Pocher 1/8 scale Volvo F12 Tractor

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At 1/8 scale, this truck model is HUGE! ...... The pics had to be taken on my living-room rug.

I always find Pocher kits to be somewhat strange in that they're impressive and beautifully conceived, but usually only about 95% resolved, with a bunch of details that need to be modified to complete the models. I have the feeling that after months of development, someone in authority told the Pocher designers and molders that enough time had been spent...now get it out the door!

The main unresolved (factory-rushed?) issues with this model included the inside sleeper bunk (needed complete refinishing to fit), and the rigid front fender leading mudflap that completely restricts the tilting of the cab to reveal the diesel engine detail. I solved that one by adding a miniature piano style hinge where the leading mudflap joins the front fender.

Paint on this model is custom mixed automotive lacquer with Testors, Humbrol, and Tamiya small details.

I built this model a while ago from a kit bought decades ago for $140 at the Toledo Toy show....the build was completed in a 4 1/2 day/night marathon with absolutely no sleep...I couldn't stop!. That's the only time in my life that I've been so compelled to complete a model in one continuous session....not a healthy plan. If memory serves, I believe there were well over a thousand parts (plastic,metal, and rubber) including zillions of tiny fasteners..... the door latches operate, side windows go up and down, suspension springs are individual leaves, and the steering is realistic.

The finished model is protected by a custom made simple polycarbonate display case..... so large that it's difficult to carry through a doorway.

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I'm not into trucks, but this is impressive.

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This looks great, I like the details you've added to this Truck model. Sometimes it's still possible to see these Volvo Trucks here, but it's quite rare anyway. Very cool build of rarely seen subject.

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Rare indeed. I've only seen two of the trucks built. Yours is top shelf quality.

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Very nice work.

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Put that into the right environment and shoot it from the proper angle and that could very easily pass for the real thing. Very nice!

Now how about a few shots of the engine?

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Put that into the right environment and shoot it from the proper angle and that could very easily pass for the real thing. Very nice!

Now how about a few shots of the engine?

Here are a few detail shots of the engine, tilt lock, rear suspension etc.

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Very nice!

I've never seen this kit built up. You really did a spectacular job. Like I said... shoot this outdoors at the right angle and it easily passes for the real deal.

Have you considered adding graphics or company markings? License plates?

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Very nice!

I've never seen this kit built up. You really did a spectacular job. Like I said... shoot this outdoors at the right angle and it easily passes for the real deal.

Have you considered adding graphics or company markings? License plates?

Actually, Harry, for whatever reason, I prefer vehicles to look 'FOB the factory'....I guess it's the '1/1 car restorer' in me coming out in my models. I don't even weather my military models or trains anymore. Edited by traditional

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Very nice build.

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Actually, Harry, for whatever reason, I prefer vehicles to look 'FOB the factory'....I guess it's the '1/1 car restorer' in me coming out in my models. I don't even weather my military models or trains anymore.

Good enough for me!

You did a beautiful job on it. B)

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Awake for 4 1/2 days?! :o My record is 3 days and 6 hours, and that was because I was in the Army and had no choice. :o

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Had no idea Pocher did semi kits. I'd love to build one of these, but sheesh, where would I keep it? :o I'd have to sell off a couple of my 1:1's and convert the garage to a model room!

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I'd have to ... convert the garage to a model room!

And the problem with that is ??????????

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And the problem with that is ??????????

That made me LOL :lol:

But I was thinking the same as Chuck....For starters, I did not know these were available, yes, I'd LOVE to build one, but then I'd have no where to display it. :(

GREAT build BTW Clifford. :)

It really is a head-turner, and I'm sure, as Harry said, photograph it in the right environment...... ;) AWESOME ! :wub:

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I was thinking the same as Chuck....For starters, I did not know these were available, yes, I'd LOVE to build one, but then I'd have no where to display it.

If you have deep enough pockets you can get one ...

http://www.ebay.com/...=item4d00914db0

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Just to give you a sense of the size of this kit:

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I'm not a truck guy, but I appreciate the quality workmanship in this build. Great job on a beautiful build.

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Just to give you a sense of the size of this kit:

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These things are HUGE... And I thought the Tamiya 1/14th scale rigs were big when pulling a trailer. Man you could sit on that flatbed and be towed around if it was self powered.

Where do you store or put this work of are to display it, since it is so big?

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These things are HUGE... And I thought the Tamiya 1/14th scale rigs were big when pulling a trailer. Man you could sit on that flatbed and be towed around if it was self powered.

Where do you store or put this work of are to display it, since it is so big?

That's not me in the photo. It's just a picture I found on google to show how big that kit is.

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Where do you store or put this work of are to display it, since it is so big?

All you need are some 1x12's and an empty wall. :D

This is a 4' x 24' wall in my garage. The bottom three rows are all 1/8 scale.

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These things are HUGE... And I thought the Tamiya 1/14th scale rigs were big when pulling a trailer. Man you could sit on that flatbed and be towed around if it was self powered.

Where do you store or put this work of are to display it, since it is so big?

There are a few crazy people on this earth that can even do this kit R/C.

Kostas.

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Simply amazing model! Excellent work! It looks absolutely real!

Sam

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Really nice kit and excellent execution. I have had several opportunities to purchase this kit at tempting prices over the years, but passed. In my opinion, the casting of the parts are not all that more detailed than the 1/24th scale Italeri Volvo F12. but what it lacks in the detail of individual parts in makes up the number of parts.

Again great additional detail!

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I've almost bought that kit a couple of times. But don't know where I'd put it when it was done.

Nice job!

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