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Codger

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  1. The trick will be good references and getting the wire suitably thin for scale.
  2. Not quite so Andy. Think modern 'Hemi' with twin plug ignition. Although those were probably not hemispherical chambers. A strong family resemblance is seen in my P II of '29 - '35. But this is now a crossflow head, and the plugs fire simultaneously. The distributor is driven by gear from the water pump and advance/retard controlled (2 silver rods) from linkage on the steering wheel. Then linkage runs from the distributor, by bellcrank, across the front of block and back to the magneto (black long link) to synch it. The mag is driven by a driveshaft from the generator. The mag is mounted on an engine mount casting. Hope this helps and sorry for barging in Matt but maybe there's some similarity to the 'Ghost motor. Certainly a family resemblance and advancements in the later designs.
  3. Just had a bit of update but as usual with Cox, there's more than meets the eye. Some parts are being moved around but I don't have all the details yet. It is NOT a stock Benz kit build. But I doubt it will have artillery in it...
  4. Go through my pinned thread atop this page. Start at beginning. It shows how I did this and more:
  5. A thanks ... To all of you who wrote or sent 'Likes' on the posting of other models besides Rolls. As well as the popular posting of the Cox personal Rolls collection. Unseen, the other half of that shelf contains his own FIAT F-2, Bugattis and Alfas and maybe the red 540 if I remember correctly. He is underweigh with a customer Benz right now and although I don't have all the build progress pix, I should be able to wrestle some finished portraits when done and maybe some comments from him of the Benz kits in general. Stay tuned...
  6. I see by your modeling interests that you have no race car experience. You may still make an excellent model of one but I would advise you of some facts. There will be inevitable kit compromises which you will need to correct if you prize a high level of accuracy. You may not be satisfied with a possibly toy-like final product. Accuracy would demand very deep references. Seldom do these kits contain realistic plumbing, linkages, fasteners or accurate thicknesses of parts and panels - all highly visible on an open wheeled car. That's why the previous Hornby and some Pocher products have a thriving (and hugely expensive) trans-kit audience. And the cost never ends with the purchase price of the kit. So take the time to do research, look at more presentation material and decide if it's what you wish. The entry price is already very high.
  7. I must say I feel for all you affected builders. This is a near $800 USD (last time I looked) kit, still in production - I think. These type of quality issues are terrible as such. Pocher classics of 4 decades ago are subject to warping but much less fit issues. The passage of time and storage by owners caused the most issues. But here, you are finding huge problems right out of box. Shame on Hornby...
  8. A staggering time investment resulting in a brilliant rendition. That is a genuine rolling chassis sitting out on the tarmac. I can't wait for the engine Roy.
  9. A look in the Vault... Wanna see over $50 thousand USD of Pochers in one place?? This is the Cox personal stable of Rolls-Royces. He spent the day off the Benz build by sprucing these up. I hope I'm in his will...
  10. My word - That looks amazingly like my Sedanca Rolls in many aspects ! Part Rolls, part Bugatti, distinctly Delage and all class and elegance. And I never knew of this car or model kit. !! I'd kill to have it in 1/8 scale and put aside all my ailments to achieve it.
  11. Jo is that still in production and superior to the other manufacturers?
  12. No plastic kit manufactured has captured the character and look of a 427 (or 428) accurately to date. If you start with any of these you need excellent references of originals and much scratchbuilding and modifying to get closer to accuracy. The very best commercial kit is the MFH 1/12. Very close in all details, proportions and materials.
  13. I was much too scared to have thoughts........
  14. Dear mate - 10 mms of fiberglass gives me NO consolation....
  15. I second your WWTT last line. An oxygen tank on a crash and burn-possible vehicle. Remember what happened to Nikki. A driver needing oxygen after a crash could have it brought by the medical team. My Italian countrymen shame me.........
  16. Miles better making the bits rather than shaving mold lines off the kit junk. Looks to be excellent shape accuracy. Two thoughts; Making the gusset across the top of the 'A'; may need a Bondo bit or such to mimic that. I would HATE to strap into the 1;1 with a canister or hydraulic/ overflow tank of some kind inches behind my head. Bad enough near 500HP is rampant back there...
  17. Benz interest? Going through my Cox archives, I found two older completed models to gauge interest here for any non-Rolls models. The first is an early customer build, built to a 'budget' per the customer's wishes. It's a fairly straight-forward Pocher build but with Dave's incredible and lovely folding canvas top. It is the 'non-540'version. It lacks the opulent chrome side and running board trim. Those take many hours. Here is as good as it gets, a 540 with all the trimmings. Every bit of trim is chromed brass made by Cox. And it carries many MMC optional parts. This customer had no financial constraints. Note the thin and fine shapes of all the trim. Mercedes was positively opulent, bordering on gaudy, with this top-of-line offering. David has told me in past that these Pocher kits were superior to the Rolls and Alfas, having a metal chassis and better parts fit. I think the Bugattis were equally well-thought of. I know he's building a customer 540 now. If there's interest here I'll try to bring that to you.
  18. Thank you all for the support Pocher Friends. If like John, you wish to see Benz or other Pocher classics here, please say so. I will see what I can do. John you will find that if you throw out your television (for instance) a Pocher classic will fit quite well. And give you much more satisfaction than watching the TV.
  19. No indicators on race cars. Every driver knows where the turns are.
  20. More information... In the on-going effort to make this pinned thread a helpful reference on Pochers and especially Rolls-Royces, here's a small gem, again from the work of Dave Cox. I've realized the audience is minuscule for these by the muted response but I know there were some builds started here only to fade away. Either by losing interest or simply not publishing the work any further. Having received an advance copy of the book Cox wrote on the build, I came across this improvement previously unknown to me. Having built about 3 dozen of these, he would uncover this kind of data. I did not receive a bench photo of this for this feature or I'd have included it. On page 18, he shows a photo of two Rolls transmissions standing upright on the bellhousing opening (engine side). David found that many of the transmissions have poor angles cast into their surfaces and edges and one is clearly shown pointing upward at an awkward angle. He shows a corrected one standing with it and the tailshaft (the part the driveshaft exits) is now 90 degrees to the engine mount surface. Correction simply involves surface-sanding parts and constantly checking progress. Why important? Well if the driveshaft exits at a poor angle, it could effect the connection at the differential, which could effect wheelbase and ride height. That can be adjusted by the shock absorber linkage. But the key is to check first. Now in my own build, I did not detect a transmission problem. But discoveries that fenders are not symmetrical and the shock linkage is sensitive to the car's final posture were explored and corrected. And shown above in my build. Also the concept that the frame itself required careful setup and construction to get square and plumb was detailed. And that even MMC's bronze front axle required careful adjustment to get accurate camber and toe-in up front. I maintain that even a box-stock build of the model can benefit visually just by checking things and building everything square and plum. Nothing makes a model more toy-like than crooked bits, ill fitting panels, or wheels that go every which way. I haven't finished the book yet but if any more tidbits like this are revealed, I will present them here. I know this may be just so much technical mumbo-jumbo to many, but there are a few modellers here who value and apply this kind of scrutiny to anything they build. I'm pleased the admins have given me this platform to make this a reference-trove for Rolls and all Pocher builders. I hope to inform and entertain. The scratch builders do very well on their own and are at the top of our 'build chain' in my view. And I learn a ton from them. / C Questions and comments encouraged to add to the data here.
  21. Nice one with the flared tubing ends mate - engineering points awarded.
  22. That's the main reason I started (and re-started) this thread. Makes me feel good Roy !
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