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  1. Brace yourselves... Wishing to keep my thread a focal point of Pocher Rolls Royce interest, I present the EXTREME END of such constructions. Not merely an advanced or detailed build, I once again present the work of David Cox, specialist in this sort of thing. He proves once again that what I did is merely kindergarten child's play. Dave calls these types of thing his 'Monsters'. You will see why presently. Some of us are fans of the aero-engined classics that wealthy owners commission from time to time. Big Merlins and such stuffed into impeccable classics, usually of the 1930's. But David's fertile imagination goes beyond even that and creates engines that never existed. What could be under that impossibly long hood? It's name gives a hint: The Double Six. What you see are TWO Rolls Royce six engines joined into a single crankcase casing with complete -everything- in total functional form. A straight 12 engine. His extensive 1:1 hands-on knowledge allows him to build visually operable things as if they were able to actually be cast and machined full size. Complete fuel, cooling, oiling, ignition and control systems are presented as 'real'. This one is on a stock length Pocher chassis- with an enormous body set back. Note the steering box at the front engine section when it is normally where the rear is now. Everything in the build is thought-out as though it were real construction. Most of us have enough trouble building ONE presentable Pocher engine. Therefore the scope of this build becomes evident. Why does it have TWO sets of spare sparkplugs on the edge of the firewall? A. Because David's car's are nothing if not flights of imagination-and B. Because it CAN... A cockpit full of levers, gauges and switches is needed to monitor all that mechanical mayhem. There is barely room for driver's lower body and the fright factor looking out over that mile-long hood must be terrifying: Exposed fuel tank and line, lashed-down spare and flared Bugatti rear fenders add to the outrageous visual air - another Cox hallmark. As is chopped leather roof and radically shortened and lowered body: But hidden in the tiny trunk, the power source for the completely operable lights: As I often said of my build, this may not be everyone's cup of tea. But seen in total, I find the visual presentation completely exciting, romantic and the stuff of inspiration. Wildly impractical but certainly viable down to the last rivet. When I was a boy this was the sort of dreamy sketches I made. It never left me. Apparently, David too: Built 17 years ago, it still looks like this today on David's shelf. But the Double Six never fails to draw incredulous enthusiast bystanders on the road...
  2. Good to see you back in action. And a concours paint job on this little thing. A big Bugatti can only look better....
  3. More inspiration... I offer here a model by professional Pocher builder David Cox. This is a prime example of a highly advanced build with what seems like simple modifications. Dave's techniques of body lowering and alignments were shared with me which I have shared with you here. Nothing new for him; this was built for a customer in 2009. It started as the 'Ambassador' version of the Sedanca which Dave converted into a top-down Cabriolet. It comes with the Barker-style full fenders. Of course Dave never leaves well-enough alone in his builds and this one has the rear fenders bobbed, an opening Bugatti trunk and a relocated spare with cover. Note the level hood line and even louvers, a huge change from the stock kit. Functioning lights, opening windscreen, door glass, chrome plating and a leather and veneer interior make for a happy customer. And also never leaving well-enough alone, for fun, I graphically added my 'trademark' color sweep to further lengthen and lower the car visually. I'd love to have this car right next to my own but it now lives in California:
  4. Motoring to the concours... I offer the premise that the enjoyment of a Pocher classic can extend beyond the actual build. Outdoor photography and creative graphics can place your work in real-world settings. Far away from the cutting mat clutter of construction. From time to time I will offer examples as encouragement and inspiration to build these now-rare classics. Creating day dreams is an added value for the effort and expense involved and a wonderful return on investment.
  5. So glad you've lost none of your skills Mr H. But now I wish you to lose ALL your pain and suffering. Always a treat to see your work appear...
  6. Yes - metal etching primer ! Eastwood in the USA makes a good one but I'm sure Hannants or other UK suppliers carry one.
  7. You could build a full-size real one with the same amount of effort (and tools) as 1/8 scale, Jo. This has that wonderful 'home-made, hardware store' look. And terrifying to drive I'll bet....
  8. YES! There are 870 total parts in the 5 wheels ! They are neither concentric, symmetrical or warp-free. They are plastic and metal. They may have corrosion on them from being near 4 decades old. All the rim parts require close inspection and adjusting. They require a much more solid jig than Pocher gives you. I lay it all out in the very early part of my thread. Koo does not go to the lengths I did to get them right. Wayne and I have warned you of this for very good reason. Clearly - 'more than you thought'. You should spend a week just checking every major part for symmetry and correcting- I have demonstrated there is much variance in the plastic moldings Pocher supplies - body, frame, interior . If you don't, nothing will fit right. Get familiar which fasteners must be changed for the repeated ability to assemble and remove parts for mock-ups. These are the details you should concern yourself about first - not plumbing, wiring or decoration.
  9. Note to both; the fronts are 3mm too long and nothing can be done about it. Thankfully the shackles extend enough to allow the spring to clear the frame. See their installation in my thread. Also see my thread about shimming the axle to lower the car a bit in front. It is vital to have the wheels and tires assembled so ride height can be determined when the springs get installed. I'll say it again - concentrate on these basics before concern for oil lines, clevises and the like.
  10. There is no one site. Keep searching for Phantom II information and restorations. Search 1:1 auction sites and other international model sites for Pocher Rolls builds. Well-meaning advice; do not add details unless you have a thorough automotive mechanical understanding. Many things other modelers do can be 'wrong'. Concentrate on the basics of a sound build and less on details.
  11. The head gaskets were copper, .040" thick. There are 2 cylinder cases with 3 barrels each. The valve cover gasket was dark cork brown.
  12. Good reasons all. I hope the Bugatti is at the head of your list.
  13. Thierry- regarding the recurring surface cracks-all I can think of is the kit's plastic is being attacked by the primers and top coats. Maybe it's the kit's age but I think the problem is the plastic not the paints or your preparation. As a last-ditch try, I would take it down to bare plastic again - then airbrush several even light coats of Future(Pledge Floor Care now) on the bare plastic as a barrier. Then- your usual prime/prep/paint methods. Best luck if you try. C
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