HACHETTE PARTWORKS - BUILD YOU OWN ROUTEMASTER

ISSUES ONE TO NINE

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ISSUE ONE
I purchased the first issue on Saturday 27th January in my local branch of WH Smith. I read carefully through the pack of papers and the magazine with instructions and calculated the total cost (approx 1150) over 130 months. I decided that I would take out the subscription online using direct debit mandate. When completing the subscription it advises that it will take approx 28 days from placing the subscription for your first issues of the magazine to arrive (my first parcel arrived 8 days after I took out the subscription).

I found the instructions clear and easy to follow, with diagrams for each stage. I noted the comment in the instructions that a small modelling file may be necessary if the small holes have filled with paint during manufacture. Whilst completing this first section, I found mine to be fine and no filing was required.

I would strongly recommend assembling this model on a flat table, covered in say white paper and preferably on a vinyl type floor. I do not have large fingers, but even so found the small screws very fiddly and on two occasions I dropped them and they bounced off the table onto the floor. The small screwdriver supplied with the first issue is magnetic and I found it invaluable when picking up the screws. Had I been sat at a table on a carpeted floor (unless light coloured), when I dropped the screws, I would imagine that the screws would have been extremely difficult to find. I noted that the instructions tell you to keep any spare screws left at the end of each stage, I can imagine they would come in handy as they are so small and very easy to misplace.

Photographs taken by me of the magazine pages are purely to illustrate the build stages, so that the entire project can be followed from the start to the completed model in issue order. The copyright of Hachette Partworks is acknowledged.


MAGAZINE ISSUE 1

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INSTRUCTIONS ISSUE 1- RADIATOR GRILLE AND BONNET ASSEMBLY

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BUILD ISSUE 1 - RADIATOR GRILLE AND BONNET ASSEMBLY

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MAGAZINE ISSUE 2
Issue 2 of the magazine and the first to arrive under my subscription arrived approx 7 days after I set up my direct debit, a lot less than the 28 days they advised me, so it was a pleasant surprise when it arrived. Also included in the package was issue 3 which will be added shortly and my first free gift the Route 11 Tin Poster.

I found the build to be slightly more complicated than the first. This time, I did have an issue with holes that were too small due to paint having gathered in them during spraying, so a trip to my local model shop (John Dutfields in Chelmsford) was necessary to purchase a small file set. I had to use one or more of the files on a number of occasions to open up the holes. I find the instructions provided, easy to follow (provided you read them properly) and because I did not follow them precisely as per the instructions, I had to remove and refit the wing protectors strips when I realised I had but them on upside down! I was pleased to see that on this occasion red screws were included to secure the wing protectors strips to the front nearside wing, the only problem they were really small (about the size of ones used to hold the arms onto glasses) so were very fiddly.

I have copied below photographs of the build, the file set I purchased and my free gift.

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INSTRUCTIONS ISSUE 2 - OFFSIDE AND NEARSIDE HEADLIGHT ASSEMBLY

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BUILD ISSUE 2 - OFFSIDE AND NEARSIDE HEADLIGHT ASSEMBLY

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MAGAZINE ISSUE 3
This weeks build was very easy with no issues and took me about 10 minutes to complete the lower part of the stair case. The next issue will comprise the kick plates from the stairs and the rear platform.

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INSTRUCTIONS ISSUE 3 - LOWER PART OF THE STAIRCASE

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BUILD ISSUE 3 - LOWER PART OF THE STAIRCASE

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MAGAZINE ISSUE 4
This weeks build was on face value very simple to complete, however I experienced problems when securing the kick plates to the top two stairs. As the stairs start to bend to the left, the stair side panel to the right of the stairs prevent you from holding the screwdriver perpendicular to the screw and you had to hold the screwdriver at an angle of approx 60 degrees to the screw head (which created difficulties). After struggling for a few minutes to get the screws to go in, I decided to remove the stair side panel attached during issue 3. On the closer up photograph of the top of the stairs (see below), you can see the restricted space. I was then able to quickly complete the job (although a couple of holes in the kick plate and stairs needed enlarging very slightly using the file set I purchased early on in the project). I then reattached the side panel and finally, I added the left hand side panel and attached the rear platform both of which were very straightforward and only took a couple of minutes.

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INSTRUCTIONS ISSUE 4 -  STAIRS KICK PLATES AND REAR PLATFORM

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BUILD ISSUE 4 - STAIRS KICKS PLATE AND REAR PLATFORM

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MAGAZINE ISSUE 5
This issue came complete with a new screwdriver. I found the build very easy to complete and it took me approximately 20 minutes to finish. The next issue covers the fitting of shock absorbers to the suspension arm assembly completed this week. The features in this weeks magazine covered the Kings Road section of the route 11 with some interesting facts about King Charles 2 and the fact that it was a private road until 1830. I did not realise that this literally was "The Kings Road" and Charles 2 used to ride out along it to go to his palaces and hunting grounds.

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INSTRUCTIONS ISSUE 5 - SUSPENSION ARM ASSEMBLY

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BUILD ISSUE 5 - SUSPENSION ARM ASSEMBLY

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MAGAZINE ISSUE 6
I found this build to be quite straight forward, again it took me approximately 20 minutes. The trickiest bit was fitting the shock absorber fixture and making sure that the shaft of the fixture aligned with the hole in the suspension arm.  Then, fitting screws to hold the shock absorber fixture in place, whilst having to push against the resistance of the spring. The two springs are quite strong little critters for their size! There are a couple of interesting articles in the magazine, one about Covent Garden and the other about the demise of the trolleybus. Issue 7 involves putting together one of the disc brakes and attaching it to the suspension arm.

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INSTRUCTIONS ISSUE 6 - FITTING SHOCK ABSORBERS

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BUILD ISSUE 6 - FITTING SHOCK ABSORBERS

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BUILD YOU OWN ROUTEMASTER - ISSUES ONE TO NINE

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