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  1. Cato added a post in a topic New Site/Forum Look   

    Bummer. For a lengthy post, I always copy it, paste it in Word and save. THEN hit 'send' in the  thread. I don't trust these new electrons yet.............
  2. Cato added a post in a topic Ceiling Queens   

    Great project Kevin, nicely done.
    Problem; they WILL collect dust!
  3. Cato added a post in a topic Pocher Rolls Sedanca   

    Small potatoes...
    Some things just bother me that, in the grand scheme of things, amount to very little. Who besides me would notice? This is one of those.
    Seen here in an earlier mock-up is the rear fender and tire relationship. You can see that open space is visible around the tire; you can see clear through to the other side in some places. True, if the rear seat was in place, some would be blocked. But then you see the seat structure and the lower body bits as well. And admittedly when the model is on it's tires on a table, 80% of this is invisible. But I know it's there...

    Here's a fender as Pocher gives it to you. Note that the rear inner portion is molded to the fender and conceals the trunk side. But the front section is open and is on a different plane than the rear:

    So the solution is to make a new inner fender panel. It must attach to the rear portion which is part of the fender. But the forward portion must be loose to go behind the brake drum and tire so as to allow clearance for those. The answer is to cut a paper pattern all trimmed to size and clearance. After test fittings, transfer to .015 styrene. Seen here, a .062 styrene rod is added as a stiffner without taking up valuable clearance space:

    Resting in place, the slightly oversized forward section does it's hiding magic and the whole wheel well becomes neater:

    Seen from an angle you'll never see when on display is the reason the front section must be lose. The stiffener and material thickness prevent a loose, flappy look:

    Painted dark gray like the front inner fenders, this will virtually all disappear as so little shows around the tire. But it does give a neater finished look to the model that many will never even realize when viewing it. The 'U' shaped opening on this side is for the gas fill pipe to the tank side. Even I am amazed at how much time I spend on minutiae...

  4. Cato added a post in a topic New Site/Forum Look   

    Thanks for making this a priority and providing an answer.
    Now just that tiny nit (compared to what you've improved) about numbers for posts in a thread. I and several others find it helpful.
  5. Cato added a post in a topic Help with Tamiya TS-58   

    Always consider the brand of the color coats you're using as the first choice for primers. Tamiyas are excellent.
    Test others brands for a preference against Tamiyas. Spoons work well and are cheap.
  6. Cato added a post in a topic Pocher Rolls Sedanca   

    Wow! That's is a huge compliment because of all that effort! That means you looked at 541 pictures too!
    Thank you Hugh and happy to have you on board. Hope you have patience...
  7. Cato added a post in a topic Pocher RivaRossi F40 Engine build   

    Exciting time - good luck Scott. Put a chair at the workbench before any other furniture.
    Just don't tell the Better Half...
  8. Cato added a post in a topic Pocher Rolls Sedanca   

    Thank you Bob and Harry.
    The free magazine plug is on the house Harry.
  9. Cato added a post in a topic Pocher Rolls Sedanca   

    Easier to see the changes this way. Here is a well-built out of box example from the Paul Koo DVD. This is what you get when you build straight from the kit parts:
    After months of changes:
  10. Cato added a post in a topic Pocher Rolls Sedanca   

    Thanks Chuck. I always admired the Ambassador's fenders IF the ride height comes down a bit. But I just fell in love with these dashing things. It's the immaturity in me.....
  11. Cato added a post in a topic Pocher Rolls Sedanca   

    I'd give you a 'Like' if we had that button. But the site might blow up by adding one...
  12. Cato added a post in a topic Pocher Rolls Sedanca   

    The roof was pie-cut; 13mm at front edge, 4mm at the back. It's all in the thread but probably too hard to dig out. I wanted to kill the 'coal scoop' look from Pocher. The rear glass is untouched, just lower due to the cut.  That's why the trunk height was cut about 6mm too. This is much closer to Gurney cars.
    The back of the rear seat comes up to the bottom of the rear window. I did in fact cut 6mm from the bottom edge of the upholstered seat back after the roof chop. looks all very proportional now. No wearers of period hats will sit there. Only slightly reclined, scantily clad, slinky starlets and '29 flappers. Dude, this is my bucket build so don't harsh my dreams.
    Yes, the roof will be covered in deep red gabardine with Marvin's beautiful landau irons. First the beltline must be designed to sweep front to rear. The fabric will not have the exaggerated dip ala Pocher but will be lower on the body side because of the chop. In fact the top won't look so radically cut when its bottom edge is defined lower. Spent a lot of time studying this.
    Style is everything. Loren didn't build his collection around cars he could wear a top hat in.
    PS - Your eyes are far less out of whack than mine are...
    Nice thought but I need the length of that board to continue the largely horizontal look of all the lines. Also, it gives me a chance to make chromed brass step strips as further accents.
  13. Cato added a post in a topic 1/8 scale woody   

    Rest easy Harry. As I said, virtually anything we do will be something that was done by RR sometime.
    Here's your proof:

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

    Down on the ground...
    A much clearer view of the final look. Almost all elements in place except running boards and beltline. All temporary; must be blown apart for the fabricating and assembly. But this is the main 'architecture' of look and stance. Finishes and textures of paint, chrome, glass and fabric will make a huge difference and (I hope) improvement.

  15. Cato added a post in a topic 1/8 scale woody   

    Your observations about reference and and equipment are always welcomed.
    The Pocher India's rear doors are too high and distorted and bear no resemblance to 1:1. Must have been an engineering difficulty that forced that. Also the door posts. Face it; it could not have been easy to kit design for accuracy in the late '70's compared to today.