The Creative Explorer

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  1. The Creative Explorer added a post in a topic Routemaster Car Transporter   

    The bus side of the rear ramp, which will get a mesh insert, so people can step on it.

    The whole ramp, hinged closed

    And hinged in rest position

    Some strengthening for the hinges.

    I use a long rod, that way I know everything will line up later on.

    And the whole ramp, completely open.

    Should be adequate haha

    And in closed position.

  2. The Creative Explorer added a post in a topic Routemaster Car Transporter   

    Thank you guys again!
    @Robert; I don't think so, Google didn't come up with anything. I know we do convert regular busses in transporters, but only for one car.
    One week further and I was able to get some steps done, but the big steps that I could take before have been minimised to small detailwork.
    I worked on windowframes on the divider, to give it a bit more depth

    And added crossmembers for the ramps

    Than started a long and tidious project, getting the ramps to hinge.

    I used a fairly simple, but effective system in making my own hinges out of copper tubes

    The top ramp has the same system, but over the whole length

    The divider, the door opening got the same treatment too.

    I wanted to make a compartiment for the hydraulic jacks that are needed for the ramps, because I want it to look a bit crude, but that's for later. I found quickly that this compartment is too small, or at least not deep enough

    So I got it out again

    This is something that I will be doing for quite some time through the project; filling!

    The drivers side divider got changed too, since I want the driver to get into the workshop, I opened a hole

    And gave it some steps.

    Some more work on hinging, this is for the rear-ramp

  3. The Creative Explorer added a post in a topic Routemaster Car Transporter   

    Thanks guys! I enjoy you enjoy it haha. I must say; this kit is so good, that even with serious butchering the kit is still fitting together very nicely. And I must be doing something right this time, since usually my scratch work is always off.
    I forgot a few pictures, so as a added bonus for today:

  4. The Creative Explorer added a post in a topic Routemaster Car Transporter   

    The ambiance I 'had' to work in, not that bad eh ;-)

    I put the drivers cabin together, to see how it would relate to the work area and what work has to be done.

    After adding a guiding edge to the upper swingramp, the fit got too tight, so I have to adjust that.

    At this point I started to make a dryfit of as many bodypanels I could get. To see if everything was still straight and true. But also to see if I made mistakes and how to solve them

  5. The Creative Explorer added a post in a topic Routemaster Car Transporter   

    I also made the swing-ramp for the lower deck, made it a bit trapezium shaped, for easy entrance and for the upper swing-ramp.

    A little template for adding the right rear of the bus, getting rid of the big curve, this will add more space for loading.

    This will be the upper deck, with the upper swing-ramp in place.

    A view simple pieces of PS, but does look nice.

    Dryfitting time, looks pretty good to me

    It really starts to look like something

    I added quarter rounds to the upper ramp, makes it look a bit more realistic

  6. The Creative Explorer added a post in a topic Routemaster Car Transporter   

    Some strutting for the ramp

    And the drivers wall got a open space, so he can get into the drivers seat from the work area.

    Entrance of the work area from the left side


    Fits snugly in the corner.

    And from this point down, it was all done yesterday, went we had a modelshow nearby, where I actually do model. So there's about ten hours of work below...
    I started with making some storage space for the work area, it has to be cramped ofcourse.

  7. The Creative Explorer added a post in a topic Routemaster Car Transporter   

    Thanks guys again!
    @Gaute, a little bit, but not too much. I am planning to make my transporter quite different. So, no biggie.
    @Tom; Well, don't forget I am living in Europe, they are quite less expensive. I think I paid around 50 dollars for it.
    Time for a huge update, lots of pictures too.
    I started with making the ramps on the lower deck inside, these will be fixed ramps.

    Added a guide edge to it

    I made a new wall/divider for the lower deck, this will divide the car from the small workarea/storage.

    Including a door

    Dryfitted together

    I started with swapping the door and window area on the left side of the bus

    The window is now moved one slot to the right and in the remaining hole will come the door.

  8. The Creative Explorer added a post in a topic Routemaster Car Transporter   

    Thanks guys
    @Terry; That was kind of the idea, but it has to be periodic correct. Still figuring that out, but not until I have the inside ramp finished.

