Toys & Models #6: School Bus Part 6

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Blog entry by sras posted 07-19-2020 02:48 PM 547 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The last 4 days are covered here.

Glued the seats in place along the first wall.

Put some finish on that side as well. Won’t be able to do this once the roof is on.

Second wall added

Then the seats

Used spacers to locate the driver’s seat

Added more finish. I’ll need to touch up the front once the front wall is in place.

Then glue in the back wall. Inside face is prefinished.

Then front wall and the top rail of the windshield opening

The walls are competed by adding the side door.

On to the roof! Radius the sides

Add one end

Add center marker lights

Adjust the length of the roof and check the fit

Glue on other end

Add color and finish to the inside

And fasten the roof.

Then clean up the fit along the sides

Color was added to the roof. Then is was time to focus on the trim pieces.

These were pre-colored and pre-finished to keep the black dye from bleeding on to the yellow surfaces.

Spacers were used to locate the trim.

2 coats of gloss water based polyurethane

Add headlights

And wheels – these are purchased items from

That takes care of days 11 – 14 and completes this buld. Total build hours at 58.

I have to wait a couple weeks to post the project. I want to wait until the first one is given away.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

12 comments so far

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#1 posted 07-19-2020 02:57 PM

Building and coloring at the same time looks difficult to me, but your buses are great.


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#2 posted 07-19-2020 03:22 PM

Dutchy – it does take some extra time and attention. Since they are to be toys I think it’s worth it. If I do models I’ll likely choose natural wood colors.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 07-19-2020 03:25 PM

they turned out GR8 thanks for the blog it was tons of fun following along Steve and you made them half as big as plans am I correct in assuming this ? VERY NICE GIFTS :<))

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

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#4 posted 07-19-2020 03:31 PM

Thanks Tony! Yes – I scaled them to half size. The original size just over 2 feet long. That would have taken up too much space in the toy box!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 07-19-2020 06:06 PM

Those are so cool! They are a lot bigger than I first realized.

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

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#6 posted 07-19-2020 06:22 PM

Thanks Lew – My half size ones are just over a foot long each. Should be a nice size for a 5 year old

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 07-19-2020 06:25 PM

All finished and looking Good.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#8 posted 07-19-2020 07:06 PM

Yep! It’s good to have that one done.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 07-19-2020 09:59 PM

Noticed you were not shy of squeeze out sras,

even near small parts.

How do you clean that up (and I can only assume you repaint?)?.

... That would have taken up too much space in the toy box!
- sras

If the “kids” get amorous, maybe a full sized bus could be the toybox, for grandson #3.

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

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#10 posted 07-19-2020 10:15 PM

Patience personified with all the precision spacing, gluing and clamping of all the bits; TOP JOB SIR.
The bus looks great!

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

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#11 posted 07-19-2020 11:01 PM

Really nice job, and great blog!!!

It’s so much fun
Seeing how others get er done!!!
And sure a Top Three is sure to be Won!!!

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs

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#12 posted 07-20-2020 12:10 AM

LBD – I let the glue thicken up a bit and scrape it off. The dye seemed to be set in well enough that no touch up was required. I think the yellow color helped a bit.

crowie – Thanks

htl – glad you enjoyed it. I alway enjoy seeing your builds

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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