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1/24 London bus dio

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  • Member since
    March, 2014
1/24 London bus dio
Posted by kpnuts on Saturday, September 02, 2017 1:53 PM

Hi all since I'm back here is one i started about a yr ago it's to go with the revell  London bus I'm doing the most ambitious dio I've ever tried it will be 1 metre square when done and is going to only have British icons of motoring in it (that is only 1/24 kits that I can get obviously)

These are some of the models and scratch building I've done so far

Here's a closeup of the bus 

  • Member since
    August, 2007
  • From: back country of SO-CAL, at the birth place of Naval Aviation
Posted by DUSTER on Saturday, September 02, 2017 2:30 PM

  Great start. The bus and theater look amaizing



Building the perfect model---just not quite yet  Confused

  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 11:52 AM

Well Let's see ;

 I do like the lighting . Question , Is that the Heller Kit ? If so it looks like it has been driven - Good on you !

  • Member since
    January, 2011
Posted by Bugatti Fan on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 3:21 AM

Really nice diorama subject. Look forward to seeing how it progresses. To answer tanker builders question the Routemaster bus is Revell Germany kit. There is an Austin London black cab kit in 1/24 scale by a Japanese company, Aoshima I think that this diorama builder may be interested in if they have not got it already.

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 7:33 AM

Nice job on the bus, that brings back some memories.

Bugatti, i think thats a black cab he has next to the bus and behind the old Police Box.

''I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so''


On the bench:

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 8:52 AM

Looks great!

I have the bus about half done, been stalled on the project for about a year. Too many other kits completing to get on my bench.  Maybe next year.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    January, 2011
Posted by Bugatti Fan on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 1:47 PM

You're right Bish....Can see Black Cab in pic of KPnuts dio bits. Missed it first glance. Well spotted that man!

Being an NT Member I really must take a run over to Bury SE soon and have a look at the theatre.

  • Member since
    March, 2014
Posted by kpnuts on Saturday, September 30, 2017 1:48 PM
Hi all I need some help here I bought some printer transfer paper to make my own decals I've printed off some police decals for the range rover. The ink seems to not soak into the paper (almost like rain on gloss paintwork) the first pic is the best of 6
Also the decals when applying them are very stretchy
I think the decals won't notice when the car is applied to the dio but I would like to know where I'm going wrong.
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    March, 2014
Posted by kpnuts on Sunday, October 08, 2017 11:50 AM
Hi all nearly finished the range rover next up will be the transit van, I've still to make the police sign for the roof and assorted sundries like the wing mirrors and wipers got loads more work to do on the buildings not even started any street furniture I'm hoping the finished dio will be an impressive site. I've realised I've got to make loads of figures for the street as well (not something I'm looking forward to. I reckon I must have been on this one for a yr by now and I can easily see it taking that long again.
  • Member since
    March, 2014
Posted by kpnuts on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 12:57 PM
Hi all well I've nearly finished the cops car so I thought it was time to start the robbers van, it's going to be my favourite style old and beat up.
I wanted to show the scrapes and scratches on the bed of the van so I thought I would use the same method I used for the dent on the Honda tank and the dent in the fender of the traction avant.
I covered the floor pan with foil.
Sprayed it with the body colour then stained and scratched through to the foil.
I've started scruffying up the body.
Tried the floor pan in the body to see the effect 
I may go further with the wear and tear on the transit, a few dents or maybe more rust but I'm happy with where it's going at the moment.
  • Member since
    January, 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 2:26 PM

L-O-O-K-I-N-G  G-O-O-D!!!!

Jim  Captain

Photobucket Main WIP: Rebuild of Monogram 1/8 "Big Deuce" with 1/8 Pocher V-12 in rear - 10%

   On the Bench:   Revell 1/48 Ju 52/3m - 50%;  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 20% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

  • Member since
    March, 2014
Posted by kpnuts on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 2:06 PM
Hi all well I've dirtied up the bottom and started ageing the interior of the transit I think it's a great little kit although I would have liked a full engine more.
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    March, 2014
Posted by kpnuts on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 1:54 PM
Hi all well her is the robber and his moll
  • Member since
    April, 2015
  • From: Detroit, MURDER CITY
Posted by RudyOnWheels on Saturday, October 28, 2017 11:12 PM

Looks like you're off to a great start. Love the weathered van. As far as the decals go, there are two different types of decal "paper". One type for laser printers, and one type for inkjet printers, which is what most people have at home. Make sure you're using the correct decal "paper" for the type of printer you're using. 

Good luck! 





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