, with over 120 pieces per wheel. There is even more to see than I've described here.

      All Pocher Classic kits have highly pigmented bodies that can be polished and waxed to achieve a brilliant painted look. The K70 and K71 kits will be attractive if finished the same way, but the bodies were manufactured with a less densely colored plastic. To achieve the traditional two-tone finish on the Bugatti kits some painting (in one color only) is required. Pre-cut masking templates are included, and the color lines on the body are recessed to aid in masking.

      The Pocher Ferrari F40 and Testarossa kits have pre-painted metal bodies, functional steering and suspensions, full opening body panels, and detailed engines, though without the moving internals of the Classic cars. These kits also screw together but have less detail than the Classics kits, and so take only days to assemble instead of weeks or months. The newly released Lamborghini and Ducati kits have much more detail and greatly improved fit and finish due to modern manufacturing methods.

      Pocher kits were produced sporadically for 30 years. After outlasting many US importers and parent companies, Pocher's parent company Rivarossi was liquidated in 2000 and the assets sold to Hornby International in the UK. Hornby has recently revived the Pocher brand with the new 1:8 scale Lamborghini Aventador and 1:4 scale Ducati Panigale kits, with more metal parts and even better quality than the previous Ferrari F40 kit.. The passion for the older Pocher 1/8 kits has remained so strong that many small companies are still producing transkits and aftermarket parts for them.

      A full list of all Pocher kits produced is here. For a more detailed history of Pocher in PDF form (translated loosely from Italian) go here.

      * important note: the Pocher reissues of the Mercedes kits (numbered K91 and higher) all have plastic wheels, in spite of some box photos to the contrary, and also have slightly less brake and engine detail. All Pocher Mercedes kits that I sell are the older versions with real wire wheels unless otherwise noted.

