PAUL COLEY considers the various options available for those whose favourite vehicles are not yet stocked in the shops as ready made diecast models

As you are reading this magazine, there is a fair chance that you will probably own one or more of your favourite buses in model form. But what if your favourite model has not been produced in diecast form yet or the livery is not quite right?

I have been modelling buses and coaches for over 40 years and have built and repainted hundreds of them. I thought it might be useful, then, to share some of my experiences and the knowledge I have gained and from many others far more skilled than I am. I hope these are useful to someone just starting out; they are not definitive, just observations from someone who enjoys building model buses rather than just collecting diecast models.

There are four basic genres of bus modelling, with some degree of overlap between them all. These are repainting/ modifying diecast models; white metal kits; resin kits; and scratch building.

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