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#41 CAL

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:01 AM

 

Interesting. I had never heard that. Do you know any more details about that?

not really, other than for what I gather Pocher didn't have license to do any of there car kits but it was with Mercedes they got in trouble with. Clearly they had some other troubles too, but that was kind of the beginning of the end for them.



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Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:06 AM

But where do you get the idea that they worked without licenses? Is that just a story you heard? I've never come across any mentions of anything like that. From everything I've found, they went bankrupt because they invested too much in their new kits (Ferraris and Porsche), the kits din't sell well, and everything just sort of spiraled down from there.



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Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:44 AM

Neither the Pocher instructions or box top carry any reference to official licensing or copyrights from Mercedes, but neither do any of my classic Mercedes kits in plastic - and these kits would be pretty hard to develop without Mercedes cooperation. However, Revell's more recent kits carry "Licensed by Daimler" (or Jaguar, Ferrari, etc.) on the box top, as does the recent Akai SLS AMG RC box.



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Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:46 AM

But where do you get the idea that they worked without licenses?

 

That's a new one for me too. Seems as though if that were the case, MB would have put out a "cease and desist" order quite some time ago. As it is, Pocher was selling those kits for a bunch of years before they went under.



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Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:06 AM

 

That's a new one for me too. Seems as though if that were the case, MB would have put out a "cease and desist" order quite some time ago. As it is, Pocher was selling those kits for a bunch of years before they went under.

 

Exactly. The first Pocher MB kit came out in 1975; Pocher didn't go bankrupt untill the mid "90s... plenty of time for the MB lawyers to have gotten on the case. I find it highly unlikely that MB allowed Pocher to produce and sell MB kits for 20 years if Pocher was doing it on the sly.



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Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:28 AM

Interesting news...would love the possibility of being able to buy a new Pocher kit! I remember seeing a built Star of India Rolls at a long-gone hobby shop many years ago...really intrigued me. I've only ever built 2 1/8 scale kits, both Monogram ('78 Vette & '79 Turbo Trans Am). Space might be an issue, but will definitely consider one for the right price. Looking forward to the Jan 30 announcement!



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Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:49 AM

 I got several many years ( early '70's) ago at the local K-Mart. $20 out the door.

 

haha I'm with Skip, we're coming over LOL.



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Posted 26 December 2012 - 09:36 AM

Informed sources say one will be a '58 Edsel Ranger two-door sedan with stick shift and/or a 1961 Vauxhall Victor estate wagon! :lol:



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Posted 26 December 2012 - 11:38 AM

Pocher would be one of those kits i would only do one of. For that reason alone 1:8 would be ok. If they are looking for suggestions, a Ford Gt 40 would be just fine.
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Posted 26 December 2012 - 12:34 PM

Pocher would be one of those kits i would only do one of. For that reason alone 1:8 would be ok. If they are looking for suggestions, a Ford Gt 40 would be just fine.
Joe.

 

Not gonna happen after Trumpeter's recent 1:12 version.


Edited by sjordan2, 26 December 2012 - 12:35 PM.


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Posted 26 December 2012 - 05:12 PM

I know these kits will be new but I just came upon this site with Pocher Instructions and thought it might be interesting to those in this thread.



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Posted 27 December 2012 - 04:55 AM

 
Not gonna happen after Trumpeter's recent 1:12 version.


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Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:14 AM

If they still have a relationship with Mercedes, a 1/8 SLS AMG would be very cool



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Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:17 AM

If they still have a relationship with Mercedes, a 1/8 SLS AMG would be very cool

 

I want a 1968 Mercedes 280 SL! That's a subject BEGGING to be kitted in any scale!



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Posted 27 December 2012 - 11:03 AM

 

I want a 1968 Mercedes 280 SL! That's a subject BEGGING to be kitted in any scale!

 

I've seen some very nice builds of a 1/12 450 SL and SLC.



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Posted 27 December 2012 - 11:50 AM

 

I want a 1968 Mercedes 280 SL! That's a subject BEGGING to be kitted in any scale!

I'd love to see one of those kitted, but in 1/24th.



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Posted 27 December 2012 - 12:00 PM

Hmm...now that you mention it, I don't ever remember seeing one of those in plastic. A nice kit in 1/24 or 1/25 would be very welcome by me, too.

 

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 02:18 PM

 

I want a 1968 Mercedes 280 SL! That's a subject BEGGING to be kitted in any scale!

 

Evidently, MPC did a 280 SL in 1/32.

 

http://www.oldmodelk...19693&newlist=1



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Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:20 PM

But where do you get the idea that they worked without licenses? Is that just a story you heard? I've never come across any mentions of anything like that. From everything I've found, they went bankrupt because they invested too much in their new kits (Ferraris and Porsche), the kits din't sell well, and everything just sort of spiraled down from there.

I got it from a Pocher guy who was a historian and collector of their kits.



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Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:33 PM

 

Evidently, MPC did a 280 SL in 1/32.

 

http://www.oldmodelk...19693&newlist=1

I don't ever remember seeing that anywhere. I'll keep half an eye open for it.

 

Charlie Larkin