Okay, okay. I could not resist anymore. This giant box rested on my wardrobe for a while but the every time I glanced this direction, I was tempted. The buses in general are not much attractive for me. Not as the modelling objects. But this half-bonneted double-decker from behind the English Channel (La Manche, if you please) is a different story. Even though they do not take the passengers on regular lines anymore, they are still unthinkable part of the London atmosphere to me.
The box is big. So big, that I thought they sent me an LCD TV set instead. And it is crammed with giant amount of plastic. Eventhough the kit has its shortcomings, I think it represents the legendary bus very well.
I started out with the engine, like I always do and it is also the fist step per instructions too. There is a two engine option in the kit which is quite extraordinary. The first one is labeled Leyland by the instruction sheet. But it is AEC AV590 9.6L more likely. The other option is Scania engine which was installed in the Routemaster buses from 1996 as reaction to the legal emission limits. My choice was simple. The British bus - the British engine.
This one represents the original quite well. I only added the diesel injection nozzels and tubing and some hoses too.
The first shortcoming I had to deal with was the radiator. Since I plan to use a PE mesh as the grille, I needed to change the shape of the radiator. The one in the kit is much too wide. The mesh of the real bus reveals the whole supporting structure of the vehicle.
I cut a part of the radiator off, fixed the edge and superglued the PE mesh on both sides. I was not carefull enough with the superglue and later on the surfacer revealed the imperfections.