Ok, here’s a wacky idea; how about a car transporter, made from a Routemaster, or London bus?

Somewhere on my vacation-break I got this awesome idea and started playing with it, I bought another London Bus kit from Revell (I kept the first one to be build stock) and got it yesterday evening. I was all excited at work to start with it, couldn’t wait and have now the first 2 hours in it.

It isn’t all that difficult if one went the easy route, hop in a ramp, change the back end and done. But I plan to go somewhat further and make it technical possible, so I need to take in account all dimensions, angles, room etc… not cutting corners, at least not too much.

On with some pictures:
The familiar box

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The top floor, seems to have enough space for a E-type and a Morgan

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This has to be cut, in order to change it into a transporter

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Than I realised that the wheel wells? are quite big in the Routemaster, so I mocked-up the bus and see if a sporty granturismo would fit between the roof and the wheels, albeit a bit low, it seems to work out.

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A bit more overall picture

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And what a great view for people looking at the transporter!

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A door in the side is also convenient to get to the storage area, fortunately, there is a door size window on the side and would make a great door. Unfortunately it is too far to the rear, so I will swap the two windows. The door will move one spot to the left.

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The ceiling and topfloor are 2 parts, so twice the cutting and now past the point of no return!

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A mock up again

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This is how far I am going, I calculated the angles the Ferrari could handle and used that as a guide for calculating the ramps angles.
unfortunately, the distance between the rear of the bus and the rear wheels is too short and gets too steep, so I have to think of a solution for that.

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Being smart this time, I decided to take little steps in building up. so I worked on the upper deck and get that nice and smooth.
I added some styrene to cover the gaps

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And glued the longer strips whilst the bus was somewhat mocked up, I don’t have carpenters fingers, so in order for everything to be straight in the end, I thought it was smart to do it this way.

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And I keep fitting the 275, it is my benchmark and if this one fits, the smaller british cars will fit too.

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Important was some clearance on either side of the Ferrari

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Time for a huge update, lots of pictures too.

I started with making the ramps on the lower deck inside, these will be fixed ramps.

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Added a guide edge to it

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I made a new wall/divider for the lower deck, this will divide the car from the small workarea/storage.

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Including a door

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Dryfitted together

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I started with swapping the door and window area on the left side of the bus

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The window is now moved one slot to the right and in the remaining hole will come the door.

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Some strutting for the ramp

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And the drivers wall got a open space, so he can get into the drivers seat from the work area.

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Entrance of the work area from the left side

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Workdesk

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Fits snugly in the corner.

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And from this point down, it was all done yesterday, went we had a modelshow nearby, where I actually do model. So there’s about ten hours of work below…
I started with making some storage space for the work area, it has to be cramped ofcourse.

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I also made the swing-ramp for the lower deck, made it a bit trapezium shaped, for easy entrance and for the upper swing-ramp.

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A little template for adding the right rear of the bus, getting rid of the big curve, this will add more space for loading.

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This will be the upper deck, with the upper swing-ramp in place.

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A view simple pieces of PS, but does look nice.

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Dryfitting time, looks pretty good to me

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It really starts to look like something

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I added quarter rounds to the upper ramp, makes it look a bit more realistic

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The ambiance I ‘had’ to work in, not that bad eh

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I put the drivers cabin together, to see how it would relate to the work area and what work has to be done.

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After adding a guiding edge to the upper swingramp, the fit got too tight, so I have to adjust that.

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At this point I started to make a dryfit of as many bodypanels I could get. To see if everything was still straight and true. But also to see if I made mistakes and how to solve them

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One week further and I was able to get some steps done, but the big steps that I could take before have been minimised to small detailwork.

I worked on windowframes on the divider, to give it a bit more depth

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And added crossmembers for the ramps

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Than started a long and tidious project, getting the ramps to hinge.

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I used a fairly simple, but effective system in making my own hinges out of copper tubes

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The top ramp has the same system, but over the whole length

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The divider, the door opening got the same treatment too.

