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kpnuts

1/24 london bus diorama

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Hi all, this may or may not happen, it will be the biggest project I've ever taken on I've been playing with the layout, it will be huge (I may have to try and make it in 2 halves somehow to store and work on it) anyway I cut the footprint of all the the vehicles and have placed them roughly (obviously a piece of oblong paper doesn't really look anything like a car or bus but it gives me an idea of scale needed, as you can see I can't really make it any smaller but I will need a few more cars ( any suggestions on iconic British cars availiable in 1/24)

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This is something like I'm hoping to depict.

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1/24th Mini, either Tamiya or Revell. Jag Mk2 Tamiya......

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Hi I have the bus a Bentley and my missus is getting me for ,you birthday the jag a mini a Roller and a London taxi.

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This sounds great, look forward to the progress - especially looking forward to seeing the Rolls-Royce and Bentley

Wayne

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Quite a few diecasts as well as MGs by Southern Finecast too

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Hi all well here is the first tentative steps in this one, I've primed and top coated the Bentley, won't get much else done as on hols on Friday, really need this holiday work is soooooooooooo stressful at the moment.

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Hi all here is probably the last update till we get back off hols.

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Great work, I really must get this Bentley for my collection - I built the 1/12 one and a 1/32 one

Wayne

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Hi all, well Robin (on another forum) had a great idea to add a zebra crossing to give me a cut line so as i can join the two halves together, but I've checked and can find no ref pics at any time period with a zebra crossing at picadilly circus (and I can't add something to such an iconic British landmark that wasn't there) so,,, Ive got a cunning plan, I'm going to make all the buildings and scenery removable (not sure how yet) anyway made a start on the fountain, I was going to cheat and do it as it was in ww2 but of course the route master and mini and taxi for that matter were after ww2.

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I know, I know it looks like corrugated cardboard but with a bit of plaster of Paris I'm sure it will be fine (I hope)

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Make the buildings with extra depth in the base so that they fit into slots in the pavements

Wayne

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Hi all can't really get into any serious modeling (no time) but decided to try another idea with the fountain made the paving slabs out of stiff paper and added pre shading, I think it's going to be OK, not sure how I'm going to handle the curb stones.

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Love the photo on the pad. Good idea for a Dio. Have fun with the fountain and buildings.

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Hi all done a little bit more on this.

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Wow.

That's ambitious. It's gonna be HUGE!

Where ya gonna put it?

Ah well, it looks great so far.

 

Breaking out the popcorn now.:popcorn:

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Fantastic idea, looking forward to your next update.

Dave.

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Re the required joints...

 

I'm pretty sure that Picadilly Circus had a tarmac road surface in the 60's. If that was the case then there would have been plenty of slightly raised, darker, lines between the slabs of tarmac rather like this:

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You could model those as a means of disguising the section join. 

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That's a great idea bhouse thanks.

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Hi all well I've started on the fountain (not sure how to do the corner ornamentation yet) but I pleased with how it's starting, this is a picture frame upside down and a bit of the ornamentation filed off its actually 2  mil to low in scale but that's only a couple of inches overall.

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Hi all I've realised I've made a huge error with this, so huge in fact that I'm just going to have to call it a London like dio (I could never have modeled half of Eros anyway) I was so busy trying to get the hight right on the fountain, I forgot about the area of it, wasn't till I put a 1/24 figure up to it (as someone suggested) I realised, i have the width totally wrong should be at least twice as long as I have it. Although I could remake it, it would mean redoing the steps, again on could do that, the problem is I would have to scale the rest of the dio up and it's already a metre square, I have nowhere to keep a dio of over 2 metres square, so it will just have to be the way it is.

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Hi all well since I can't work on herbie at the moment (still waiting for decals) I decided to do a bit to this.

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As you can see from this the fountain is utterly wrong, grrrr, 

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Revell made a mistake

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Oops

First coat on seats

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OK so here's another update.

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And I thought since this is the London bus dio I'd better start the bus (it's a lot bigger than you think and I've run out of red paint now, not even enough to finish the body on this so now I have to get some more)

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Hi all did a bit more to the Bentley 

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Not sure which engine for the bus 

Scania

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Or Leyland

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Still not sure which engine
Scania

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or the Leyland 
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Hi all another update, I lost one of the stub axles or whatever they are so I had to scratch build a new one, cocktail stick to the rescue again (I find them sooooo useful)

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Did some griming up of the bus chassis, needs a bit more but I'm quite pleased with it.

 

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