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|Ten years ago my friendly Hobby Shop had a very nice Brekina VW Typ 2
(split window, first generation Volkswagen Luxury Bus) in the store window.
It was decorated for Austrian POst, which is a nonsense,
as I cant believe the Postal administration ever bought a luxury version with sliding canvas top.
Anyway, I had almost exactly the same bus in 1:1 scale long ago, so I immediately grabbed it.
As luck had it, a few days later I noticed a motorized VW railbus by Lemke at evilbay.
A plain jane, van without passenger windows, dark red.
When it arrived, I found that Lemke apparently had used a Brekina body and only added a drive of his own design.
Would have been an easy swap.
However, I made an all out effort to install working headlights (SMLEDs) and a tiny decoder.
Works reasonably well, as good as such a lightweight vehicle may work on a layout with deferred maintenance....
Picture shows The Beauty and The Beast - my smallest and my largest piece.
The Beast is the experimental UP coal burning turbine #80.
No way to hide the decoder.... fully visible through the windows.
First of all ...
... clearly you probably have years of experience as a master watchmaker !
I don't think I could have got the 12 Volt V6 air-cooled inside that microbus ...
... let alone all the DCC microchip skullduggery AS WELL !!
I'm having a NERVOUS BREAKDOWN here at the moment ...
... trying to figure out how to get a darn motor inside TWO 1:35 scale cars welded together in the middle ...
... pass the Valium(TM) & the vitamins !
Your paint livery is ACE as usual & looks real C L for your line.
The photo is great Gerold.
BUT since the wide-angle lens is clearly making the U.P. monster ! look smaller ...
... & the microbus look bigger ...
... I'd love to see a snap of the VW bus, on a track right next to the loco.
Maybe even some GIANT re-railing fingers or other 'scale' object next to the bus.
They aren't really all THAT big in 1:1 real life ... but in HO !
I'd kinda like a VW bus for my modest HO collection.
My friend Jules had one years ago & we piled on some SERIOUS miles ...
... it needed a new (refurbished) V6 eventually as well.
Jules always wanted an original split-screen one back in the day ...
... possibly a '67 ? cos that is his birthday year.
But as poor impoverished graduates there had to be an adequate BEER BUDGET as well !
He really wanted the soooper RARE safari-windows one as well ...
... I told him an angle-grinder would be the most economical option !
He was telling me the other day how much even a VERY BAD condition split-screen goes for these days ...
... or ANY one at all.
When he told me how much our mates immaculate one, with the split-screen AND safari-windows was worth ...
... I nearly choked to death, as I sprayed beer all over the place.
One could retire on THAT kinda dough !
Top model Gerold.
No, I have no watchmaker experience.... I am more sure footed with heavy tools, torch and sledgehammer.
Building models is a compensation for my job, and quite a challenge for my big fingers and bad eyes.
Will try to shoot another picture of the Post Bus with something beside it to show its size....
Turbine has been stowed away, but I will find something else.
In the meantime, I uploaded a picture of my real luxury bus. Even the color is the same!
It was a 1954 model, the very first of this version, with the "barn door" engine access opening and many differences to later models.
It has found a new home near London, and I hope it's still ok.
Last time I heard from its owner it was in show condition.