are Pocher kits?
What is a
A transkit (short for "transformation kit") is a separate set of parts
to add extra details to an existing kit. They are almost always
by small independent companies, not by the maker of the
kit, and usually add an exponentially greater level of detail than the
original kit provides. Unless specifically stated otherwise, you still
need the base kit to build a complete model.
How do I know what's in
page lists most of the items that I offer. An in
stock item will be so
noted on the more detailed
item page linked from the description on the kits
page. I rarely have actual Pocher kits in stock anymore, and
do I alert my email list before posting them here on the website; they
almost always sell without being offered here.
How do I order (can I
order online)? You
may click any button
to use my secure PayPal online ordering and payment
system, or you
from me directly
by fax or phone using my order
Why should I buy from
Scale Autoworks? 1.
high quality kits and finished models that are hard to find anywhere
2. fair prices 3. fast shipping and great customer service
small business that cares 4. the knowledge and experience of
model builder 5. serving the 1:8 scale modeler since 1991
What if I see a cheaper
price advertised somewhere
else? My prices are based on
a fair profit for my business that also includes attentive customer
careful packing, and fast, secure, insured shipping. If you see an item
I sell offered by another legitimate business at a better price, let me
know. Be aware that a small savings in price is usually not worth the
of poor service, unanswered questions, slow delivery, or damaged
Is there a list of all
Pocher kits ever produced?
Can you provide building
am a full-time builder in addition to being the sole proprietor of this
website, and so have very little time to give building advice. If you
bought a kit from me and have a specific question, call me and I'll do
my best to help. A better way: post your questions
to the appropriate
board and you will access the cumulative building experience
builders all over the world, and I will also personally answer your
Be sure to browse all the previous postings, as your question may
have been asked and answered.
Can you provide spare
cannot supply spare parts for Pocher kits not purchased here, I have
enough for my own needs. Even if I did I would have to charge
prices to cover the time involved in sorting, locating, packing, and
them. If you need parts, please post a message to the parts
wanted message board. If you purchased
the kit from me and
have broken or lost a part I will do my best to help you out. Factory
Pocher kits are very rarely missing parts, and it is often easier to
or remake a broken part than try to find a replacement. I will
defective or missing parts for an "in production" kit or transkit if
Can you provide
instruction manuals? Model
Motorcars has kindly posted downloadable Pocher
Classics manuals online here. I also have a limited supply of
manuals for purchase, $15. includes US postage ($20. for foreign
Are special tools required
to build the kits?
the Pocher kits include the basic tools required to assemble them. I do
sell a specialized
that will make building the kits (and especially the transkits and
sets) much easier.
Can you or anyone provide
real wire wheels to replace
the plastic ones that came with my Mercedes kit? Not
really. The old style Mercedes wheels are impossible to find short of
a complete junked car. A few people have tried small volume production
of replacements, but the intense labor and tooling requirements mean
were priced about $250. per wheel. It is possible to convert the
wheels into real ones with some very basic materials and some patience,
see my message board post here.
Do you buy kits from
Yes, but please understand this is my livelihood. The price I can pay
to make a fair profit if I resell the kit is not the highest market
you may get if you are willing or able to wait for the right buyer. The
benefit of selling to me is the trust of knowing I will pay promptly
treat you fairly as a long-established business. And let's not play
games - let me know the price you will accept for your kits, and I will
accept, counter-offer, or decline. Pocher kits are complex, and small
are easily lost once a box is opened, so I may need to personally
opened kits for completeness and condition before confirming my offer
sending payment. You must also understand that just because someone on
Ebay has recently and foolishly paid twice the expected price for a kit
does not mean that is what I can pay for yours. If you need to fund
retirement from the sale of your Pocher kit, try selling it on Ebay
and be sure to notice the same kit that may have sold for over $1000. a
few weeks ago has sold again more recently for half that amount.
Do you have a question not
Can you appraise the
market value of the Pocher kits
or built models I've bought/found/inherited? Not
unless you can bring them to me in person. I am always busy, am a slow
typist (3 fingers on a good day) and don't really have the time to
the nuances of condition or relative desirability.
Will you buy my built
Pocher model? Generally,
no. I build my own commisioned models to a very specific standard and
of detail. In special instances I may buy a built Pocher model for
or to restore for a special project, but will generally pay less than
value of the corresponding unbuilt kit.
Do you have online
reference photos of the real cars?
What is your privacy
policy - will you ever share
my email address? I will
never sell or share your email address or any other personal
you may provide in the course of our business or communications. I also
do not store any payment information on a computer or elsewhere online.
You may sign up for my email
updates about new models or kits, but I will remove you immediately
this mailing list if so requested.
Will you ship to other
I can ship almost anywhere. Exceptions and more international
shipping info here. Why won't you
ship by a cheaper economy service?
the protection of your valuable order I ship overseas mostly
insured Express Mail (EMS). EMS shipments are treated carefully, arrive
in 3-5 days, and are
online. Reimbursement for the loss of an untrackable package
a year even if fully insured - it has happened to me twice,
is why I usually insist on trackable EMS. I have also had three insured
packages arrive damaged from Europe, and the foreign Postal Services
Germany and Italy) refused each time to honor the damage claim. Is it
the risk and delay to save a few dollars and leave your valuable
unprotected? I will ship books and other less valuable items by Global
Priority Mail, which is trackable but not insured. Can
you declare my package as a gift or for a lower value to save me
Items must be declared to Customs for the insured amount. You
the full risk if an item is declared/insured for less than the full
All international packages (including gifts) require a Customs Form
the contents and value affixed to the outside of the package. I cannot
know what duty and taxes may be levied locally on your imported
- you should assume there will be some taxes due on arrival in your
Inquire at your local Customs Office if you are unsure of your local
and import regulations.
Why won't you ship to an
address different from my
credit card billing address? Shipping
only to a verified billing address for your credit card (or Paypal)
you, your credit card account, and your credit rating from identity
and fraudulent charges. It ensures that the true owner of the card or
is the only one to receive the merchandise becaause if your card or
number is stolen the thief will not be able to ship stolen merchandise
to his own address. More info here.
What is your return
returned item must be in "as sold" condition:
kits must still
be sealed, and unsealed but unstarted
kits must still be
completely unstarted and the contents undisturbed. All "as sold"
items will be charged a 15% restocking fee once inspected to my
kits, or those unsealed by the customer, are non-returnable/non-refundable
my discretion on a case-by-case basis; they will be charged a
fee. Shipping charges are non-refundable.
Understand most Pocher
kits and transkits have thousands of parts, and it may take me an hour
or more of my time to verify it is complete. I must be able to certify
a kit is complete without a doubt whether I build it in the future or
to resell it. Please also allow me ample time to inspect any item
I am able to issue a credit or refund.
What is my mailing
It's at the bottom of every webpage on my site.
for packing and shipping tips for Pocher Ferrari kits and
How can I safely buy a kit
from Ebay? There
are always risks buying a kit from an unknown seller, but there are
bargains, too. Paul Koo has also been building and buying Pocher kits
years, and has posted a helpful guide to buying
Pocher kits on Ebay. Be aware that any kit purchased as
"looks" complete runs the risk of missing anything and everything, and
may turn out to be spare parts at best. Even kits "personally
to be complete can turn out to look like the one below:
photo to enlarge
|This kit was missing wheels, tires,
the main body shell, and most metal parts; the fenders were badly
It was "personally guaranteed" complete and unstarted by Michael
of Hudsonville, Michigan, who refused to accept responsibilty or return
of the kit.
me and I will add the answer to this list
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