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Reply with quote  #16 
I'll have a look see to find it. It was a model show. Have to think think think what I was looking at when I came across it.
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Thanks Ted.  Here is the latest on the bus.  The home made filler cured on the ends of the handrails on the top deck and I sanded them down and here is the result.

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Continuing with handrails I had a look at the rear platform rail and I wasn't impressed with the kit one.

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So I thought it time to get out the copper wire again.  I used the kit part as a guide and I made my own using smooth flat nose pliers as before to straighten the wire and put some of the bends in.  For the curl at the bottom end of the rail I used the shaft of a 4mm drill bit as a guide to bend the wire around.

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I must be getting good at bending wire as the fit was spot on and it was just a case of attaching the rail to the bus using CA glue.

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Next I glued the rear platform barrier.  The instructions don't give a good view of this so I used some reference photo's from the web to give me a better idea of how it is attached.

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I didn't want to use the steering column from the kit so used a syringe needle and a pin as they would be stronger.

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To attach the wheel I drilled a hole in the centre of the steering wheel to take the pin.

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Then using CA glue I attached the pin to the steering wheel.

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The syringe needle is going to act as the new and stronger steering column and it was just attached to the bus via the hole for the kit column using CA glue.  Again I used reference shots to get the length and angle right.  Well sort of.

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Now the steering wheel with attached pin just drops into the syringe needle.

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As with the steering column I wanted the make the foot pedals out of stronger stuff so for the pedal shaft I used a pin and for the pedal foot plate I used metal cut from a mackerel tin.  The third pedal is made from copper wire as is the steering column support.

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With the pedals done I moved on to the handbrake and gear lever.  The larger of the two levers had the locking lever handle missing, so to get around this I glued copper wire the full length of the lever to give more strength and to add a locking lever handle.  I have tried to get the levers in the right position for the bus to be stationary but to do this one of the ratchets is in the wrong position but I can live with that.  I also added the connecting rods from the levers along the body to the rear wheel hub made from copper wire.

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I also added the support bands for the silencer made from lead fishing weights.

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My next little job was to add the step for the driver.  That kit part I think could do with a bit of improvement.

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For this I used brass from a photo etch sprue for the foot plate and brass rod for the support.  I bent the brass rod and cut the sprue to size and joined them using my soldering iron.

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I cut the rod to size and glued it to the bus.

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Reply with quote  #18 
Ian, All of that scratch work makes me smile! its looking so much more realistic. wow.........
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Reply with quote  #19 
This is so much fun to follow - your doing an amazing job!
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Thanks chaps.  I looked at the lights provided in the kit and I wasn't impressed so I decided to have ago and make my own.  The kit lights are carriage lamps fitted to the bulkhead behind the engine so I had a look at what bits I had knocking around and I decided to use brass tubing as its stronger than plastic and it roughly the right size I was after.  Using my pipe cutter I cut off a small piece of tubing.

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The pipe cutter is easy to use all you is decide where you want to cut on the tubing and tighten up the grub screw until it just bites.  Then you hold onto the cutter in one hand and turn the tube with the other.  If you can't turn the tubing then the grub screw is too tight so just loosen until the tube can be turned.  After a few turns you will find it gets easier to turn then you tighten up the grub screw and carry on turning the tubing until again it gets easier.  After a few minutes of doing this the cutter will give a clean even cut.

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This piece is going to be the main body of the lamp.  As the lamp is going to be suspended I used a piece of scrap brass from and old photo etch sprue as the base.

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To attach the base I decided to use solder but you could use CA glue.

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I could have cut a brass disc out the diameter of the tube but the small size would have been a nightmare to solder so I soldered the tube to the base and then cut around the tube to remove excess brass.  It was just a case of filing and sanding to tidy it up.

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For the lens holder I used the same size brass tube.  Using a small half round file I filed a round "dent" in the end of the tube big enough to go half way round the lamp body.

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Then using the pipe cutter I cut this off the tubing.

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Now using a pair of sprung tweezers to hold them in position I soldered these together.

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While I was thinking how I was going to do the tops of the lamps and how I was going to attach them to the bus I thought I would have to look at a few photo's.  After looking at old photo's of buses in the First World War I decided to add one thing the kit doesn't provide and that is headlights.  The carriage lamps can wait.  I had to also workout how I was going to make them but this is what I came up with.  I looked at what brass tubing I had and I picked the one with the biggest internal diameter then using my trusty pipe cutter, I cut a small of tubing 1/8" in length.  I then soldered it to a piece of brass sprue as I did for the carriage lamps.

