I hope that it is OK to post this here. It is not a railway model but is 1/24 and would be fantastic as a scenic item on a GN15 layout.
Has anyone built this kit yet? I can thoroughly recommend it to anyone who models in any scale.
Here is one on ebay
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1-24-REVELL-R ... 2c626e1e52
Here is a review with good images
http://www.scaleplasticandrail.com/kabo ... rom-revell
and here is a SBS thread
http://airfixtributeforum.myfastforum.o ... 30887.html
I treated myself to one with some money I had for Christmas and am getting stuck into the building.
I’m not a bus enthusiast, but after seeing some pre release reviews of this kit, I just had to buy one. I paid £40 for the kit at Modelzone and £35 - £40 seems to be the average. For your money you get a very large box crammed full of plastic, a large sheet of decals and a very comprehensive booklet of instructions.
There are a large number of parts just for the engine and a large number of detailing parts for the chassis. There are 2 engine choices, so whichever you build, you get a large 1:24 scale spare engine to use elsewhere. I am sure that it would look good on a critter. The bonnet is removable to allow the engine to be seen.
The bus would need a large layout to accommodate it, but would look good as a backdrop, perhaps the other side of a factory boundary wall or parked in the corner of a layout depicting a modern preserved or miniature railway.
Some members of other modelling forums are planning to build this kit as a non standard version. Some Routemasters were converted to single deckers and breakdown vehicles following damage to their upper decks. I am seriously considering buying another kit to do this or possibly convert one to an open top sightseeing bus. There is a lot of reference material available thanks to the popularity of these buses. I have found a lot of online pics to use as painting references for those areas where the instructions are a bit vague. By looking a prototype pics, I was able to paint the engine with a bit more detail.
Current state of play is;
All parts undercoated.
Engine and chassis painted, assembled and joined together.
Floor painted and fixed to chassis.
Cab painted and assembled. Waiting to be fixed to chassis.
One tip. If you buy this kit, the instructions for the rear wheels are incorrect. They advise you to stick the wheels together in the wrong order. By looking at all the parts and using a bit of common sense, it is possible to work out the correct method of construction.
My only gripe is the lack of figures. A driver and conductor would be enough, 1:24 passengers can be found elsewhere. Members of other modelling forums have said that figures will probably be available from other sources in the future, but I don’t want to wait to start the kit. The conductor can be added to the rear platform after the kit is complete but the cab will be sealed and it will not be possible to retro fit a driver.
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