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1/24 london bus diorama

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Kpnuts    302

Hi all, this may or may not happen, it will be the biggest project I've ever taken on I've been playing with the layout, it will be huge (I may have to try and make it in 2 halves somehow to store and work on it) anyway I cut the footprint of all the the vehicles and have placed them roughly (obviously a piece of oblong paper doesn't really look anything like a car or bus but it gives me an idea of scale needed, as you can see I can't really make it any smaller but I will need a few more cars ( any suggestions on iconic British cars availiable in 1/24)
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Kpnuts    302

Hi all well here is the first tentative steps in this one, I've primed answer top coated the Bentley, won't get much else done as on hols on Friday, really need this holiday work is soooooooooooo stressful at the moment.

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Kpnuts    302

Hi all, well Robin (on another forum) had a great idea to add a zebra crossing to give me a cut line so as i can join the two halves together, but I've checked and can find no ref pics at any time period with a zebra crossing at picadilly circus (and I can't add something to such an iconic British landmark that wasn't there) so,,, Ive got a cunning plan, I'm going to make all the buildings and scenery removable  (not sure how yet)  anyway made a start on the fountain, I was going to cheat and do it as it was in ww2 but of course the route master and mini and taxi for that matter were after ww2.
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I know, I know it looks like corrugated cardboard but with a bit of plaster of Paris I'm sure it will be fine (I hope)

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Kpnuts    302

Hi all can't really get into any serious modeling (no time) but decided to try another idea with the fountain made the paving slabs out of stiff paper and added pre shading, I think it's going to be OK, not sure how I'm going to handle the curb stones.

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Kpnuts    302

Hi all well I've started on the fountain (not sure how to do the corner ornamentation yet) but I pleased with how it's starting, this is a picture frame upside down and a bit of the ornamentation filed off its actually 2  mil to low in scale but that's only a couple of inches overall.

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Kpnuts    302

Hi all I've realised I've made a huge error with this, so huge in fact that I'm just going to have to call it a London like dio (I could never have modeled half of Eros anyway) I was so busy trying to get the hight right on the fountain, I forgot about the area of it, wasn't till I put a 1/24 figure up to it (as someone suggested) I realised, i have the width totally wrong should be at least twice as long as I have it. Although I could remake it, it would mean redoing the steps, again on could do that, the problem is I would have to scale the rest of the dio up and it's already a metre square, I have nowhere to keep a dio of over 2 metres square, so it will just have to be the way it is.

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Kpnuts    302

Hi all well since I can't work on herbie at the moment (still waiting for decals) I decided to do a bit to this.

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As you can see from this the fountain is utterly wrong, grrrr, 

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Revell made a mistake

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Oops

First coat on seats

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Kpnuts    302

OK so here's another update.

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And I thought since this is the London bus dio I'd better start the bus (it's a lot bigger than you think and I've run out of red paint now, not even enough to finish the body on this so now I have to get some more)

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AndrewP    3

The Revell London Bus is a monster of a kit - be prepared to spend a LONG time prepping all the bloody seats!

I built one a couple of years ago as  London Country bus that I used to take to school in Gravesend, including a driver, conductor and passengers...

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Kpnuts    302

Superb, I was going to do mine red but now I'm not so sure, I love the way you've shown the old posters that have been on before, that's some incredible weathering truly amazing.

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AndrewP    3

I got tired of seeing the same old bright clean Red London bus so had to go to the opposite extreme lol

I was accused of over-weathering it, but then I just posted this photo which is of the real vehicle sometime in the mid 70s :)

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Kpnuts    302

Don't ever listen to what other people say, I built hellers 1/8 traction avant as a rust bucket and got loads of negative comments about how I could ruin a classic kit. I nearly gave up modeling over it as I thought it was some of my best work. It really pees me off when people say anything negative, I don't mind positive criticism  (by that I mean "this is wrong because " with maybe a suggestion how to fix it or that weren't avaliable in that colour, that year) you have done a great job of that and I think people who slight others models are just jealous they cant achieve the same result. More power to your elbow, your pic of the actual bus just proves how great a modeler you are, it is simply sublime.

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Kpnuts    302

Hi all another update, I lost one of the stub axles or whatever they are so I had to scratch build a new one, cocktail stick to the rescue again (I find them sooooo useful)

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Did some griming up of the bus chassis, needs a bit more but I'm quite pleased with it.

 

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