what are Pocher kits?
1:8 scale specialist since 1991
The Pocher Classic kits [not the Ferrari F40 or Testarossa] bodies and engines are high quality, very dense plastic. Wire wheels*, frame rails and/or reinforcements, exterior hardware, screws, nuts, bolts, linkages, fuel lines, and many other details are metal. The Classic kits are built from the frame up, just as the real cars were. Most of the assembly is done using the supplied miniature screws, nuts, and bolts, with minimal gluing necessary. The engine and driveline are added, then suspension, brakes, dash and interior (real leather on K73 Alfa), bodywork, and exterior hardware and detailing. Brake linkages operate through the pedal (and handbrake in some cars). Steering wheels operate through accurate linkages, and suspensions work all around. Windows roll down, doors, hoods and trunks open, convertible tops can be raised and lowered, and the headlights work.
Each Pocher Classic kit (except for the Fiat) also has movable engine internals: remove the head or oil pan, handcrank the engine, and watch the action of the crankshaft, pistons, and fan. The Bugattis have dual camshafts that even 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.
All Pocher Classic kits except the K71 Alfa Monza and K70 Fiat have very highly pigmented bodies that can be polished and waxed to achieve a brilliant painted look. The K70 and K71 kits will be attractive if finished the same way, but the bodies were manufactured with a less densely colored plastic. To achieve the traditional two-tone finish on the Bugatti kits some painting (in one color only) is required. Pre-cut masking templates are included, and the color lines on the body are recessed to aid in masking.
The Pocher Ferrari F40 and Testarossa kits have pre-painted metal bodies, functional steering and suspensions, full opening body panels, and detailed engines, though without the moving internals of the Classic cars. These kits also screw together but have less detail than the Classics kits, and so take only days to assemble instead of weeks or months.
Pocher kits were produced sporadically for 30 years. Pocher's parent company Rivarossi was sold in 2000. After outlasting many US importers and parent companies, Pocher was liquidated in 2000, the assets being sold to Hornby International. Hornby has recently revived the Pocher brand with the new Lamborghini Aventador kits, with more metal parts and even better quality than the old Ferrari F40 kit.. The passion for Pocher 1/8 kits has remained so strong that many small companies are still producing transkits and aftermarket parts for them.
Update: In early 2017? the stock and assets of Pocher were sold to Danish company Vestergaard, which doesn't seem to have plans to produce more Pocher kits.
A 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.
* important note: 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 also have slightly less brake and engine detail. All Pocher Mercedes kits that I sell are the older versions with real wire wheels unless otherwise noted.
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