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I cut off the excess brass as before.

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Now I had to make the headlight mounts.  I used small brass rod which I first bent around tubing the same diameter as the lights.

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Then I cut the rod to size.

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Using pliers I gave the jaws of the "U" a nip so they were a touch tighter touching the light. 

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Now using another piece of the brass rod and a scrap piece of MDF with right angles marked I arranged the "U" and rod and temporarily suck them down with Blu-tak.  Then I joined them using solder again.

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The first one was easy to make but the second was a pain as the solder kept snapping as I didn't get it all the way around but I got there in the end.

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Now it was just a case of shortening the brass rod and drilling the holes in the bus.  Then I glued in place using CA glue.

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They aren't exactly accurate but I think they do the job and it passed an hour or two.  All I have to do is paint the interior silver and make the lenses.

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For the carriage lamps I used plasticard for the tops.  I also added a small piece of small diameter brass tubing to the back of the lamp.  I cut off the kit mounts and made new ones from bent pins and I drilled small holes in the side of the bulkhead or dashboard and I glued the pins with CA glue.  To attach the lamps I just hung them via the newly added tubing on the back of the lamp on the pins and then I glue them to make them secure.  I am going to do the lenses the same as the headlights.

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Reply with quote  #21 
Ian---LOVING how you create what is needed! fantastic work, excellent pictures also. thank you so much for a GREAT WIP thread!
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Thanks Ted.  I have attached the extinguishers and horn and I then used Badger's stynylrez to prime everything.  To protect the interior I used bits of sponge to cover the windows and door.

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I left it over night for the primer to go completely dry and the following day I sprayed the base coat.  I did't attach the seats for the upper deck until I had sprayed the seats and the upper deck but once I had and the paint had dried I glued the seats in place. 

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Once the paint had dried I decided to add the "Putney Common" sign from an older kit and I added the "via Berlin" using a white gel pen.  I have made my own decals before but white lettering would be a right pain to do.  So I decided to try gel pens to see if they would do the trick.  I had a practise first on a scrap piece of plastic sprayed with the green paint and it looked ok.  Plan B was if it didn't look right I could over paint with white paint using a brush but as you can see I stuck with plan A.

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So I thought I would add a bit more.

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I also added the wheels and I painted the chassis.

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Reply with quote  #23 
great work, really nice!
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Thanks Ted.   I got in from work and I decided to crack on with the bus.  I made the lenses for the lights from a thin clear plastic container and two different hole punches which were then glued in position with Roket Card Glue.  Then I made a stencil from Tamiya Tape of a number "1" and sprayed it on the front, back and sides with white paint.  Before I started the weathering I gave the bus a few coats of Klear then I used a home made oil wash over the whole of the bus.  When I was happy with that I used Flory Models Sand Clay Wash for the dried mud effect on the upper, stairs and rear platform.  I also did a touch of clipping on the handrails with Hobby Color Brass Buffable  Metal Paint.  To tone down the white a touch more I used a Vallejo wash and finally for the rust effects I thought I would try Humbrols Enamel Wash, finishing off with a pencil to highlight one or two metal edges.  Anyway here are a few photo's to show you the results of my tired bus.

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I haven't quite finished as it needs a coat of flat varnish to finish.


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Reply with quote  #25 
Ian, excellent pictures reveal a perfect job of weathering. Looks like the real thing. really! congratulations on a solid result.
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Reply with quote  #26 
Beautiful!

All the improvements and details you added to this model are great. Thank you for sharing all the pictures and explaining the techniques you use. I've learned a lot!

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Reply with quote  #27 
All of that scratch work is brilliant stuff, mate. The overall build is really stunning, and the finish is excellent. I really love all of the little details you put into it! This is one of those builds that has been a pleasure to watch unfold.  [biggrin]
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Thanks lads I am really glad you enjoyed the build as I did and also thanks for all the support throughout the build which is most appreciated as always.  I am a bit late posting this but here is the link to the reveal photo's http://genessis-models.websitetoolbox.com/post/132-airfix-world-war-one-b-type-bus-old-bill-8119893?pid=1292357481 
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