    @Marc; It is an good suggestion, but I have to be realistic and use the original tyres, they have to carry quite a load and small wheels/tires will look off. I think the room is sufficient. After all; it's the sixties, who knew anything about health and safety codes anyway? haha
    Being smart this time, I decided to take little steps in building up. so I worked on the upper deck and get that nice and smooth.
    [img CT/slides/rtmct014.jpg
    I added some styrene to cover the gaps

    And glued the longer strips whilst the bus was somewhat mocked up, I don't have carpenters fingers, so in order for everything to be straight in the end, I thought it was smart to do it this way.

    And I keep fitting the 275, it is my benchmark and if this one fits, the smaller british cars will fit too.

    Important was some clearance on either side of the Ferrari

  9. The Creative Explorer added a topic in On the Workbench: Big Rigs   

    Routemaster Car Transporter
    Ok, here's a wacky idea; how about a car transporter, made from a Routemaster, or London bus?
    Somewhere on my vacation-break I got this awesome idea and started playing with it, I bought another London Bus kit from Revell (I kept the first one to be build stock) and got it yesterday evening. I was all excited at work to start with it, couldn't wait and have now the first 2 hours in it.
    It isn't all that difficult if one went the easy route, hop in a ramp, change the back end and done. But I plan to go somewhat further and make it technical possible, so I need to take in account all dimensions, angles, room etc... not cutting corners, at least not too much.
    On with some pictures:
    The familiar box

    The top floor, seems to have enough space for a E-type and a Morgan

    This has to be cut, in order to change it into a transporter

    Than I realised that the wheel wells? are quite big in the Routemaster, so I mocked-up the bus and see if a sporty granturismo would fit between the roof and the wheels, albeit a bit low, it seems to work out.

    A bit more overall picture

    And what a great view for people looking at the transporter!

    A door in the side is also convenient to get to the storage area, fortunately, there is a door size window on the side and would make a great door. Unfortunately it is too far to the rear, so I will swap the two windows. The door will move one spot to the left.

    The ceiling and topfloor are 2 parts, so twice the cutting and now past the point of no return!

    A mock up again

    This is how far I am going, I calculated the angles the Ferrari could handle and used that as a guide for calculating the ramps angles.
    unfortunately, the distance between the rear of the bus and the rear wheels is too short and gets too steep, so I have to think of a solution for that.

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  10. The Creative Explorer added a post in a topic Best kit(s) for this VW Type 2??   

    Or get the newer Revell bus and try to find the panel delivery roof, should be available through Revell.
  11. The Creative Explorer added a post in a topic All new Citroen DS19 kit   

    They are both horrible, it may be nice for a Citroën collector, who is not going to build them. But anybody who is planning to build one, don't get those 1/16s
  12. The Creative Explorer added a post in a topic Price indication of the Rolling Thunder   

    Robert, I'm not planning for eBay, don't want it to be on an auction either. I'll put it on some sort of Craigslist. More interested to sell it to a fellow modeller for a reasonable price.
    But that is also the problem, I have no clue what would be a reasonable price for both seller and buyer.
  13. The Creative Explorer added a topic in General   

    Price indication of the Rolling Thunder
    Not something I'd be normally doing, but I have to sell some kits unfortunately.
    One of them is the MPC Rolling Thunder, what can I expect for this kit? I see ridiculous prices on eBay and don't think they are anything close to realistic.
    I do understand the model isn't very common, but I hate the term 'rare'. So, it isn't rare.... ;-)
    I am not trying to push the most possible out of it, just figuring out what a fair price would be.
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  14. The Creative Explorer added a post in a topic Le Mans 2015, 24hr build (Bentley Blower and Renault 5 LeCar)   

    Thanks Jonathan!
  15. The Creative Explorer added a post in a topic Le Mans 2015, 24hr build (Bentley Blower and Renault 5 LeCar)   

    Thank you guys, I am not that unhappy considering it was a 24hr build

    @Skip: yes, It is the Revell reissue of the old Heller kit. Has a lot better decals (I think cartograf) and it is a nice little kit.