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  1. I don’t think that there’s a “standard” color for a lot of the pre-war classic car engine parts. I don’t know about the Rolls-Royce for sure but, I would imagine that, of any of the pre-war cars they might be the most likely to have had something of a standard color palate. When I was building the engine for my Alfa Monza and ,doing research on the colors of the engine, I found a wide variety of colors. I talked to David Cox about that and he told me that back then there was no such thing as a standard color for engine or transmission parts for the Alfa’s. They just used whatever color in a can of paint that they had on hand. I suspect that the Rolls-Royce factory might have been a little more discerning in that regard than, the Italians. The point that I’m trying to make is, I wouldn’t get too hung up on whether or not you have the exact perfect color on a particular engine part. When the model is finished the bonnet/hood will likely either be closed or partially open and it’s likely to stay that way. It’s probably going to be inside of a case to be admired from a distance; you will not be handling it. Likewise the the chassis and undercarriage will probably never be seen unless you have a mirror under the model. These models are big and heavy and with lots of small detail, you will not be picking it up to show off the brakes or transmission. So, with that in mind I think that whatever looks right will probably be fine.
  2. LOL Thanks guys! Just like with the tools, I accumulated the models over the course of the last 20 years or so thinking that, when I retired I would have the time to build them. I started picking up things that interested me and that, I thought were cool and sometimes different subjects. But, it got way out of hand and it became a case of “my eyes were bigger than my stomach”! I think that, there’s slightly over 500 models there. What you don’t see is all the models underneath the workbench counter and in the build up etc. Here’s where the irony comes into play; now having just officially re-retired yesterday and now having nothing to keep me off the bench like, a pesky job, my wife has a new list for me. However, that’s not the ironic part, it’s that now my interest is pretty much just models like the Pochers and more specifically the F-40 I’m working on. So, besides looking at my “wallpaper” what do I do with all these models that will never get built? I think that I’m slightly over stocked! I don’t want my wife and kids to just throw it all away when I die and I’m not crazy about selling everything on eBay and giving them and PayPal 13%-15% of the proceeds essentially taking any and all of my profits while I do all the work! Anyway, I really do need to start thinning the collection down to just the few kits that, I would like to keep. Which, when you think about how long it takes to build one, isn’t many. So, if any of you guys have any ideas, I’m open for suggestions. Real quick, on the Molotow pens, they are like a smaller marker pen tip and they come in different tip sizes. They are pretty easy to use and, yes, I have a couple in one of the paint drawers. The one tool that I am going to get out and start experimenting with and trying to use is the mini lathe. I was looking at a couple of pictures of the waste gates on the F-40 and, there’s a picture of a polished aluminum one. And, I thought that the lathe would probably be a good idea to make one with more detail than the plastic kit piece. So, that is on my agenda. Anyway, Brian, I didn’t mean to hijack your thread but, if you have any questions about a specific tool, just ask; I probably have it
  3. That’s good that you were able to get the calipers at a good price. I usually keep a couple spare batteries on hand. Also, not a bad idea to have the extra parts for the body etc. No, I’m not an artist but, you are pretty close with your second guess. I was an auto mechanic and service manager for Toyota for 20 years. And, more recently for the last 20 years, I was the chief engineer and director of facilities for a resort hotel and the two towns/villages and, finally I have been working here at the same lake where all the aforementioned properties surround. So, I guess that accounts for my mechanical and problem solving skills. I just posted some pictures, on your thread, of my tools, paint and supplies for you to look at. It’s probably just my background that accounts for my over abundance of tools and where I live accounts for the more than enough supply of scratch building supplies. I live up in the mountains and it’s not every day that I can get down the hill and since the hobby shop went out of business, it wouldn’t do any good anyway. So, if I need anything I would have to order it and I decided to just keep more than what I need on hand. One last thing here, I am more than happy to help you and answer your questions but, I would prefer to do it on your Rolls thread and keep this thread for the Ferrari. Anyone who follows this thread who gets a notification of a new post is more than likely expecting something to see something new on it. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to work on the Ferrari as often as I would like over the last 18 months due to my job. I would also like to take the opportunity now, to let everyone know that, as of this Thursday, I will will be officially retired again. I plan on getting back to the workbench more often and hopefully start making more progress than of late. So, more new stuff to come, stay tuned!!
