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  1. Cato added a post in a topic Another Pocher Mercedes building. Cabrio Special.   

    Great work Bo. Continue with the patient test fitting - it is vital with these Pochers. If it's anything like mine, the four hood panels and the hinge will be very difficult. Especially if the hinge parts are warped or bent.
  2. Cato added a post in a topic Pocher Rolls Sedanca   

    Thanks Eric but I have my hands full with this obsession. I love Duesies but maybe in the next life.
    Work has been on-going just no 'pretty picture, show / tell stuff'. I've resisted the temptation to shoot primer and get that pretty look because of all the handling done and yet to be done.
    Having finalized the body, trunk and door positions, I have turned attention to the hood tops and getting a perfect fit between grille and cowl. I have gotten that straight, level hood I wanted. Took warps out of the front edge of left panel. The key was bolting the hinge halves to the panels instead of melting the pegs in place. This allows perfecting each half panel for fit. And later, painting without masking the chromed brass hinge.  So far so good only to find  a huge problem with the Pocher hinge; it warps upward at each end. The wire they used looks like a banana removed from the hoops.
    I have come up with a solution but it's tricky to execute. Will show and tell all soon.
  3. Cato added a post in a topic 1/8 scale woody   

    VERY shoddy work Dirty Harry. No mitered corners anywhere......

  4. Cato added a post in a topic Problems w/ body filler   

    Everything Bill said plus;
    Use the tiniest bit of hardener in your mix. You just want it to turn very slightly pink - or you will have no working time. It will kick too fast. If it does, mix another batch; don't try to use it.
  5. Cato added a post in a topic 1/8 scale woody   

    Harry, this reminded me of your 1/16 wooden bipe; the Sopwith Camel(?) Shame it's not 1/8 scale to go with this but you could shoot it next to your 'test' 'Brake (1/16); I think both wood models would look smashing together.
  6. Cato added a post in a topic The "new" '29 roadster   

    Amazing what Revell is pushing out the door these days...and sad.
  7. Cato added a post in a topic Ghosting avoidance help   

    Yep. That will last you 100 years.
  8. Cato added a post in a topic The "new" '29 roadster   

    For your next build; A 427 has a front mounted distributor.
  9. Cato added a post in a topic Ghosting avoidance help   

    Cement will only texture the surface which you don't want. When you sand that, you're making your piece even thinner.
    Just shoot Future on the bare plastic. Only one step and you have nothing to lose. Then prime.
  10. Cato added a post in a topic Touch n' Flow help   

    Thanks for digging this thread out Mike. I see I need that bottle which draws the fluid in.
  11. Cato added a post in a topic Pocher Rolls Sedanca   

    Here's an early test fit; firewall even with grille shell (too high) and body cowl even higher. Compared to the above it makes me very happy I did all that surgery to get to this point.

  12. Cato added a post in a topic Pocher Rolls Sedanca   

    No judges in the future; I'll be happy just to see it every day if it comes out as I hope. Thanks for the very kind words Tim.
  13. Cato added a post in a topic Pocher Rolls Sedanca   

    Important but not exciting...
    I have been working every day since the last update so here is the important result. The body and floor mate as a unit and the whole assembly mates to the chassis - in a solid and repeatable way. You've seen many prior pictures of the car mocked-up this way but there is a difference now. Many hours of measuring and test fitting improved it all.
    I went back and made stronger, more accurate locations for all mounting points. I added two new ones (total of 6), and a pair of chassis brackets which now secure the lower front of the body. I made improved 'clamps' to securely hold the floor unit to the body lower flanges. The trunk aligns with the body perfectly. No Pocher screws anywhere; all fasteners are by 6, 2mm studs, tapped and epoxied in place with nuts. The lower front of the body uses 0-80 bolts with nuts through a brass bracket.
    I will post all the 'fill-in' shots of these parts and assemblies soon. But here is the result. For the first time, the unit sits flush on the chassis and firewall with no bind, twist or warp; it just glides right onto the locating studs and the bolt holes align. A 'tee' pin is seen in the lower front where the bolt goes through the bracket. They fit perfectly with all the other locators in place, a very rewarding feeling. This is what lets you install and remove body work for finish and interior and have it all go back precisely and unseen when carpet and seats are installed.

  14. Cato added a post in a topic Ghosting avoidance help   

    Airbrush Future on completed body work then primer. Future is an excellent barrier.
  15. Cato added a post in a topic Pocher Rolls Sedanca   

    Another tip...
    This is primarily for Rolls builders but may work on other hard-roof cars like Alfa Coupe and Bugatti.
    I needed to work the bottom of the chassis but with the body attached. I've made body mount brackets (will show soon) which bolt to the bottom rails and connect to the new, lower body edge. First attach the body / floor unit to the chassis. I have 2mm studs through the rear floor and 0-80 bolts through the front floor. If you have workstands, remove the rear one and carefully invert the whole car. Rest the roof on a pad and you're done. Solid and safe to measure and attach parts. No front fender though because of the front stand.
    I knew there was a good reason I whacked the windshield down. Almost as good as a rotisserie...