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Self adhesive bus adverts

Self adhesive advert posters for model buses are available for a variety of scales. The photos here relate to 1/76 scale models but the principles are similar for other scales.

Firstly, you may need to remove any existing transfer type advert from the model. This can be done with nail varnish remover applied using a tissue or cotton bud.  Be careful not to get the liquid near to any transfers that need to be kept - fleetnames or blinds etc.

The liquid will enable the transfer to be removed without scratching the paintwork.

Nail varnish remover can be used to remove pre printed adverts / transfers on model buses using a cotton bud
Preprinted advert removed by using nail varnish remover

Nail varnish remover.          Transfer removed.

Cut out self adhesive labels using knife and steel ruler

Use a sharp knife and steel rule on a cutting mat to cut the adverts out. Ideally press lightly so as to leave the backing paper intact. Remove the advert from the backing. Start at one end lightly positioning the advert using just 2-3mm of the poster. Check that the end of the poster is truly vertical.  Ensure that the horizontal edge is parallel to windows and panel lines. Gently push down on the poster working from one end to the other.

Newly applied advert poster
EFE DMS buses with newly applied adverts
Wartime adverts on STLs
Rear adverts applied to Routemaster. Corner adverts curved around.

Front and rear adverts are applied in a similar fashion. With corner adverts it may be helpful to pre-crease the poster whilst on the backing paper, in order to suit the location. E.g. to follow the curve around the corner of the bodywork.

On the front of an RT this may mean quite a sharp crease. On 'Roof box' RTs this is not required as the blind box is narrower.

RT front corner ads need a sharpish crease
1/72 scale B type bus advertisments

WW2 period advert posters on STLs.                               Advert posters on B types.       

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