Do not let what you read make you afraid of a Pocher kit, I have seen 12 year olds build them and if they can, you can. Of course I am talking back when you could buy them @ K-mart f/$35.00, does anyone here remember that. If only I had of know then what I know now!
Story goes, Pocher is about to shut their doors.........a certain person gets wind of this, orders everything he can get from them (Pocher), seem he filled up a warehouse with Pocher kits. Something happened, he had to move this warehouse full of Pocher kits, he sold them to a buyer from K-mart f/pennies on the dollar.......K-Marts stocked them and sold them dirt cheap. Bought a Rolls, a Benz and a Alfa for alittle over $100.00 + tx..........
If I had a Time Machine, I would buy them out @ every K-Mart I could find, and put them babys back for a investment.
Now to add to the insult of this, Pocher was still mfging kits and for along time, no Pocher kits were imported to the USA until Model Expo convinced them to let them sell the kits again........that was the last time you could order a Pocher kit from here in the US.
I believe Polk's of NY also sold them during the early 80's.
I keep reading this and that, Pocher kits are coming back......yadda, yadda.....albit, you can buy the new kit hawked as Pocher, but is really from a mfger in Spain that bought the rights to Pocher's name! Or so the story goes. Anyway, Pocher kits are not for everyone, that is for sure.......but, if you love modeling, classic cars and working with multi-type materials......do yourself a favor and @ least, try one......I bet you will love it. PS: Spoke wheels, are they daunting, yes, impossible, no.......and when you are done, you will set and smile from ear to ear that you beat those suckers........MMC's Builders Guide has a great tip on them as well.
Rick aka Pocherphile
tip: stubby screwdriver, works wonders for setting spoke nipples w/o damage, and sets the nipple DC.
Edited by Pocherphile, 08 March 2014 - 03:05 PM.