Years ago, when I began Pochering, I chose the Bugatti because it was by far the most beautiful of the bunch, with its fender flares and paint job. I also wanted a hardtop with roll-up windows. Fortunately, when I scouted all of the local hobby shops, I came across two brochures that showed me what was available, and a supplier that had them all in stock (in 1991, the Classic line ended at K86). I decided against the Rolls-Royce chassis because it just didnt look right as a coupe, and the sedan was probably not a good first choice as it had the most parts. The Mercedes styling didnt do a thing for me, and the Alfa looked incredibly plain.
This time around, remembering how frustrated I got building the Bugatti, and fearing that I might give up at some point, I wanted to minimize my investment in money and time by getting the least expensive kit in the line. This lead to the Mercedes-Benz 540K True Roadster (K91) which, in fact, turned out to be a 500K Spezial Roadster. All of the Pocher Mercedes chassis are 500Ks, not 540Ks, and an actual example of this car is owned by the Imperial Palace automotive museum in Las Vegas.
From the external photographs, I could see why it was cheaper than the other Mercedes kits: it had no rumble seat, no convertible top, no windows going up and down, and I had read that it had plastic wire wheels. All of these things were okay because I was most interested in the inner workings of the machine, but unfortunately, once I acquired the kit, I learned that there were many internal things missing to help contribute to its lower cost. I was very disappointed.
Fortunately, by this time, I had a copy of a book entitled Expert Tips for Perfecting Your Pocher Mercedes Kit, and I was already in contact with one of its authors, David Cox. He sent me a copy of the instructions for an earlier Mercedes kit (K85) and I could see exactly how they differed. As it turned out, so many people were having so much trouble with so many details, that Pochers solution wasnt to improve the parts, but rather to leave them out so people wouldnt have to bother with them. Fortunately, the key parts they left out were often easy to replace, so I didnt feel so bad. In the end, the only sub-assemblies that Im missing are the supercharger linkage and some hand brake linkage.
The tips book also provided me with many suggestions for improvement, and this is where I approached the Mercedes differently from the Bugatti. With the Bugatti, I made sure that I did everything correctly and by the book. With the Mercedes, I decided to go further and spend a lot of time adding extra detail.
My actual experiences building Pocher model cars are described below, but first, I must provide two significant pieces of advice: