Walthamstow bus garage diorama. (above)
Due to their size, and inherently fragile nature, larger models are not suited to posting and so would have to be collected from Buxton, Derbyshire.
Dartford bus garage diorama
Ready built extended models
Above is an extended version of the RD Hornchurch kit, which has had an additional roof bay added to double the depth of the standard model.
This sort of modification is straightforward to do with extra costs limited to additional parts.
Ready built models requiring newly designed parts
The picture above shows an extended MA Amersham model. Work like this will increase the cost significantly, especially if the extra parts need to be designed specially.
Above is a specially extended version of the SA St Albans country bus garage. The standard model comprises the sloping front bus station and offices frontage. The accommodation to the left of the picture has been designed especially for the project.
GGX Bus garage extension kits
In order to allow for larger models to be built more economically I have designed the GGX range of bus garage extension kits. These are particularly useful for representing modern style bus depots. the range includes various styles.
The units can be easily joined together. Roofs are removable for easy access.
See full details of these kits on the Bus Garage Extension kit page
The Kingsway GGX generic bus garage extension kits can also be used to extend bus garage models.
This model of Reigate country bus garage has had parts from three GGX units added. The roof units are readily removable for access to the interior.
This method provides a much more economic method of producing a larger garage.
only extra non-standard (and so, specially designed) part used, is the
wall panel behind the bus in the street. This reproduces the real
frontage as it was whereas the side and rear walls are standard GGX
The GGX kits can be used to extend most of the bus garage kits in the range. For further details click here.
The model below was built using 2 GGX kits with a few other odds and ends. It includes inspection pits using the Kingsway PITS kit. More pictures by clicking the blue link just above.
One-off models and suggestions for new kits
sufficient prototype information is available, I may be able to build
models to your special order. An example is this model of LUT's
Atherton, Howe Bridge bus depot. For further photos of this model , see here.
Remember a great proportion of the time (and cost) involved needs to be expended upon research and design. Typically even a modest model can take a working week. This will give an indication of the likely cost!
These days I am usually quite busy enough so unless the subject particularly appeals to me, the answer is likely to be 'No'.
A good range of photographs is necessary, especially period ones showing transient details such as signs and
posters etc, and original doors and windows. Unless these are available, a model is unlikely to be viable.
It is easier to build a 'one off' than it is to add a new model to the range of kits, as that requires the preparation and testing of instruction sequences and diagrams. With so many bus garages in the range, further additions will be fewer in number. To design a kit takes at least a couple of weeks work, and to be viable, a kit has to be pretty special.
Unless you can provide genuinely useful information, a request for a model of 'Sunnytown bus garage' is unlikely to tempt me.....
Nasty modern industrial unit type 'bus garages' are alas so boring, that it is likely that I may fall asleep before I get the opportunity to express my disinterest. But see this page for the GGX kits which make it very easy to build such things!
Despite the above, I do retain an interest in the classic (pre 1970) London Transport garages. Hopefully there will be occasional additions / improvements to this range.
If you are working on your own project then do take a look at the free download page, where you can freely download and print such things as interior walls, garage backscenes, and garage roof sheets.
An extended bus garage interior that was added to the standard BN Brixton garage kit.
Above: A photo taken of a 'one-off' model diorama of the bus station at Lakeside shopping centre, West Thurrock, Essex.
Taken at an early phase of the model's construction during August 2014.
Click the picture for further views of this model.
Overall view of the complete model measuring approximately 48" x 25".
Models of this sort of size and complexity can cost from £250.
If you are interested in a ready built model
then please CONTACT ME.