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London Transport RT AEC Regent Mk3


gazzaday

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This EFE bus was bought second hand for £10.  Whilst being a reasonably accurate representation, the gloss finish looked hideous.

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The first job was to dismantle it entirely.  The model is held together with three rivets.  The front two rivets were removed by melting the plastic heads with a soldering iron.  The rear rivet was drilled out, taking care not to remove too much material as the platform would be damaged.

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The interior seating was painted and hand painted Preiser figures added.  I replaced the grab rail on the platform with 0.9mm brass wire, as the EFE rail was too large.  I also fitted brass wire handrails to the platform entrance.

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With the interior complete, I sprayed the body with Halfords Grey primer followed by Tamiya Matt Red for the exterior and Precision Paints Cream for the upper deck ceiling.  Fox transfers and flush glazing to the front, costing an eye watering £30 were added.  I also replaced the rear lower deck window with Perspex, as the EFE glazing spoiled the view of the platform.  The final touch was the rear-view mirror (Plasticard, kitchen foil and brass wire) and front indicators (Plasticard).  The only task left is some minor weathering.

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I notice that EFE have added an extra seat upstairs at the rear. The rearmost seat at the rear upstairs only sat two. IIRC there was also a small armrest for the passenger seated on the right.

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Very nicely done. 

 

Always lovely to see reworkings of EFE/OOC bus models. 

 

Out of interest where did the front flush glazed windows come from?

 

Thanks, 

 

Mark 

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10 hours ago, 46444 said:

Very nicely done. 

 

Always lovely to see reworkings of EFE/OOC bus models. 

 

Out of interest where did the front flush glazed windows come from?

 

Thanks, 

 

Mark 

Fox Transfers.

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18 hours ago, alastairq said:

N/S mirror?

Too small to make a significant difference.

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17 minutes ago, gazzaday said:

Fox Transfers.

 

Thanks gazzaday.

 

I never realised Fox did bus detailing parts. 

 

I knew they had taken on the transfer range from LBC as they produced them. 

 

Cheers, 

 

Mark 

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On 06/01/2021 at 19:41, PhilJ W said:

I notice that EFE have added an extra seat upstairs at the rear. The rearmost seat at the rear upstairs only sat two. IIRC there was also a small armrest for the passenger seated on the right.

While it's true that the rearmost seat was for two, it was wider than the others, presumably to avoid an awkward gap between the set and the stairs

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3 minutes ago, Les Bird said:

While it's true that the rearmost seat was for two, it was wider than the others, presumably to avoid an awkward gap between the set and the stairs

In actual fact it was a standard size seat, that and the one in front were moved a little towards the centre of the bus to make way for the route blind box above the platform.

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