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Routemaster London Bus
A 7-wide model of the best public service vehicle ever.
About this creation


The iconic (an overused word but relevant here, I think) Routemaster bus entered service in London in the 1950s and remained in service for half a century. You still see them, but only on the tourist trails sadly. The replacement 'bendy buses' are worse in every way apart from disabled access and I won't be building one of those...

This model was inspired by two people:

Andy Larkum, whose beautifully detailed emergency and railway vehicles are the best 7-wides out there. When he builds a bus it'll blow this away.

Firas Abu-Jaber, who himself has built a bus, and as you'd expect it's very lovely.

My thanks to them.



My version has seating for 25 minifigs and seperates into three parts. Here's the top deck with the roof off and lots of happy travelling pirates, town people, vintage spacemen etc...



The top deck comes off, showing more happy travellers and a very snug driver... the guy behind him has been on here for a while..





A view of the rear platform and stairs - credit goes to Firas for this part because I did the stairs the same way. If you're going to copy, copy the best :-)



As the great Mr Homer Simpson would say:

Mmmmm... macaroni... aarrhhh



The bonnet opens - the mechanic wishes he was taller...



Here's your problem - someone's put what looks like 3 buckets where the engine should be.



Run!



Too late!



Goodbye!




Comments

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  January 11, 2012
Hi! This is very very good. You captured the shape very well, this shows a lot of features of the real thing. I invited you in my group "System Vehicles" Please join with it, or some of your other minifig scaled creations in the future!
Nick Barrett
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kenneth rattledge
  January 4, 2012
I like this, very nice.
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  January 4, 2012
Hi Nick. I love this creation it is full of charm and character - just like you ;). I used to catch the number 22 to school all those years ago those were the days. Thank you so much for your soothing comments on my latest. I think I need a break from cars. I have written something in our group you might be interested in ;). Talk soon.
Nick Barrett
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White Knight
  December 13, 2011
this is excellent !.....a true classic....well done
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  November 10, 2011
Well, I was ready to give up and just say I liked this based on my imagining what you might have build, but since the pics are finally back up, I can enjoy the real thing.
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  November 2, 2011
Finally the pictures are back up and boy was it worth the wait! I love this and I am deeply honoured that you mentioned me, thank you so much. This has to be one of the best 7-wides on MOCpages. It's of perfect proportion and the detailing is spot on. Great work.
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  November 2, 2011
Why oh why have i not seen this? Ahh i see your photos are back :-) This is fantabulous Nick i love it! I might just have to make a big one some day, i have got enough red lego now anyway lol
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  November 1, 2011
Excellent work, it looks so classic!
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  August 23, 2011
i m sure it s a beauty, but, there are no pics showing! i ll be back!
Nick Barrett
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Paul Beach
  July 31, 2011
Very nicely done.
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  July 31, 2011
Well done, fantastic classic look, so many great details in this.
Nick Barrett
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Mitchell Andre
  July 26, 2011
It's beutiful! Great work!
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  July 26, 2011
Nice, it's a bit snug but good looking!
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  July 26, 2011
Amazing job at recreating this beauty. Unfortunately, I never got to see the streets packed with them. Ya know, the handicapped could always strap their wheelchairs to the bumpers. Booooo to political correctness! LMAO
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  July 26, 2011
Lovely job - lots crammed into a 7-wide. Love the advertising down the side too.
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  July 26, 2011
Brilliant
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  July 26, 2011
Very nice! I like it very much.:)
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  July 25, 2011
Ahh, a really nice nostalgic build. I like the way you managed to squeeze so many minifigs into a 7-wide structure; just like being on the real thing!
Nick Barrett
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Sam Knavel
  July 24, 2011
really nice! can you check this out? http://mocpages.com/moc.php/281590
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  July 24, 2011
Cool, definitely a classic! It's cool to see those old windows, you don't see them too often. Nicely done!
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  July 24, 2011
Very well built, Chief! Really pro!
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  July 24, 2011
Like Parr said, very calssic :)
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  July 24, 2011
Love, the Lego land feel of this!
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  July 24, 2011
very nice!
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  July 24, 2011
Wonderful bus! I love those old windows.
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  July 24, 2011
Super old-school bricks; they must be from the '70s! Beautiful build - the adverts along the sides are especially nice. 5 stars
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  July 24, 2011
Great job!
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  July 24, 2011
After building a bus this good, are you sure you won't build a bendy-bus?
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  July 24, 2011
And that's a 7-wide? Boy, when I saw it on the homepage, it looked like 20+ studs wide!
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  July 24, 2011
Nice, love those buses.
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  July 24, 2011
Interesting mix of extremely old-school with snot and half-stud offset...
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  July 24, 2011
Thanks for a lovely creation...and highly entertaining reading. :-D
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  July 24, 2011
Cool and functional! A minifig sightseeing dream! Great MOC!
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  July 24, 2011
We're all going on a summer holiday. Beautiful moc Nick you have captured it perfectly. Number 22 is my local bus too but it's not as nice as this one. I love your old school spaceman. I had a few of those but I have lost most of them now :(. Ding ding Next stop please drive.
 
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