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About rshousha

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  1. Gaetan, Thanks for posting this. I was missing my fix of inspiration! Best Regards, Rick
  2. If you have any questions about these kits, I can also help you out. I've bought and sold many hundreds of Pocher kits over the years, thousands if I include engine kits. As the prices are slowly going down on these kits, I do not carry inventory but I can certainly have a look at a deal you might be seeing and let you know if it's worth the money. Paul is doing a great job and continuing to stay with the brand while I have moved to other endeavours. The only Pochers I sell regularly are the new ones that the company is producing. You might also check with Peter Doney, in the UK, at pocherparts.com . He also has fair prices and has a few kits available.
  3. I really like what I see when I look at the Delftship tutorials and forums. The world of Solidworks is much bigger and, when you pay for the support, the cavalry is at your fingertips in minutes. However, the library of hulls to start designing with is most interesting in Delftship. The program is definitely on my "gotta have" list for 2021. It sure would be nice to take a course through Delft University, as well.
  4. Bruce, I'm not sure how Delftship works but you hint at something when you say "...both the model and the background image are displayed together...." In Solidworks, you insert the background pictures on different planes so you can fiddle with the sketches (the models) and the images separately. When you insert the image in Delftship, I would think you should be inserting in a place that is not connected to the model. It should be in a separate space, behind or in front of the model. They should be independent. I've checked the Delftship forums and they are pretty good; as you said, this should be pretty easy.
  5. Yes, I have built nineteen of these models so I know my way around them a little. What I keep telling people is "if two parts fit from the first shot, you did it wrong". So, what I mean by poor kits is that nothing fits. Indeed, they make spectacular models when done right but it's important for first-time builders to realize these are not your typical plastic models. So this is what I meant by poor kits. Not poor so much overall but poor fit. As for those wheels, I must have done 200 of them for various people. Just last summer I built about twenty of them for a single client, who no longer has even strength or dexterity in his hands to work on them.
  6. You're giving waaaaaaaaay too much credit to the company. They're simply very poor models! Not that I am complaining, though. When one considers fun, "by the hour", spending a grand on these older Pocher kits is good value. Spending a grand on a ship model is better value in the "by the hour" column but Pocher kits are a good deal cheaper than, say, Tamiya or Lego. Hey, don't jump all over the comment about Lego. With people getting older, and finding themselves in residences where they are not allowed to create noise or smells, some of the new Lego kits are really fun. Lego is certainly expensive "by the hour" but you can't undo a ship model and start over.
  7. Believe me, it is a hundred times harder to get through a wood ship kit than any Pocher! I have a huge respect for anyone who can get through a wood ship kit.
  8. Hi, I don't think you were lucky with the fit of the hood panels. All the work you did in advance of inserting them helped prepare the way for a reasonably good fit. A lot of people fit the body panels without realizing that the chassis is being deformed in the process. Then, when they get to the engine panels, the fit is off. A builder recently asked me for advice and his pictures showed a solid 1/4" of misalignment. Anyway, just for kicks, here's a picture of one of my Alfas. It looks like yours will be even nicer. Note that the outdoor picture has no wing. I tried to imitate a picture of an Alfa I saw in a magazine from that era. It didn't have the wing. This just looked wrong in the finished model so I went back and added it in the final delivery. The fit of the wing is quite subtle. The one you see on my model is scratch built. After some fiddling, it just seemed easier to toss the original and replace it with a customized part.
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  10. Will be looking forward to see how you make out with the Allen keys on the bolts. I started this kit, with those proper bolts you got, but gave up and sold it. I just couldn't find a way to hold those keys and it stopped being fun.
  11. Nothing wrong with this photo but the man needs to relax a little; he's looking a bit pale. Has he been cooped up inside these last few weeks?
  12. Hi KPnuts, Did you have to make up those chains link-by-link like on the Fiat model by Pocher? This is a very cool model. It's come through my hands several times over the years but I never built it. It might have to go back on my "to-do" list.
  13. Mike, Use spray cans. The parts are huge and nothing needs the fine work of spray painting. For the steel parts, you can spray different colours of grey, black, and silver from different distances and you'll get all kinds of interesting finishes. If you want rust, use putty with a little colour mixed in and then use a bristle brush to create the surface effect. These are great kits but don't get yourself down a rabbit hole for nothing. As for the big surfaces, you need to fit, prime, fare and adjust, fit, prime, adjust, fit, paint, adjust, paint, adjust, paint, paint again, paint again, paint again, compound (don't get close to the edges), polish, polish, polish, polish (from 2000 up to 8000 grit sandpaper), wax, wax again, and then final wax. Simple.
  14. The speed with which you work is astounding. Do you ever sleep, eat? I wish I had your determination. Well done! Best Regards, Rick
  15. Amazing detail. Very, very, realistic finish.

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