1/24 Revell Routemaster London Bus

Gallery Article by Amanda Jones on Sept 29 2012

 

This is rather an unusual subject for me, being a far larger scale than my usual and having previously only built one vehicle.  Although it has taken me 9 months to build, it was relatively stress free.  For the greater part, assembly is simple and the parts go together surprisingly well.  At various stages I fretted about how certain parts were going to fit, but construction has been very clearly thought out with the instructions being most unusually logical.  The decals are also of excellent quality and do not silver, which for me was a pleasant surprise considering I have often battled with this issue on previous Revell kits.

 

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I made a few small improvements to the kit. I substituted of the grill for a cafetiere filter and added a little plastic card to the bottom edges of the seats. I also rounded off the extremely angular edges of the cushioned part of the seat to make them look a little more realistic. There was one fairly large gap that I had to fill with plastic card which appears between the upper and lower deck sections. I found that that adding the plastic card to part F134 in the relevant area before painting and assembly made for a nice simple fix. I used the black citadel wash and conte crayons for the external weathering and Tamiya smoke to dull down the brightness of the seat decals.

I decided to make my own base and case.  The case was constructed using fish tank silicone from glass cut to order.  I used oak off cuts to create the edging and I used 320 grade silicone carbide paper sprayed with nato black for a road effect base. I very much enjoyed building this kit and I hope you enjoyed reading my article.

Amanda Jones

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Photos and text by Amanda Jones