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,
linkages, fuel lines, and many other details are metal. The Classic
kits are built from the frame up, just as the real cars were.
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
bodywork, and exterior hardware and detailing. Brake linkages operate
the pedal (and the handbrake in some cars). Steering wheels operate
accurate linkages, and suspensions function. Windows roll down,
doors, hoods and trunks open, convertible tops can be raised and
and the headlights work.
Pocher Classic kit (except for the
Fiat) also has movable engine internals: remove the head or oil pan,
the engine, and watch the action of the crankshaft, pistons, and fan.
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.
Pocher Classic kits have highly pigmented bodies that can be
and waxed to achieve a brilliant painted look. The K70 and K71 kits
be attractive if finished the same way, but the bodies were
with a less densely colored plastic. To achieve the traditional
finish on the Bugatti kits some painting (in one color only) is
Pre-cut masking templates are included, and the color lines on the body
are recessed to aid in masking.
Pocher Ferrari F40 and Testarossa kits
have pre-painted metal bodies, functional steering and suspensions,
opening body panels, and detailed engines, though without the moving
of the Classic cars. These kits also screw together but have less
than the Classics kits, and so take only days to assemble instead of
or months. The newly released Lamborghini and Ducati kits have much
more detail and greatly improved fit and finish due to modern
Pocher kits were produced sporadically
for 30 years. After
outlasting many US importers and parent companies, Pocher's
parent company Rivarossi was
in 2000 and the assets sold to Hornby International in the UK.
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
and aftermarket parts for them.
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.
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
have slightly less brake and engine detail. All Pocher Mercedes kits
I sell are the older versions with real wire wheels unless otherwise
What is a
A transkit (short for "transformation kit") is a
separate set of parts
to add extra details to an existing kit. They are almost always
by small independent companies, not by the maker of the
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
2. fair prices 3. fast shipping and great customer service
small business that cares 4. the knowledge and experience of
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
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
of poor service, unanswered questions, slow delivery, or damaged
Is there a list of all
Pocher kits ever produced?
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
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
Pocher kits are very rarely missing parts, and it is often easier to
or remake a broken part than try to find a replacement. I will
defective or missing parts for a currently produced kit or transkit if
Can you provide
instruction manuals? Model
Motorcars has kindly posted downloadable Pocher
Classics manuals online here. I also have a limited supply of
manuals for purchase, $15. includes US postage ($20. for foreign
Are special tools required
to build the kits?
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
to make a fair profit is not the highest market
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
treat you fairly as a long-established business. And let's not play
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
are easily lost once a box is opened, so I may need to personally
opened kits for completeness and condition before confirming my offer
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
retirement from the sale of your Pocher kit, try selling it on Ebay
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.
Do you have a question not
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
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
of detail. In special instances I may buy a built Pocher model for
or to restore for a special project, but will generally pay less than
value of the unbuilt kit.
Do you have online
reference photos of the real cars?
For the Classic kits, yes,
the newer kits, I supply an archive of free reference photos with the
Lamborghini Aventador and Ducati Panigale kits when purchased from
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
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
this mailing list if requested.
- Will you ship to other
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
Items must be declared to Customs for the insured amount. You
the full risk if an item is declared/insured for less than the full
All international packages (including gifts) require a Customs Form
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
- 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
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)
you, your credit card account, and your credit rating from identity
and fraudulent charges. It ensures that the true owner of the card or
is the only one to receive the merchandise becaause if your card or
number is stolen the thief will not be able to ship stolen merchandise
to his own address.
What is your return
returned item must be in "as sold" condition:
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
my discretion on a case-by-case basis; they will be charged a
fee. Shipping charges are non-refundable. Most
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
It's at the bottom of every webpage on the site.
for packing and shipping tips for Pocher Ferrari kits and
How can I safely buy a kit
from Ebay? There
are always risks buying a kit from an unknown seller, but there are
bargains, too. Paul Koo has been building and buying Pocher kits
years, and has posted a helpful guide to buying
Pocher kits on Ebay. Be aware that any kit purchased as
"looks" complete runs the risk of missing anything and everything, and
may turn out to be spare parts at best. Even kits "personally
to be complete can turn out to look like the one below:
click to enlarge
|This kit was missing wheels, tires,
the main body shell, and most metal parts; the fenders were badly
It was "personally guaranteed" complete and unstarted by Michael
of Hudsonville, Michigan, who refused to accept responsibilty or return
of the kit.
me and I will add the answer to this list