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Toys & Models #4: School Bus Part 4

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Blog entry by sras posted 07-10-2020 11:32 PM 525 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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These last 2 days involved lots of hours, but not much to show for it. Quite a bit of time spent adjusting fits.

I clamped the sides to the floors so I could get the fronts, backs, and side door fitted.

The backs were cut to size and a groove cut for the door outline. Saw blade set at 45 degrees was the set up.

The window openings were cut into the sides

The side doors got a center groove

And then cut to size

Holes drilled for internal windows

And cut out on the scroll saw

I missed taking some pictures of buiilding the fronts. This shot shows where I had to add some shims back in to get the fit right. The post next to the door is being attached.

I built a block to hold the steering wheel shaft. This helped with the angled hole I had to drill. Two steering blocks and a larger guide block got angled holes drilled straight into their angled tops.

Then the steering blocks were cut out.

The front wall panel was then drilled using the guide block to keep the bit on track. You can see the slot for the windshield divider here as well.

Then the steering blocks were glued in place as shown below. The windshield divider is glued into a slot in the front wall.

Here is a test fit with the top rail in place (I’m waiting to glue it in place)

The last step for the front walls was to add the steering shaft.

I had enough thin scraps left over to fill in my stopped groove mistakes on the sides.

That takes care of days 7 & 8. Build hours now at 35.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive



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LittleBlackDuck

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#1 posted 07-10-2020 11:57 PM

Hell, sras, where’d you get the growth hormone?

From the brown pencils “apparent length”, you’re gonna need a bigger camera!

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

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#2 posted 07-11-2020 12:00 AM

35 hours! WOW!

Lookin’ Good.

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

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sras

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#3 posted 07-11-2020 12:20 AM

Hey LBD! If you look VERY carefully you’ll see the edge to the point showing up on that one. It’s got about a 1/4” to go. Using short pencils means that spares are needed. The little buggers have a habit of disappearing.

Thanks Lew! I’m hoping I can get this done soon, but we’ll see…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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LittleBlackDuck

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#4 posted 07-11-2020 12:24 AM


... The little buggers have a habit of disappearing.
- sras

Easily fixed… take photo copies and scatter them around the workshop… duct tape the copies so you don’t loose ‘em.

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

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sras

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#5 posted 07-11-2020 01:25 AM

That would make it very hard to find the real pencil – kinda like a “Stubby Pencil Where’s Waldo”

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 07-11-2020 03:09 PM

Stop counting the build hours, it takes a lot of time. ;) In the same time, you can sharpen your pencils to an acceptable length.

Nice to follow this Steve!!

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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sras

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#7 posted 07-11-2020 03:19 PM

Lol – I started keeping track of my time in the hopes that I would get better at estimating how long a project would take. I may have gotten better, but I’m still not very good at it!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#8 posted 07-11-2020 03:29 PM

thats 35 Xs 2 so really its only 17 1/2 hours for one which is really good for all the details your doing :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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sras

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#9 posted 07-11-2020 03:40 PM

Good point Tony – I make multiples when it makes sense. The problem solving and setup gets spread across both of them but the detail work doesn’t get much benefit. I guess I might get a little faster with practice.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#10 posted 07-11-2020 06:16 PM

I try to keep up with my time and do ok the first couple a days but then forget or just able to work a couple a hours that I don’t count and then out the window it goes.
That’s where posting as I do it works for me, no hours just the amount a work that gets done that day.

I used to get my pencils broken all the time and then my wife brought home a bag of mechanical pencils [ten in a bag, $tree] so I have them all over the place and they have very fine tips so really work great and always sharp.

Really enjoying your posts and love seeing everyone pitching in and helping you with your OCD tendencies. LOL
To tell you the truth I don’t think you can do this stuff and not have OCD to some extent, LOL

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs https://www.lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/130264

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#11 posted 07-11-2020 08:45 PM

OCD (as with many things) is okay in moderation

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#12 posted 07-11-2020 10:43 PM


Good point Tony – I make multiples when it makes sense. The problem solving and setup gets spread across both of them but the detail work doesn t get much benefit. I guess I might get a little faster with practice.
- sras

Does that include arthritis breaks due to trying to sharpen those stubby pencils? With 10 fingers, in GR8 sums if you subtract the 9/10 time, you’ll finish both models before you even start.


OCD (as with many things) is okay in moderation
- sras

‘cept when it comes to cheap vino… then, OCD should be spelt with capital letters.

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

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#13 posted 07-11-2020 11:30 PM


Does that include arthritis breaks due to trying to sharpen those stubby pencils?

They sharpen pretty easily until the last 1/2” or so. The final sharpening has me gripping the very end of the eraser with the tips of my fingernails. That’s when I know it’s time to toss ‘em out!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#14 posted 07-12-2020 12:08 AM



... The final sharpening has me gripping the very end of the eraser with the tips of my fingernails. That s when I know it s time to toss em out!
- sras

So that’s why they have those stupid rubber things on the end of pencils… I kept telling the missus they were NOT condoms.

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

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sras

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#15 posted 07-12-2020 12:39 AM


So that s why they have those stupid rubber things on the end of pencils… I kept telling the missus they were NOT condoms.

Yeah they are good at correcting mistakes – not preventing them.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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