Toys & Models #2: School Bus Part 2

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Blog entry by sras posted 07-08-2020 04:19 PM 697 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I pre dyed the radiator parts to keep colors from bleeding.

A few details got altered with the half-size design. One alteration is I needed a small relief in the hood for tire clearance.

After building up the hood blanks I cut the relief in each side.

Then add the radiators

Next up was the fenders. I decided to make headlights from some stick on “pearl” decorations I got from a craft store. I needed to cut them to size.

The first couple took a while. Fortunately I got faster.

Then get hoods sanded to size

Cut fender blanks and drill headlight recesses

Taper the hood sides & top and mark the fender tapers

Taper fenders – I cut on the bandsaw and got the final shape on the disc sander

Fender shape drawn

Cut & sand the inside profile first. Scroll saw and spindle sander. I forgot to mirror my headlight recesses and had to re-drill 2 of them. Luckily the blank was just big enough to miss the erroneous hole.

Sand and round over edges

Then on to the sides. I chose to half lap the window posts on the top & bottom. I expect this toy to be played with and the posts need some extra strength. I set up a spacer strip to keep the post spacing even.

After cutting a stopped dado I use the spacer strip to locate 2 stop blocks that are clamped to the router table

Remove the strip

And reposition the fence against the stop blocks

The result is a set of evenly spaced stopped dados

UNFORTUNATELY, I cut the spacer strip to the wrong size!! I had to recut the strip to the proper width and cut dados on the other side of my walls.

On top of that I forgot to drop the travel stop once. The repair didn’t take too long…

I’ll have to figure out if I need to patch the wrong dados – they may be hidden well enough that I can ignore them.

That pretty much wraps up the next 2 days.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#1 posted 07-08-2020 04:55 PM

:) Love it. The time you have to put into such a blog is enormous and also therefor I’m glad you share it.


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#2 posted 07-08-2020 05:06 PM

You should know! I’m following your style – lot’s of pictures with only a little text:)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 07-08-2020 08:14 PM

Great job, loving the blog and always love seeing how others get things done.
The head lights look like it will work just right.
Also glad to see that your not against showing where missteps are made, as this is very helpful for those starting out, mistakes will be made or things come up unforeseen, but that’s half the fun figuring out ways around the problems.

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs

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#4 posted 07-08-2020 10:24 PM

Definitely – thankfully I’ve gotten to the point that when I screw up I just start working on the repair strategy.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 07-08-2020 10:33 PM

That looks amazingly good sir and the pearl button headlights, brilliant.

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

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#6 posted 07-09-2020 12:05 AM

Mighty Fine keep us posted

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#7 posted 07-09-2020 07:31 AM

You should know! I m following your style – lot s of pictures with only a little text:)
- sras

For someone that hates to read… I love your attitude.

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

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#8 posted 07-09-2020 01:58 PM

Thanks oldrivers – hopefully I can keep up with a new post every 2 days…

LBD – luckily I don’t like to type. That limits the amount of reading required :)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 07-09-2020 04:31 PM

Lovin’ this journey! Always count on you, Steve, to come up with some awesome solutions!

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

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#10 posted 07-09-2020 06:13 PM

Thanks Lew!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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