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I wanted to make a compartiment for the hydraulic jacks that are needed for the ramps, because I want it to look a bit crude, but that’s for later. I found quickly that this compartment is too small, or at least not deep enough

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So I got it out again

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This is something that I will be doing for quite some time through the project; filling!

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The drivers side divider got changed too, since I want the driver to get into the workshop, I opened a hole

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And gave it some steps.

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Some more work on hinging, this is for the rear-ramp

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The bus side of the rear ramp, which will get a mesh insert, so people can step on it.

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The whole ramp, hinged closed

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And hinged in rest position

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Some strengthening for the hinges.

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I use a long rod, that way I know everything will line up later on.

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And the whole ramp, completely open.

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Should be adequate haha

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And in closed position.

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After being quite sick and after that being rather busy with work and the holidays, I finally got to another update. Due to being busy, the progress has been little, but there was some stuff done.

Let me run you trough it.

I worked firstly a bit more on the ramps, they are basically ready to be painted, but since I want to give weathering somewhat a try, so I added a few pieces of BMF under the paint, allowing me to give somewhat a more realistic paint chip off at the ramps

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The drivers compartment is painted and partly put together, being able to still weather it before final assembly

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The undercarriage is somewhat dissappointing with detail, it could have more parts to give it more oompf, I tried with paint to pick up on some detail.

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A box full of painted parts, The mainfloor is painted in a nice flashy color, I wanted to go a bit different haha

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The engine is painted in different shades of Alclad

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Because the floorpan is quite warped, I need a few clamps to get everything a bit straight.

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I installed the engine inside the bus

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And the other floorpan was warped too, so needed to clamp that as well

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I hope it is visible, but I added paintsplatters to the floor, to create a bit of garagefeeling to it (not sure that even existed then)

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I keep fitting throughout the build, just to make sure, since there is so much adjusted.

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Because the drivers seat is not mounted to its backwall no more and is visible from the back, I closed it on the back

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The drivers cabin a little further

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And the first glimps on the exterior colors!

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The lower ramp is not fixed in the bus and the wheels are mounted, it is starting to give the transporter shape

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And by now I reached a dilemma, I added the front part on it again and the top floor, even though I had in mind to make a fully closed of car transporter, I kinda like the looks of the transporter with no roof. What do you guys think?

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I had yesterday finally some time to work on the project again, I haven’t been able to give it the time I wished I could.
But I am grateful that I made some progress yesterday. I worked yesterday mainly on scratchbuilding some new bodyparts. I had to add bodypanels to the rear, where they were too short or non-existing.

I added the lower ‘walls’

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And added BMF to the upper rail

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Then I started to mock-up the body as much as I could, that way I am able to get the right measurements for the new bodypanels.

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As you can see, there is quite a gap in the back

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And a smaller one on the right side.

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With roof and the mock-up car inside

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This is the new panel for the right side

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It does make it a closed behind

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To get it a bit in style with the rest of the bus, I added a few strips

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Finally, after a busy period, I was able to re-start the bus project. Last night I started a little bit with the trailer and with that still in the development-stage, I took up the transporter today and started working.

I don’t much big work needs to be done, but to me, I think it is best now to finish the lower floor and go from there, that will include detailing and weathering, even before the construction work is finished; means challenge haha.

The kit I got for the trailer was partially started, therefore it has some paint on it, this is how it should be

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And this is the first step; putting the saw to work

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First I thought to leave the chassis like it was, letting the wheels stick out, but it looks odd and decided against it, giving me a lot more work….

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Some rough idea’s

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The original chassis

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Cut in two pieces

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And shortened 65mm

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Putting it on the floor

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Drew the cutlines

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And voila; more pieces to the puzzle

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Today I started on the bus; started the weathering

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Adding some furniture

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Some washes

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More washes

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And even more washes

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I also gave the furniture a worn or used look.

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