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#21 truckabilly

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 07:50 AM

I painted the inside panels using revell 331 colour as the instructions say so. Some debris got into the first layer. I have taken the photo after I cleaned the surface with a fine sand paper. I will add one more layer when I have time. The floors of both decks are painted also. But, again, it takes some more care to get the final coat.

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I cut the seats and frames from the sprues. Cleaning the 32 fragile seat frames is not exactly my idea of modelling but I finished it without any damage to a single frame.

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I did not follow the instructions when painting the wheels. Instead of revell 331 I chose revell 37 with a few drops of humbrol 62. A gloss laquer and dark wash will follow.

 

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I made a pair of pens which are a bit off scale but I put them in the cab anyway.

 

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I also added a pair of cables running from the steering column to the dash board.

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Now it takes painting and painting. I hope it will be finished within the next week. 

 

 



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Posted 24 March 2013 - 07:57 AM

Jarda, This pens are totally best detaill ever. Pavel



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Posted 30 March 2013 - 11:05 AM

Painting the seat frames is almost as amusing as cutting them off the sprue and cleaning. The frames are painted with chrome alclad and red humbrol. The alclad requires a black undercoat which I sprayed over the frames at once.

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I tried to minimize the waste of alclad colour, so I painted the frames one by one this time. And then I painted red humbrol with a brush. Two layers because the black undercoat made the red look a bit dull.

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I started painting the seats today. I will post pictures when they are finished. I hope I won´t mess the decals.



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Posted 30 March 2013 - 12:39 PM

You are doing incredible work



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Posted 04 April 2013 - 11:12 AM

I am back with a little bit of progress on the double-decker bus. I engraved the transmission cover on the floor of the lower deck.

 

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 An emergency exit should be on the front left side of the upper deck. But the pictures of the real thing show only riveted floor mats and no visible cover. And a seat is located in that place too. So, I do not quite understand how the emergency exit is supposed to actually work. I left the the upper floor without any change.

 

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The wheels are very nice in the kit but the tires are not. No lettering on the sides and the only thing that holds them in place is the ribbing on the wheel´s perimeter. The rim is everything but tight. Fortunatelly it looks okay on the outside. But I have some reservations of the system as such.

 

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With a loose tire like that it is very easy to do this:

 

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Am I supposed to glue the tires to the wheels? Not per instructions, that´s for sure.


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Posted 07 April 2013 - 11:27 PM

Seems to be a common problem with Revell, but don't let them hold you back from doing a great job



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Posted 11 April 2013 - 11:55 AM

Another phase of the seats saga began. The decals. I cut them out and organised two separate groups for the left and right side. Just as the seats and frames.

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The decals represent textile fabrics. No reflection is desired. Therefore I sprayed all the seats with Humbrol´s matt varnish No. 49.

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The photo flash produced some glare anyway but the seats look okay in normal light. I glued them to their frames. 

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 12:02 PM

Since I will use the PE grill, I added a few details under the driver´s cab. This area is not complete yet.

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Also the stairway is assembled. The aluminium stripes will be covered with BMF.

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 01:44 AM

WOW!  What a huge project.  Excellent work so far, love all the detail you're adding!

 

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 09:37 AM

The area under the driver´s cab seems to be a little empty comapared to the real Routemaster.

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So I made a steering box and placed it in its place.

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It will not be that much visible through the front mesh. But it fills the area a bit more anyway.

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I cannot stop thinking of the emergency exit through the floor of the upper deck. It is covered by a plate like this.

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This is my version. It will not be that shiny.

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 09:39 AM

A little more pictures:

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 10:59 AM

Ladies and gentlemen, on board please! The upper deck has all the seats installed. I tried to fade them and shade them so that they would lose their brand-new shine. Unfortunatelly, the pics do not show this too well. The flash reduced the effect quite a lot.

 

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 10:53 PM

Another step forward - the ceiling. Two ceilings, actually. It is the first time that I took a shot at preshading. I have never done that before. Those of you who master this technique at the top level will probably laugh. But I am happy that  I managed to hit  the black lines at least this way.

 

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My effort will not be much visible on the down-facing ceilings. But I wanted to try my first preshading on something less exposed before I will dare to make it on a cab or something like that.

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 02:35 AM

 

I cannot stop thinking of the emergency exit through the floor of the upper deck. It is covered by a plate like this.

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This is my version. It will not be that shiny.

 

 

 

 

The original Routemaster didn't have that hole in the floor, the photo you have is of an old Routemaster (RM125) run by the WRVS as a playbus, as the rear door had a door fitted, a hole was cut in the floor above the engine cover for a quick exit from upstairs, the Routemasters run in service didn't have this fitted

 

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 09:09 AM

Okay, thank you Geoff for the info. This way or the other, my bus has the cover fitted already and I think I will leave it there.

 

After a few weeks of thinking of the outside colour for the bus, I´ve chosen the RAL 3002 that is reportedly used by London Transport for local colour repairs. It is two-component colour used in 1:1 world. As such, it gives a much deeper shine, that it should be on a model. I will handle that later. I sprayed these first panels separately because I need them to:

A- complete the engine bay 

B- fit the inside left-hand board of the lower deck to it

I took the pictures in poor lighting conditions. We have heavy rains here these days.

 

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I will try to soften the shine a bit with filters and post-shading. The engine bay will be covered with some grime and dust.

 



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Posted 03 June 2013 - 01:25 PM

I really like the weathered effect. Super build!

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Posted 04 June 2013 - 03:05 AM

Keep up the good work!  I enjoy following your progress. 

 

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 07:28 AM

So, here is the weathered engine bay. I sprayed well diluted shades of brown and grey humbrol enamels over the red color as well as the AK Interactive enamels like streaking grime or fuel stains.

 

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This is a brake valve under the cab floor. A sort of...                         It won´t be much visible behind the grill. But it is there to fill the space under the cab. The surrounding panels are only brushed for the same reason. It won´t be visible.

 

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I had to clean this wall six times. For whatever reason I could not get rid of some debris. And when it finaly looked satisfactory, a silver finger print appeared on there. So... this is after the final cleaning.

 

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The stairway tower is in place for good. The aluminium strips are partly made of BMF and the rest is painted with GSI Alumine. Instead of time-table I framed in a truck scheme from the KFS decal sheet. I did not have the time-table. 

 

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All for now. Thanks for looking.



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Posted 09 June 2013 - 07:36 AM

This is a superb project with some very nice details and excellent weathering.  Well done so far and I will look forward to future updates.



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Posted 09 June 2013 - 09:40 AM

You detail work is superb....You've really taken this challenge on.....Way to go...I know I'm impressed....