A pair of School Busses

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Project by sras posted 01-11-2021 06:34 PM 673 views 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I did a real time blog of this build but never got around to the project posting. Here it is :)

The first bus (with the blue seats) was gifted to my grandson for his 5th birthday to mark his starting kindergarten. The second is in reserve for when the granddaughter turns 5.

The bus was a hit although one of the first things he did was try to ride it! The bus held up fine but I did suggetst that maybe it was not a riding toy.

The build was a fun one. Lots of little parts. The plans came from Toys & Joys but I scaled them down to half size. I have made quite a few toys for the grandkids and they are running out of space for them! Even at half size, they are still just over a foot long.

The birch wood was dyed and then finished with clear water based poly urethane.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#1 posted 01-11-2021 06:59 PM

Quite the build Steve, detail is superb!

I can see why he wanted to ride it 8^)

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#2 posted 01-11-2021 07:03 PM

Thanks! This project wins my prize for the most parts made from 1/16” stock!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 01-11-2021 07:07 PM

Great projects for kids. Nice work! They look awesome

-- You can lead a horse to water, but you can't tie his shoes. Blaze Foley

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#4 posted 01-11-2021 07:18 PM

I can hust see the joy in your grandson’s face when he got this! Awesome work, Steve!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 01-11-2021 08:13 PM

What a top gift to remember the start of school, great detail.
And yes you may need to do a few repairs down the track if he keeps riding it.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#6 posted 01-11-2021 08:41 PM

Thanks Hairy!

Lew – I always enjoy watching them get their toys

Crowie – I think I cured him of sitting on it. He’s getting way to big to even think about that now :)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 01-11-2021 08:46 PM

For this purpose I like the coloring very much. It makes it more difficult to build, but I can understand that the grandkids like a colored one more than a woody. A nice model and a beautiful execution.


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#8 posted 01-11-2021 09:14 PM

Thanks Jan! This year’s Christams gifts had a mix of colored and natural wood. Breaking them in slowly :)

Hopefully I’ll post that one soon.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 01-11-2021 09:19 PM

I like everything about these fine buses and for some reason I like the one better with blue seats I’m kind of weird like that sometimes very nice gifts for kiddos GREAT JOB :<)))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#10 posted 01-11-2021 09:26 PM

Great looking gifts sras...

I’m not a fan of paint, however, as kiddies gifts I totally concur, as opposed to display grade dust collectors.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#11 posted 01-11-2021 10:03 PM

They look great! Nice work. And, if you were able to make them strong enough to stand up to a 5 year old that’s even better.

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#12 posted 01-11-2021 10:59 PM

Thanks Tony – Blue is a good color :)

LBD – Some of the older toys are starting to wear through the finish so eventually the natural wood will show up!

drogsod – I must be doing something right – I haven’t had a repair order yet!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#13 posted 01-11-2021 11:40 PM

So nicely done!!!
Kid tested your a brave man. LOL

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs

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#14 posted 01-11-2021 11:45 PM

Thanks Bruce!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#15 posted 01-12-2021 12:15 AM

Mighty Fine you did a great job.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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