Pocher 1:8 1907 Fiat F-2 Race Car
I bought this kit when I was in high school back in the early 1970s. I was browsing around K-Mart one afternoon when I stumbled upon this Pocher kit for the unheard of price of $20; a savings of $80 over the usual price of the kit. Back in the day, Pocher made some very high-end car models that cost hundreds of dollars - far out of the reach of a suburban Air-Force brat high school kid. (You can read about Pocher here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pocher and here: https://uk.pocher.com/about-pocher) So this kit was a steal, and I bought it and immediately built it.
I distantly remember building this kit to this day probably because most of the pieces were screwed together and many came pre-painted. But what I really remember was meticulously assembling the drive chains as they came in several hundred individual metal pieces. The kit came with a special punch for tapping the chain links together. Most of the screws holding the model together were brass as were many other parts (such as the radiator frame, fuel lines, and wheel hubs). Leaf springs were made of steel and the black side panels made from a canvas-like material.
Not long after building this kit, I stopped building models to concentrate on my college studies. Gradually, I began tossing out my collection of armor, plane, ship, and car models, but I managed to hang on to the Fiat. It lived on a bookcase in my living room at several different addresses for nearly 30 years and spent the last 20 on a storage shelf. Shortly after restarting my modeling hobby, I considered this kit, moldering away on the storage shelf, and decided to give it a full frame-off restoration.
Over the years, the model had collected a lot of dust and cobwebs and a few parts had fallen off. The leather straps around the bonnet and the fuel tank would crumble to the touch, but the tires where surprisingly free of dry-rot. It seemed doable, so I disassembled the model to the extent possible, cleaned everything, did some repainting and fabrication (the collant hoses were dry-rotted, so they required replacement), and reassembled everything to what you see here. (You can see more pictures in the “rebuild thread” here: https://imodeler.com/groups/work-in-progress-automotive/forum/topic/pocher-18-scale-1907-fiat-grand-prix-race-car-rebuild/?topic_page=3&num=15
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