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Advice on Buying New Pocher Kit


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Hi

 

I have had a fleeting interest in Pocher model kits and don't own any, got close to buying the Aventador kit, and I won a Rolls Royce on eBay, but seller said it was damaged and didn't ship it (or offer a refund which was a bit of a nightmare). Have just found the new announcement of the Lotus 72D and this is one I am very keen to ger hold off.

 

It's just that not best of times for me to spend a lot on model kits, and would like to buy it in 6 months to a year's time. I am just a bit uneasy about what expected availability will be like after the kit is made available to the market. I am in to buying the large scale Tamiya releases, and they can be very difficult to get hold off. The Tyrell P34 released a few years back was only available for a couple of weeks after they were first available.

 

If anyone can give an idea of how long it would be available after release would be great, thanks.

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I would think it’s unlikely to go on sale immediately. Hornby is announcing all its brands’ full 2021 ranges. We know from experience with Airfix that things announced in January, especially big ticket things, often don’t show up until December, or even the year after! You’ll probably have six months to save up before you even could buy one. That said, they do seem to run out... the Ducati and Huracan seem to be out of stock everywhere now. So I’d start squirelling away some money every month from now, and be ready to pounce when you can actually order one...

best,

M.

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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.

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From what I've seen of Pocher kits out-of-the-box, I'd save my pennies and look at buying MFH. In the long run it will most likely be cheaper and they also do a far better range of race cars, with a great deal more detail.

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If the original poster already has experience with 1/12th Tamiya reissues as he clearly states, I'd wait for a second-hand 72D in that scale to come along.  Even though it's a kit from the '70s its pretty accurate and likely 1/5th  $$$ of this new Pocher issue.  There are also some aftermarket items available to add details even further.  I built the 1/8th Grip/Entex years ago and the Tamiya tool is more detailed.

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