  • What is a transkit?  A transkit (short for "transformation kit") is a separate set of parts to add extra details to an existing kit. They are almost always produced by small independent companies,  not by the maker of the original kit, and usually add an exponentially greater level of detail than the original kit provides. Unless specifically stated otherwise, you still need the base kit to build a complete model.
  • How do I know what's in stock?  The "in stock" page lists most of the items currently ready to ship. When I have older  Pocher Classic kits available I alert my email subsciber list before posting them here on the website.
  • How do I order (can I order online)? You may click any "Add to Cart" or "Buy Now" or button to use my secure PayPal online ordering and payment system, or you may order directly phone (603-623-5925) between 9am-6pm EST.
  • Why should I buy from Scale Autoworks? 1. high quality kits and finished models that are hard to find anywhere else  2. fair prices  3. fast shipping and great customer service from a small business that cares  4. the knowledge and experience of a professional model builder  5. serving the 1:8 scale modeler since 1991
  • What if I see a cheaper price advertised somewhere else? My prices are based on a fair profit for my business that also includes attentive customer service, careful packing, and secure insured shipping. If you see an item I sell offered by another legitimate business at a better price, let me know. Be aware that a small savings in price is usually not worth the risk of poor service, unanswered questions, slow delivery, or damaged merchandise.
  • Is there a list of all Pocher kits ever produced? Yes, here.
  • Can you provide building advice?  I have personally built every Pocher kit ever produced. If you bought your kit from me and have a specific question, call or email and I'll do my best to help. 
  • Can you provide spare parts? I cannot supply spare parts for Pocher kits not purchased here. If you purchased the kit from me and have broken or lost a part I will do my best to help you out. Factory sealed Pocher kits are very rarely missing parts, and it is often easier to repair or remake a broken part than try to find a replacement. I will supply defective or missing parts for a currently produced kit or transkit if purchased here. 
  • Can you provide instruction manuals? Model Motorcars has kindly posted downloadable Pocher Classics manuals online here. I also have a limited supply of photo-copied manuals for purchase, $15. includes US postage ($20. for foreign orders).
  • Are special tools required to build the kits? No, and yes. The Pocher Classic car kits include the basic tools required to assemble them, while the metal bodied kits "require" only a small Philips screwdriver and hobby knife. But our specialized tool sets will make building the kits much easier and more enjoyable.
  • Can you or anyone provide real wire wheels to replace the plastic ones that came with my Mercedes kit? Yes, we have a limited supply of parts to build full sets of Mercedes wire wheels, email for info.
  • Do you buy kits? Yes, but please understand this is my livelihood. The price I can pay you to make a fair profit is not the highest market price you may get if you are willing or able to wait for the right buyer. The benefit of selling to me is the trust of knowing I will pay promptly and treat you fairly as a long-established business. And let's not play guessing games - let me know the price you will accept for your kits, and I will accept, counter-offer, or decline. Pocher kits are complex, and small parts are easily lost once a box is opened, so I may need to personally inspect opened kits for completeness and condition before confirming my offer or sending payment. You must also understand that just because someone on Ebay has recently and foolishly paid twice the expected price for a kit does not mean that is what I can pay for yours. If you need to fund your retirement from the sale of your Pocher kit, try selling it on Ebay yourself, and be sure to notice the same kit that may have sold for over $1000. a few weeks ago has sold again more recently for half that amount.
  • Can you appraise the market value of the Pocher kits or built models I've bought/found/inherited? Not usually, unless you can bring them to me in person or supply very good photos. Even then I am always busy, am a slow typist (3 fingers on a good day) and don't often have the time to explain the nuances of condition or relative desirability.
  • Will you buy my built Pocher model? Generally, no. I build my own commisioned models to a very specific standard and level of detail. In special instances I may buy a built Pocher model for parts or to restore for a special project, but will generally pay less than the value of the unbuilt kit.
  • Do you have online reference photos of the real cars? For the Classic kits,  yes, here. For the newer kits, I supply an archive of free reference photos with the Lamborghini Aventador and Ducati Panigale kits when purchased from ScaleAutoWorks.
  • What is your privacy policy - will you ever share my email address?  I will never sell or share your email address or any other personal information you may provide in the course of our business or communications. I also do not store any payment information on a computer or elsewhere online. You may sign up for our email Newsletter on the homepage for updates about new models or kits, but I will remove you immediately from this mailing list if requested.
  • Will you ship to other countries? Yes, I can ship almost anywhere. For the protection of your valuable order I ship Pocher kits overseas by insured and trackable Express Mail (EMS) or Priority Airmail. Can you declare my package as a gift or for a lower value to save me taxes/duties?   Items must be declared to Customs for the insured amount. You will bear the full risk if an item is declared/insured for less than the full value. All international packages (including gifts) require a Customs Form stating the contents and value affixed to the outside of the package. I cannot know what duty and taxes may be levied locally on your imported purchase - you should assume there will be some taxes due on arrival in your country. Inquire at your local Customs Office if you are unsure of your local taxes and import regulations.
  • Why won't you ship to an address different from my credit card billing address? Shipping only to a verified billing address for your credit card (or Paypal) protects you, your credit card account, and your credit rating from identity theft and fraudulent charges. It ensures that the true owner of the card or account is the only one to receive the merchandise becaause if your card or account number is stolen the thief will not be able to ship stolen merchandise to his own address.
  • What is your return policy? A returned item must be in "as sold" condition: sealed kits must still be sealed, and unsealed but unstarted kits must still be completely unstarted and the contents undisturbed. Special-ordered kits, or those unsealed by the customer, are non-returnable/non-refundable except at my discretion on a case-by-case basis; they will be charged a 20% inspection/restocking fee. Shipping charges are non-refundable. Most Pocher kits and transkits have thousands of parts, and it may take me hours of my time to verify a returned kit is complete. The majority of our customers are honest and careful, but just one fraudulent return can cost us financial hardship if a valuable kit is found incomplete.Please allow us ample time to inspect an item before we are able to issue a credit or refund.
  • What is our mailing address/phone number/email?  It's at the bottom of every webpage on the site.
  • Go here for packing and shipping tips for Pocher Ferrari kits and built models.
  • How can I safely buy a kit from Ebay? There are always risks buying a kit from an unknown seller, but there are sometimes bargains, too. Paul Koo has been building and buying Pocher kits for years, and has posted a helpful guide to buying Pocher kits on Ebay. Be aware that any kit purchased as "started" or "looks" complete runs the risk of missing anything and everything, and may turn out to be spare parts at best. Even kits "personally guaranteed" to be complete can turn out to look like the one below:

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    This kit was missing wheels, tires, the main body shell, and most metal parts; the fenders were badly painted. It was "personally guaranteed" complete and unstarted by Michael Waldrep (merimike@chartermi.net) of Hudsonville, Michigan, who refused to accept responsibilty or return of the kit.
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why buy from Scale Autoworks?
1. high quality kits and finished models that are hard to find anywhere else  2. fair prices  3. fast shipping and great customer service from a small business that cares  4. the knowledge and experience of a professional model builder
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