  4. Dan, Beautiful work! There's so much great detail work everywhere on this car it's hard to know where to start looking first! The overall presence of the car is impressive and it's definitely not something that, you see every day. I also, really like the dash and interior. I think that, it's probably where your eye goes after taking in the overall shape of the car. You are drawn to the details and the dash and cockpit are where they are concentrated without opening things up. Superb work !!!
  5. Brian, A while ago you asked me what tools etc that you should buy. For me, that's a hard hard question to answer so let me just show you what I have in a toolbox and on my workbench and you can pick and choose from there. Also, understand that, these tools were accumulated over a lot of years. I hope it helps.
  6. I don’t know how you can use a slide rule to do what needs to be done. Go to Amazon and search for digital calipers or micrometer. They are about $20-$40 and it will give you measurements in mm, fractions or decimals. This makes it easy to get a measurement on something and then push a button to switch between millimeters, fractions or the decimal equivalent. Also, after my last post, I had a thought regarding you trying to decide what to do. Here’s my thought, even if you decide to just build it OOB, consider this. The single most difficult thing to do on a Pocher classic is to assemble the wire wheels. If you can put six wire wheels together then, you can probably do any extra detail and finish the build. eBay is littered with Pocher kits where guys gave up on the wire wheels. On my Mercedes thread I actually built two complete engines and frames. The second one includes assembly of the wire wheels. I made a little jig to assemble them and there’s probably other threads where others did the same thing. Even though some of the assembly between the Mercedes and Rolls are similar, Codger’s newly reconstructed build thread is the Bible for your Rolls. I can only offer general advice for how I would probably do things.
  7. I understand your concerns regarding just doing an OOB build but, let me impart a little knowledge here. When I started on the Mercedes this, was my exact intent as well. I have always considered myself a decent builder but, no where in the category of a number of builders here on the forum and elsewhere. As I went along and started doing some things, I got a little better at things and just kept at it with a little help, OK, a lot of help, from one Mr. C. We would talk through problems and issues that, sometimes were mutual and sometimes not but, we always came up with workable scenarios. Sometimes it wasn't exactly talking as much as he pushed me to try things. As I went along my confidence grew and I found myself making decisions to make a lot of changes to the body, add a lot of scratch built detail and eventually to light it up. My Mercedes is really the budget model when it comes to Mercedes kits in the Pocher world. I was actually trying to make it look more like the K82 and not my lowly K91. Again, as things progressed I started taking more and more risks with the build. My mantra became "what the heck it's only plastic and paint and if I screw it up, I can fix it and do it again"! Over the course of the 2-3 years it took to complete the build, I was adding MMC parts as I went and the modifications just evolved. I never set out to build the car that, I ended up with. With this F-40, it's kinda the same but, with a bit more planning, not much mind you but a little bit more. I knew that, this transkit was going to be pretty daunting but, after the Mercedes, I knew that I could do it. I just really didn't think that, I was going to try and upgrade and elevate a 2000 plus part transkit because, I wasn't satisfied with some of the parts. For instance, I spent a couple of months and bought a lot of small parts just to improve the turbo hose line fittings because, I didn't like the white metal ones in the transkit. Who does that? I guess someone as stupid as me but, what the heck it's my kit and I'm going to do it the way I want it, no matter how long it takes! Nobody starts out being a scratch building expert, you learn by doing and, yes, failing. If you don't try and stretch yourself here and there on a kit like this when will you? You don't have to try and do everything that, Chas did with his Rolls but, you can do what you are comfortable with and you will get help and support along the way. If you have any questions, all you have to do is ask. Now, start building whatever you are comfortable with!
  8. I agree, your interior came out beautifully! I'm not sure if I'm going to use the red tights that came with the transkit on mine but, just in case, what did you order from Amazon to replace the transkit material with?
  9. Brian, I’m glad that you were able to get the picture uploading sorted out. I have seen the first few on your thread and they look good but, I haven’t had time to comment on them. I’m also happy that my Mercedes will be of some help to you with your Rolls. Like I mentioned before, that was a fun build that evolved from a straight forward build into one where I kept making more modifications and changes as it went on. Mostly with the help and encouragement from Codger. This build, even though it started out as a fairly complicated build has, once again, evolved into something even more challenging. I know that, I tend to go a little bit too long in between posts but, I’m usually doing something or thinking about how to get what I want. I think that if I was just building it straight from the transkit, I would probably be a little farther along. This exhaust and turbo line fittings detour has added a lot more time than I anticipated. I’m happy with how it is coming out and if I had known that it was going to take so long, I don’t know if I would have done it but, it’s done now. Right now, I’m actually waiting on the order for some parts to finish the exhaust. I’m not very happy with how long it’s taking to get them but, in the meantime I’m still messing around with the waste gate pipes and some other things. I’ve also had some changes at work and I thought that, my assignment was done and I would be able to spend more time on the build. However, I was given a whole new assignment and I have been a little busier than I anticipated. Anyway, things are getting sorted out and starting to move forward again.
