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Has anyone ever seen a schoolbus in slotcar form? I have been driving around in a 1:1 bus. I have had my slotcar track out lately and was just thinking how cool it would be to have a schoolbus in slotcar form.

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Hey Mike, I had that very thought about doing a custom TJet school bus.

The best thing I can recommend for the body is a vintage "Mini Lindy" HO scale model kit. These kits are under $10 on E-bay....and within the last couple weeks I've seen a couple of them...although there aren't any on thier currently.

The only thing you *might* have to tweak would be the wheelbase on the chassis....although moving the front axle to a different slot might just be the answer for you.

I've got a Mini Lindy '72 chevy truck that I recently posted pics of.....the body was easily converted to a Tjet chassis......... :thumbsup:
 

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Mike, here's an auction on E-bay that shows a variety of boxed Mini Lindy's......but unfortunately the school bus kit isn't one included in this lot....but a school bus kit does exist......I've seen it in red and green for sure:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=2585&item=5914887923&rd=1&ssPageName=WDVW

You can definately get an idea of how some of these kits would make some interesting and unique slots.......... this is one area of slots that I'll probably stay focused on from time to time.....converting vehicles like these that are different than the normal production models. :thumbsup:
 

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There are plastic HO scale busses made for train scenery that can be made into tjets (or other cars). But as stated, the wheelbase is the problem.
 

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Just passin' through and noticed this....

I love buses and have several slot reps'. I thought about doing one by the Con-cor Co. as they have some very nice replicas in plastic. Here is my latest acquisition--it's the Simpsons' character bus. It's an all plastic body and came with a die-cast base. A fairly easy convert with an Aurora chassis underneath. It has an odd look though which I think could be helped with a large windscreen visor out front--my next step. I'll be posting pics of a wonderful German bus soon.
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Here's a bus I picked up on ebay. Its plastic, I don't know who makes the body. The way this one is done it can only make turns on the inside lane.



 

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mrwillysgasser has a wheelstanding schoolbus and a partridge family custom. he makes or at least used to make resin bus bodies.
 

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That's an interesting bus, micyou03--

Would you know the manufacturer? It looks a bit like a Con-Cor, and they use that model Ford too. I like it. Was Minic and Faller the only HO slot-bus producers? I have all the Fallers I believe (both scales--Ho & smaller). In fact, if I got all my buses together, I could have a small yard on my layout. No brags at all--I just like 'em that much.

I've have a solution for your "dedicated" bus lane--I had the same problem with the "Honeymooners" bus I did. You mentioned you don't care for the wiper-style pick-ups Tyco used to make. I found they work great for an extension pick-up assembly. I used an Aurora Tuff-Ones chassis with the pick-up shoes intact but with no guide pin and ran wires to the Tyco pick-up which has a molded in guide flag. I mounted it so it would swivel and shortened the length of the flag. It now tracks fine around both lanes. Oh, I put lights in it too.

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I do 2 different 56 ford school buses a long one on a aw tjet magnet chassis with divorced front axel ,
and a cut and shortened version that fits directly on tjet chassis . the long one is on my ebay page 60chevyjim I have 3 of the shortened bodys made , one is army green and weathered ..
I just rembered I have a shortened mini lindy bus body too...
 

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Holy thread resurrection is right!! I don't have any short buses lined up, but I do have an old timey bus/camper conversion in the wings, and a long forgotten city bus put aside for win43. I do have a "Wild" bus conversion in pieces for Joe65 (is he still with us?)... On top of that I have 2 more GMC fishbowl buses in cold storage for later use (thanks to Mittens!!). One is solely for my own use since it's nearly impossible to find, and pricey when one shows up.
 

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I've got a Lindberg bus in process, want to add flashers and headlights, waiting on the LED supplier as they are coming up with some new options for slot cars soon (hopefully)
 

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Here's what I did with a full length Lindberg school bus.

http://www.hobbytalk.com/bbs1/showpost.php?p=4022714&postcount=1075

I think I did two other buses in this same basic manner. Posts are made of tapped brass tube and the front one is soldered to a custom made circuit board for the LEDs. I'm not a huge fan of divorced front axles, so if one of my customs needs a stretched chassis, I usually go out of my way to avoid it. I just prefer to have the pick ups, guide pin and the front wheels in the same place to make sure it runs reliably.

By the way, if Alpink (I think that's who won this) wants me to fix the tail lights, I have a way to do it now... Let me know!!

By the way, speaking of buses, I've done longer than this bus, with larger front and rear overhangs, and with the guide pin and pick ups way up front, I can make that bus run on the outside lane of a 6" curve with guard rails on it!! You can't do that with a divorced front axle!!!
 
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