  10. Because you are choosing to add a lot of scratch built details to your Rolls, you can see the advantages of having some supplies on hand. I have sheets of 0.005” , 0.010”, 0.020”, 0.030” and 0.040” sheet styrene on hand. I used it for the gas tank sides, building the new floor and building up the seat back and sides, turning the convertible top into solid body panels and a variety of other uses. The point is that, when I bought it, I didn’t know that, I would be using it for all those different things but, it was handy to have on hand. As an example, you could probably cut a Coke can up and flatten it out and use it for the head gasket. I would bet that it’s close to the 0.005” thickness. This is just an idea of how you can use stuff that you find around the house to make scratch built parts. Pascal is a good example of someone who uses all kinds of different things to make parts for his builds.
  11. Thanks, I bought them years ago and I think that they are from Detail Masters. I don’t know if they still make them or not.
  12. Go ahead and take pictures of your failures. We all have them and by showing where things went wrong you can get better advice on how to correct them and make them better. I never learned/remembered anything long lasting from a success but, I sure learned a lot from my failures. This goes for everything in my experience, modeling included. If you have read my posts, you probably noticed that, I show everything, warts and all. I’m not some super modeler and, I want to show that, I make a lot of mistakes and, I learn from them. I also get a lot of help and advice which, in my opinion, is the point of the forum! It makes my posts longer than other guys that, just show perfectly assembled parts and models and then quickly move on to the next thing. This is fine if it’s the (46th) 1/24 scale Tamiya Shelby Cobra on the forum. I think that, the Pocher I am building is rare enough that, it’s probably a little more interesting to show, a more in depth build profile, including the mistakes. I’d really like to be of some help to the next guy that attempts one so, that they will know what to look out for. Anyway, that’s my philosophy for the way I post and show the good and the bad.
  13. What Ron said! Now that you’re overloaded with information, take a deep breath and start by making your plan as Ron said and use the Koo dvd and your reference material to help do that. Write it all down because plans change. Supplies and materials and the tools will help you get to where you need to go. Codger is your primary resource for the Rolls. Ron is a master at painting and creating realism with a brush and oils. The rest of us have a variety of experience in our own areas with Pochers.
  14. You’re welcome. Just a suggestion here for you guys. Get a variety of different sizes of plastic tubing, rods, flat sheets of styrene in different thicknesses, brass, aluminum tubing and rods, solder, wiring etc, you get the idea. When building a Pocher kit you’re going to want to add details and most likely correct a mistake or two. So, having a variety of supplies at hand will keep you working and perhaps help you formulate a solution to a problem a lot quicker than if you have to go to a store or place an order online. This, probably is the best piece of advice that, I can give you right now. An assortment of nuts, bolts in couple sizes can also be helpful. The main size of nut and bolts that all Pochers use is 2mm. This is the diameter of the threaded bolt shaft and ID of the nut. The bolt head and nut size is 3mm and having, at minimum, a pair of this size nut drivers is very helpful when trying to tighten the bolt and holding the corresponding nut. A set of small screwdrivers with flat head and Phillips heads are necessary and a digital micrometer is almost a must have tool, as well. There’s a lot of other small tools that are also very helpful and I could probably take a few pictures of all the tools that I have which would probably only go to illustrate that, I might be a little crazy but, I have used all of them frequently. It’s up to you to determine what you need and how much money you want to spend. I’m not suggesting that you have to run out and buy everything before you get started but, I imagine that, at some point you might acquire some if not most of them. I’m admittedly a bit of a tool nut so, take it for what it’s worth. Right now, you guys are starting to detail the engine and firewall and then the chassis so some scratch building supplies are a good starting point to pick up if, you haven’t already done so. Ok, I’ll get off my soapbox for now and forgive me if you already knew all this. I didn’t know any of this when I started mine because, I thought that, everything I would need was in the kit like, every other model that I had ever built in my life, wrong! As Codger has probably already mentioned these models are 40 years old and even though they have a high parts count they are not as sophisticated as a good new Tamiya kit.
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